This was a big show for everyone! Amy Miller and Teresa Kolar made their Third Level debuts. There were nerves, but we ended the show with a champagne toast to Teresa's BRONZE Medal! It's really an especially incredible achievement for Teresa - she has worked so hard to not only train Ava up the levels (the "easy" part), but even more so has been completely dedicated to helping Ava keep her wits about her at shows. It has not always been easy, but Teresa has never given up on her sweet mare despite the many challenges. To go in and get her Bronze Medal scores on the first trip out is just amazing. Congratulations T! Amy just missed her scores with a 58% and 59.3% - so very, very close! It's early in the year and she's got her game face on for the next show out. My partner Brio Tanzen, owned by Dale Lewis and Holly Sampson of Himmel Tanzen Farm had a great show out at Second Level, with a 70% and 73% on Saturday and 68% on Sunday. He was Open Reserve High Point on Saturday and is all qualified for Regionals at Second Level. He is such a blast to show - so honest and reliable - he really tries hard to make it better each time out. Thanks as always to NWDA for a spectacular show, and to the village. We really do know how to cheer each other on and mean it! It was a special added treat to watch a rare Century Ride. Not a dry eye in the house!
My photo and quote was recently featured in The Dressage Foundation Annual Report. Many thanks to TDF for helping make this program possible for me, and for helping Utah Dressage Society to host!
So proud of Annah Riggs and Alexandra LaFleur for the super job they did last weekend bringing their young horses out to the North Woods Dressage Association Schooling Show and for all the solid work they've been doing to bring them along! Way to go ladies! Super scores, happy horses and lots of pretty ribbons. These horses are good 'mudders'! Even through the pouring rain and torrential storms, they performed beautifully. Thanks NWDA for another great show!