Archive June 2012
Everyone seeks to find his passion in life. This is the story of a horse who was successful in finding his.
Adonna Combs loves horses and competes in Dressage. When her Dutch Warmblood mount began aging, she went on a hunt for a replacement. She found a 2-year-old Friesian named Justin to whom she was immediately drawn. “He was a beautiful colt and very full of himself,” she says. “I thought he would make a wonderful dressage mount,” but Justin couldn’t grasp the competition aspect. At their debut appearance, Justin made it around the ring once and decided this venue wasn’t for him, so he made a quick exit at the gate, taking Adonna and her hopes of competing along with him.
The All American Cup has set the standard for American Saddlebred Futurities over the past nine years. So, it should come as no surprise that the wizard behind the success of the AAC, Jim Aikman, is now offering savvy breeders even more opportunities to showcase their young horses, and win big money.
American Saddlebred owners, trainers and breeders will now have the most targeted internet resources bringing them the support that they need to excel in marketing their prospects into the Sport Horse world.
The National Academy Championship Finals has revamped their program. Savings bonds can no longer be purchased at the banks, therefore, the winners will receive prize money in the Pleasure divisions. New this year will be prize money awarded to the 5-6-year-olds and the 8-9-year-olds.
Mid-America Signature Show, July 29-31, is a lovely old fashion outdoor show amid the flowers and trees at Ledges Sporting Horses Stables in Roscoe, IL. It will be judged by Lisa Hillmer of Kearney, Mo. The Ledges outdoor arena has very good footing, an indoor ring is available in case the weather doesn’t cooperate and all stabling is permanent in barns with good cross ventilation.
The St. Louis National Charity Horse Show scheduled for 26-30 September 2012 is pleased to announce its judging panel. This year the show will feature four judges instead of three. Peter Fenton, returning for his second year as the Show Manager for St. Louis, noted that the addition of a fourth judge allows flexibility and an expanded rotation of judges for the variety of divisions that St. Louis has to offer.
The American Saddlebred Horse Association just made available the DVD from this year’s Legends Of Saturday Night presentation at the ASHA Annual Convention. This was the first time in history a group of professional trainers, all having Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champions to their credit, came together in one place to discuss their World’s Grand Champions and what it took to get them to the top.
The United Professional Horsemen’s Association hopes that everyone is enjoying a great start to the 2012 show season. Please note that there is a possibility that the United States Department of Agriculture will be attending and observing at several of the American Saddlebred, Morgan and Hackney Pony horse shows across the country. As you meet and greet these Federal employees please be kind and courteous and represent our breeds with the class they deserve.
Letterman jackets and varsity letters have long been a tradition of the American high school experience. Whether it’s from track and field or basketball, earning your letter and wearing it proudly is a rite of passage but until recently, equestrian student athletes were left out of these acknowledged ranks. Today’s equestrians have more opportunities than ever before to compete on interscholastic equestrian teams, and now, thanks to the United States Equestrian Federation’s increasingly popular High School Equestrian Athlete program, teens interested in earning their letter in equestrian have got it made.
The search is underway for nominees for the 2012 United States Equestrian Federation Youth Sportsman’s Award. The award recognizes young equestrians who exhibit exceptional leadership potential, serve as positive role models for their peers, demonstrate an ongoing commitment and dedication to the promotion of equestrian sport, are involved in their community, and exemplify positive sportsmanship principles.