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USEF HOTY 2008

SH Nationals

Canadian Nat'ls

Youth Anglos

Regional Show News

Scottsdale '08

USEF Awards 2007

Sport Horse Nationals 2007

Canadian Nationals 2007

Youth Nationals 2007

AHA Voting Changes

Good Things Come In Pairs

Anglo Award at Youth & SHN

Breed Show Results

2007 Scottsdale Show

"Before Sunrise" Feature

2006 USDF Anglos

2006 USEF Awards

2006 Sporthorse Nat'ls

2006 SHN Anglo Spotlight

2006 Youth Nat'ls

2006 Canadian Nat'ls

 

 


NAAAHA 2012 National Show Award Winners

The North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association recognized the most talented Anglo-Arabians competing at Youth and Sport Horse National Championships again in 2012. NAAAHA has rewarded the top performers since 2007 by presenting the top five horses and riders with embroidered dress sheets, ribbons and trophies.

ALMOST CRIMSON+/ (Bey Oro x Crimson Spider) was Supreme Champion Anglo-Arabian at Youth. This Anglo mare won a Reserve National Championship in Training Level Dressage and 3 Top Tens in Hunter Hack, First Level Dressage Junior Owner and First Level Dressage Junior Rider. She is owned and ridden by Catherine Ginn of Royston, Georgia.

BEYOND THE SEAZ+/ (Al Marah Seazar x Glenna Bay) owned by the Herbst Family and ridden by Kate Lewis, was Reserve Supreme Champion Anglo. This pair earned four Top Tens in Hunter Hack, Working Hunter, Training Level Dressage and Hunt Seat Equitation Under Saddle. He was bred by Barbara Green.

The gelding HS HIGH POWER (High Sign x Rangereite) earned Top Five honors after winning two Top Tens in Hunter Hack and Sport Horse Under Saddle. HS High Power is owned by the Davis Family of Long Valley, NJ. He was bred by Susan S. Burkman.

FF IRISH VODKA (PRI Ibn Masriyyah x Jennifers Winner), owned by Stonehurst Riding Club and ridden by Mackenzie Antle, earned a Top Five Anglo Award by winning a National Championship in Dressage Walk-Trot and a Top Ten in Hunt Seat Equitation 10 & Under.

CRIMSON ILLUSION+ (Bey Oro x Crimson Spider) rounded out the Top Five. He earned a Reserve Champion and a Top Ten in Hunt Seat Equitation with two different riders. He is owned by Ricci Desiderio of Chester, NJ.

At the Sport Horse National Championship Show, held in Nampa, Idaho in September, there were 14 Anglos competing for these Top Honors.

One More Round (l) and Church Creek (right)

The Supreme Champion was the 7-year-old mare CHURCH CREEK++++// (*Baladin d’Oc x Oh Say Valay) owned by Bill and Alexis Doughty of Cape Charles, VA and bred by Virginia Tech Foundation. She earned three National Championships in Amateur Owner Working Hunter, Open Hunter Hack and Amateur Owner Hunter Hack; 2 Reserve National Championships in Amateur Hunter Hack and Amateur Sport Horse In Hand; plus 2 Top Ten titles in Open Sport Horse In Hand and Amateur Working Hunter.

The eight-year-old gelding ONE MORE ROUND+++// (Al Jassur Laddin x Winifred) earned Reserve Supreme Champion honors thanks to winning a National Champion in Open Working Hunter; 2 Reserve National Championships in Adult Amateur and Amateur Working Hunter; and 4 Top Ten titles in Sport Horse In Hand Geldings Open and Amateur, and Sport Horse Under Saddle Open & Amateur. He is owned, bred and shown by Bill and Alexis Doughty of Cape Charles, VA.

Top Five awards were earned by CA ZANES DARJEELING+ (LS Zane Grey x Patang), owned and ridden by Megan Hays of Yakima, WA. This horse earned a Reserve National Championship in Intermediate I Dressage and a Top Ten title in Intermediate 2 Dressage.

Ten-year-old GALILEO (Alota Gator Bait x Beaus Star Ruler) owned and ridden by Ashley Wren of Billings, MT, earned 3 Top Tens in Regular and Green Working Hunter and Hunter Hack.

With a National Champion in Amateur Sport Horse In Hand and a Reserve National Championship in Open Sport Horse In Hand, VICE-REGENT SM (PW Freed’m x Bold Capitalist) earned himself a place in our Top Five. He is owned and shown by Sandra Nickolls of Armstrong, BC.

Anglos-Arabians accounted for a total of 5 National Championships, 5 Reserve National Championships and 19 Top Tens.

NAAAHA (www.naaaha.com) is a non-profit organization offering awards, education and promotion of Anglo-Arabian breeders and owners in North America.

 

  

Church Creek (left) and Crimson Illusion (right)

The North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association recognized the most talented Anglo-Arabians competing at both Youth and Sport Horse National Championships again in 2011. NAAAHA has rewarded the top performers since 2007 by presenting the top five horses and riders with embroidered dress sheets, ribbons and trophies.

This year’s Youth Nationals’ Supreme Champion was the gelding CRIMSON ILLUSION+, owned by Arielle Cotroneo of Bernardsville, NJ. He won a National Champion in Hunt Seat Equitation 13 & Under with Anna Sporrong in addition to a National Championship in Hunt Seat Equitation Walk-Trot with Chloe Doherty and a Top Ten in Hunt Seat Equitation 14-17 with Erika Faust. He is trained by Ricci and Stephanie Desiderio.

THOR+// (Sabers Clasy Star x Blind Eagle), owned by Patricia & Dwight Fichtner of Norco, CA, and ridden by Emily Phillips, was Reserve Supreme Champion Anglo by earning three Top Ten titles in Working Hunter, Hunter Hack and Equitation Over Fences. Thor was bred by K.S. Swigert.

Earning Top Five honors was VF MAJESTIC ROGUE++ (LFD Amir Rogue x Majestic Holme), owned and ridden by Madeline Jahns of Cave Creek, AZ, for their Top Ten awards in Training Level Dressage 13 & Under and Sport Horse Under Saddle. He was bred by Kristen Valencia.

The Anglo gelding HS HIGH POWER (High Sign+/ x Rangereite), owned by High Star Farms of Las Vegas, NV and ridden by Rachel Youngblood, won a Reserve National Championship in Sport Horse Under Saddle. He was bred by Susan S. Burkman.

Rounding out the Top Five and pictured at right was COPPERS ROCKY MOUNTAIN+// (Amazing Sulton x Copper Dawn) owned and shown by Rachel Barker of Surrey, BC. The pair won two Top Tens in Training & First Level Dressage 14-17.

At the Sport Horse National Championship Show, held in Lexington, Kentucky in September, there were 18 Anglos competing for these Top Honors.

The Supreme Champion was the 6-year-old mare CHURCH CREEK+++// (*Baladin d’Oc x Oh Say Valay) owned by Bill and Alexis Doughty of Cape Charles, VA and bred by Virginia Tech Foundation. She earned three National Championships in Open Sport Horse In Hand, Amateur Owner Working Hunter and Amateur Owner Hunter Hack, plus 4 Top Ten titles in Amateur Sport Horse In Hand; Hunter Hack Open and Amateur; in addition to Green Working Hunter.

(Photo left) The seven-year-old gelding ONE MORE ROUND+++// (Al Jassur Laddin x Winifred) earned Reserve Supreme Champion honors thanks to winning a National Champion in Open Sport Horse Under Saddle, and Top Tens in Adult Amateur, Amateur and Open Working Hunter; Sport Horse In Hand Geldings Open and Amateur. He is owned and bred by Bill Doughty of Cape Charles, VA.

Top Five awards were earned by RS MERCURY++++// (SDA Silver Legend x Vagabonds Finale), owned, bred and ridden by Jackie Alkin of Cave Creek, AZ. They garnered two National Championships in Hunter Hack Jr. Horse and Sport Horse Under Saddle Junior Horse; plus a Top Ten title in Green Working Hunter.

RS Mercury (left) and Beyond The Seaz (right)

Seven-year-old gelding BEYOND THE SEAZ+/ (Al Marah Seazar x Glenna Bay), owned by Denny & Kristin Herbst of Farmington, MO. This horse earned 7 Top Ten titles in Open, Adult Owner & Amateur Working Hunter; Open, Adult Owner & Amateur Hunter Hack and Training Level Dressage.

Rounding out the Top Five was the 8 year old bay gelding MAKE MYNE A DOUBLE (Boilermaker x Vintage Style), owned and bred by Amy Judge & Raymond York of Columbia, VA. They earned three Top Tens in Open and Amateur Sport Horse In Hand, and Amateur Training Level Dressage.

Anglos earned a total of 7 National Championships and 16 Top Tens.

NAAAHA (www.naaaha.com) is a non-profit organization offering awards, education and promotion of Anglo-Arabian breeders and owners in North America.

As for the past four years, the North American Anglo group (www.NAAAHA.com) rewarded the Top Five ranked Anglos at the show again this year. The winners:

The Supreme Champion was the 5 year old mare CHURCH CREEK++/ (*Baladin d’Oc x Oh Say Valay) owned by Bill and Alexis Doughty of Cape Charles, VA and bred by Virginia Tech Foundation. She earned a Champion in Amateur Sport Horse In Hand, Reserve Champion in Green Working Hunter and Sport Horse Under Saddle Jr. Horse; and 6 Top Ten titles in Open Sport Horse In Hand; Hunter Hack Open, Amateur and Adult; Open Working Hunter and Amateur Sport Horse Under Saddle.
The six-year-old gelding ONE MORE ROUND+++// (Al Jassur Laddin x Winifred) earned Reserve Supreme Champion honors thanks to winning a Reserve Champion in Amateur Working Hunter, and Top Tens in Adult Amateur Working Hunter, Open Sport Horse Under Saddle, and Sport Horse In Hand Geldings Amateur. He is owned and bred by Bill Doughty of Cape Charles, VA. and bred by Bill Doughty of Cape Charles, VA.

Top Five awards were earned by 13 year old mare ATHENA+++// (LS Zane Grey+// x Little Badger Baby), owned and ridden by Rita Mason of Fair Oaks, Ca. This pair earned a Reserve Championship in Grand Prix Dressage and a Top Ten in Amateur Sport Horse Show Hack.

CA ZANES DARJEELING (LS Zane Grey+// x Patang), owned and ridden by Megan Hays of Yakima, WA, were a Top Five winner. They garnered a Reserve Championship in Prix St. Georges Dressage and a Top Ten in Intermediate-1 Dressage.
Rounding out the Top Five was the lovely SOLEYA++++// (Soldat x Kelly’s Best), owned by Jeanne & Lorna Harron of Alberta, Canada. She earned four Top Tens in Open and Amateur Sport Horse In Hand, Amateur Sport Horse Under Saddle and First Level Dressage.

Other Anglos the placed well at the show were CR MIGHTYABLEZANEGREY (by LS Zane Grey), owned by Irene Duffy who won Reserve Champion in the Sport Horse in Hand stallion class. FF IRISH VODKA Received a Top 10 in Hunter Hack and sport horse in hand .RS MERCURY was  Top 10 in both open and amateur sport horse in hand. AFTERSHADE  Earned a top 10 in Jumpers ATR, MW HARVEST MOON received a Top 10 in First Level dressage. SANS PREMIUM EDGE earned a  Top 10 in Amateur first level dressage.

AM TOKEN CHICK owned by Jerry Hamilton, was named Supreme Champion two-year-old sport horse after winning her two-year-old jackpot class.

Video of Church Creek:

 

Video of ATHENA at Grand Prix:

 

Video of CA ZANES DARJEELING:

 

Check here for Regional Show results...plus Scottsdale...all season.

REGION 3

HA/AA Working Hunter AT
CHAMPION: CA ZANES DARWOOD/RAFFERTY, MEAGAN

REGION 5

HA/AA Sport Horse Mares In-Hand
CHAMPION - CA ZANES DARJEELING/HAYS, MEGAN
Top 5 - OKW MAYA/

A/HA/AA Dressage Prix St. Georges
CHAMPION - CA ZANES DARJEELING/HAYS, MEGAN (right)

A/HA/AA Dressage Intermediate 1
CHAMPION - CA ZANES DARJEELING/HAYS, MEGAN

HA/AA Sport Horse Under Saddle ATH
Top 5 - OKW MAYA/

REGION 6

A/HA/AA Dressage Second Level ATR
CHAMPION - SAMARA JENNA+/HAMILTON, MONIKA

HA/AA Sport Horse Show Hack
RESERVE CHAMPION - SAMARA JENNA+/HAMILTON, MONIKA

HA/AA Sport Horse Geldings In-Hand
RESERVE CHAMPION - RR THEODORE-SUN/ROULSTON, RAE
TOP 5 - RR TRIPLE H-SUN/KEIZER, LISA


HA/AA Sport Horse Geldings In-Hand AT

RESERVE CHAMPION - RR THEODORE-SUN/ROULSTON, RAE (right)

A/HA/AA Dressage First Level ATR
TOP 5 - SAMARA JENNA+/ HAMILTON, MONIKA

REGION 7

HA/AA Sport Horse Under Saddle Jr Horse
CHAMPION RS MERCURY ALKIN, JACKIE
RESERVE CHAMPION SOMETHING GRAND VALENCIA, KRISTEN H (right)

HA/AA Sport Horse Geldings In-Hand
CHAMPION RS MERCURY ALKIN, JACKIE (right)
RESERVE CHAMPION RS SHIFT WORK ALKIN, JACKIE

HA/AA Sport Horse Geldings In-Hand AT
CHAMPION RS SHIFT WORK FERGUSON, SARA
TOP 5 RS MERCURY FERGUSON, SARA

HA/AA Sport Horse Mares In-Hand
CHAMPION AM TOKEN CHICK HAMILTON, JERRY (bottom right)

HA/AA Sport Horse Mares In-Hand AT
RESERVE CHAMPION AM TOKEN CHICK DAVIS, WENDY

HA/AA Trail Horse AT


TOP 4 SAUL+/
HA/AA Trail Horse
CHAMPION    SAUL +/

A/HA/AA Trail Walk/Jog 10 & Under

TOP 5  SAUL+/

 

REGION 11

HA/AA Jumper
CHAMPION - FOREIGN POLICY/HERBST, KAYLAN

HA/AA Working Hunter AO
CHAMPION - BEYOND THE SEAZ/HERBST, KAYLAN (right)

HA/AA Sport Horse Stallions In-Hand
CHAMPION - CR MIGHTYABLEZANEGREY/MEYERHOFF, BRYAN

A/HA/AA Dressage Training Level AO
RESERVE CHAMPION - CR MIGHTYABLEZANEGREY/MEYERHOFF, BRYAN
TOP 5 - BEYOND THE SEAZ/HERBST, KAYLAN

HA/AA Sport Horse Under Saddle ATR
TOP 5 - BEYOND THE SEAZ/HERBST, KAYLAN

REGION 12

HA/AA Hunter Hack
CHAMPION - CHURCH CREEK/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS   (right)

HA/AA Hunter Hack AT
CHAMPION - CHURCH CREEK/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS

HA/AA Modified Working Hunter AT

CHAMPION - CHURCH CREEK/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS

HA/AA Working Hunter
CHAMPION - ONE MORE ROUND/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS

HA/AA Working Hunter AO
CHAMPION - ONE MORE ROUND/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS

HA/AA Sport Horse Under Saddle Jr Horse
RESERVE CHAMPION - SNAKE EYES LEROY/HENNEMANN, KATIE
TOP 5 - CHURCH CREEK/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS

HA/AA Sport Horse Under Saddle
RESERVE CHAMPION - CHURCH CREEK/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS

A/HA/AA Dressage Training Level AT
RESERVE CHAMPION - SNAKE EYES LEROY/HENNEMANN, KATIE (right)

A/HA/AA Dressage Training Level Jr Horse
TOP 3 - SNAKE EYES LEROY/HENNEMANN, KATIE

REGION 14

HA/AA Hunter Hack: Reserve Champion: CHURCH CREEK/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER

Hunter Hack ATR: Champion: CHURCH CREEK/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER (pictured left)
Working Hunter Open: Reserve Champion: ONE MORE ROUND/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER
Working Hunter ATR: Champion: ONE MORE ROUND/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER
Green Working Hunter: Reserve Champion: CHURCH CREEK/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER

 

 

 

EASTERN CANADIAN BREEDERS

HA/AA Sport Horse Under Saddle
CHAMPION - CCF VIPER

HA/AA Sport Horse Under Saddle AT
CHAMPION - CCF VIPER
TOP 3 - CCF PORSHAH (right)

HA/AA Sport Horse Show Hack
RESERVE CHAMPION - CCF PORSHAH

A/HA/AA Dressage Second Level AT
RESERVE CHAMPION - CCF PORSHAH

A/HA/AA Dressage First Level AT
TOP 5 - CCF VIPER

A/HA/AA Dressage First Level
TOP 3 - CCF VIPER

HA/AA Hunter Pl
TOP 3 - CCF VIPER (right)

HA/AA Hunter Pl ATR
TOP 3 - CCF VIPER

WESTERN CANADIAN BREEDERS

HA/AA Sport Horse Under Saddle
CHAMPION - BR MESCALERO++

HA/AA Sport Horse Under Saddle ATR
CHAMPION - BR MESCALERO++

HA/AA Sport Horse Mares In-Hand
RESERVE CHAMPION - DRAGONFLY SC

A/HA/AA Dressage Training Level
TOP 6 - COPPERS ROCKY MOUNTAIN+//

A/HA/AA Dressage First Level
TOP 5 - BR MESCALERO++
TOP 5 - DRAGONFLY SC

A/HA/AA Dressage First Level AT
TOP 4 - BR MESCALERO++

SCOTTSDALE RESULTS

DRESSAGE TRAINING LEVEL TEST 3, AATR
2nd SOLEYA (Soldat x Kellys Best) Lorna Harron

DRESSAGE FIRST LEVEL TEST 1
1st SOLEYA  (pictured right)

DRESSAGE FIRST LEVEL TEST 3, JTR

1st AFTERSHADE (RR Gar-Sun x Justalilbitshady) Dana Adolphson
DRESSAGE FIRST LEVEL TEST 4 STAKES CLASS
1st SOLEYA
DRESSAGE FIRST LEVEL TEST 4, JTR STAKES CLASS
3rd AFTERSHADE
HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, TWO YEAR OLD FILLIES
1st AM TOKEN CHICK (Bremervale Andronicus x Queen Christine) Jerry Hamilton

HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, TWO YEAR OLD GELDINGS
1st RS SHIFT WORK(Bremervale Andronicus x Vagabonds Finale) Jackie Alkin

HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, DRESSAGE TYPE THREE YEAR OLD & UP STALLIONS
1st AMF RICO BAY

HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, HUNTER TYPE THREE YEAR OLD & UP MARES
1st SOLEYA
4th CHURCH CREEK (Baladin D OC x Oh Say Valay)

HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, HUNTER TYPE THREE YEAR OLD & UP STALLIONS
1st AMF RICO BAY (TFA Domingo x Namethatbaby) (pictured above)

HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND HUNTER TYPE SUPREME CHAMPION
SOLEYA

HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, DRESSAGE TYPE THREE YEAR OLD & UP STALLIONS - ATH
1st AMF RICO BAY

HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE, JUNIOR HORSE
3rd CHURCH CREEK

HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE, STALLIONS/GELDINGS
3rd ONE MORE ROUND++// (Al Jassur Laddin x Winifred)

HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE, MARES
1st SOLEYA

HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP
1st SOLEYA
4th ONE MORE ROUND++//

HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP - JTR
5th SAUL+/ (Musseaus x Teen Witch)

HA/AA JUMPERS, ATR
2nd AFTERSHADE (pictured right)

HA/AA JUMPERS, ATR STAKE
2nd AFTERSHADE

HA/AA HUNTER HACK, AATR
1st AFTERSHADE
2nd KEMPER COUNTY (Eld Willy Bob x Miss Damascus County) Kristen Rose Hernandez (photo bottom)
3rd BEYTHOVEN (Bey Oro x Run Really Run) Allison Reiter
5th ONE MORE ROUND++//

HA/AA REGULAR WORKING HUNTER DIVISION AATR CHAMPIONSHIP
BEYTHOVEN

HA/AA REGULAR WORKING HUNTER DIVISION JTR CHAMPIONSHIP
RESERVE CHAMPION: AFTERSHADE

HA/AA MODIFIED HUNTER DIVISION ATR CHAMPIONSHIP
BEYTHOVEN

HA/AA WESTERN TRAIL HORSES, LIMIT HORSE
2nd SAUL+/
HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP - JTR

5th SAUL+/; 6th AFTERSHADE

HA/AA REINING HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP, JTR 13 & UNDER
1st SAUL+/

The AHA Horse of the Year for 2009, ONE MORE ROUND++//, is bred and owned by Bill Doughty and ridden by his wife, Alexis Starer-Doughty. Owners of Bayview Farm in Cape Charles, Virginia, this young couple has become a real force in the Arabian sport horse world.

“Rudy” as he is known, is a 2004 Anglo Arabian gelding, sired by the Arabian Al Jassur Laddin (Al Irhad Laddin+ x Somkindawonderful), bred by Odell Casteel and owned by Jean Jackson. He is a Regional Champion Sport Horse Stallion with outstanding movement, who was gelded in 2005.

Al Jassur Laddin was successfully shown by Bill and Alexis for 3 years for his owner, so naturally they wanted one of his offspring. Alexis had a friend with Thoroughbred mare, Winifred, who was a prematurely retired show hunter due to losing an eye. Winifred, sired by Priority and out of an Ardent John daughter, had also raced 24 times. Alexis arranged to breed lease the mare, and she was subsequently bred to Al Jassur Laddin. It was the first offspring for both horses.

The following June, Winifred gave birth to a cute little bay colt with a blaze and four white socks. Alexis’ had lost her grandfather six months earlier, so the colt was named “Rudy” after him.

Full of personality, Rudy had a funny habit of showing his submission to his older horse pals, and then biting them the second they turned their backs. He was an awkward youngster, leggy and weedy, until later in life. His natural curiosity got the better of him many times.

Rudy won his first Regional titles in 2006 as a two-year-old with East Coast Top 4’s in SHIH Geldings. A short two years later, he left the Region 15 Championships with top honors in SHUS Jr. Horse, Reserve Championships in SHUS Open & ATR, SHIH and Hunter Hack. Bill handled him in the in-hand, Alexis did all of his under saddle riding and training.

Two Championships in Hunter Hack and Working Hunter from Region 16 rounded out their year leading up to the 2008 Sport Horse Nationals.

Idaho proved to be another stepping stone for the pair – Reserve National Champion in Hunter Hack AAOTR and four Top Tens in Working Hunter ATR & AAOTR, SHUS ATR and Junior Horse. Rudy was also named Supreme Champion Anglo Arabian of the show by NAAAHA.

The 2009 show season turned out to be the stuff dreams are made of for this great team. Twenty-one Regional Champions, in SHUS, SHIH, Hunter Hack and Working Hunter, but that wasn’t all!

Sport Horse Nationals in 2009 promised to be hugely successful for Bayview Farm entries, with a total of 3 horses competing. Rudy started the week making all of his SHUS cuts and a Top Ten in Green Working Hunter. Thursday brought a Top Ten in SHIH. Friday ended with another Top Ten in Working Hunter AAOTR and Open SHUS.

But it was Saturday, while dashing from the hunter ring to the SH ring and back again several times, that the dream was realized. They won unanimous National Champion in the SHUS ATR!!

The awkward colt had blossomed into a beautiful, athletic show horse, capable of earning the highest accolades possible to him. With his help, Alexis was named the AHA Adult Amateur of the Year!

The highlights of the 2009 season:

Unanimous National Champion SHUS ATR

Hunter Hack Reserve National Champion ATR & AAOTR, Top Ten Open

Working Hunter Top Ten AAOTR, ATR & GREEN

SHUS Junior Horse Top Ten

Supreme Champion NAAAHA

USEF Grand Champion HA/AA Horse of the Year

USEF Champion HA/AA Horse of the Year: Hunter/Jumper, Sport Horse, Specialty

USEF Breeder & Owner of the Year

USEF Leading HA/AA Sire (Al Jassur Laddin)

AHA Adult Amateur of the Year

 

Anglo Wins Ambassador Award

ATHENA+++/, a 1997 Anglo-Arabian Mare ( by LS ZANE GREY+// out of LITTLE BADGER BABY) owned by Rita Mason of Fair Oaks, CA, has been named the Arabian Horse Association's 2009 Ambassador Award winner.

Rita Mason bought Athena when she was 12 months old – expecting to use her for endurance. Since her sire, the legendary LS Zane Grey+//, had a very successful endurance career, Rita thought her breeding would be perfect. However, when she was only three years old and too young to do endurance, Rita started showing her training level dressage and Athena was winning from day one. When Athena was 4, Rita took her on a 30 mile limited distance ride and they finished, but Athena clearly wasn’t having fun – so back to the show ring they went.

From the beginning, Rita has trained Athena herself, with guidance from some great instructors along the way. The moved quickly up the ranks, scoring solid 60’s in Third Level in 2003, followed by Fourth Level in 2004. Along the way, Athena proved to be a worthy adversary in the Arabian SH classes, both In Hand and Under Saddle.

In November, 2007, Athena and Rita showed Intermediare I for the first time – at an open show. The first day they got 2nd place out of 5 horses – all of the other horses were warmbloods and trainers were included in this class – but they only got a score of 58.75%, not bad for their first performance at I-1. The next day though they did even better – still got 2nd place in a class of 4 horses, but with a score of 64.75%!

In addition to showing Athena at PSG and I-1 in 2007, Athena had a 10 year old ride her in Intro Level classes. Because of Athena’s disposition, the little girl’s parents felt completely comfortable with their daughter showing Athena and the little girl was able to get her first shows under her belt and had fun.

Athena has won one National Championship (4th Level) and one Top Ten; 11 Regional Championships at AHA shows and many wins at open dressage shows. This outstanding team has also won National awards in Open Competitions through the USDF.

This year, they have tackled the extremely technical Intermediare-2 and Prix St. Georges tests with great success, earning a 65% their first try.

But these two aren’t just about competing. Rita takes every opportunity to volunteer her mare for demonstrations at Horse Expos, Charity Events and educational seminars that bring the versatility and trainability of our breed into the public eye. They have developed a level of teamwork rarely witnessed today, illustrated clearly during their brideless dressage demonstration.

At the 2008 Region III SH Championships, Rita and Athena performed, for the first time, an incredibly unique demonstration. Rita made up her own dressage test and had the announcer read a script that described the movements and what level one would commonly see them. Rita then took the bridle off and did the same exact test showing that the commands for the movements don’t come from the bridle. The pair then galloped down centerline, slid to a stop and bowed to the audience. The crowd went wild!

Rita also relates a story about Athena doing an exhibition at the Western States Horse Expo in June. “We rode in the Arabian Breed demonstration and also rode for the dressage clinician Melissa Creswick – and Athena was the star of that. People followed me out of the arena to tell me how beautiful my Anglo Arabian horse was and how impressed they were. Melissa was happy because, as she said, ‘there wasn’t anything I asked you to do, that you couldn’t do.’



“I had a really incredible experience the day before the Expo started too, while I was schooling Athena in the arena. Other people were riding their horses around practicing as well. So at one point, I practiced the bow and this cowboy comes by and says,’That’s pretty cool,’ so I thanked him and we continued with our respective practices. Then after a line of two tempi (flying lead) changes, he came by again and said, ‘That’s pretty cool, too!’ So then we started talking as I was cooling Athena out – turns out he was Richard Winters (2009 winner of ROAD TO THE HORSE). I was really flattered that a guy that really knows what horses are supposed to look like liked my horse.”

So, in summary, Athena has proven to be the ultimate Ambassador - working her magic on Arabian enthusiasts, open show judges, trainers and competitors, the general public and perhaps the most difficult of all people to impress – a cowboy famous for his horse training methods!

Congratulations to Athena and Rita!

Anglo-Arabians seem to have dominated the USEF Standings again in 2009 in the sport disciplines! The gelding ONE MORE ROUND brought home the BREEDER OF THE YEAR and OWNER OF THE YEAR honors for Bill Doughty in addition to winning the HALF/ANGLO ARABIAN GRAND CHAMPION trophy! (See story above)

Other HOTY winners are listed below.

 

SPECIALTY

1ST - ONE MORE ROUND

8TH - FF IRISH VODKA

14TH THOR

16TH – DIAMOND JIM KELLY

SPORT HORSE

1ST – ONE MORE ROUND

4TH – FF IRISH VODKA

11TH – ANGELS LEGACY

TRAINING LEVEL DRESSAGE

10TH CR MIGHTYABLE ZANEGRAY

12TH – FF IRISH VODKA

16TH – AB SUNSET HUNTER

40TH – CYLENT PREMIER

1st LEVEL DRESSAGE

10TH – AB SUNSET HUNTER

14TH – FF IRISH VODKA

21ST – CR MIGHTYABLE ZANEGRAY

2ND – 4TH LEVEL DRESSAGE

6TH – CB HANDSOME REWARD

18TH – FF BRAVEHEART

20TH WATCH ME UF

AMATEUR TRAINING LEVEL DRESSAGE

7TH – CR MIGHTY FAITH WON

22ND – CYLENT PREMIER

AMATEUR 1ST LEVEL DRESSAGE

3RD – SAVANNAH

40TH – OUT OF THE MYST

45 – THOR

AMATEUR 2 – 4TH LEVEL DRESSAGE

26 – CYLENT PREMIER

26 - WATCH ME UF

HUNTER/JUMPER

1ST – ONE MORE ROUND

2ND – FF IRISH VODKA

6TH – DIAMOND JIM KELLY

11TH – TOUCH OF VINITY

18TH – THOR

22ND – FOREIGN POLICY

NAAAHA Year End Awards 2009

The North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association (www.naaaha.com) recently announced their year end award winners for 2009. Horse of the Year (pictured left) was the gelding One More Round bred by Bill Doughty and ridden by Alexis Starer-Doughty.

 

 

Hunter/Jumper
Champion: One More Round/Bill & Alexis Doughty
Reserve: Diamond Jim Kelly/Miranda Kuchera
Third: R Jay Bakaro/Allan Ehrlick

Dressage
Champion: Jamil/Mary Ann LaFerriere (above)
Reserve: Little Traverse Bay/Samantha Gioia
Third: Hazen/Beth Coffey-Curle
Fourth: Ashen Gazi/Dawn Cozzolino

Sport Horse U/S
Champion: One More Round/Bill & Alexis Doughty
Reserve: Jamil/Mary Ann LaFerriere
Third: Diamond Jim Kelly/Miranda Kuchera

Eventing
Champion: Snooze Alarm/Lauren Kieffer (above)
Reserve: Nations Recount/Peter Atkins

Endurance/CTR
Champion: JBK Tara/T.J. Edwards above)
Reserve: Raemes Magician/Tom Paleczny
Third: SS Allsfairn War/Susan Young

Conformation
Champion: One More Round/Bill & Alexis Doughty (above)
Reserve: Khemos Khopi/John Albright
Third: Mak My Day/Andrew Miller
Fourth: Diamond Jim Kelly/Miranda Kuchera

 

The North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association (NAAAHA) sponsored their third High Pont Championship Awards this year, at the Sport Horse National Championship Show. Eighteen Anglos competed all week at the Kentucky Horse Park

The five-year-old gelding ONE MORE ROUND++// (Al Jassur Laddin x Winifred) earned Supreme Champion Anglo-Arabian Sport Horse honors thanks to winning the Champion in SHUS ATR, Reserve Champion in Hunter Hack ATR and AAOTR, and Top Tens in Green Working Hunter, Working Hunter AAOTR and ATR, Hunter Hack Open, SHUS Open , SHUS Junior Horse and SHIH Geldings Open. He was ridden by Alexis Starer-Doughty and is owned and bred by Bill Doughty.

Master Reporter

MASTER REPORTER (Ebony Masterpiece x Girl Reporter) was Reserve Supreme Champion Anglo-Arabian Sport Horse. This Anglo gelding won the Championships in Second Level Dressage ATR and AAOTR and Top Ten in Third Level ATR, ridden by owner Kathryn Henneman.

Rounding out the Top Five were Miranda Kuchera and her gelding DIAMOND JIM KELLY+ (Wildcat Kelly x Jamies Intent) bred by Terry Aldred Kerr . This pair won three Top Tens, in Green Working Hunter, and Hunter Hack AAOTR & ATR.

The winners all received beautiful neck sashes and embroidered dress sheets, with Champion receiving a silver trophy plate as well. Prizes were donated by owners and breeders of Anglo-Arabians to recognize these athletes’ accomplishments.

Savannahh, left and Beyond The Seaz, right.

Other Anglos competing were SAVANNAHH+, Champion in First Level Dressage AAOTR and Top Ten in First Level Dressage ATR; FOREIGN POLICY+, winner of Reserve Champion Jumper ATR and Top Ten Jumper Mini-Prix; BEYOND THE SEAZ, Reserve Champion SHUS Junior Horse and Top Ten Training Level Dressage Junior Horse; ANGELS LEGACY+++//, four Top Tens in Sport Horse Show Hack, Hunter Hack Open, SHIH Mares Open and SHIH Mares ATR; AB SUNSET HUNTER+/ (a fifth generation Anglo!) Top Tens in Training and First Level Dressage; JAMIL won Top Ten in First Level Dressage ATR; MAK MY DAY, Reserve Champion 2 Year Old Colts SHIH; and R JAY BAKARO was Top Ten in Working Hunter AAOTR.

AB Sunset Hunter

All in all, Anglo-Arabians accounted for 6 National Championships, 5 Reserve Championships and 24 Top Tens!

Pictured left to right: Crimson Illusion+, FF Irish Vodka+++//, Beythoven, MP Murrays Law+, and Thor+/

The North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association (NAAAHA) sponsored their third High Point Championship Awards at the Youth National Championship Show.

FF IRISH VODKA+++// (Pri Ibn Masriyyah x Jennifers Winner) was Supreme Champion Anglo-Arabian. This Anglo gelding won a Reserve Champion in Training Level Dressage 14-17 and Hunter Hack. In addition, he won a Top Ten in First Level Dressage, Hunt Seat Equitation Under Saddle 14-17 and Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences with owner/rider Collier McLeod.

THOR+/ (Sabers Clasy Star x Blind Eagle) owned by Patricia and Dwight Fichtner and ridden by Emily Phillips, was Reserve Supreme Champion Anglo. Thor+/ was National Champion in Hunter Hack, Reserve National Champion in Working Hunter and Top Ten in Hunt Seat Equitation Under Saddle 13 & Under.

The gelding BEYTHOVEN (Bey Oro x Run Really Run) earned Top Five honors after winning Top Tens in Hunter Hack, Working Hunter, Hunt Seat Equitation Under Saddle 14-17 and Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences. Beythoven is owned by Miles J. Reiter and ridden by Cody Mahoney.

MP MURRAYS LAW+ ( MP Dream Machine x Karrie Ael), owned by Collette McMillan and ridden by Mackenzie Headlee, earned a Top Ten in Working Hunter and Training Level Dressage 13 & Under. He was bred by Portia McLeish.

CRIMSON ILLUSION+ (Bey Oro x Crimson Spider) owned and ridden by Arielle Cotroneo earned his place in the Top Five with a Top Ten in Hunt Seat Equitation Under Saddle 14-17.

The winners all received beautiful neck sashes and embroidered dress sheets, with Champion receiving a gold trophy cup as well. Prizes were donated by owners and breeders of Anglo-Arabians to recognize these athletes’ accomplishments.

 

 

Soleya++++//

Working Hunter AT: CHAMPION R JAY BAKARO EHRLICK, ALLAN H L
Working Hunter : CHAMPION R JAY BAKARO EHRLICK, ALLAN H L
Sport Horse Mares In-Hand: RES CH CCF PORSHAH LUKIC, MEGAN
Sport Horse Mares In-Hand: CHAMPION SOLEYA EHRET, TODD
Sport Horse Mares In-Hand AT: CHAMPION SOLEYA HARRON, CRYSTAL
Hunter Hack: CHAMPION AFTERSHADE ADOLPHSON, DEBBIE (below left)
Sport Horse Under Saddle: CHAMPION SOLEYA EHRET, TODD; RES CH BR MESCALERO SMITH, ALEXIS
Sport Horse Under Saddle AT : TOP 5 BR MESCALERO SMITH, ALEXIS
A/HA/AA Dressage Training Level AT : RES CH BR MESCALERO SMITH, ALEXIS
A/HA/AA Dressage Training Level : TOP 5 BR MESCALERO SMITH, ALEXIS
Working Hunter AT: CHAMPION ADOLPHSON, DANA
Working Hunter: CHAMPION AFTERSHADE ADOLPHSON, DANA
A/HA/AA Hunter Seat Eq Over Obstacles AT: CHAMPION AFTERSHADE ADOLPHSON, DANA
A/HA/AA Dressage First Level AT: TOP 5 COPPERS ROCKY MOUNTAIN BARKER, RACHEL
A/HA/AA Dressage First Level : TOP 5 SOLEYA EHRET, TODD
A/HA/AA Dressage First Level AT: TOP 5 AFTERSHADE ADOLPHSON, DEBBIE

BR Mescalero (left) and Coppers Rocky Mountain (right)

Touch of Vanity+// & Cassie Ingles

Sport Horse Under Saddle Jr Horse: CHAMPION ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER
Hunter Hack : CHAMPION ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER; RES CHAMPION TOUCH OF VANITY INGLES, CASSIE; TOP 5 DIAMOND JIM KELLY KUCHERA, MIRANDA
Green Working Hunter : CHAMPION ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER
Working Hunter AT: CHAMPION TOUCH OF VANITY INGLES, CASSIE; (photo left) ; RES CH ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER
Regular Working Hunter JT: CHAMPION ALMOST CRIMSON PAULOS, NICOLE (right)
A/HA/AA Hunter Seat Eq Over Obstacles AT: CHAMPION ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER
A/HA/AA Dressage Fourth Level: COUNT DOWN DUCLOS, SARAH

Modified Working Hunter AT: CHAMPION ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER
Working Hunter AT: RES CHAMPION ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER

Alexis Doughty & One More Round

Supreme Sport Horse Under Saddle: RES CHAMPION ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER

Sport Horse Geldings In-Hand AT: Top 5 ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, BILL
Sport Horse Under Saddle Jr Horse: RES CH ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER
Sport Horse Geldings In-Hand OPEN: TOP 5 ONE MORE ROUND FLYNN, BENJAMIN and FF IRISH VODKA LORD, TRACY RATLIFF
Sport Horse Under Saddle Open: RES CH ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER
Sport Horse Under Saddle AT Open: CHAMPION ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER
Hunter Hack: CHAMPION ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER
Green Working Hunter: CHAMPION ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER
Top 5 DIAMOND JIM KELLY KUCHERA, MIRANDA (left)
Working Hunter AO: CHAMPION ONE MORE ROUND DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER
Regular Working Hunter JT: TOP 5 FF IRISH VODKA MCLEOD, COLLIER
A/HA/AA Dressage Training Level: TOP 5 AB SUNSET HUNTER POOLE, KIRSTEN S (right)
A/HA/AA Dressage Training Level AT: TOP 5 ALMOST CRIMSON PAULOS, NICOLE
A/HA/AA Dressage First Level: TOP 5 AB SUNSET HUNTER POOLE, KIRSTEN S
A/HA/AA Hunter Seat Eq Not To Jump AT: CHAMPION FF IRISH VODKA MCLEOD, COLLIER

REGION 14 Hunter & Jumper

Hunter Hack - Top 5: BEYOND THE SEAZ/HERBST, KAYLA; ONE MORE ROUND/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER (right)

Hunter Hack AT - RES: BEYOND THE SEAZ/HERBST, KAYLAN; TOP 5: ONE MORE ROUND/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER

Working Hunter AT - RES: R JAY BAKARO/EHRLICK, ALLAN H ; TOP 5: ONE MORE ROUND/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER

Green Working Hunter - CHAMPION: ONE MORE ROUND/DOUGHTY, ALEXIS STARER; RES: A TRUE ROMANCE HUNT, NATTY; Top 5: BEYOND THE SEAZ/HERBST, KAYLAN

Working Hunter - CHAMPION: R JAY BAKARO/EHRLICK, ALLAN H L

REGION 7

A/HA/AA Dressage Third Level - CHAMPION: ANGELS LEGACY/ALKIN, JACKIE (left)

A/HA/AA Dressage Prix St. Georges - CHAMPION: SEE ME IN ROME/KATZ, ALEXIS (below)

Sport Horse Geldings In-Hand Open & AT: TOP 5: RS MERCURY/ ALKIN, JACKIE

Sport Horse Under Saddle: CHAMPION: ANGELS LEGACY/ ALKIN, JACKIE

Sport Horse Show Hack : CHAMPION: ANGELS LEGACY/ALKIN, JACKIE

 

REGION 12

Futurity Geldings Halter - 2 nd - CBS Boy Wonder Claire Boyd-Drew

HA/AA Futurity Hunter Pleasure - 1st - Snake Eyes Leroy Katie Hennemann
Sport Horse Futurity Stallions/Geldings in Hand – 3rd: CBS Boy Wonder Claire Boyd-Drew

Hunter Pleasure, AAOTR 18 – 39 : Top 5 Y Too K Brooke Hines

Training Level, Test 4, Open - Top 5 - FF Irish Vodka++// Collier McCleod

A/HA/AA Third Level, Test 3, ATR – CHAMPION: Master Reporter+/ Katie Hennemann

A/HA/AA Second Level, Test 4, ATR – CHAMPION: Master Reporter+/ Katie Hennemann (left)

A/HA/AA Third Level, Test 3, Open - CHAMPION: CB Handsome Reward Cara Blanchard , RESERVE: Master Reporter+/ Katie Hennemann

Hunter Pleasure, Open – CHAMPION: Y Too K/Debra Hines

Sport Horse Geldings in Hand, Open
- FF Irish Vodka++// /Collier McCleod

Sport Horse U/S, ATR – CHAMPION: FF Irish Vodka++// Collier McCleod

The 2008 National Grand Champion Half/Anglo Arabian Horse of the Year was won by Collier McLeod's gelding FF IRISH VODKA, photo top right. The other divisional winners are:

HALF/ANGLO ARABIAN HUNTER/JUMPER
1 FF IRISH VODKA / MCLEOD, COLLIER - GA
6 FOREIGN POLICY / HERBST, KRISTIN - MO
7 ONE MORE ROUND / DOUGHTY, BILL - VA
10 THOR / FICHTNER, PATRICIA - CA
15 ACE OF SPADES / ARIAS-STEIN, MARIE - MD
16 ZIHAUTANEJO / SCHWAN, NATALIE - AZ

HALF/ANGLO ARABIAN HUNTER PLEASURE OPEN
28 CR MIGHTYABLEZANEGREY / DUFFY, IRENE - IL
32 RA ANCIENT ANSWERS / ROBINSON, ERIC - NH

HALF/ANGLO ARABIAN SPORT HORSE
1 FF IRISH VODKA / MCLEOD, COLLIER - GA
5 ONE MORE ROUND / DOUGHTY, BILL - VA (photo right)
8 THOR / FICHTNER, PATRICIA - CA
13 KHANDLE IN THE WIND + / ROBERTS, JENNIFER - NH
16 SANS PREMIUM EDGE / MATLOCK, DEETTE - CA
17 SEE ME IN ROME / KATZ, GENE – AZ
21 ACE OF SPADES / ARIAS-STEIN, MARIE – MD
60 FF BRAVEHEART / LONG, TOSHIA - WA
64 CYLENT KISSES / SEALE, TRICIA - TX
67 RS MERCURY / ALKIN, JACKIE - AZ


HALF/ANGLO ARABIAN SPECIALTY
2 FF IRISH VODKA / MCLEOD, COLLIER - GA
8 ONE MORE ROUND / DOUGHTY, BILL - VA
9 THOR / FICHTNER, PATRICIA - CA (right)
22 ACE OF SPADES / ARIAS-STEIN, MARIE - MD
30 FOREIGN POLICY / HERBST, KRISTIN - MO

Supreme Champion ONE MORE ROUND+ (l), Reserve Champion CA ZANES DARJEELING+ (c ) and TOP 5 R JAY BAKARO (r) .

The North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association (NAAAHA) sponsored their second High Pont Championship Awards this year, at the Sport Horse National Championship Show.

The four-year-old gelding ONE MORE ROUND+ (Al Jassur Laddin x Winifred) earned Supreme Champion Anglo-Arabian Sport Horse honors thanks to his winning the Reserve Champion Hunter Hack ATR and Top Tens in Working Hunter AAOTR and ATR, SHUS ATR and SHUS Junior Horse. He was ridden by Alexis Starer-Doughty and owned and bred by Bill Doughty.

CA ZANES DARJEELING+ (LS Zane Grey x Patang) was Reserve Supreme Champion Anglo-Arabian Sport Horse. This Anglo mare won the Championship in Third and Fourth Level Dressage ATR and Top Ten in Third Level Open, ridden by owner Megan Hays.

Rounding out the Top Five Anglo-Arabian Sport Horse Awards was the Canadian mare SOLEYA++++// (Soldat x Kellys Best) who earned Supreme Champion Sport Horse In Hand, in addition to winning National Champion in SHIH Mares Open and ATH and Top Ten in HA/AA Dressage First Levels. Soleya++++// was shown by Todd Ehret and owners Margaret J. and Lorna Harron. (photo above)

Junior rider Collier McLeod and her gelding FF IRISH VODKA+++// (PRI Ibn Masriyyah x Jennifers Winner) won a whopping six Top Tens. They were earned in Working Hunters Open & ATR, Hunter Hack Open & ATR, SHHUS ATR and HA/AA Training Level Dressage ATR. R JAY BAKARO (Emkay Bakaro x Elexe Joy) and owner/rider Allan Ehrlick were also awarded the Top Five for the Anglo-Arabian Sport Horse Award with a Reserve Champion in Working Hunter AAOTR and Top Tens in Working Hunter ATR and Hunter Hack AAOTR.

The winners all received beautiful neck sashe and embroidered dress sheets, with Champion receiving a gold trophy cup as well. Prizes were donated by owners and breeders of Anglo-Arabians to recognize these athletes’ accomplishments.

Simplyirisistible+ (l) and FF Braveheart (r)

The other Anglos that won National titles at the show are: BEYTHOVEN - Top Tens in Working Hunter Open & ATR, Hunter Hack Open & ATR; SIMPLYIRISISTIBLE+ - Reserve Champion First Level Dressage ATR; NF MISS SCARLET SLEW - Top Tens in SHIH Mares Open & ATH, and SHUS Junior Horse; FF BRAVEHEART - Champion First Level Open and Top Ten SH Show Hack; ACE OF SPADES+++// - Top Tens in Hunter Hack ATR, SHUS Open and ATR; SANS PREMIUM EDGE+ - Top Ten in Training Level Open and SHUS Junior Horse; COPPERS ROCKY MOUNTAIN+/ - Top Ten in Training Level Open and First Level ATR; SEE ME IN ROME+/ - Reserve Champion in SHIH ATH and Top Ten SHIH Open; THOR+ - Top Tens in Workking Hunter ATR and Hunter Hack; RMC ENTRIGINGPROSPECT - Champion in SHIH 2 yr old Jackpot Colts; ANGELS ADAGIO - Top Ten SHIH 2 yr old Jackpot Geldings; RS MERCURY - Top Ten SHIH 2 yr old Jackpot Geldings.

Sans Premium Edge+ (l) and NF Miss Scarlet Slew (r)

Angels Adagio (l) and RMC Entrigingprospect (r)

We are VERY lucky to have some videos of several of the Anglos too. Click the links below to view them.

CA ZANES DARJEELING - Fourth Level Dressage Test

SEE ME IN ROME - Third Level Dressage Test

ONE MORE ROUND - Working Hunter A

ONE MORE ROUND - Working Hunter B

BEYTHOVEN - Working Hunter

FF IRISH VODKA - Working Hunter

As we gear up for Sport Horse Nationals,with a record 21 Anglos entered, our Anglos did extremely well at Canadian Nationals in August. BEYTHOVEN (Bey Oro x Run Really Run) was Champion in HA/AA Working Hunter, HA/AA Working Hunter JT 17 & Under, and Equitation 17 & Under; Reserve Champion in Hunter Hack and Top Ten in HA/AA Working Hunter AT & AAOTR and SHUS Open and ATR. FF IRISH VODKA+++// was Champion Working Hunter AT, SHUS Open and ATR, and Top Ten in Hunter Hack and Training Level Dressage.. COPPERS ROCKY MOUNTAIN+/ was Top Ten in Training and First Level Dressage.

Beythoven

The North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association (NAAAHA) sponsored their second High Point Championship Awards at the Youth National Championship Show.

The gelding BEYTHOVEN (Bey Oro x Run Really Run) earned Supreme Champion Anglo-Arabian honors thanks to winning National Champion in Hunter Hack and Top Tens in Working Hunter, Hunt Seat Equitation Under Saddle 14-17 and Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences. Beythoven is owned by Miles J. Reiter and ridden by Cody Mahoney.

FF IRISH VODKA+++// (Pri Ibn Masriyyah x Jennifers Winner) was Reserve SupremeChampion Anglo-Arabian. This Anglo gelding won a Reserve Champion in Hunt Seat Equitation Under Saddle 14-17. In addition, he won a Top Ten in Training Level Dressage 14-17 with owner/rider Collier McLeod.

MP MURRAYS LAW+, above, ( MP Dream Machine x Karrie Ael), owned and ridden by Natasha Costello, earned a Top Ten in Hunter Hack and Training Level Dressage 13 & Under. He was bred by Portia McLeish.

Rounding out the Anglo-Arabian Awards was Kaylan Herbst and her mare, FOREIGN POLICY+/, below, (Daalim El Nefous x Pretty Policy) who earned two Top Tens in Working Hunter and Hunter Hack. This mare was bred by Christine Pappas.

The winners all received beautiful neck sashes and embroidered dress sheets, with Champion receiving a gold trophy cup as well. Prizes were donated by owners and breeders of Anglo-Arabians to recognize these athletes’ accomplishments.

Regional Shows are still ongoing, but here are some highlights of our stellar Anglo performances.

Region One Championships: SAUL+/ - Top 5 Trail AOTR; Pacific Slopes Championships: SANS PREMIUM EDGE - Champion SHUS Open, Champion Training Level Dressage; Region 2: BEYTHOVEN - Champion Working Hunter Open and Top 5 Working Hunter ATR

;

Sans Premium Edge (l) and Saul+/ (r)

;Region 3: BEYTHOVEN - Champion Hunter Hack Open & ATR, Champion Working Hunter; Champion SHUS,;`VICE-REGENT SM - Top 5 Hunter Pleasure Jr. Horse; Region 5: VICE-REGENT SM - Res. Champion SHUS Jr. Horse, Top 5 SHUS Open; CA ZANES DARJEELING - Champion Dressage Prix St. Georges; FF BRAVEHEART - Champion SH Show Hack, Top 5 SHUS Open, Top 5 Dressage Second Level.

Angel's Legacy and Jackie Alkin

Region 7: ANGELS LEGACY - Champion Fourth Level Dressage, Champion SH Show Hack, Res. Champion Hunter Hack Open, Res. Champion SHIH Mares, Res. Champion SHUS; SEE ME IN ROME++/ - Champion Third Level Dressage, Champion Fourth Level Dressage, Champion SHIH ATH, Res. Champion SHIH Open; RS MERCURY, Top 5 SHIS Open and ATH; KEMPER COUNTY - Top 5 SHUS; NF MISS SCARLETT SLEW - Top 5 SHIH; SAUL+/ - Champion Trail AOTR; ;

See Me In Rome with Alexis Katz

Region 9: FORMULA ONE FERRARI - Top 5 Western Pleasure AOTR; Region 11: FOREIGN POLICY+/ - Champion Working Hunter Open and AOTR, Reserve Champion Hunter Hack; CA MIGHTYABLEZANEGREY - Top 5 Training Level Dressage;

FF Irish Vodka and Collier McLeod

Region 12 - FF IRISH VODKA+++// - Champion Hunter Hack Open & ATR, Champion Working Hunter Open, JTR & ATR,; SIGNAL BEY - Champion SHUS Jr. Horse, Res. Champion SHUS Open; Region 14: FF IRISH VODKA+++// - Champion Working Hunter Open, JTR & ATR, Champion Hunter Hack Open, Res. Champion Hunter Hsack ATR;

"It is with great sadness that I am reporting the death of my twice National Champion and multi Top Ten Anglo-Arab, DW Raven++++//. He passed away on March 9, 2008 at 10 years of age after a freak accident. Raymond was not only a champion, but a true friend and a trusted partner. He was a horse who would try his hardest at whatever was asked of him, always giving 100 percent. DW Raven++++// was that "one in a million" horse. How fortunate I was to have had him in my life." - Kathy Cannon Pittman

Our sincere sympathies to Kathy and her friends and family.

Here are a few photos of this terrific team.

 

SEE ME IN ROME+/ (photo left) - 1 st -   SPORT HORSE IN HAND, SIX YEAR OLD & OVER GELDINGS , 1 st - SPORT HORSE IN HAND CHAMPION & RESERVE GELDING, 2 nd SPORT HORSE IN HAND, FIVE & OVER GELDINGS - ATH, 3 rd - DRESSAGE FOURTH LEVEL TEST 2,   4 th - DRESSAGE FOURTH LEVEL TEST 1

FF IRISH VODKA (photo below)- RESERVE CHAMPION - REGULAR WORKING HUNTER JTR , 1 st - SPORT HORSE IN HAND, FIVE & OVER GELDINGS - ATH. 1 st - SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE, JTR , 2 nd   -   SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE, STALLIONS/GELDINGS,   2 nd -   SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP, 2 nd - SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP - JTR, 2 nd - HUNTER HACK, OPEN,

BEYTHOVEN (photo below) - CHAMPION - REGULAR WORKING HUNTER JTR , TOP TEN - SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP,   4 TH - SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE, STALLIONS/GELDINGS

THOR (photo below)- RESERVE - REGULAR WORKING HUNTER AATR CHAMPIONSHIP, TOP TEN - SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP,   TOP TEN - SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP - AATR, 1 st - HUNTER HACK, OPEN, 1 ST   - HUNTER HACK, AATR,   3 RD - SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE, STALLIONS/GELDINGS, 5 TH - SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE, AATR,

SOLEYA++++// - CHAMPION -   SPORT HORSE IN HAND, FIVE & OVER MARES - ATH, CHAMPION -    SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE, MARES, RESERVE - SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE, AATR, 1 ST - SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE, AATR, TOP TEN -   HUNTER PLEASURE CHAMPIONSHIP, AAOTR 40 & OVER, TOP TEN - HUNTER PLEASURE CHAMPIONSHIP, AAOTR 18-39, TOP TEN HUNTER PLEASURE CHAMPIONSHIP, AATR 40 & OVER, 1 ST -   SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP,   1 ST - SPORT HORSE IN HAND, SIX YEAR OLD & OVER MARES, 2 ND   - DRESSAGE FIRST LEVEL TEST 1, 2 ND - DRESSAGE FIRST LEVEL TEST 4 STAKES CLASS, 3 RD - DRESSAGE TRAINING LEVEL TEST 1, AATR

SAUL+/ - TOP TEN - WESTERN HORSMANSHIP CHAMPIONSHIP, RIDERS 13 & UNDER

OKW BERLYN- TOP TEN - HUNTER PLEASURE CHAMPIONSHIP, AATR 18-39

 

The final standings for the 2007 USEF Awards have been announced and include more than a few Anglo-Arabians amongst them. Alexis Starer, of Cape Charles, VA, was 4th place Owner with her Anglo mare Before Sunrise.

National Horse Of The Year winning Anglos are as follows:

 

DW Raven (l) and Foreign Policy (r)

HUNTER/JUMPER: 10th BEYTHOVEN, 13th DW RAVEN, 18th FOREIGN POLICY, 21st OZ THE TIN MAN, 22nd THOR

DRESSAGE: 1st - FF IRISH VODKA

Before Sunrise (l) and Cylent Kysses (r)

SPORT HORSE: 1st - BEFORE SUNRISE,, 4th - CYLENT KYSSES, 15th - DW RAVEN, 22nd - ANGELS LEGACY, 24th -THOR

TRAINING LEVEL DRESSAGE: 7th - CB HANDSOME REWARD, 14th - CYLENT KYSSES, 32nd - RA ANCIENT ANSWERS.

FIRST LEVEL DRESSAGE: 4th - CYLENT KYSSES, 18th CB HANDSOME REWARD, 42nd FF BRAVEHEART.

SECOND-FOURTH LEVEL DRESSAGE: 12th OZ THE TIN MAN, 25th - ANGELS LEGACY

TRAINING LEVEL DRESSAGE AMATEUR: 8th SAVANNAHH, 22nd - CYLENT KYSSES

FIRST LEVEL DRESSAGE AMATEUR: 22nd RHTHYM IN BEY, 25th CYLENT KYSSES

SECOND-FOURTH LEVEL DRESSAGE AMATEUR: 12th OZ THE TIN MAN, 25th ANGELS LEGACY

Sport Horse Nationals was the scene of Anglo-Arabians shining in these disciplines as usual, among some of the stiffest competition on the continent!

Perennial favorite SOLEYA (above) was named Reserve Supreme Champion SHIH, in addition to winning Champion in SHIH Mares Open and ATH and Top Tens in SHUS Open and HA/AA Dressage First and Second Levels. She also earned Supreme Champion Anglo-Arabian Sport Horse.

 

Patricia Seale's CYLENT KYSSES (above) earned five Top Ten Titles - SHIH Open and ATR, SH Show Hack and HA/AA Dressage Training and First Level. She also placed in the Top Five for the Anglo-Arabian Sport Horse Award.

Kaylan Herbst and her mare, FOREIGN POLICY earned three Top Tens in Working Hunter ATR and Hunter Hack Open and ATR. She also placed in the Top Five for the Anglo-Arabian Sport Horse Award.

R JAY BAKARO and Allan Ehrlick rounded out the Top Five for the Anglo-Arabian Sport Horse Award with a Top Ten in Working Hunter AAOTR.

Other Anglos earning National Titles include Kristin Hardin's MSSOFIE (above left) who won Reserve Champion in SHIH 2 Year Old Fillies Jackpot. In the Colts class, KOOL BREEZE TR won a Top Ten. Jennifer Roberts' KHANDLE IN THE WIND won Top Tens in SHIH Mares Open and ATH. HC ROYAL VHELVET (above right) went Top Ten in her SHIH Mares Open class. Cara Blanchard and her five-year-old gelding, CB HANDSOME REWARD went Top Ten in HA/AA Training Level Dressage.

DW RAVEN was named Top Ten in Hunter Hack ATR and AAOTR. Fiona Gowers' SAVANNAH (above left) was Top Ten in both SHUS Jr. Horse and HA/AA Training Level Dressage ATR. Alexis Starer and BEFORE SUNRISE (below) were named Top Ten in SHUS ATR.

The 50th Anniversary of Canadian Nationals proved very lucrative to the Anglo Arabians competing there.   A total of 7 Championships and 4 Reserves and several Top Tens were earned by these animals.

R Jay Bakaro, owned an shown by Allan Ehrlick, was Champion in Working Hunter Open and AAOTR and Open Jumper; Reserve in Jumper ATR; and Top Ten in Working Hunter ATR. FF Irish Vodka , owned and ridden by Courtney Percival, was Champion in Working Hunter ATR and Hunter Hack; Reserve in SHUS ATR and Top Ten in SHUS Open and Training Level Dressage ATR. Stablemate Ace of Spades, with Taryn Pearson, was Reserve in Hunter Hack and Working Hunter ATR; and Top Ten in Open SHUS. Soleya and new owner Lorna Harron were Champion in SHUS and First Level Dressage and Top Ten in SHUS ATR. MJ Fatal Atracson won Reserve in Third Level Dressage.

The fantastic new Supreme Champion Anglo-Arabian Award at Youth Nationals, sponsored by the North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association (NAAAHA) was a HUGE success. The prizes were gorgeous and the recipients were thrilled! The winner took home a large gold cup mounted on a marble base. All winners got a gorgeous neck ribbon and dark grey dress sheets embroidered in light blue print with a light blue/navy border. The sheets read "Supreme Champion Anglo Arabian Youth".

The Supreme Champion (above) was an imported 16 year old chestnut French mare bred by Serge Louis, named Jolie Louise (Roseau d'Or x Paramaribo). She is owned by James or Tami Roberts of Carmel Valley CA. She went Top Ten Working Hunter with Christi Roberts and carried another rider, Cody Mahoney, to Champion Equitation over Fences (Eq counted for half points).

The Reserve Champion (below left) was a 6 year old bay gelding named Beythoven (Bey Oro x Run Really Run). He is owned by Miles Reiter of Aptos, CA. He was ridden by Cody Mahoney to a Top Ten in Working Hunters and a Top Ten in Hunter Hack.



Top Five (above right) was a 12 year old chestnut gelding named Crimson Illusion+ (Bey Oro x Crimson Spider). He is owned by Arielle Controneo of Bernardsville, NJ. She entered him in just one class, Hunt Seat Eq on the flat 14-17, and went Reserve Champion.


by Ahna Bowman, Bowman Sport Horses

We found Ace of Spades +++// quietly living his life in a pasture at an eventing barn in Colorado. He was 10 years old and had never been shown anywhere. His owner was going off to college and her trainer had heard I was looking for a registered Half or Anglo Arabian for a client. We bought him off a video and had him shipped to Arizona. He arrived with a nasty skin fungus and an even worse respiratory infection. We were madly in love with him anyway. After some recovery time, and a few months tune-up and fitness work, he has never looked back. At 15 he hasn't been sick a day in his life since.

To date he's had an amazing career achieving his Legion of Supreme Merit and Legion of Excellence. He is 20 points away from finishing out the program with a Legion of Masters. He has been Region 7 USEF Horse of the Year and reserve many times in Specialty, Sport Horse, and Hunter/Jumper. Most recently Region 7 USEF HA/AA Sport Horse and Specialty Horse Champion in 2006.

In winter 2004, after accomplishing so much together, his owner Marie Arias-Stein was facing a move to Maryland as her parents had taken jobs back east. It was decided that Ace would stay with me and Marie would come back in the Summer of 2005 to practice for one last show on him- the 2005 Sport Horse Nationals. Their career together and their horse show ended dramatically. In the last final of the last class of the horse show- HA/AA Sport Horse Under Saddle- Marie (14 years old) and Ace (13 years old) took the Reserve National Championship behind Soleya and Todd Ehret.

He could do it all. Working Hunter, Sport Horse Under Saddle, Sport Horse In-Hand, and even posting a 70% to win a Training Level Dressage class at the Scottsdale Show in 2004. There would never be another one like Ace. But Wait- Not so fast.

Thanks to a little bit of publicity on Ace and Marie from the show and the fact I was actively seeking out Ace's siblings, Bunny O'Connell and I eventually found each other. Bunny lived in Tennessee and owned one of the last of the Pri Ibn Masriyyah / Jennifer's Winner brood. At age 8, he'd pretty much been hanging out and trail riding. She'd always thought he was meant for something more. We talked and she told me about him. It was clear at age 8, he'd need to start from the beginning in his training. It didn't matter. She didn't even have a current picture of him. That didn't matter either. We made a deal and he was on his way.

'The Twins" with 6 Region 7 Championships and 3 Top 5's between them in 2006

He arrived and everyone gasped. He was the spitting image of Ace from the very faint star to the white left hind. They were even nearly the same size- Ace at 17 h and Guinness at just a hair under 16.3. Unbelievable. He was the same super mover and athlete with maybe a little extra considering he was about half Ace's age. Registered as FF Irish Vodka, we called him Guinness because Bunny being Irish told us 'Irish Vodka' was slang for Guinness Beer. (An Irish thing)

We got Guinness in January 2006. I am not exaggerating when I say that he had no idea how to canter, and when we started him over fences in February, instead of jumping that first cross rail, he thought it would be a lot more fun to wear it like a suit. By the time the poles had stopped flying around, he had three different colors of jump paint on his legs, feet, and chest. We thought, "Oh my God, this is going to be a long haul".

Ann Hughes; FF Irish Vodka ++/ (Guinness) - 2006 HA/AA AAOTR Working Hunter Champion

But of course, it wasn't. He caught on very fast- just happy to have a job, and by April he was at his first 'A' Show which happened to be Region 7, winning Sport Horse U/S and Hunter Hack classes. By the end of September, after Sport Horse Nationals he had three Regional Titles, three National Top Ten's, three Reserve National Championships, and a National Championship. In less than one year he has achieved his Legion of Honor, Legion of Supreme Honor, and Legion of Merit.

We are very proud of both of these guys. They couldn't have done it without their riders- mostly Marie Arias-Stein, Courtney Percival, and Annie Hughes- all juniors and amateurs. Sometimes affectionately and some times not so affectionately, they are referred to as 'The Twins'. We love it either way.

The two boys are both going strong at settling into their new home in Oregon, as BSH had recently relocated from Arizona. Our first show here in March- the Arabians in Motion Sport Horse Classic- they took four Championships and two Reserves in HA/AA Sport Horse US, HA/AA Sport Horse Geldings In-Hand, In-Hand ATH, and Working Hunter. They show next at Region 4 in June.

I feel truly blessed to have both of these horses in my life. They have shown heart, depth, and talent far beyond expectations, and really opened my eyes to the grace and athleticism of Anglo Arabians in general. As someone who believes in and practices the Warmblood/Arab cross, these horses are always reminding me what a nice horse really is. I look forward to adding Anglos to my breeding program. The possibilities are really endless.

 

After the 2007 Sport Horse & Youth National Championships, there will be an award for the High-Point registered Anglo-Arabian horse and additional Top Five point earners, donated by Anglo breeders, owners and enthusiasts. This is in conjunction with the formation of a North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association (NAAAHA) whose goal is to unite Anglo breeders thoughout North America and to promote the breed in all endeavors where the Anglo-Arabian excels.

Points will be awarded in classes as follows: Champion 30 points, Reserve Champion 20 points, Top Ten 10 points except Sport Horse In Hand, Sport Horse Under Saddle, Hunter Hack, and Training and First Level Dressage which will be awarded Champion 15 points, Reserve 10 points, and Top Ten 5 points. This point structure is designed to reward the more highly skilled horses according to the level of difficulty required in hunter/jumper, show hack and upper level dressage.

The NAAAHA plans to sponsor an awards program in all disciplines in the future, but your feedback, support and ideas are needed in order to maximize participation. Please drop an email to us at info@NAAAHA.com with your input or visit NAAAHA's website here.

UPDATED 8/20/07 - The 2007 AHA shows have spotlighted Anglo-Arabians in the Sport Horse disciplines again. East Coast Championships started out with LVF Bottom Line (left) winning Champion Working Hunter ATR. Diamond Jim Kelly (below) won Reserve Championships in SHIH Geldings and SHUS ATR, plus a Top 5 in SHIH ATH.

At the Region 4 Championships, FF Irish Vodka +//,   with Courtney Percival, came away with Champion in Hunter Hack; Reserve in Working Hunter and Top 5 in SHIH Geldings.

Kathleen Cannon's DW Raven +// took Region 10 Champion in SHIH Geldings Open and ATH and a Top 5 in SHUS ATR.

The Region 15 Championships featured Lalani Quincy + as the Champion in SHIH Geldings and HC Royal Vhelvet with Top 5 in SHIH Mares. Alexis Starer's Before Sunrise +++//   was Reserve Champion in SHIH Mares ATH and SHUS Open. Lauren Over and LVF Bottom Line (top) won Reserve Champion in Hunter Hack Open and Top Five in Working Hunter JTR.

Region 13 had Kaylan Herbst's Foreign Policy + (left) winning top honors in Hunter Hack Open and ATR. Region 1 Champion in Hunter Hack was Starr Chasers Fund and Top 5 in SHUS went to Thor.

Pictured below at the Region 2 Championships, Starr Chasers Fund (upper left) was Champion in SHUS Open, Reserve in Hunter Hack Open and SHUS ATR and Top 5 in Working Hunter Open. Beythoven (upper right) was Champion in Hunter Hack Open and SHUS ATR and Top 5 in Working Hunter Open and ATR. The French Anglo mare Jolie Louise (lower left) was Champion in Working Hunter Open; Reserve in Working Hunter ATR and Top 5 in Hunter Hack Open. Firgrove Ausabl River was Champion in First Level Dressage AOTR and Top 5 in Second Level ATR.

The Region 11 Championships featured Anglos that captured five Championships! Foreign Policy + and Kaylan Herbst were Champion in Working Hunter AOTR, and SHUS ATR; Reserve Champion in Hunter Hack and Top Five in Training Level Dressage AOTR. Kathleen Cannon and DW Raven +++// (above right) earned Champions in Working Hunter Open, Hunter Hack and SHIH Geldings; Reserve in Working Hunter AOTR and Top Five in SHUS Open.

Region 5 Championships had Anglos on top of five classes as well. CA Zanes Darjeeling and Megan Hays were Champion in SHIH Mares and Third Level Dressage Open and ATR. C J One For The Money +// was Champion in Sport Horse Show Hack; Reserve in SHUS Open and Sport Horse Show Hack ATR and Top 5 in Second Level Dressage. Alexis Smith's BR Mescalero was Champion in SHIH Geldings and Reserve in SHUS Jr. Horse. Tosia Long and FF Braveheart (above) were Reserve Champion in First and Second Level Dressage. OKW Berlyn (below left) won a Top 5 in Hunter Pleasure AOTR.

Region 9 Championships featured a unique Anglo gelding, Formula One Ferrari, (above right) winning a Top 5 in Western Pleasure Open, AOTR and ATR plus Ladies Side Saddle.

The 1st Annual VAHA Sport Horse Show bragged close to 200 horses and hired a second dressage judge in order to accommodate the overwhelming response to this show.

Alexis Starer's Before Sunrise +++/ won Champion in the SHUS ATR, Reserve in SHUS Open and Terri Aldred-Kerr's Diamond Jim Kelly was Champion SHIH Gelding. The class results are as follows:

BEFORE SUNRISE +++/ - Champion SHUS ATR Championship; Reserve Champion SHUS Open Championship; 2nd SHUS Open; 3rd SHUS ATR; 2nd SHIH Mares 6 & Over

 

DIAMOND JIM KELLY - (photo above)1st SHIH Geldings Championship; 1st SHIH Geldings; 2nd SHUS Novice; 6th SHUS Open Championship; 6th Dressage TL Test 2

EXACTLY SPECIAL - 3rd SHUS JTR; 3rd Dressage First Level Test 1 JTR; 4th SHIH JTH; 4th SHUS JTR Championship; 6th SHUS Novice

ONE MORE ROUND - 4th SHIH geldings 3-5 yrs

The Region 7 Championships were held in Scottsdale the end of April. Jackie Alkin''s homebred Anglo mare ANGELS LEGACY ++// (below left) was Champion in Sport Horse Show Hack and Third Level Dressage, and Top Five in SHIH mares Open and ATH. SEE ME IN ROME + (below right) was Champion in Dressage Third Level ATR and Top Five in SHIH Geldings Open and ATH.

The Region 12 Championships held in May were exclusive of Hunter/Jumper classes (scheduled June 9) still showed off the talents of several Anglo-Arabians. The young VERY HEAVENLY (Versace x A-Heaven Scent ++ {AA}), photo below left, was Champion in Breeding Mares and Top 5 in SHIH Mares Open. Her half-sister SHEEZ HEAVENLY (Shah Azim x A-Heaven Scent ++ {AA}), photo below right, was Reserve Champion in SHIH Mares Open. Both mares are owned by Alstad Arabian Farms,

Cara Blanchard's CB HANDSOME REWARD (Rohara Tattinger x Rewarding Debt {TB}), pictured below right, won Reserve Champion in SHUS Jr. Horse and a Top 5 in SHIH Geldings Open..

 

The Anglo-Arabians did a fabulous job in February at the Scottsdale All-Arabian show. Anglos seriously dominated the Dressage, Sport Horse and Working Hunter divisions. Before Sunrise +++/ was Champion in both Sport Horse Mares in Hand AT and Sport Horse Under Saddle AT; Zihautenejo and Beythoven garnered 2 Working Hunter Champions and Reserve Champions respectively; and Oz The Tin Man laid down three winning upper level dressage tests, earning two high point Championships!

 

Unique among Anglos is the western horse Saul +/, who competed in Trail, Reining and Horsemanship. This versatile horse has won 1 National Championship, 2 Reserve National Championships, and 2 National Top Tens in Reining during his career.

 

The results follow:

 

SAUL +/ ( Musseaus x Teen Witch {TB}) Owned by Amanda & Fred Golestani

  • WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP, RIDERS 14-17 - 2 nd
  • HA/AA TRAIL HORSE, JTR 17 & UNDER - 3 rd
  • AHA WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP MEDAL, 17 & UNDER - 3 rd                  
  • WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP, RIDERS 13 & UNDER - 3 rd
  • WESTERN SEAT EQUITATION, RIDERS 14-17 - 5 th
  • HA/AA TRAIL HORSES, AATR - 6th            
  • HA/AA REINING HORSES, JTR 17 & UNDER - 8 th

RHYTHM IN BEY + (Bey Oro x Modern Age{TB}) Owned by Dianna L Smith

  • DRESSAGE FIRST LEVEL TEST 1, AATR - 1 st
  • DRESSAGE FIRST LEVEL TEST 4, AATR STAKES - 3 rd
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE, STALLIONS/GELDINGS - 4 th
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, SIX YEAR OLD & OVER GELDINGS - 5 th
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP - 9 th

OZ THE TIN MAN    (Sidi Of Magic x Regalbatim{TB}) Owned by Katherine Groesbeck

  • DRESSAGE FOURTH LEVEL TEST 1 - 1 st
  • DRESSAGE THIRD LEVEL TEST 2 - 1 st
  • DRESSAGE FOURTH LEVEL TEST 2 - 1 st
  • DRESSAGE THIRD LEVEL TEST 1 - 3 rd
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, SIX YEAR OLD & OVER - 3 rd
  • HA/AA GREEN WORKING HUNTER, OPEN - 3 rd
  • HA/AA REGULAR WORKING HUNTER, JTR - 3 rd
  • HA/AA JUMPERS, ATR - 3 rd
  • HA/AA JUMPERS, OPEN - 5 th
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE SHOW HACK, OPEN - 5th
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP - 10 th

ANGELS LEGACY +/   (Magic Domino AHS+++// x Vagabonds Angel+/{AA})   Owned by Jackie & Sue Alkin (pictured above)

  • DRESSAGE FOURTH LEVEL TEST 2 - 1 st
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, SIX YEAR OLD & OVER MARES - 2 nd
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE SHOW HACK, OPEN - 2 nd
  • DRESSAGE FOURTH LEVEL TEST 1 - 3 rd
  • DRESSAGE THIRD LEVEL TEST 2 - 3 rd
  • DRESSAGE THIRD LEVEL TEST 1 - 4 th
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, FIVE & OVER MARES - ATH - 4 th

SLEWS PARADISE    (Ara {TB} x El Paso Ellori)   Owned by Elizabeth Scott

  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND CHAMPION MARES - Reserve Champion
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, TWO & THREE YEAR OLD FILLIES - 1 st
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND MARES - ATH -   4th

BEFORE SUNRISE +++/   ( Free ASA Eagle{TB} x Khemmoanne) Owned by Alexis Starer

  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND CHAMPION MARE - ATH -   Champion
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP - ATR - Champion
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, FIVE & OVER MARES - ATH - 1 st
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE MARES - 2 nd
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, SIX YEAR OLD & OVER MARES - 4 th
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE, AATR - 5 th
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP - 8 th

OZ POOF OF PURCHASE   (Sidi of Magic x Regalbatim)   Owned by Teresa Groesbeck

  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE IN HAND, SIX & OVER GELDINGS - 4 th
  • DRESSAGE SECOND   LEVEL TEST 1 - 5 th
  • DRESSAGE SECOND   LEVEL TEST 2 - 5 th

BEYTHOVEN (Bey Oro x Run Really Run) Owned by Katherine Trackman

  • HA/AA REGULAR WORKING HUNTER, OPEN - Reserve Champion, 1st , 1st , 2nd
  • HA/AA REGULAR WORKING HUNTER, JTR - Reserve Champion, 2nd , 2nd , 3rd
  • HA/AA HUNTER HACK, OPEN - 1 st
  • HA/AA HUNTER HACK, JTR - 1 st
  • HA/AA GREEN WORKING HUNTER, OPEN - 2 nd
  • ARABIAN/HA/AA LOW HUNTERS, ATR - 2 nd
  • HA/AA JUMPERS, ATR - 5 th

ZIHAUTANEJO (Khemos Baskota x Weldareason {TB}) Owned by Lauren & Karen Carr (pictured above and below)

  • HA/AA REGULAR WORKING HUNTER, JTR - Champion, 1st , 1st , 1st
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE ATR - 1 st
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE JUNIOR HORSE - 2 nd
  • HUNTER SEAT EQUITATION OVER OBSTACLES, JTR 17 & UNDER - 4 th
  • HA/AA GREEN WORKING HUNTER, OPEN - 4 th
  • HA/AA SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP - ATR - 6 th

VIRGINIA -- The foal was just 10 days old when she first set eyes on her owner and gave her a swift kick in the ribs, but the two recognized their mutual dislike immediately. Bijoux was bred by Lynn Foley at her former Tidebrook Farm near Franktown and was born in Richmond on Valentine's Day, 1994. That's where any sign of affection between the two ends.

"We really have not gotten along since then," she said of the country's top-ranked half-Arabian sport horse. Almost 13 years and a couple of owners later, the path to the winner's circle has been distinguished by happenstance as much as the recent hard work and dedication of Bijoux's current owner and trainer.

Bijoux, a nickname for the champion officially registered as Before Sunrise, won Reserve National Champion in her breed at the United States Equestrian Federation show in Idaho this September; judges awarded the mare more points than any other half-Arabian in any discipline.

Twenty-four-year-old Alexis Starer -- whose family ten years ago moved to a sprawling 400-acre farm here where Old Plantation Creek meets the Chesapeake Bay in lower Northampton County -- has owned the gray Anglo Arab mare for less than two years and started competing with her just eight months ago.

After the first, fateful encounter between the then-Chestnut foal and Foley, the former was essentially put out to pasture. "I didn't like her color, either," Foley said, pointing with disdain to all things brown amid acres of barren winter Shore fields, trying hard to convey just how unattractive the pony's coat was to her sensibility. She's gray now, much to her delight, but Foley said Bijoux was 8 years old by the time the color changed and she'd given her away long before.

At about age 2, a horse-loving friend who was helping out on the farm developed a bond with the young horse and Foley happily turned her over. Cindy Nottingham, also of Franktown, always thought there was something special about Bijoux.

"It's a good thing that she finally had someone who loved her," Starer said. "I think horses are good for people just like people are good for them." Starer said Nottingham contacted her because she wasn't sure how much longer she'd be able to care for Bijoux. She decided to give the mare a chance.

So after years of boarding and looking pretty -- a decade-long stretch when she was just getting "fat and happy" on different farms -- Starer and Nottingham struck a deal that would set the stage for a string of successes and a national championship at age 12.

Starer trains horses from a big, clean barn across from the end of an airstrip surrounded by pastures and farmfields at the family spread, Bayview Farm. Right now it's home to 11 horses, some boarders among them.

Bill Doughty trains and competes with Starer. The 32-year-old Shore native said his grandparents farmed the land before the Starers bought it. He's now a field superintendent for Alexis' father, Bob, who has a homebuilding company.

"In December (2005), I had sold a horse I was showing and competing pretty hard," Starer said. I didn't have anything to ride and Bill said, 'Take Bijoux.'

"It was kind of a joke," she said.

If it was, it was a joke on everyone but Bijoux, who surprised them all with her performance, especially with so little training at her age.

Bijoux was a "superstar," Starer said of their first show, winning five of six classes.Trophies started to pile up fast as she and Doughty continued to enter her in shows; Bijoux won 43 out of 52 classes in competitions during the season in Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Entering each competition qualified the horse for successive shows throughout the region, winning the east coast reserve championship and ultimately qualifying for the nationals in Idaho, where she also was reserve champion in events with both Doughty and Starer. The only horse to win more points than Bijoux in her class was from Canada, not the United States.

Bijoux also was recognized by the Arabian Horse Association this year and awarded the Legion of Supreme Merit. The award is an international designation for horses who have earned a certain number of points in both halter and performance events.

Starer, the youngest of three daughters, is an amateur-owner rider who, like Doughty, holds down a full-time job -- but like most horse enthusiasts she said she works to pay for her equestrian habit.

So during the day the Bridgewater College graduate who was recruited for their varsity equestrian team -- she holds a dual pre-veterinarian degree in equine science and psychology -- works as a mortgage loan officer running the Cape Charles branch of National City Mortgage. "We just do this for fun," Starer said of the all-consuming pastime.

The fun right now involves getting ready for the largest Arabian horse show in North America. Held the second week in February in Scottsdale, Ariz., the show hosts 3,500 horses. Competitors at the Idaho nationals totaled about 900.

Doughty and Starer -- a couple in horsemanship and in their personal lives, too --will drive to Arizona hauling a 2006 Sundowner horse trailer that had its maiden voyage to Idaho in September. "I gave her the choice between a horse trailer and a ring," Doughty said.

Nonetheless, the couple is looking forward to the future, especially the days-long drive to and from Arizona in the new purchase. It has room for three horses and supplies, but it's a premium ride for horse enthusiasts, too, with a queen-sized bed, pull-out sofa, kitchenette and a bath complete with shower stall.

Sitting just inside the door is a set of golf clubs. "I go to the shows and I bring golf clubs," Doughty said. "All the big time trainers play golf. It makes me feel like one of them."

And for Foley, who unwittingly put the events in motion more than 10 years ago, she seems genuinely pleased for Bijoux and her belated glory. "She'd still be in someone's backyard looking pretty if it hadn't been for these two," she said

- Ceri Larson Dan

 

 

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