Congratulations from the American Trakehner Association to the newly approved stallions from 2013: Feiner Prinz (Perechlest – Cornus, bred by Dr. Renate Wernke-Schmissing, Germany) owned by Dr. Margaret MacGregor, Holders Hill, Auburn, Illinois; Hart Throb (Hailo *Pg*E* – Martini *Pg*E*), bred and owned by Jean Brinkman, Valhalla Farm, Wellborn, Florida, and Heroic Measures (Platinum vom Rappenhof *Pg* – E.H. Biotop, bred by Connie Kempter, Canada), owned by Jay and Melissa Yager, Lenoir City, Tennessee. Also in 2013 the ATA Board of Directors posthumously approved the Thoroughbred stallion Coconut Grove for use in the Trakehner breed. Pictured: Feiner Prinz (left to right) handler Dieter Felgendreher, Feiner Prinz, Dr. Margaret MacGregor and Jason Elvidge. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
Congratulations to Whit Watkins of Moody, Texas, on receiving the fifth annual “USDF Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award” at the Great American/USDF Region 9 Championships held in Bryan, Texas. Whit received a $5,000 award for demonstrating adherence to sound dressage principles and the ability to communicate these principles so that students develop themselves and their horses in a logical, progressive and humane way up through the levels. Way to go Whit!
The California Dressage Society Horse of the Year High Percent Stallion (Tambu Memorial Trophy) was awarded to Susan Treabess and the eight-year-old PRE stallion Kamiakin owned by Katie Hill of the Netherlands. Susan is a 2010 World Equestrian Games Para-Dressage rider aiming for the 2014 World Equestrian Games.
At this year’s Adequan Global Dressage Festival, music will be a highlight for spectators – and not just freestyles! Highlighting the “Friday Night Stars” programs are musicians from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. The Frost School of Music, one of two schools established in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded, is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S. Ensembles such as jazz bands, chamber orchestra, a capella jazz singers, a gospel choir, and more will be featured during the Friday evening competitions.
On Friday, January 17, a special “Wild West Show” will be the “mane event” at The Stadium at PBIEC, featuring trick riders, comedy acts, barrel racing competition, a roping act, Roman riding teams and more for a full western rodeo atmosphere!
Kim Boyer’s Grandioso is the highest rated PRE in the world (ahead of every American except Steffen Peters) and her homebred Vaquero is also at the top of the list of six-year-olds in Spain! Fabulous news – congratulations Kim.
What a team! Shannon Dueck has partnered with Sally Alksnis on not one but two spectacular horses hand picked by the Carl Hester. Allegro II (barn name Alfie) is a fun seven-year-old that Shannon describes as a bouncing baby boy! The second soon-to-be superstar for this pair is six-year-old Serpico. Congratulations on the new boys!
Leslie Morse is now in Wellington from California with a small herd of horses, but Leslie didn’t buy hers – she bred them. All four are protégée of her two superstar stallions, the late Kingston and Tip Top 962. Leslie shared her fun tales of raising a new generation of super stars with the audience at the recent ShopTalk at Show Chic Dressage. There were tears and laughter and no doubt she has a new set of fans who will be cheering her on at the winter CDIs!
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