Draft power!! This month on YourDressage, we are celebrating the mighty Draft Horse and Draft Crosses of all kinds. Dressage riders who choose Drafts as their mounts are eligible for many Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards as there are several Draft organizations on our Participating Organization list.
We recently asked our social media followers to share photos of their Drafts, and let us know what makes them so special. Below, you can see some of their photos and stories. Check out Part 1 here or Part 2 here for more Dressage Drafts!
Do you want to share a photo of your Draft or Draft Cross? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to be featured! Stay tuned to YourDressage all month long as we celebrate #DraftPower, with photo galleries and exclusive stories from Draft enthusiasts across the country!
Submitted by Deanne H. – Yeah for Drafts!!! This is Chestnut Oak’s Luka, Drum Horse (Shire/Gypsy), 7 years old; owned and ridden Training Level by me. We should have our USDF horse certificate next we. He has been with me since he was 6 1/2 months old.
Submitted by Jessica P. – I have two! A career change ranch horse Appy x Perch x TB and a livestock auction rescue Shire. You can read about Jessica and her livestock auction rescue, Bella Noche, in Belle of the Ball – A Cinderella Shire
Submitted by Jessa M. – Yay! FINALLY the drafts!!! Rush This Moment, aka “Rhi”, is a Percheron cross that started life as a carriage horse in Amish country. Currently showing 2nd level dressage (owned, trained, and ridden by myself). Has done low level eventing, and even fox hunts in the off season! Horse of a lifetime for sure!!
Submitted by Sarah E. – This is the draft cross I lease. She was a PMU rescue. I broke 3 vertebrae in my lower back 6 years ago requiring major surgery. If I fall again it could be serious for my body but not riding would be serious for my soul. So in walks this Mare. Her calm manner and big brain are the reason I ride today. I owe her everything.
Submitted by Erin ZW -This is my horse Aeris! She is an 11 year old Percheron cross. We are qualified for regionals in PSG, I1 and I1 freestyle and we are schooling Grand Prix!
Submitted by Jessica C.
Submitted by Katharine S. – Lung Ta (means “wind horse”) is an Irish Draft gelding in Sanctuary with us – with an old fracture of his jaw (so only goes bitless) and scars on his eyes that limit his vision, he was saved from going to slaughter by a friend. He’s a genuine gentle giant and has helped with therapy clients, is now head of his herd on a track system and can “dance” when he’s feeling happy and the sunlight is just right. I’m a classically schooled Dressage rider from way back and I love the honesty, presence and attitudes of Drafts.
Submitted by Olivia N – here are some pictures of me and my Percheron, Belle. We are teaching her dressage. She just learned to leg yield
Submitted by Stacy C. This is Levi, a Belgian x Tb, he is 20!
Submitted by Sydney – Emmy Lou is a Clydesdale Welsh pony cross. She spent the first 8 years of her life as a cart pony. We’ve turned her into a Second Level dressage horse! She’s got the biggest try of any horse I’ve known
Submitted by Karen R.
Submitted by Jesica A.
Submitted by Jennifer K. – In order of appearance: FHF Cruisewood (Cottonwood Flame), Grand Prix horse; Grand Prix horse FHF Portmanteau (Cottonwood Flame); Collingwood (Cottonwood Flame), Grand Prix horse; FEI horse Forest by Cottonwood Flame; Cottonwood Flame, purebred Percheron, successful Grand Prix dressage stallion, and sire to numerous FEI horses – including 5 Grand Prix horses
Submitted by Carlee H. – Lovely Rita, a 19hh Shire owned by Walt and Jana Holden, ridden by Danna Hill; Rosie – a Shire – owned and ridden by Carlee Holden, at Second Level; Leo is a Gypsy Vanner, owned by Mary Martin and ridden by Carlee Holden
Submitted by Catherine B. – The grey is a Percheron x Andalusian, and the bay is a Percheron
Submitted by Naomi H. – Here are a few pictures of our 5 year old Clydesdale Windsor Road Beau. He is in training with Heather Willson Roller and has started competing this year.
Submitted by Rebecca V. – This is Monte Carlo, who is a rescue that we started doing dressage with, and is now showing! This is the day we got Monte Carlo. Scared of people and out of shape. Look how far he’s come!