Photo by Chelsey Burris
December is Splash of Color month on
YourDressage! Whether your horse is a registered Paint, Appaloosa, Knabstrupper, or Gypsy Horse, sports a patched or spotted coat, or wears lots of chrome, this month is for you!
Dressage enthusiasts who ride colorful horses have the opportunity to earn special awards through the
Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards as the American Paint Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, Knabstrupperforeningen for Danmark (KNN), Gypsy Horse Registry Of America, and Gypsy Vanner Horse Society are all Participating Organizations.
We recently asked our social media followers to share photos of their loudly colored horses, and let us know what makes these horses so special. Below, you can see some of their photos and stories. Keep an eye out for more galleries and exclusive stories featuring these incredibly special horses through the end of December 2021!
Do you want to share a photo of your colorful horse? E-mail us at email@example.com for your chance to be featured!
Submitted by Kelli A. – Jovee Mercedez – purchased her as a 4 year old and we’re now working on Third Level. And my bronze medal. She’s helped me earn my Masters Challenge Awards at First and Second Level.
Submitted by Jennifer N. – Isabella ~ Friesian, Morgan TBx Queen of my heart and the barn. ❤
Submitted by Stephie G. – DaVinci’s Bonus. My NSH whom allowed me my Silver but so many other amazing life experiences. His only rider since 4, now 19 living the easy life.
Submitted by Stephie G.- not too shabby for 19 😉
Submitted by Shannon H. – A Lucky Chance, aka “Rex” – Paint/TB gelding. He was my husband’s trail horse until I stole him to do dressage. I got my bronze on him.
Submitted by Shannon H. – he loves eventing too, a XC machine!!!
Submitted by Meagan M. – CCS Theoden and I doing a small tour CDI.
Submitted by Jennifer B. – Sookie 2011 Irish draught by Cougar. Now a broodmare in foal to Fabregas
Submitted by Chiara P. – Takoda., 15.2h 7yr old Sandwash Basin Mustang. Adopted him as an untouched 3yr old. Getting ready to go for Bronze. Loves moving cows and jumping cross country.
Submitted by Sophia M. – The MonarcH, a 6 year old Knabstrupper and myself showing at the 2021 GAIGs Regional Dressage Show in Lexington, VA showing 2nd level.
Submitted by Terri S. – Scout, who FUN FACT is a half-sibling to Adiah HP, (2001 Soldier of Hope). Competing Second Level, my heart/forever horse, and loved by all.
Submitted by Abby G. – Mackay’s Back In Town – 2001 Paint gelding. I have owned him for 16 years now, he started as a newly broke 4 year old and we made it up to 3rd level together!
Submitted by Annie A. – This is Piccadilly K, aka Petey! He is a Westphalian working on becoming a dressage horse, but in the meantime he loves doing leadline and being silly for the cameras!
Submitted by Valerie T. – My Section D Welsh Cob gelding, Idylwind Brychan (Bryan) Chrome for days on those legs! ☺️
Submitted by Jess I. – Fantom- 11 year old Lusitano with the best story 💜 from nervous head case “maybe he’ll be a good lower level horse” to a very short time later competing in the CDI at Devon! Came into my life through a wonderful owner who believed in this horse more than anyone ever should.
Submitted by Jess I. – In 2020 we lost the owner to health complications, only to find out she left him to me in her will. Now we’re prepping for a wonderful debut at Grand Prix… when only 3 short years ago we could barely get around 3rd level and stay in the ring. Never give up on something you believe in!
Submitted by Anna M. – This is my mare, RF Lavender, 5 year old Hanoverian x Appaloosa. Hoping for our dressage debut in 2022
Submitted by Alison F. – 2 1/2 year old Appaloosa/Friesian future dressage horse. ❤️ WJR Jackson
Submitted by Caeley M. – My little paint that I pulled from the kill pen right before being sent to slaughter.
Submitted by Allie S. – Emmerso 4th level dressage Warmblood x Appendix
Submitted by Haley D. – This is my mare, Radiance. She’s an 8 year old American Warmblood (Hanoverian x Paint/Saddlebred). This mare is one of the sweetest beings I’ve ever met. She may be little, but my gosh is she talented. It’s true what they say, a mare will give you their whole heart and more. She does this for me daily.
Submitted by Ary L. – Thunderstryke out of Butterwap Confetti. We achieved our Bronze and just need 2 more scores for our Silver. I wanted to jump but he wanted to Dressage so we are!
Submitted by Amy P. – Sacred Showdown, APHA. My son has taken him from Intro to his Bronze. Ollie’s previous record shows steer stopping and goat tying 🤣
Submitted by Sara J. – My APHA mare, Ima Sizzlin Hot Te, or Cinnamon.
Submitted by Paetra H. – Isak from Four Winds Farm! A 13yr old Icelandic gelding!
Submitted by Jaimie R. – Pythagoras, Danish Knabstrupper gelding, in our 2nd Level debut.
Submitted by Jennifer C. – My 23 year old appaloosa, still going!
Submitted by Serah R. – I was not looking for a pinto when I decided it was time to look for a younger horse. I wanted an Arab or arab warmblood x. But, when a trusted horsewoman told me I needed to come check out this pinto she had, I listened. As I watched her at liberty in the arena I was thinking very much no.
Submitted by Serah R. – Then, I saw her go under saddle – she had about 20ish rides under her belt – and I saw why her seller thought I needed to see her. A few days later, the mare I now (very affectionately) call PintoThing (¾paint, ¼ arab) was in my pasture, and it’s been a fun and challenging partnership ever since.
Submitted by Amanda B. – My horse always gets us noticed!! And his markings have made him famous 🙈 he is known as “the ditch horse” for his now infamous video of jumping a ditch like a cricket (check out his video below!). He is a registered Holsteiner (no paint in this boy and come from two plain brown horses!) and is by Concerto Grosso Holsteiner Stallion x Voltaire mare
Submitted by Amanda B. – The ditch horse!
Submitted by Jennifer T. – My Georgian Grande, Pre. I started leasing Pre from a good friend of mine just a few days before my oldest son died. This horse took such good care of me while I was drowning in grief. He always knew exactly what I needed. I cannot even describe the bond we share now. I love this horse with my entire being. I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase him later on. I’m so grateful to my husband and my friend for making this happen for me.
Submitted by Kat S. – You Salty Dog “Hendricks” is my Western Dressage mount. He is a Killpen rescue with lovely movement and we’re competing in Basic Level, schooling 1st. This is us practicing our extensions. He is active in my lesson program and has an in-your-pocket, puppy dog personality.
Submitted by Carrie C. – Belinda Aber’s part Arabian part saddlebred (100% pure love) mare Carnival Rose at the Houston Dressage Society open show run concurrently with their annual CDI. Belinda graciously allowed me to campaign “Rose” while I was between mounts
Submitted by Danielle L. – My grade pony Bandito ❤️ We started off as a green pair three years ago, but through hard work and dedication we’ve successfully shown Training and First Level. My favorite thing about Bandit is his big ears. When he’s really relaxed (which is often, he’s very happy as a dressage horse) his ears will flop to the beat of his canter. PC: Bethany P Photography
Submitted by Rachel T. – My adventure pony found at the local rural auction.
Submitted by Rachel T. – Blitz was run through as a grade, unhandled, 3-4 year old with a ingrown halter and has flourished with a little love!
Submitted by Rachel T. – He has become an unflappable all around mount in less than a year! He tries with all his heart and has given me back my courage.
Submitted by Lauren V. – My Last Shot of Bourbon. 2008 pinto American Saddlebred mare.
Submitted by Lauren V. – She has been shown through first level. Her two blue eyes really make her stand out.
Submitted by Carolyn M. – Biggie’s Little Jethro – 2005 Georgian Grande competing at PSG
Submitted by Dawn W. – A Krymsum Look A Like aka Mr. Murry, APHA registered. We haven’t shown the past 2 years due to Covid and injury, but plan on a big comeback in 2022. He’s a medicine hat paint which in Indian lore makes him special but he’s more than special in my heart. Oh and he loves my grandaughter.
Submitted by Hannah O. – Pirate Captain is a 2013 dual-registered OTTB and Pinto who I’ve been competing at Training Level and hope to move back up to First level next season.
Subitted by Hannah O. – He’s overcome some pretty difficult injuries and Illnesses to be competing and is a great joy to have in the barn!
Submitted by Darian Q. – My spotted draft mare, Mai Tai, that is shown both dressage and driving. ☺️
Submitted by Darian Q.
Submitted by Darian Q.
Submitted by Alex B. – My 21 year old APHA gelding Daffys Son Shine! Currently competing Prix St. Georges!
Submitted by Alex B. – My 4 year old Canadian Warmblood, Art Collector. He is a great grandson of Art Deco!
Submitted by Brenda R.- A purebred Hackney Horse who I affectionately refer to as “Harper the Magnificent”. I never imagined learning so much from one horse. He’s intelligent, talented yet tricky to train, and has a personality that wins over anyone that meets him. I am thankful for my heart horse.
Submitted by Alix F. – 5 yo Friesian x Appaloosa gelding, Vesuvius BEC 🥰
Submitted by Alix F.
Submitted by Terry H. – Gambo Bp 46 baroque pinto – At first usdf show in US