Sunday, December 4, 2022

Tag: All-Breeds

A Taste of Greatness

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But he was kind and gentle, and didn’t take advantage of the fact that I had only 6 months of riding under my belt when I tried him out.  He must have had a good feeling too, because he hung out with me at his stall when the rescue director and I were talking particulars. “Funny, he must like you, he typically stands in the stall with his butt facing the door.”  So home he came with me.

“Percy”

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There are certain memories from my childhood that stand out. From my earliest moments in life, I remember being totally obsessed with horses. By the time I came along, my parents had started to build a farm in South Carolina with some acreage, raised cows, and procured a couple of pasture puff horses that were mostly feral. I rode every chance I could. My mind was constantly daydreaming of a certain racing Arabian black stallion (thanks Walter Farley) and numerous dancing grey Lipizzaners in formation from Miracle of the White Stallions!

To Love Lipizzans

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As we built our partnership, we accumulated a number of accomplishments, but I would have to say our greatest accomplishment was obtaining all six USDF Rider Medals and USDF Freestyle Bars together - all before I turned 21. We are one of only a small number of US riders to accomplish this feat in general, let alone an even smaller group to do so at such a young age and all on one horse.

Past Lipizzan All-Breed Award Winners

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The stunning Lipizzan! We are celebrating them as our September Breed of the Month on YourDressage! For our USDF Flashback this week we take...

Spotlight On: GMO Awards

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Ask anyone associated with USDF and they will tell you uninhibitedly that “GMOs are the backbone of the organization!” …and it’s true! Nearly 50...

Past American Warmblood All-Breed Winners

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The powerful American Warmblood! We are celebrating them as our July Breed of the Month on YourDressage! For our USDF Flashback this week we...

Simi OVS, a Story of Tragedy to Triumph

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At the time, I must have been crazy as I contacted her owner to get more information and x-rays. She had fractured her left hock, and although it was not a well-placed break, it was a clean break.

On the “Virg” of Greatness

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To everyone interested in dressage with a Morgan or Morgan cross, I say go for it. They are lovely partners, often with such willingness and easy to ride gaits. A previous career doesn’t impede them from being able to succeed in their new career.

Discovering Her Roots

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Having recently graduated from law school and with limited funds for a purchase, I found myself browsing PetFinder, hoping to maybe find an Off the Track Thoroughbred. The first profile I clicked on was of a 5-year-old, 13 hand pony mare, named Dixie.

Big Name, Little Horse

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The truth is, I knew I was going to buy him as soon as I touched him. Every concern I had flew away with one breath. I just knew. The ride was just a formality. I paid for him that day and arranged for him to be picked up later that week.
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