Tag: All-Breeds Awards
The Standardbred That Can Wear Any Bridle
By Helene Gregory I grew up in Sweden and my father owned trotters. I can still remember how I used to hang around the barn...
The Dream of a Horse of a Different Color and Breeding…The...
The mighty Irish Draught Horse! We are celebrating them as our January Breed of the Month on YourDressage! Dressage riders who choose Irish Draughts as...
Discovering the New Forest Pony
I initially didn’t have a particular breed in mind. I just wanted something young to bring along myself, with gaits for dressage, and large enough to fit my 5’3 frame. I posted some inquiries on Facebook and received a message from Lesley Feakins at Trevelyan Farm, a New Forest Pony breeder, who had a 4-year-old for sale. Wishbone was a 14 hand bay gelding, who was cute as a button and had a great hind leg. I decided to take a leap of faith and bought him sight unseen.
A Day in the Life of Tempel Lipizzans
As the Lead Photographer for the Tempel Lipizzans, I am familiar with this view. May at Tempel Farms has always been time for our annual marketing shoot. I have loved this magical place since the first day I set foot here in June of 2013. I used to live a mere 20 minutes away and spent many hours and days here. This is where I first heard the word, “dressage”. This is where I learned how to properly photograph moving horses. Over the ensuing years, I have traveled with them, photographed the clinics they hosted, and was welcomed into the Tempel Farms fold.
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
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.
Patience and Perseverance!
Back in 2008, a Florida breeder of Lipizzans for 40 years welcomed a bay colt into their Lipizzan family. He was the only non-gray Lipizzan foal born to this breeder, and he was promptly named Chester. Tradition requires male Lipizzans be named in a certain way for the registry, so Chester’s fancy name was Siglavy Presciana II-II (Siglavy Aga x Presciana II). He was backed at five-and-a-half-years-old, and when I met him in 2015 at 7, he was a recently-gelded, sassy, but beautifully started 15.1 hand powerhouse. It was love at first sight, and I had to buy him.
ALL About ALL-Breeds
The Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards Program is designed to provide recognition of the accomplishments of specific breeds in dressage. Any horse that meets Adequan®/USDF Year-End...
50 Years of Intention
The mighty Friesian! We are celebrating this fairytale-looking breed as our May Breed of the Month on YourDressage! Join us all month long as...