Tag: Region 8
“This entire experience has been really cool – it’s one of the biggest venues I’ve ever been to,” Allen exclaimed. “This is my first show season and I’m very new to dressage. I’ve been around horses most of my life but mostly did pleasure riding, so when I found my trainer and she introduced me to dressage and I thought, ‘well this is fun!’ I only had two shows in 2019 with a little Quarter Horse before I got Hugo Boss about six months ago, so it’s been a short amount of time that we’ve been together and it’s been great. Coming to the Finals has been a great experience and well worth the trip, and I hope there will be many more.”
Across eight rings of championship competition at the Kentucky Horse Park, horses and riders from across the country shared the excitement and camaraderie of coming together in one incredible venue to vie for national titles on the second day of the 2021 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, being held November 11-14 in Lexington, Ky.
Fall means Regional Championship time! Here are some of the sights our social media followers shared with us from the competitions.
In August 2010, Courtney Anderson lost her left hand in a ranching accident, when she was only 18 years old. While she was ponying a mare to another pasture on the ranch where she was working, the mare spooked and Courtney found her hand caught in the rope, unable to free herself. Much of her hand was damaged far too extensively to consider other options. However, six week post-op, they couldn’t keep her away, and Courtney was horseback gathering and working bulls. Needless to say, since the accident Courtney has become quite adept at thinking outside of the box to accomplish her goals.
An exciting week was planned... Juniors and Young Riders (ages 14-21) from across the country had converged on Traverse City, Michigan, for North America’s premier equestrian competition: the FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC)! After the 2020 cancellation, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone was especially excited to be back for the show. Then, they checked the weather forecast and saw a storm was on the horizon.