Sunday, January 29, 2023

Tag: USDF Rider Medals

Archie

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When I walk into the barn in the morning, I am greeted by not one, but five sweet Irish faces. To say I am a fan of the breed would be an understatement. I love the temperament, and the versatility of  them all. It’s so important to find the right job for a horse, and for Archie, that is all of them! 

A Traditional Irish Mare

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Dunton’s Irish Magnum is a 2007 Irish Draught Sport Horse. Her bloodlines are considered to be that of a traditional Irish horse. She is a mix of Irish Draught, Connemara pony, and Thoroughbred.  A traditional bred horse is any combination of those three breeds, but with no warmblood influence in any way.

Love, Perseverance, and Treats

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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...

Peter’s Got This

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Peter’s new job is to help me regain my fitness and get back into the competition ring.  I’m back up to riding four or five days a week most weeks, and even if I need to take frequent breaks, he is right there with me, with his wonderful attitude and work ethic.

You Gotta Legatto

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Legatto is such a gentle old soul, working with anyone from beginners to experienced riders. In September of 2019, Legatto and I started training at Fourth Level, a level I could never have dreamed of riding. Both Legatto and I loved the new challenges, and as such, signed up for our first sanctioned show at Fourth Level, in October, only a month into riding together.

Merlin’s Magic

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Sweet Seniors! In October on#YourDressage, we are celebrating the special horses in our lives that are ages 20 and up through photo galleries and...

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.

The $5 Raffle Pony

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My first and only horse came to me through a series of incredibly lucky and unlikely events. For anyone who was ever a fan of the classic horse girl book/movie National Velvet, you might read this and notice the shocking similarities. At the age of twelve all I wanted to do was eat, sleep, and breathe horses.

Dressage Horse of a Different Color

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At the end of 2020, I did something I only dreamed of. I donned my first ever shadbelly and rode down centerline for my first ever FEI test. *Cue more happy tears.*

Always A Ladyhawke

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Growing up, I always wanted a Kennebec Morgan. My mom had worked out at the Kennebec Morgan Farm in the 70s, and told me stories of her happy memories with all the different horses. I was obsessed.
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