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The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana kicked off today with some lovely young horses contesting the Future and Young Event Horse classes. First up was the IDHSNA USEA Future Event Horse Competition with Olympic Eventing Judge, Marilyn Payne of Califon, New Jersey and Jack Leary of Farmington, Connecticut.
Some lovely young horses were presented, all at various stages of development, which gave the judges plenty to ponder over. Exhibitors are to be congratulated for the high level of turnout of these youngsters who were polished to perfection, and even the yearlings had braids!
Taking top honors in the yearling class was the dark brown Irish Sport Horse filly, Brenna Breagh, owned and handled by Ania Szmorlinski of Florence, Montana who scored a 71.9. Brenna Breagh is by the Irish Draft stallion Dandelion’s Transatlantic, out of a Thoroughbred mare, Jasmine. Transatlantic is the son of Huntingfield Proud Tim who is also the sire of the three-year old filly Keilah Broduil. Close behind in second place was another Irish Sport Horse, Lochlann Fiona. A gray filly by Bridon Lochlann, Fiona is out of a Thoroughbred mare Cheris’ Novelty and is owned and handled by Summer Peterson and travelled all the way from Spring City, Utah.
The winner of the two-year-old class was Andria Manecke’s striking Findoctro HF. This lovely bay horse had a huge lofty trot with immense presence for such a young horse and earned a 76.5 from the judges. Findoctro HF is by the Holsteiner stallion Indoctro out of a Dutch Warmblood Mare, Zangria HF. In second place was Sophie owned by Lisa Kelly of Columbia Falls, Montana. A bay by the Rhineland Pfalz-Saar stallion Falcon, Sophie is out of the Trakehner mare, Trillea. Placing third was the Percheron cross Rhodri who appeared wise beyond his years. Rhodri is owned by Tracie Normandeau of Kyle, Montana and earned a 64.6 from the judges.
The three-year-olds were impressive and looked ready to run in the horse trials. Each one was beautifully turned out and was a real credit to the owners. Heading the class was Rollando handled by Alessandra Allen-Shinn of Billings, Montana. Rollando scored a 76.1 and was closely followed by Wood’s Bay owned by Jil Walton and Jill Jaeger. Handled by Florence Miller, Wood’s Bay is a Thoroughbred sired by Full Bridled out of Most Awesome and earned 74.6 from the judges. Jil Walton also co-owns the third placed horse Bella Coola (73.1) with Jill Jaeger and Bet Wise. Bella Coola is by the Argentinian Show Jumping Stallion Quinar, a Holsteiner. He is the result of an embryo transfer as his dam, Gamma Cantabrica, is a very busy career mare on the Argentinian Grand Prix. In fourth was Gotta Feeling (73.0), a registered international sport horse owned by Catie Cejka of Washougal, Washington. Gotta Feeling’s sire is the Hanoverian stallion Gatsby OL and he is out of a Hanoverian cross mare, Garbo. The class was rounded out by Keilah Broduil and Irish Sport Horse filly owned and handled by Rhiannon Gallacher of Missoula, Montana. Keilah Broduil’s sire was Huntingfield Proud Tim and her dam was Jasmine, a TB cross. She scored a 64.4 from the judges.
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Commenting on the classes, Judge Marilyn Payne said that what struck her most was the huge difference between the horses in terms of their development. “It was fascinating to see how much difference there was between the horses, even in the same division. They were at such different stages in their muscular development and I hope the owners will not get discouraged if the horse didn’t get the score they had hoped for. Two months from now, it could be a completely different story as these youngsters change so much in a few short months.” Marilyn was also impressed with the way the horses were handled. “Many of the handlers came into the arena and said it was the first time they had shown a horse in hand and the horse’s first time at a competition. These classes provide a good educational foundation for both horse and handler and I was very pleased with how quickly they learned. You could clearly see the horses that were trainable and those that had built a good relationship with their owners.”
The USEA is planning a series of FEH educational symposiums to be held throughout the U.S. The first one is scheduled for October 27-28, 2012 in Colora, Maryland and is free to all USEA members.
The FEH Series would not be possible without title sponsor, Irish Draught Horse Society of North America.