traveled to Ocala, Florida to participate in the USDF Region 3 Championships.
After our disappointment in Kentucky we were looking forward for Brocken
& Gibraltar to show their excellent Talents and Training. Both qualified
for 3 Finals and they did not miss a beat.
Brocken showed on Saturday in 2nd Level Open and placed 7th out of 14,
Gibraltar showed in 4th Level Open and placed 3rd behind Shawna Harding
and Jan Brons.
On Sunday Brocken & Gibraltar competed both in 3rd Level Open with
22 Entrants. Gibraltar placed 4th and Brocken shined and was Reserve
Then followed our Freestyle competition.
Brocken and Gibraltar both were awarded Regional Champion in their 2nd
Level & 4th Level Freestyle. What a finish!!
Congratulations to Debbie and THANK YOU to all that helped us achieve
See you all in Orlando for the USDF National Convention in December.
We sure had our ups and downs at Kentucky Horsepark. We were excited
to have made the Top Twenty in the National Young Horse Markel Championships.
Only 17 Horses showed and fourteen were going to the Finals.
the Preliminary on Friday Debbie & Brocken had a decent ride, but
when the Judges told her they had some Bad News which we were not ready
for: We were eliminated from the F6 competion, because we did allow
Debbie to enter the ring with her Whip.
What a disappointment.
I also have to mention that Debbie's right foot was stepped on by River
Side Lady (Berry) the night before and she found out after X-rays, that
her little toe had a clean Fracture, but was very swollen. But she carried
on and rode all Weekend. What a Fighter!
On Saturday she made up for it and placed Third with Berry in the 4
Year Young Horse Final, a beautiful ride. That made us all fly high
She also wrote Gibraltar in a PSG and a 4th Level Freestyle, in which
she scored a 71.458%.
Because of Brocken's elimination we
were able to ride her in the open Dressage Show Saturday & Sunday.
Debbie & Brocken rewarded us with a 65.349% in a 3/3 Test and won
a 2/4 Test with a score of 71.190 %.
Now it's off to the Regional Championship in Ocala in October. We will
hold the whip for Debbie.
Ole South Show on 8/25/07
We had another great weekend at the Ole South Show on 8/25/07.
Gibraltar won his 4th Level Freestyle with a score of 72.600 % and placed
second in a 4th Level & PSG.
Brocken won her 2 classes 3rd Level,Test 3 Qualifier with the highest
score of 68.140 %. Now it's break Time till the
Show in Lexington, KY.
Other great news:
Dear Six-Year-Old Young Horse Owner/Rider,
On behalf of the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc., I am pleased
to notify you that your horse has been selected to compete in the 2007
Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships (presented by
Collecting Gaits Farm), to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park, September
14 – 16, 2007. Congratulations on this tremendous achievement!
Jennifer M. Keeler,
National Director of Dressage
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc
Brocken ended up 13th out of 20 to
go. Debbie's other ride for the F4, River Side Lady, also placed 13th,
so we are off to Lexington.
Debbie McDonald Dressage Symposium
We had a great time with Gibraltar at the Debbie McDonald Dressage Symposium
in Memphis,TN. It was very hot, above 100 F every day. Debbie learned
a lot for Gibby’s Canter and Walk Gates with the help of D.McDonald.
Also the dinner event with her was very interesting. And the owners
Of Clifton Farms put on a first class event
The Mid Ohio Dressage Classic was
very successful for Brocken & Gibraltar under Debbie Hill.
had her lucky Day on Friday the 13th and had a
great score of 7.76 and repeated Saturday with 7.72 in her F 6 Tests.
That looks very promising for the 6 year old Markel/USEF Young Horse
Dressage Championships in September.
Gibraltar scored a 68.5% in his 4th Level Freestyle and won his 1st
FEI Prix St. Georges with a 65.5% out of 7 participants.
Debbie Hill also won her F 4 class on River Side Lady(Berry), a 4 year
old Hanoverian Mare (Owner Robbie Rice), with a score of
7.84. That should qualify her also for the 4 year old Markel Championships
So with a little Luck Brocken (top left) and Berry could (bottom right)
make the Trip together to Kentucky Horse Park.
Results from the "Tennessean"
Our horses had a great showing at the Tennessean & Tennessean Express
Brocken showed her new 2nd Level Freestyle with Music from "Madonna"
and scored a First Place with a score of 70.833% and on Sunday
scored a 70.00% coming in 2nd. (all open Freestyles were combined).
In her F6 Test she scored a 6.8 and we still have to work on those flying
Lead Changes. We will retry in 3 weeks in Columbus, Ohio.
Gibraltar also had a great weekend. He won two 4 th level test 3 with
a high score of 72.927%. With his Freestyle 4th Level performance he
scored 66.250% and came in 3rd behind Brocken. Gibraltar will try his
first Prix St. George in Ohio.
Our newborn Mini Colt is coming along fine and Snow-white should have
our 2nd Piper Foal soon.
Our show at TRISTATE on the weekend
of May 5th, 2007 was very successful for our 2 contestants under Debbie.
Brocken won her 3 classes in 1st Level Freestyle and 2nd Level Freestyle.
She won also Highpoint in 2nd class.
Gibraltar scored a 2nd Place in 4th Level and won his two 4th Level
Freestyle classes with a high score of 66.354%. He is now also qualified
4th Level Freestyle Championships. Our next show will be Murfreesboro
are also proud to announce a new Mini Colt born on 5/9/07 by Cody out
of Piper. Mother and Colt are just doing fine as these pictures prove.
spent Easter Weekend in Madison, GA at the GDCTA Young Horse Symposium
featuring Scott Hassler at After The Fox Farm. Despite the chilly temperatures
there was a large crowd of auditors. Scott was happy to see the progress
that Brocken had made since January. I was really proud when he commented
that her training had no weaknesses. He decided we should move on and
have some "fun" with her. We worked on half steps and working
pirouettes. Brocken was very amenable to the new demands.
March 4, 2007
We had two successful shows in Florida.
At the ZADA Cup in Orlando Brocken scored 1 First Place, 2 Second Places
and 1 Third Place. Her highest score was a 70.2% in a 2/1 Level.
She also did her first F6 Test. (this year we will need at least a 7.0
to qualify for the YOUNG HORSE MARKEL CHAMPIONSHIPS. All Brocken's classes
were 2nd Level.
did even better, he scored 2 First Places, 1 Second Place and 1 Third
Place. He was also Highpoint in 3rd Level and even won $250.00. All
Gibraltar's classes were 4th Level, except for the Highpoint 3/3Q.
The following weekend 2/25/07 we competed at the Florida Dressage Concourse
in Venice, FL.
Brocken won all her classes in 2nd Level between 67.881 and 70.931.
She also won her second F6 class with 7.14%. Brocken is now already
qualified for the Regionals in 2nd Level and the F6. She will try later
in the summer for 3rd Level and some Freestyle.
Gibraltar continued in his great form and scored First place in a 3/3Q
with a 67.4% and a First and Second Place in 4/3Q with 65.3% as his
best result. Gibraltar is now also qualified for the Regionals in 3rd
and 4th Level.
Debbie has this weekend a Cynthia Collins Freestyle Clinic were she
will get updated Music for Gibraltar for 4th Level and new Music for
Brocken in 2nd Level.
We had a great Symposium with Scott
Haessler in Jacksonville and enjoyed the Gala Event at the AHSA. We
have planned to have another Symposium with Scott at the AFTER THE FOX
FARM on April 4 - 6 in Madison, TN to prepare for the YOUNG HORSE MARKEL
CHAMPIONSHIPS in Kentucky in August. Then we will head as visitors to
the World Cup in Las Vegas on 4/18/07.
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