The Michigan State University Dressage Club hosted an Intercollegiate Dressage Show at Woodbine Farm in Chelsea, MI on October 12 & 13, 2013. Student riders from the University of Findlay, Albion College, Lake Erie College, as well as Michigan State University competed on horses loaned to them for the weekend from various farms, owners and Albion College. MSU has the distinction of being the only school in the region that hosts shows even though they are not supported financially or in kind by the university. This means that the team relies on the generous support of the community to pull off a great show - including the use of a variety of horses.
Of these horses there were two who held a particularly bright spot in the competition…..bright as far as their color, anyway! Zips The Limit owned by myself and my husband, Bob Clark, of Leslie, MI and Heza Fancy Reward owned by Jean Maiville of Onondaga, MI were used by riders of various levels several times throughout the competition.
Zips The Limit is a futurity halter champion and has been shown primarily in halter at ApHC shows winning numerous year end high point awards. Heza Fancy Reward has a bit more to his resume also having been a futurity halter champion as well as being shown in 4-H, High School Equestrian Team, open shows and ApHC competition. He’s competed in halter, showmanship, western, hunt seat and saddle seat pleasure and equitation classes, over fences and this past year has been running youth games classes at the Appaloosa shows. In fact, he and his youth rider, Katherine Maiville, were third in a field of 19 horses in Open Camas Prairie Stumps at the MApHA Summer Sizzler show this past August at Michigan State University’s Pavilion.
These two seasoned Appaloosas proved to be calm, consistent mounts for the competitors who had just ten minutes to get acquainted with them before heading into the arena for their particular test. You see, at the beginning of each day, horses are grouped in teams of four horses. Schools draw for which group of horses they will have. They are ridden for a parade ride to show off the horses so the coaches and riders have a bit of an idea about each horse. The coaches then choose which rider on their team will be on which horse. Each team of four riders has an intro level rider, a lower training level rider, an upper training level rider and a first level rider. Each rider gets ten minutes of warm up with their mount before riding their test.
While Zips The Limit has been one of my two mounts for dressage lessons and has participated in one or two dressage schooling shows held at Stapleton Farm, this was Heza Fancy Reward’s first time in the dressage arena. Both geldings performed well for their riders each day. Compliments were heard about the pair of them regarding their temperament and ability as well as their color. This is the third year we have donated the use of our Appaloosas for the MSU Dressage Club. I think they did very well serving as our Appaloosa ambassadors.
Written by Sharon ClarkBanquet is January 25, 2014
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