Last July, I bought a 4 year old half Connemara pony named Kier (Trout Ranch Malarky X Gisborne Reserve) after retiring my 19 year old TB/Han dressage companion. I am planning to continue my dressage education by training him up through the levels. My previous horse had come through Third level but needed a less stressful job. This past summer was my first year competing Kier so I am sure you can imagine my surprise when a friend sent me to New England Dressage Association’s year end awards site.

Without even knowing I had met the requirements, I found that we were ranked 12th at Training Level for AAs. Kier is a born competitor, all business when he trots down the centerline. His early training by Beth Adams and Meagan Morrell of Stratham, and my work with my trainer Jane Hamlin have combined to create a youngster who is willing and able, although sometimes silly and fresh (who would want him any other way?), and I am looking forward to many more years of learning and teaching him the ropes as we progress up the dressage levels.

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