Ridgetop Windy City Receives Multiple Awards

Gainesville, VA:  Karen McIntyre Welch Has sent the following: “Windy (Ridgetop Windy City) has had a great year! He was 2015 USDF All Breeds Award Champion Training level Adult Amateur, 2015 USDF All Breeds Award Reserve Champion Training Level Open, 2015 USEF Horse of the Year (HOTY) Purebred Connemara Dressage Champion (Training and First Levels), 2015 Virginia Dressage Association top ten Training Level AA (and possibly First Level AA -still awaiting final results on this! should know in February).

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Kynynmont Ponies Receive National Recognition

Conestoga, PA:  Pam Liddell has sent the following report.  “I am excited to report that Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon has been accepted to participate in this year’s USDF Trainers’ Conference, which is held each winter in Wellington, Florida.  This is such a great opportunity for Gideon to be seen by trainers who come in from all over the country to attend this conference.  This year’s conference will be held on January 18-19, 2016, and features Johann Hinnemann, presenter.

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Jeanne Woodward-Poor & Kier

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.

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The Blackmon Girls at the Ocala Horse Properties Fall Horse Trial

Ocala, Fl: Cathy Blackmon’s vet, Kirsten Tilloston, did a write up of the boys (WH Top Gun, Foothills Field Marshall, and Hideaway’s Special Delivery) on her website. The “boys” are a family affair of sorts with Top Gun and Field Marshall being ridden by Elliott Blackmon and Special being ridden by Mom, Cathy Blackmon. Here is what Kirsten had to say:

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Glenmeadow Golden Wish & Kim Harrison

Hoffman, NC:  Glenmeadow Golden Wish (Kinzighausen Golden Mortimer x Ledgewood Greystone Desiree) and owner /rider Kim Harrison of Virginia were Level 3 TREC champions at the fall TREC competition in North Carolina. They covered the 17 kilometer orienteering portion of the event with a score of 223/240 and a earned 145 out of 160 points in the obstacle portion.

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Sir Lancelot daughter places 12th at Pony Finals!

This little gem is a 2007 daughter of JEF Sir Lancelot. Tessa Brown (her new owner) and Radiance were 12th in Medium Pony at the 2015 Pony Finals in Lexington! Radiance was born at Irish Gate Farm in Westmoreland, KS. Her dam is a Welsh pony owned by Ann White of Vermilion Valley Equine Center, Belvue, KS.  

Ann also owns Radiance's full sister, May Day, a 2010 Lance daughter who has recently had a very successful start to her show career.

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Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon

Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon is on a roll! After winning the 4th level, test 3 class at Dressage at Devon the first weekend of October, Gideon went on to win the 2015 Championship honors at 4th Level Open this past weekend at Region 1 Dressage Championships held in Lexington, Virginia. Having also received a qualifying score at Prix St. Georges at Region 1 Championships, Gideon will move on to compete at the U.S. Dressage Finals in Lexington, Kentucky the first weekend of November at both 4th Level and Prix St. Georges.

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ACPS Annual Meeting 2015

Allentown, PA: The ACPS held its annual meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Allentown on the weekend of October 2-4. On Friday, because of inclement weather, indoor seminars were held instead of the planned outdoor clinics. There was a seminar on use of social media for promoting the breed by Melanie Trimper and Heather Magnan, a very entertaining talk by Mike Keane of Ireland and Florida on showing the young pony, and one on using your body to tell your horse what you want by event rider, Kim Walnes, who rode the legendary Grey Goose in Europe and the USA, earning the bronze medal at the World 3-Day Event Championships in Luhmuhlan, Germany, and winning the Rolex 3-Day Event in 1982.

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