Anglo-Arabians in the National Spotlight
The North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association recognized the most talented Anglo-Arabians competing at both Youth and Sport Horse National Championships again in 2010. NAAAHA has rewarded the top performers since 2007 by presenting the top five horses and riders with embroidered dress sheets, ribbons and trophies.
This year's Youth Nationals' Supreme Champion was the gelding CRIMSON ILLUSION+, owned by Arielle Cotroneo of Bernardsville, NJ. He won a National Champion in Hunt Seat Equitation 13 & Under with Anna Sporrong in addition to a Reserve National Championship in Hunt Seat Equitation Under Saddle and a Top Ten in Training Level Dressage 14-17 with Katie Pelphrey. He is trained by Ricci and Stephanie Desiderio.
MP MURRAYS LAW+// (MP Dream Machine x Karrie Ael), owned by Collette McMillan of Azle, TX, and ridden by Mackenzie Headlee, was Reserve Supreme Champion Anglo by earning a Top Ten in Hunter Hack. He was bred by Portia McLeish.
Earning Top Five honors was SANS PREMIUM EDGE+/ (Sanskrit x Kita Kuni), owned and ridden by Hillary Boothe of Lampoc, CA, for their Top Ten award in Training Level Dressage 14-17. He was bred by DeEtte Matlock.
The Anglo gelding SAUL+/ (Musseas x Teen Witch), owned and ridden by Victoria Roe of Glendale, AZ, went Top Ten in Reining 13 & Under. He was bred by John Wedel.
At the Sport Horse National Championship Show, held in Nampa, Idaho in September, there were 21 Anglos competing for these Top Honors.
The Supreme Champion was the 5 year old mare CHURCH CREEK++/ (*Baladin d'Oc x Oh Say Valay) owned by Bill and Alexis Doughty of Cape Charles, VA and bred by Virginia Tech Foundation. She earned a Champion in Amateur Sport Horse In Hand, Reserve Champion in Green Working Hunter and Sport Horse Under Saddle Jr. Horse; and 6 Top Ten titles in Open Sport Horse In Hand; Hunter Hack Open, Amateur and Adult; Open Working Hunter and Amateur Sport Horse Under Saddle.
The six-year-old gelding ONE MORE ROUND+++// (Al Jassur Laddin x Winifred) earned Reserve Supreme Champion honors thanks to winning a Reserve Champion in Amateur Working Hunter, and Top Tens in Adult Amateur Working Hunter, Open Sport Horse Under Saddle, and Sport Horse In Hand Geldings Amateur. He is owned and bred by Bill Doughty of Cape Charles, VA.
Top Five awards were earned by 13 year old mare ATHENA+++// (LS Zane Grey+// x Little Badger Baby), owned and ridden by Rita Mason of Fair Oaks, Ca. This pair earned a Reserve Championship in Grand Prix Dressage and a Top Ten in Amateur Sport Horse Show Hack.
CA ZANES DARJEELING (LS Zane Grey+// x Patang), owned and ridden by Megan Hays of Yakima, WA, were a Top Five winner. They garnered a Reserve Championship in Prix St. Georges Dressage and a Top Ten in Intermediate-1 Dressage.
Rounding out the Top Five was the lovely SOLEYA++++// (Soldat x Kelly's Best), owned by Jeanne & Lorna Harron of Alberta, Canada. She earned four Top Tens in Open and Amateur Sport Horse In Hand, Amateur Sport Horse Under Saddle and First Level Dressage.
NAAAHA (www.naaaha.com) is a non-profit organization offering awards, education and promotion of Anglo-Arabian horses, breeders and owners in North America.