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 2011. 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 National Championship in Hunt Seat Equitation Walk-Trot with Chloe Doherty and a Top Ten in Hunt Seat Equitation 14-17 with Erika Faust. He is trained by Ricci and Stephanie Desiderio.
THOR+// (Sabers Clasy Star x Blind Eagle), owned by Patricia & Dwight Fichtner of Norco, CA, and ridden by Emily Phillips, was Reserve Supreme Champion Anglo by earning three Top Ten titles in Working Hunter, Hunter Hack and Equitation Over Fences. Thor was bred by K.S. Swigert.
Earning Top Five honors was VF MAJESTIC ROGUE++ (LFD Amir Rogue x Majestic Holme), owned and ridden by Madeline Jahns of Cave Creek, AZ, for their Top Ten awards in Training Level Dressage 13 & Under and Sport Horse Under Saddle. He was bred by Kristen Valencia.
The Anglo gelding HS HIGH POWER (High Sign+/ x Rangereite), owned by High Star Farms of Las Vegas, NV and ridden by Rachel Youngblood, won a Reserve National Championship in Sport Horse Under Saddle. He was bred by Susan S. Burkman.
Rounding out the Top Five was COPPERS ROCKY MOUNTAIN+// (Amazing Sulton x Copper Dawn) owned and shown by Rachel Barker of Surrey, BC. The pair won two Top Tens in Training & First Level Dressage 14-17.
At the Sport Horse National Championship Show, held in Lexington, Kentucky in September, there were 18 Anglos competing for these Top Honors.
The Supreme Champion was the 6-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 three National Championships in Open Sport Horse In Hand, Amateur Owner Working Hunter and Amateur Owner Hunter Hack, plus 4 Top Ten titles in Amateur Sport Horse In Hand; Hunter Hack Open and Amateur; in addition to Green Working Hunter.
The seven-year-old gelding ONE MORE ROUND+++// (Al Jassur Laddin x Winifred) earned Reserve Supreme Champion honors thanks to winning a National Champion in Open Sport Horse Under Saddle, and Top Tens in Adult Amateur, Amateur and Open Working Hunter; Sport Horse In Hand Geldings Open and Amateur. He is owned and bred by Bill Doughty of Cape Charles, VA.
Top Five awards were earned by RS MERCURY++++// (SDA Silver Legend x Vagabonds Finale), owned, bred and ridden by Jackie Alkin of Cave Creek, AZ. They garnered two National Championships in Hunter Hack Jr. Horse and Sport Horse Under Saddle Junior Horse; plus a Top Ten title in Green Working Hunter.
Seven-year-old gelding BEYOND THE SEAZ+/ (Al Marah Seazar x Glenna Bay), owned by Denny & Kristin Herbst of Farmington, MO. This horse earned 7 Top Ten titles in Open, Adult Owner & Amateur Working Hunter; Open, Adult Owner & Amateur Hunter Hack and Training Level Dressage.
With a National Champion in Sport Horse In Hand and a Top Ten in Sport Horse Under Saddle Junior Horse, KHEMOS KHOPI++ earned himself a place in our Top Five. Owned and bred by John Albright and Heather Rudd, this 5 year old gelding is sired by Kharbon Khopi++++// out of Do Yourself Proud.
Rounding out the Top Five was the 8 year old bay gelding MAKE MYNE A DOUBLE (Boilermaker x Vintage Style), owned and bred by Amy Judge & Raymond York of Columbia, VA. They earned three Top Tens in Open and Amateur Sport Horse In Hand, and Amateur Training Level Dressage.
Anglos earned a total of 7 National Championships and 16 Top Tens.
NAAAHA (www.naaaha.com) is a non-profit organization offering awards, education and promotion of Anglo-Arabian breeders and owners in North America.