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and her horse "A Cash Vantage" aka
“Casey” with Lynn Palm
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A Cash Vantage aka “Casey” earned 10.5
points in dressage this past weekend at
The Good Horseman Dressage Show securing
the 13 year old bay gelding’s Register
of Merit in Dressage. Casey is
also qualified for the USDF/GAIG
Regional Championships in Region 3 held
in Conyers, Georgia
October 15 – 17, 2010 in First Level
Musical Freestyle. Casey is shown
by Michelle Williams of Ball ground, Georgia. Earlier this year,
Casey and Michelle were the
demonstration team for Lynn Palm at the
Stars n Stripes and Big A quarter horse
show during her clinic and dressage
I thought you might like to know
that this weekend I completed the
final requirements for the Dressage
Bronze Medal achieving my final
three qualifying scores, 1 at 2nd
level and 2 at 3rd level. Although a
lot of people have achieved this
recognition, what makes it special
for me is that I did it on a
registered Quarter Horse.
I talked to
you at WEG a little about my
wonderful quarter horse gelding ww
Black Magic .
2nd level this year and are now
starting to compete at 3rd.
I promised you
pictures and many apologies about
them being so late.
One day after
returning from competing at region 3
finals, I had a bit of set back.
completely blind in my right eye
because of damage from repeated
retinal detachments. And then, that
day, my left retina decided to
My good eye. I
have had 3 surgeries in the past 6
thing about these procedures is I
have to lie in one position for 7
plus days while the retina heals.
Right now, the
retina is holding and I have 85%
vision in one eye.
Time will tell
if it will stay, or if I will be
able to ride again any time soon, or
He is a once in a lifetime
horse..and I have to say a bit of a
celebrity! Folks always come to
I like to
think of him as the little Samson
among the Goliath Warmbloods.
freestyle we got the biggest round
of foot stomping, standing applause,
and I had so many folks tell me how
much they love seeing your everyday
quarter horse competing with all the
I don't tell
them that i wouldn't trade Totalis
for my big hearted boy!
He looks very
Thoughbred-y but you have to go back
4 generations to find a TB in his
We also event,
do hunters and also Jumpers(my
favorite) fox-hunt, ride side
saddle, do competitive trail, and
I have only
been able to see him a handful of
times since the surgeries but he is
so slow and so careful , I wish I
could bring him home to be my seeing
I know he
would do that too!
Thank you so
much in the work you do promoting
AQHA in dressage.
perhaps doesn't have the extravagant
movement of your typical dressage
horse, but his mind, and his
willingness to learn, and his
forgiving nature, I think make him
the perfect dressage partner!
If I can help
you in anyway to promote Quarter
Horses in dressage, let me know.
have met you several times in IL and WIs
and Appreciate your efforts to make
Dressage a point earning discipline for
Earned 5th in the
nation in USDF all breeds awards Quarter
THANKS IN A
BIG PART TO YOUR EFFORTS IN MAKING THIS
not have adventured out to show if not
for your efforts to make it possible to
And thanks for your help
from what you wrote in various
THANKS again. Marie
I am a certified riding instructor with ARIA and
a Natural Horsemanship enthusiast. I have 3
quarter horses who have been schooled in
groundwork so beautifully - that they do all of
the Level I Dressage requirements not only
online but at liberty and under saddle. My
students who want to learn more about Dressage
(since Dressage is the best foundation for any
discipline) are able to enjoy "feeling" what the
movement is like before they learn to execute it
themselves from the saddle. Often my students
ride bareback and feel exactly what the horse is
Quarter Horses have such a wonderful overall
temperament that they are usually happy athletes
and by integrating Dressage into their
foundation and basic "lesson horse"
work...Dressage becomes fun for them...and thus
fun for the student/rider. What these horses
teach my students by already knowing how to leg
yield, bend, execute a shoulder in, execute
precise and smooth gait transitions, and all
that is required for First Level Dressage is
awesome. Because of their steady attitudes and
willingness to be "partners" the Quarter Horse -
in my opinion - is the perfect horse for young
upcoming Dressage students.
Starwood Creek Farm
On a hot muggy weekend the
2 day show, Dressage At Fair Hill, Elkton, MD
was a booming success. AQHA designed a
banner for us and it was proudly displayed in
front of the viewing area. I was proud of
the fact that all the Quarter Horses showing
Ribbons were handed out to the High Scoring and
Reserve High Scoring Quarter Horse. The
announcer all weekend announced that this was an
Approved AQHA/USEF/USDF show.After a slow start
on his first test our quarter horse stallion
won 2 Reserve Champion Classes, a 3rd
and a 5th. He was the Quarter Horse
High Score Champion and he was the USEF
Performance Horse Registry (PHR) Champion. The
Reserve Quarter Horse Champion was a 16 hands
Palomino, from PA, that also place numerous
times in the 2 day show. They all had their
lifetime AQHA Dressage Competition Cards, and
were so proud of them. They were all so
grateful we were getting shows approved. I
am convinced it will get bigger and better.
I Thought the Highlight Of The Show, for all our
hard work getting this started was: They had 2 Rings
running at the same time. Sunday afternoon
there was a
Horse Showing in Ring 1
and a Quarter Horse Showing in Ring 2 at the
same time.It was kind of a vision come true.
What are the odds out of 120 class test per day,
of that happening. On to the next show.
My horse's name is
Mysterious Detail. I have been competing in
Training 4 and First 1. I think I have 9 points
so far....based on my scores.
The folks at NC Dressage
and Combined Training Association actually
featured my horse and one other quarter horse in
their newsletter last month....so we are getting
lots of support from the folks in NC.
Teena F. Middleton, Ph.D.