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Remembering Horses Through Tribute Awards December 31, 2013

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New in 2013, for FADS dressage shows held during the spring and summer, three unique awards were offered in memory of three very special horses. I sponsored the awards in memory of three horses she had the honor and privilege of knowing for many years. They were special creatures that represented themselves well and deserved to be remembered. Winners in each division were selected based on the highest average score in at least four classes judged by at least two judges.

 

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Cowboy Charisma was an Appendix Quarter Horse mare owned I used to own. Charisma loved the spotlight of being the only one in the dressage ring and was very successful through first level before her untimely passing. However, as a mare, she did pose challenges for me, particularly under saddle. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge the partnership that must exist between mare and rider for the combination to be successful.

This award went to Deborah Lomb of Middletown, Maryland on her purebred Arabian mare, Mazurka MHF. Debbie showed her mare training level, and has partnered with the 21-year-old chestnut since 2001. When told she was the winner of this award, Debbie said that she was very excited and that it “made my day”.

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The Mo Rafi Bey Award – Mo Rafi Bey was a Crabbet-bred Arabian last owned by Sue Hull. Sue purchased him as her first horse and he was very personable, charming and trustworthy. He epitomized everything that is good in the Arabian, was a stunning dressage mover and an outstanding teacher. The purpose of this award is to showcase an Arabian that excels in dressage.

This year that award went to Lisa Feit of Silver Spring, Maryland and her gelding Rockin Raja that she showed at intro level. “Raja” was adopted by Lisa from Days End Farm, and they were able to affirm that he was a purebred Arabian. Lisa had this to say about her equine friend. “Thanks so much for honoring Raja and me with this award.  He’s been such a wonderful horse and really my special buddy. Every morning, when Raja finishes his breakfast, he stares at me through the stall bars waiting for me to play with him. He’s really sweet.”

The Copper Challenge Award – Copper Challenge was the favorite horse owned by Col. Alfred R. Kitts, an Olympic alternate, respected “S” judge, instructor, horseman and my equine mentor. A lifelong thoroughbred fan, Col. Kitts was well known to say that “A thoroughbred can do anything another breed can do, only better.” Unfortunately there were no submissions for this award.

All three awards will be offered for FADS shows again in 2014. I wanted to do these to recognize people showing “alternative” breeds or mares in dressage. Choosing to do it at the schooling show level gave me a chance to honor the adult amateur who rides for fun and self-improvement – the backbone of the dressage industry.

 

Happy Holidays from Gwen! December 23, 2013

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You can’t tell from the photos, but it was actually snowing lightly when we took them. Gwen, being the diva she is, wasn’t sure she wanted the hat on her ear. She much prefers her tiara! However, once she understood that it had sparkles on it she relented. She continues to get “curvy”. We had her palpated the day after she arrived and the vet said she was not in foal, but either she is or she’s spending too much time at the round bale! (I suspect it is the latter.) Debra keeps threatening to have her checked again. If she starts bagging up soon we know we are in trouble! Of course with the weather conditions and no indoor arena I haven’t been able to ride her much. Hopefully the new year will bring better conditions. Either that or we’ll get back to riding in the spring.

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As always, Gwen is a pleasure to be around. She just makes you smile. We are lucky to have her in our lives, and I think most people who have rescues feel the same way. Gwen knows she has the good life and is appreciative, though demanding. She doesn’t like to stand still (something might be going on she doesn’t know about) and she thinks all space is her space. As you can see from the photo below – the camera might be a treat!

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I hope everyone has been having a wonderful, peaceful holiday season. Thank you for following my adventures with Gwen, and may 2014 bring peace and prosperity to all.

 

Please allow me a moment of self-promotion December 5, 2013

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It is the holiday season and I want to take a moment to let everyone know I have two wonderful illustrated children’s books that make great gifts! “Goats with Coats” is my first, and suitable for children up to around age 9. “Antics in the Attic” is my second book and it is good for younger kids – say up to about 7. Both stories read really well aloud and for the month of December I’m waiving all shipping charges on them. These make great gifts for children, grandchildren, elementary school teachers, preschool or day care people, anyone who encounters children on a regular basis!

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And if you are associated with a non-profit I do utilize my books as fundraisers. You sell the books (or have me in during an event to do a book signing) and I will donate a portion of the proceeds to your charity. It’s an easy way to raise money! I’m also available to any group or class for book readings and signings. Please contact me for more information.

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I’m happy to do personally signed copies that can be ordered by emailing, calling, or ordering directly through my website, www.theridingwriter.com. Through me “Goats with Coats” is $9 and “Antics in the Attic” is $14. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you for the opportunity to spread the word.

And stay tuned for a special Christmas message about Gwen.