KRISTIN COUNTERMAN, 2014 ATF GRANT RECIPIENT, COMPETING BELLINGER

 Photo by MacMillan Photography

Photo by MacMillan Photography

            The ATF awarded a grant to Kristin Counterman riding the Trakehner gelding Bellinger to be used for training and fees to qualify for the 2014 North American Junior/Young Rider Championships and the Dressage Festival of Champions. 

            Kristin and Bellinger completed their season of 2014 at the USDF Region 1 Championships where they brought home the Reserve Championship in the 4th level Jr/YR Championship.  They were champion in the Prix St. George Jr/YR division of the Championships.  Kristin also completed the last PSG score requirement riding Bellinger for her USDF Silver Medal.

            At the Gladstone NJ Championships Kim MacMillan interviewed Kristin and she is included in an article in the ATA Magazine covering Trakehner Horses competing there.  This article and photos can be found in the ATA on line Helen K.  Gibble library  in the 2014 Winter issue

JONATHAN HOLLING, 2012 AND 2015 GRANT RECIPIENT TO HELP PAY EXPENSES FOR DOWNTOWN HARRISON TO COMPETE IN THE CCI3* BOEKELO, NETHERLANDS

Their first Boekelo event took place from 10/11/2012 to 10/14/2012. Jonathan competed individually and as part of the US team. The US team, composed of Jonathan, Jennie Brannigan, Clark Montgomery and Phillip Dutton finished 6th. Jonathan was the top performer on the US team with Downtown Harrison. Individually, Jonathan and Downtown Harrison finished 31st out of 112 competitors. He had some time penalties but no jump penalties during the cross country and stadium jumping segments of the event

In 2015 Jonathan reports that the Bokelo competition went really well.  He started the dressage warmup a bit fresh because there were cross country fences in the warmup area.  Once he left that initial warmup he settled in and put in a lovely test to score a 46%.  That was our best FEI score to date and put us in a good position.  Cross country day was amazing.  He came out firing on all cylinders and other than a hairy moment out of the first water he jumped around fabulously.  He finished with 0 jumping and just a few time penalties.  On Sunday he jumped superbly but did have one unlucky rail late in the course.  Over all it was an amazing and worthwhile experience to prove his International competitiveness.   

This 2016 season Downtown Harrison won the CIC3* at Poplar Place in September and in November the pair won the CIC3* at the Ocala Jockey Club.

KRISTIN MEYER 2012 AND 2013 ATF GRANT RECIPIENT RIDING ATA GELDING ROCK STAR

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Kristin Meyer has been successfully competing in both Hunter Classes and Equitation Classes on Rock Star (Rocky Road) and has received two grants from the ATF to train and qualify for the National Maclay Equitation finals (Emerging Athletes Program) as well as participate in the Jr Hunter Finals at HITS in Saugerties, NY

At the start of the 2013 season, Kristina and Rocky started in the 3’6” Junior Hunter Division and qualified for the finals in their first weekend for the East Coast Junior Hunter Finals by being Grand Champion.  She also had 2nd place finishes in both the Medal and Maclay classes.

Kristina has recently been sponsored as a Junior rider by PJ Saddles.  Saddlemaker Pierre Jolicoeur sponsors up and coming Junior Riders with the use of his quality tack. 

The ATF is pleased to be supporting  Kristina and Rocky in a discipline where there are few Trakehners competing.  We feel that she will be a wonderful ambassador for the breed.

LINDSEY HOLLEGER, 2012, 2013 and 2014 GRANT RECIPIENT, RIDING FRIEDENSFURST

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Lindsey received grants from the ATF in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 to assist with training and competition costs related to and qualifying for the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in dressage in the Individual and Freestyle classes and for the Team representing Region 3.

In 2013 they were placed Nationally individually 4th and  placed 3th in the Freestyle at 3rd Level. At the Region 3 Championships they were the Champion Jr/YR Team Test and Champion Jr/YR at 4th level.

In 2014 Lindsey and Friedensfurst won the Individual Gold Medal and Team Bronze. Also in 2013 Lindsey and Friedensfurst were the Junior Reserve Champions in their first outing at the Festival of Champions.

2015 Lindsey and Friedensfurst attended the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Championships and the pair won the Jr/YR Prix St. George and the Intermediare I Championships and also won the Reserve in the FEI YR Team Test.

Lindsey is competing at the FEI Intermediare Level with scores above 68%,  has earned both her USDF Bronze and Silver medals and is well on her way to achieving the Gold Medal.  The ATF is pleased to be sponsoring this rising dressage star and her talented Trakehner gelding Friedensfurst. 

 

 

   

SEAN TENNANT, 2012 GRANT RECIPIENT, FOR THE ATA MARE SAYYIDA RIDDEN BY KYLE CARTER

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The ATF committee has awarded a grant to help pay for entry fees and expenses for the mare Sayyida to compete at the 2012 American Eventing Championships. 

At the AEC’s Sayyida and her rider Kyle Carter placed well in the top half of her very competitive division.  

With that positive experience they have moved up the Preliminary Division where she has had very good results in the Ocala, Florida area where the US eventing competition is at its best in the winter months.  She placed 8th at Rocking Horse and will hopefully make her FEI debut at the Ocala CCI*

MAXANCE MCMANAMY, 2011 and 2012 ATF GRANT RECIPIENT, RIDING PROJECT RUN WAY

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Maxance McManamy has received an ATF grant to help cover her expenses for 2011 and 2012 in the Developing Event Rider Program where she competed at the Two and Three Star levels on the paint Trakehner mare Project Runway.  To date she has won competitions at this level and shows promise to compete at the highest level of the sport. They competed in the Young Event Horse Series both 4 and 5 yo divisions and eventually were placed on the Short Lists for both the Pan Am Games and the US Olympic Team

We feel that this pair deserves the financial assistance to achieve their goals.

MEGAN SLAUGHTER, 2011 GRANT RECIPIENT, EARNS USDF GOLD MEDAL RIDING 20 YEAR OLD TRAKEHNER GELDING SPINNAKER

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An ATF Grant was awarded to Meghan Slaughter, who was 14 years old at the time, to help with transportation costs to attend the 2011 North American Junior/Young Riders Championships .  The pair qualified and were selected to compete with the Region 6 FEI Junior Team at the Finals in Lexington, KY.  This necessitated transport of Spinnaker across country from Idaho.  The team finished in 6th place.

This experience helped Meghan to eventually earn her USDF Gold Medal Rider Award in 2014 on Spinnaker.  She joins a small number of Junior Riders in the US to earn this award and the only Junior rider in the state of Idaho.

LORD LUCIANO RECEIVES 2011 ATA GRANT

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            Lord Luciano, ATA approved stallion, was bred and raised at Tylord Farm, Benson VT.  He was transported to Germany and was approved into the Verband Trakehner Studbook.  Owner Debra Tyler was awarded an ATF grant to help cover the costs of his training and competition expenses in Europe. 

            In training with Terhi Stegers he has competed in Dressage up to the Grand Prix level at shows in Germany and Luxembourg.  In 2011 at the International Young Horse Cup Finals he placed first in the S3 class for 7-10 year old horses with a 68.5%

SARAH MITTLEIDER, 2011 GRANT RECIPIENT, RIDING HARRY HOUDINI

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            Sarah Middleider was awarded an ATF Grant in 2011 to cover fees to qualify and compete in the 2012 European Young Horse Eventing Championships.

            Sarah is a very successful event rider and was the highest-placed young rider at Rolex  3 Day Event 2005-2006. She was named to the USEA Developing Rider List three times and was an alternate for the 2006 WEG for which she trained and competed in England with the US Team.    She Purchased ATA Registered Harry Houdini in 2011 and in November of that year they finished 4th at the Galway Downs CCI*.

            In 2012, Sarah traveled to Germany to work and train with Andreas Dibowski.  Her goals was to compete and qualify for the 2012 Young Horse Championships.  She had planned to compete in five CIC* or CIC** events leading up to the Championships.  Unfortunately an injury to Harry Houdini prevented preparation for the Championships and as it turned out it was cancelled due to rain!

2nd grant recipient Fiona Allen & the German bred Official Registry Book gelding Isengart (by Lauries Crusader xx out of Ilexa III by Parforce, a Habicht son)

 Photo courtesy of Pics Of You

Photo courtesy of Pics Of You

1) 6th place (of 19) in the Open Preliminary B division at The Fork Horse Trials, April 7-10 2011, in Norwood, NC (above). They were double clear cross country, had one rail in show jumping, and their dressage score was 32.2, so they finished with a score of 36.2.

This result qualified them for the United States Pony Club Championships and for the CCI* level next time out.

2) 3rd place (of 39) in the CCI* division at the Bromont Event June 9-12 2011, near Montreal, Quebec Canada. They were double clear cross country, had two rails down show jumping, and their dressage score was 47.9, so they finished with a 55.9.

3) 5th place in the Show Jumping Team competition at the United States Pony Club Championships, July 30-31 2011, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Their team placed 2nd in Horse Management, and Fiona and Isengart were 4th individually in the Equitation Over Fences division.

1st Grant Recipients: Brynn Hamel and the Official Studbook mare Hettie (by Hadrian out of Sunlight Dancing xx by Turn and Cheer xx).

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Brynn Hamel and Hettie (by Hadrian out of Sunlight Dancing xx by Turn and Cheer xx). Photo courtesy of McCool Photography:

1) 1st place (out of 15) in the Senior Training Rider division at the Galway Downs Winter Horse Trials, February 4-6 2011, in Temecula, CA (above). They were double clear cross country, had one rail in show jumping, and their dressage score was 30, so they finished with a 34.

2) 1st place (out of 19) in the Senior Training division at the Twin Rivers Winter Horse Trials, March 4-6 2011, in Paso Robles,CA. They had no faults cross country or show jumping and finished on their dressage score of 32.7.

3) 3rd place (out of 20) in the Junior/Young Rider Open Preliminary division at the Event at 3 Day Ranch, March 19-20 2001, Reed Valley, CA. They had a perfect show jumping round, were clear cross country with 3.6 time penalties, and had a dressage score of 38.6, and so finished with a score of 42.2.