Things have been moving and shaking for everyone at Atwell Dressage and everyone is looking forward to show season kicking off in full force.
The first show of the season was March Magic Dressage in Williamston, NC. I’m very proud of all the hard work my student Kerry Lammerding put in over the winter with her lovely mare Debutante. She placed in all of her classes over the weekend in open first level and ended the show with a bang winning her final class with a score of 69.4%.
(Kerry Lammerding and Debutante winning at 1st level at March Magic and sporting an awesome clip job in honor of Kerry’s native South Africa)
On April 12th we took 3 horses to Antares Dressage Show, I was very excited to canter down the centerline on Jordyn Dunson’s incredible KWPN gelding Zidane in his first PSG. He has come so far over the last year and is really blossoming into a confident FEI horse. He did not disappoint, putting in a solid test for a 64.4+%. Kerry and Tilly (Debutante) had another wonderful show at 1st level scoring over 66%, and Jennifer Fales and her super mare, Poetry In Motion knocked it out of the park scoring over 70% in both of her tests and Jen tackled her canter anxiety with great success cantering in a test for the first time.
(Briana riding Zidane in his first PSG, Kerry Lammerding and Debutante winning at 1st level and Jennifer Fales winning at intro with Poetry In Motion)
Probably the most exciting thing to happen this spring is that on April 20th Brandon RF became a daddy for the very first time. Jennifer Shattuck’s lovely thoroughbred mare delivered a gorgeous dark bay colt. Even from day one we can see so much of Brandon in little Boomerang, especially in his bold, inquisitive and sweet personality. He has his dad’s sense of humor for sure. I am so excited to watch my little grandson grow up.
Kerry and Tilly had a successful day at Antares Dressage Schooling Show tackling 1st 3 for the first time in an ideal prep for Dressage In The Sandhills next weekend.
On May 10th in honor of World Lupus Day my wonderful sponsors, 2kGrey featured a lovely article about my journey as a dressage rider/trainer with this disease. It can be seen here: Thriving With Lupus
Over Mother’s Day weekend Kerry and Tilly were back in the show ring at Dressage in the Sandhills. They had yet another successful weekend scoring in the mid to high 60’s all 3 days at first level. And Jennifer Shattuck had a super first show with the big man, HRH Popstarr. She easily got her final score needed at 3rd level for her bronze medal and her first one at 4th level towards her silver.
(Jennifer Shattuck earning her bronze medal and then all smiles after her first 4th level test with HRH Popstarr, and Kerry Lammerding and Debutante cleaning up at 1st level)
May 29th I showed Leslie Slabaugh’s super talented young gelding, Melodramatic at The Grove schooling show at 1st level to help him get some exposure and confidence in the show ring. It was a wonderful learning experience for him and even with some green moments he came out with a mid 60’s score and winning his class. Leslie also showed her adorable young mare in her first show and she held everything together wonderfully and won her intro division.
(Melodramatic and I showing first level at The Grove, staying comfortable and stylish in my favorite 2kGrey breeches)
It’s already getting hot and we are preparing to keep plugging away through the hot summer heat and getting the rest of the horses out and moving forward in their training. Onward and upward. xoBri