Santa Barbara National 2009
Perhaps our most successful horse shows, EVER, team BSF took 7 friesians (and one saddlebred) and returned home with 14 blues.
Special thanks to Larissa for being the best groom---we couldn't have done it without you.
Newcomer, Chopard--lovingly called "Chopper" swept the Open Walk and Trot division, winning the qualifier and taking the Stake with Janna in the irons.
One of our special sale horses, and Ate's brother, Neo, was Reserve Hunt seat Grand Champion, after a spectacular hand gallop--literally bringing the house down and only second to the Five Gaited Championship in audience participation. Whoever gets this horse is going to be one lucky individual--Neo is flat amazing, and looks JUST like Ate!
Majestic was the Dressage Suitability Open and Stake Champion with Janna, and Friesian Saddleseat Country Pleasure Grand Champion. Talk about versatility----Majestic is one of the best we have ever had, no matter what division he enters.
Ate won all four dressage classes he entered: Dressage Hack Open and Stake Champion, and English Show Hack Open and Stake Champion.
Our old man, 16 yr old Sterling, had some competition--4 friesians entered the Friesian Western Pleasure. Sterling is hard to beat, even when he has his ears back, and he handily came out on top in the Open with Janna, and Julia took the honors in the Stake , aboard our beloved "sterling mule".
Ballard Friesians is to thank for our acquisition of the colorful saddlebred, Blue Dragon. Dragon made his debut under saddle and was the ASB Junior Limit Pleasure Reserve Grand Champion!
The Judge did not care for the driving horse, Stormy--we have no idea why, so unfortunately Stormbucket did not get to wear a blue ribbon this horse show. He did end the week as Open Pleasure Driving Reserve Grand Champion.
And then there is the giraffe...... probably the most exciting win for BSF was the Friesian Amateur Saddleseat Pleasure Stake. After a bobble in the qualifier whereby Marco switched leads when trying to avoid a mis-behaving horse, Janna and Marco came back with a vengence, and this time did not let anything get in their way. Marco (the giraffe) wore the roses as he exited the arena, in high-stepping fashion.