American dressage rider Alison Sader Larson is based out of WinDancer Stables, Ltd., owned by the Begin family, in Hudson, Wisconsin, from April to November. She has 11 horses in training, she teaches approximately 20 lessons a week, and she is booked for clinics on a regular basis.
From December through March, Alison is stabled at the Palm Beach Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. She brought eight horses with her for the 2003 winter dressage shows. She trains with Ken in the summer, who is now in his third year of veterinary school, but while in Florida, Alison takes regular lessons with Olympian Michelle Gibson. Alison is currently competing on four horses that keep her in blue ribbons – Laurey, Raissa M, Legretto and Noble Bach.
Laurey, a 10-year-old, 17-hand, bay Dutch gelding by Darwin out of Halieta by Katell, won all three of his Third Level tests at the Gold Coast Opener in January to kick off Alison’s 2002 season. Alison trained him through Fourth Level during the 2003 winter season
Alison has two new horses for the 2003 season, both sponsored by Medal Equestrian Foundation. Raissa M is a six-year-old, 16.3-hand, gray Hanoverian mare by Ravallo out of a Gotthardsen mare. Alison imported the talented mare in June 2003 and is showing her at First Level while schooling through Third. “She has very good bloodlines going back to Ramiro and Gotthard,” notes Alison.
The other sponsored mount that Alison imported from Germany in June 2002 is Legretto, a horse of international caliber that she is aiming for a berth on a USET squad. Legretto is a six-year-old, 16.2-hand, chestnut Hanoverian gelding by Laptop out of an Akzent II mare. Alison is showing the flashy youngster in his first season in the ring, debuting at Third Level with plans to show Prix St. Georges/I-I at the 2004 Florida winter circuit
Alison is also having success with Noble Bach (registered as Nobelino II), a nine-year-old, 14.3-hand palomino Westfalian sport pony by Navajo II out of Novelle by Nowak. She placed first with him at the Gold Coast Opener 2002 at Fourth Level, Test 2. At Devon in 2001, they earned two second-place ribbons and one fifth-place at Fourth Level. Noble Bach will be competing Prix St Georges - Intermediaire I during the 2003 show season.