Anne’s show season got off to a slow start in 2005 after suffering a near fatal burst appendix. “The whole experience certainly helps to give one a new perspective on life,” quipped Anne. But it was not long before she began to make up for lost time. On her newest mount the 9-year-old Swedish Warmblood Alazan (by Midt West Ibi Light), Anne nailed a 70% in the Intermediaire I at Dressage at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee, Florida in April.
"He's totally different from the others, but it's the first time since Metallic and Leonardo that I have that special feeling when I ride him. Alazan is a very talented, hot redhead who loves to show off at shows but needs more experience in the ring."
Anne had ridden Leoliet, who is owned by Judy Bernier, when he was six years old and was offered the ride on him then, but did not accept. But as fate would have it, Leoliet (by Zeoliet) came back to Anne’s barn and several years later while she was trying to figure out who should take over his competition career, she rode him.
“Somehow we started to like each other. And so far, we really have a little romance going. One thing that I know from riding stallions – you have to suck up to them,” said Anne, and added with a laugh, “So there’s plenty of sucking up going on!"
Aureate, her other mount has now made it into the grand prix arena. This golden bay Swedish warmblood gelding by Bernstein was imported from Sweden and has been with Anne since he was four. In 2005, Aureate and Anne were the Grand Prix Champions at the USDFF Region 8 Finals.
Both Aureate and Alazan were invited to the 2005 USEF National Dressage Championship in Gladstone, NJ.