Gainsville, VA - Three new awards totaling $6000 have been established for eligible American-bred Hanoverians competing in the Young Dressage Horse classes at Dressage at Devon (DAD), Devon, PA, Sept. 23-28, 2008. Six generous members of the American Hanoverian Society (AHS) each donated $1000 to establish these awards. Their intention is to promote American breeders by encouraging competitors to buy and campaign domestically-bred Hanoverians in dressage. Dressage at Devon is an excellent showcase for American-bred dressage horses, as it is the largest show of its kind in the United States and attracts the country's top horses in both the breeding and performance divisions.
Sponsors of the awards are Mary Lou Winn, Home Again Farm, Waldo, FL and Barb Schmidt, DVM, Bridlewood Farm, Union, KY (USEF Four-Year-Old Test); Paul Cohen, Associations Underwriters, Inc. and Ziplow Horse Insurance, Westminster, MD and Anne Whitten, Horses Unlimited, Albuquerque, NM (FEI Five-Year-Old Test); and Wendy and Marty Costello, Kent Island Sport Horses, Stevensville, MD and Don and Dee Kapper, Outer Banks Farm and Progressive Nutrition, Beach City, OH (FEI Six-Year-Old Test).
To be eligible for the All-American Hanoverian Young Dressage Horse Awards, a horse must be American-bred and -owned, which the donors have defined as conceived and foaled in this country. The horse must have been issued AHS registration papers. The donors have stipulated that the sire of an eligible horse must be either an AHS Elite Stallion or a stallion standing in Germany but owned by an AHS member. The horse must be in the ribbons in its respective class at Dressage at Devon but its owner need not be a member of the AHS. $2,000 will be awarded to the highest-placing horse in each of the three classes and the money will be split between owner and breeder.
For further information on the All-American Hanoverian Young Dressage Horse Awards please contact Pat Limage at (703) 754-7555 or email@example.com. Details will also available on the AHS website at www.hanoverian.org and the Mid-Atlantic Hanoverian Breeders Club website at mahanoverians.com.