California Young Rider, Riana Porter Seems to Shine Even When the Sun Doesn't

Despite Mother Nature's record breaking rains this last weekend, Riana and Romax Foldager made a clean sweep winning all three Young Rider classes at the Shelly Siegel Show in Santa Rosa, CA. After her victory, Riana commented, "Romax and I are really just starting to compete this season. We had some show hurdles for the month of May." Weather and the EHV-1 lockdowns have made competitions difficult this season. Riana and Romax contested the Young Rider classes at the Starr Vaughn show in May, but the second day was rained out, and management cancelled the rest of the show. Riana Porter is no stranger to competing in the pouring rain and knows the focus required to put in her best ride, regardless of Mother Nature’s distractions. Riana and her horse, Romax Foldager, were 2009 Junior Dressage Champions at Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions held in Gladstone, New Jersey. At Gladstone, Riana and Romax performed in the worst down pour of the championship show and still managed to bring home the blue ribbon.

Another amazing opportunity for Riana this year is campaigning the FEI stallion, Rubino Bellissimo, owned by Violet Jens. To date, they have won every class they have entered at the Prix St. George and I-I levels. Rubino had previously shown with FEI rider and trainer, Nicole Perry. Wonderful Sport Horses has collaborated with Fairwind Farm and awarded Riana the ride just a few months ago. “Rubino is a lovely stallion with phenomenal movement. He has such a great personality and really responds well to Sue’s training techniques! Sue trains with kindness and compassion which ultimately leads to relaxed and happy horses, ” shares Riana.

Sue is the founder and co-owner of Fairwind Farm, an Oldenburg breeder and “S” judge who has been mentoring Riana for over seven years. Sue has continued to school and train Riana with her wealth of knowledge from a rider, trainer, and judge's standpoint. To date, Sue has put countless students through the young rider ranks as well as making it possible for amateurs and professionals to reach their dressage goals. "She's there when I need her most and every step of the way," Riana proudly declares about her trainer.

The respect is mutual. Sue says,"Riana rides every horse with empathy and skill. She will be a force in the years to come in the Grand Prix arena. Such a gifted rider! I congratulate her on her well deserved wins in all the Young Rider tests last weekend!"