Wellington, FL - “We know how valuable each and every horse and rider really are,” says Cary Wallace, president of the popular dressage and jumper saddle manufacturer Custom Saddlery. At the Wellington Classic Dressage Autumn Challenge held in conjunction with the 2014 Great American Insurance Group USDF Region 3 Championships on October 16-19, 2014, Custom Saddlery found a rider who shares Wallace’s sentiment. Shelley Van den Neste, who holds both a USDF Gold Medal and a USDF Gold Freestyle Bar, was fully focused on giving her students and horses a fantastic experience at the show while also competing herself.
After observing Van den Neste and her team of horses and competitors throughout the competition, Custom Saddlery awarded the trainer with the Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider (MVR) award. A Custom representative described the deserving award winner as being someone who is “instrumental in creating the exceptional show atmosphere that we all strive to create” by demonstrating exemplary horsemanship, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Van den Neste certainly matches that description. She showed successfully in several levels at the show, including Prix St. Georges and the Musical Freestyle Fourth Level Championship. At the same time, Van den Neste coached her group of dressage horses and students— who range in competition levels from training up through advanced levels— in their classes and in the importance of teamwork.
Van den Neste explained her philosophy with a smile - “I think that you have to have great sportsmanship, and your team has to act like a team. Always be thankful that you’re here with your beautiful horses, and just do the best job that you can all the time!”
Custom Saddlery awarded Van den Neste with a Custom Saddlery gift certificate for $150.00, a ribbon, and a white embroidered saddle pad. “Thank you Custom Saddlery! I’m going to try one of your saddles for sure,” said Van den Neste. She is eager to use her gift card and new saddle pad at her Sunrise Farms Sport Horses facility in Newberry, Florida.
Custom Saddlery, based in Aiken, South Carolina, offers unique dressage and jumper saddles that are specifically designed for each horse and rider who use them. The company also provides professional saddle fitting services, and manufactures beautiful accessories including stirrup leathers, girths, and saddle pads.
For more information about Custom Saddlery, visit www.mysaddle.com or call 1-800-235-3865.