Lexington, VA — One of the nation’s premier full-service tack shops, The Horse of Course, Inc., returned as an Official Sponsor of the Dressage at Lexington horse show this July at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia. As an ultimate fashion stop for equestrians and a longtime supporter of Dressage at Lexington, The Horse of Course was thrilled to bring its mobile tack shop back to this summertime show and to be the title sponsor of the Sporting Horse Amateur Challenge at the event.
The Horse of Course, led by CEO Beth Haist, is based in Claremore, Oklahoma and is outfitted with a traveling mobile unit that is a popular attraction at some of the nation’s top shows. Dressage at Lexington attendees had access to an extensive selection of breeches, show clothes, custom shadbellies, and dressage tack at an affordable price in The Horse of Course’s mobile tack shop. Haist said, “We are always working to give back and support our dressage community. Dressage riders from around the country have come to rely on our products, and we really have begun to feel like partners in many of their show careers.”
The Sporting Horse Amateur Challenge is a team-based performance competition in which three or four amateur riders, ranging from training level through Grand Prix, form a team and compete against other teams for top placings. “The Sporting Horse Amateur Challenge puts such an exciting team-twist on competition, and is so much fun to be a part of,” Haist commented. The Horse of Course awarded the winners of all seven divisions of the Sporting Horse Amateur Challenge with an embroidered cooler. This year, the team “Donna’s Divas” won the challenge, with riders Malena Brisbois, Kathryn Bennett, Sharon Munroe, and Kathy Mathers.
Also featured at Dressage at Lexington was The Dressage Foundation Two-Tempi Challenge, sponsored by The Horse of Course. The Horse of Course is proud to sponsor this yearlong competition, in which riders around the country raise funds for The Dressage Foundation by earning donations for each consecutive two-tempi change they perform.
Haist has supported The Dressage Foundation long before the Two-Tempi Challenge’s inception, and is dedicated to helping the organization further the advancement of America’s dressage athletes and preserve the sport itself. Haist jumped on the opportunity to sponsor the exciting Two-Tempi Challenge.
“This is a fantastic and fun way for everyone to get involved in dressage and raise money for a very worthy cause. I am so proud to sponsor The Dressage Federation’s Two-Tempi Challenge, and we hope to inspire riders from all over the country to get their cameras out and submit their Two-Tempi Challenge videos or compete at recognized Two-Tempi Challenge events like Dressage at Lexington,” said Haist.
Numerous top dressage riders have given The Dressage Foundations Two-Tempi Challenge a go this year, such as Jessica Jo Tate, Shannon Dueck, and James Koford. Lauren Sprieser and Stratos claimed the national title in 2015 after performing 58 consecutive two-tempi changes at Dressage at Lexington.
The Horse of Course was happy to support Dressage at Lexington through these two exciting and challenging events. With the conclusion of Dressage at Lexington, Haist and The Horse of Course mobile unit are venturing on to the Youth Dressage Festival, presented by Lendon Gray and Dressage4Kids, Inc., at the Hits on the Hudson Show Grounds in Saugerties, New York on August 12-14. The Horse of Course will then stay in the area for the Centerline Events at HITS on the Hudson on August 18-21.
Not only can riders find fashionable and functional gear and clothing from The Horse of Course, but the knowledgeable staff is also well equipped to assist in all areas of horse tack. The Horse of Course has an impeccable reputation for finding the perfect fitting bit for horses, and also has professional saddle fitting, flocking, and repair services available.
For more information on the services and popular brands available at The Horse of Course, such as Pikeur, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passier, and Sommer, visit www.TheHorseofCourse.com.