After Focus, there was the talented but testy Debonair (KWPN Dutch Warmblood by Wagenaar). “Debonair was one of my most joyous experiences because he was such a challenge,” recalls Nancy. “If you could convince him to let you into his world , he was such a pleasure.” He and Nancy formed a successful partnership and enjoyed great success at the Grand Prix level.
The year 1999 was a Cinderella year for Nancy with Caroline Ashton’s Etias. Within a few weeks of getting the ride, Nancy quickly excelled in qualifying competitions to become the alternate team member for the 1999 Pan American Games. Sadly, they lost him to colic in September of 2003, but Nancy was confident she did all for him that she could and she will always cherish her time with him.
The next chapter was written with Nancy riding a Danish gelding, Donneur by Donnergraf, and a Westphalian mare, Donatella by Diamo. Both horses were purchased by Caroline Ashton as youngsters for Nancy to train to Grand Prix. Nancy made two trips to Germany to train and compete with Hubertus Schmidt in hopes of securing a berth on a U.S. team. She competed both horses successfully at Grand Prix level until 2009 when Ms. Ashton retired both of them from international competition.
In December of 2008, Nancy purchased a young Westphalian gelding, Royal Waltz. He was bred in the U.S. by the sire Routiner. Six months later, she imported a Hanoverian gelding named Hudson by His Highness. Both of these horses have proven that they can follow in the footsteps of Nancy’s previous Grand Prix mounts by qualifying and competing in the FEI Young Horse Finals last August at Lamplight Equestrian Center. Hudson finished 7th in the country in the FEI Five-Year-Old Division, and Royal Waltz was 11th in the nation in the FEI Six-Year-Old Division. Nancy is looking forward to bringing these talented youngsters to their full potential as upper level horses.