All Roads Lead to Aiken, South Carolina in 2006
It was at Dr. Reiner Klimke’s barn in Muenster, Germany, over 15 years ago, Shawna Harding first rode all the Grand Prix movements on Klimke’s World Championship mount Pascal. While building a solid career as a trusted rider and trainer, Harding has had much success in the show ring, both in the United States, and Europe. But it was not until the summer of 2005, on Jan Brink’s former FEI mount, the Swedish Warmblood stallion Bjorsells Fontana that American Harding actually competed in the Grand Prix, and it was a first on European soil.
Shawna Harding dedicated the past year in 2005 to living and working in Denmark where she trained with Fin Grave, the head trainer for the Blue Hors Stables. The hard work paid off, again, as one of the highlights of the season was an earning special award at a show in Sweden in the Intermediaire II for her “position, effectiveness, and lightness of aids.”
Back in the USA, Harding has set up her business in Aiken, South Carolina, a charming horse community which is rapidly growing into a popular equestrian mecca.
Operating at the Black Forest Equestrian Center, Shawna currently has six super talented horses in training including two of her own she brought back with her from Denmark; Come On III, a 1999 Danish gelding by Come Back II, and his half brother, Camaro, born in 2000 who will be debuting in the USEF/Markel Young Horse classes this year. “I am very excited about the coming year.” said Harding who plans on debuting Come On III in the Prix St. George. “I love it here in Aiken, it is such a pleasant place to work and train, and we have a barn full of happy horses and owners.”