For Al Guden, long time horse owner it seemed as if he had enough to keep him busy, for awhile that is. As the owner of Hyperion Farm's Sagacious, he spent a full winter as his Pan American Silver medalist made an impressive debut in the Grand Prix. Lauren Sammis who was still nursing her twin babies, was back in the saddle during the Dressage in Florida winter season, with Al always close by as part of the cheering squadron. But there were some new developments on the horizon for the Al, who is also co-owner of the popular Dutch Warmblood stallion "Uptown" who is in the Netherlands. Al stepped into the show ring himself this winter, and had a special announcement to make on a personal level. Seems a certain popular Young Rider Mom was sporting a beautiful ring on her left hand.
Al and Andrea Nason quietly announced their engagement during the end of the Florida season. Andrea is a farm and horse owner in Wellington, Florida, whose daughter Caroline Roffman is a successful young rider and assistant to Lars Petersen. Their longtime friendship grew into something more, slowly after the loss of Al's wife Judy to breast cancer in 2007.
"I can't believe another season is behind us." Al told DressageDaily. "Lauren and Melanie and the twins, nanny, groom and horses and dogs are all back in NJ. Now I understand the empty nest syndrome!! Susie (Dutta) finally talked me into showing again and I have been competing my mare Sabrina at several Florida shows. I tried to get Lauren to loan me Sagacious. No Luck!"
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