Reese Koffler-Stanfield has accomplished a lot in her lifetime as a dressage rider, trainer and coach, but there has been one goal that until now has alluded her. With the 6-year-old Town and Country Elancourt, owned by Kiki Courtelis, she is able to add another major USEF event to her roster of achievements, as she prepares for the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championships, coming up at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, in St Charles, Illinois, August 19-23.
The 35-year-old Koffler-Stanfield owner of Maplecrest Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky has been working extensively with USEF Young Horse Coach Scott Hassler honing her skills to prepare for this opportunity and now has the horse to do it. Koffler-Stanfied is also the host of the Dressage Radio Show and has an episode about her preparations for the Markel National Championships.
"I'm so lucky to ride Elancourt," said Reese of the KWPN gelding by Ampere, out of Bella V, by Stedinger, bred by D.Damien. "He loves to show off the the judges and crowd. We started showing in Florida and have worked hard all summer towards the Young Horse Finals. This year we have also done Third Level and Third Level Freestyle. It's been great milage for us as a team doing several different types of tests.
They began their quest during the Florida winter season 1st place twice in the 6-year old test at the Global Dressage Festival 2 with a 7.8,and Wellington Dressage Classic with a 7.74. This spring they were High Point Champion Meadow Lake Spring Show in Kentucky.
"It takes a village, and I have a great one." added Reese. "A special thank you to Markel for their long time support of this program. I would also like to thank Town and Country Farms for making my dreams come true to ride such amazing horses. It is a family affair with my husband Travis, always been there for me, my sister Lindsay Cassidy for coaching me in Kentucky and my parents, Bruce and Margie Koffler. Then there is the whole Maplecrest Farm Family, and sponsors - Triple Crown Feeds, Kentucky Performance Products, ThinLine Global, Ice Horse, and The Horse of Course."