Maplewood Warmbloods, located in Middletown, New York, has once again showcased its excellence in both dressage sport horse breeding and performance with a spectacular 2015 show season. Owners Jen Vanover and Tommy Pushkal have a great deal to pride themselves on, most recently with three resplendent young horses who have truly exemplified what the Maplewood program stands for.
MW Feinermark (Fidertanz X V St. Pr. Cindy X Flemmingh), Maplewood’s 2010 17-hand chestnut Oldenburg Sport Horse Breeders-German Oldenburg Verband (OSHB-GOV) licensed stallion strutted his stuff recently at New England Dressage Association’s Fall Festival (NEDA Fall) in Saugerties, New York, earning the title of Reserve Champion in the USDF Breeders Championship New England Series Stallion Finals with a high score of 81.75% from judges Lilo Fore and Jane Ayers. Additionally, he earned the title of NEDA Fall Reserve Champion Stallion. He then continued his winning streak with rider Meagan Davis atop, earning 1st place in the Materiale 4 & 5 year old Stallions and Geldings class with a score of 77.6%. In the show’s performance division, his talents earned him 8th place in a large class of 21 entries in the USDF GAIG/USDF Region 8 Dressage Championships First Level Open, scoring 67.721%.
Two weeks later at Dressage at Devon, MW Feinermark endorsed Maplewood’s successful program once again with several notable wins. He won the 4-year-old and Older Stallions class with an 81.2% from judge Kristi Wysocki, and then continued on to become Dressage at Devon’s 2015 Stallion Champion. Adding to all of this glory, MW Feinermark also took 1st place in the Materiale 5-year-old Stallions and Geldings class with an 83.5% and was then named Materiale Champion in the ultra-competitive Materiale Championship class. His rider, Meagan Davis, says “He’s an impressive, uphill, big moving horse with a really impressive work ethic for a 5 year old stallion. He’s very rideable and wants to go to work. The class was very long and tiring, lasting an hour, and he let me help him through it.” When Jen Vanover was asked how she felt about his Devon wins, she said “Well, to be honest, I didn't know he won (the Stallion Championship). He was called back to get his first place ribbon. So I had Erin (Powers) go get him and accept it. I was in the Dixon Oval with Weezer (MW Weiss Schwarz) at her Materiale class. When that was done we were walking back to the barn and I saw Marky (MW Feinermark) with a grand champion ribbon on his neck. It was a huge deal of course, but we all cried when he won under saddle. That was the huge one—when he proved he was more than a pretty face, so to speak. The under saddle was also a very large class with a ton of talent in it.”
Jen and Tommy made the decision to show their magnificent young stallion at both of these prestigious shows after he won the stallion class at the Maplewood Warmbloods Annual Breed and Dressage Show I with an astounding 85% from judge Carter Bass, and continued on to become the Stallion Champion, Mature Horse Champion, and Reserve Grand Champion of that show.
MW Feinermark was bred in Germany by Ludger Holthaus and purchased by Maplewood at the 2010 Elite Foal Auction in Vechta. He was licensed for breeding OSHB-GOV in 2014.. More information on MW Feinermark can be found by visiting his page at http://horsesdaily.com/market/horse-market/mw-feinermark.
Two additional Maplewood top young horses, MW Weiss Schwarz and MW Dallas, proved their excellence as well. MW Weiss Schwarz, a stunning 2010 16.1-hand black OSHB-GOV mare (Sir Donnerhall X El. St. Pr. Wild Rose X Feiner Stern) bred in Germany by Josef Brinkhaus, showed her worth at the Maplewood Warmbloods Breed and Dressage Show in August, winning the Maiden Mares class on day one with a 77.25% and then continuing on to win the show’s Mare Championship with Sara Vanacek as her handler. She also won the Materiale 4 & 5 year old Mares class with a 78.5% with Meagan Davis aboard and Carter Bass officiating as judge. Day two of the show, she placed 1st in both the Materiale and Maiden Mare classes, earning 76.2% and 79.2%, respectively, from judge Lilo Fore, and then continued on to earn the show’s Mare Championship and Mature Horse Reserve Championship titles. On day three, MW Weiss Schwarz continued her winning ways in the performance show when she and Meagan Davis won the Training Level Test 3 class with a 72.3% from judge Lilo Fore. Meagan says “She’s exciting because when she learns something, she’s got it.”
Onward and upward, MW Weiss Schwarz competed at the NEDA Fall Breed Show, earning the title of Reserve Champion Mare after winning 2nd place in the Maiden/Yeld Mares class with a high 79.8%. She was also Reserve Champion in the USDF Breeders Championships New England Series Mare Finals out of a class of 12, earning an 81% from judges Jane Ayers and Lilo Fore.
At Devon, MW Weiss Schwarz placed 3rd with a 75% in a large Materiale 5 year old Mares class with Meagan Davis aboard. An interesting point to note is that she competed this season while pregnant. She is in foal to Grey Flanell. Jen says, “Weezie [MW Weiss Schwarz] loves to show. She has presence like a stallion and pays attention when people look at her. She loves it. The environment doesn't make her nervous, it makes her proud. She knows she is special.”
Last to mention, but certainly not least, is MW Dallas, a 3 year old chestnut OSHB-GOV filly (Sir Gregory X St. Pr. St. DeLovely X Dormello) owned by Jen Vanover and Tommy Pushkal and bred by Nancy Holowesko/Crosiadore Farm. She would accept nothing other than blue and championship ribbons at NEDA Fall. With expert handling by Sara Vanacek, she was truly the star of the show. In the 3 year old fillies class, MW Dallas earned an astounding 84% and then continued on to win the show’s Filly Championship, Young Horse Championship and Grand Championship. Says Jen about Dallas “...legs, legs, and legs are her top three qualities. Her legs are correct, long, and the joints have freedom/elasticity.”
Day two, the dazzling filly earned the title of USDF Breeders Championship New England Series Filly Final Champion with an 80.750% from judges Jane Ayers and Lilo Fore. And as if that all were not enough for her, she won the 3 year old Materiale class with a lofty score of 83.4%. When asked her opinion as to why Dallas was so successful, Meagan Davis said, “Dallas has a giant uphill canter and she knows her job. At 3 years old, she is so strong underneath her rider and she’s got incredibly good balance.”
Dallas continued to charm the judges when she won 2nd place in the 3 Year old Fillies Materiale class at Devon with a 79% and 5th in the 3 Year Old Fillies class with a 76.45%.
There lies an exciting future ahead for these three outstanding young horses and for Maplewood Warmbloods.
Maplewood Warmbloods is only eight miles from the Newburg’s quarantine facility, and Jen and Tommy invite you to stop to meet them and see their lovely horses if you are in the area. To learn more about Maplewood Warmbloods, visit www.maplewoodwarmbloods.com or call Jen Vanover at 845.649.7160.