With the fast approaching Inaugural US Dressage Finals, the results from the Regional competitions from across the United States are quickly determining the entries who will be headed to the Kentucky Horse Park from across the United States to compete for the National Titles at all levels. One breeder, Annetta Coleman owner of High Valley Hanoverians will not have to travel too far from her North Georgia farm where her Markel/USEF Dressage National Four-Year-Old Champion mare, EM Rebellienne HVH (Rotspon - EM Whitney/ Welser) recently won the Region 1 Training Level Championships with Young horse rider/trainer Brandi Benedict. When Benedict was paired with the young mare, just two weeks before the Young Horse Championships in August, she admitted her job was easy. "All of her training really came through, as did her breeding." Commented Benedict, who then took the young mare with her to her facility in Virginia to prepare for the Regional Championships.
Rebellienne HVH who had already achieved “Elite Mare” status and produced her first offspring, Defiance HVH (by Dancier), via an embryo transfer this year is just another testimony to the success of the breeding and training program in the hills of North Georgia, where carefully bred offspring begin a routine early on in their lives with a “nature versus nurture” program. “From a nature perspective all our foundation mares are Elite Hanoverian Mares with exceptional athleticism and temperament. “ said HVH owner Annetta Coleman. ”We partner them to stallions with equally excellent athleticism and temperament. From a nurture perspective, our training program "Developing Hanoverian Athletes in the Mind & the Body" ™ is all about developing them mentally, socially and athletically.”
High Valley Hanoverians has been passionate about the Young Horse Dressage Development and advocates for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program. They have organized numerous Young Horse Clinics beginning in 2007 and started competing HVH youngsters in the program in 2012. “Some, not all, of the HVH dressage youngsters are campaigned through the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage program. We firmly believe that this program provides an excellent opportunity to develop and showcase our young dressage athletes who are both physically and mentally ready for the challenge of a program structured at an international pace.” adds Coleman.
In 2013, HVH had four of young horses invited to the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Finals including 2009 Rebellienne HVH, 2008 Don Frederic HVH, 2008 Hadrian HVH (half-brother to Rebellienne) and 2007 Radiance HVH (full-sister to Rebellienne). To prepare their young competition horses (beyond their training program), they often compete them through the USDF Breeders Championship Series in-hand and also in Materiale. Rebellienne has been in top USDF HOY placings every year of her life. In 2012, Rebellienne was the USDF Horse of the Year for 3-year-old fillies in Materiale and was USDF Reserve Champion Horse of the Year for 3-year-old fillies in hand. As a four-year-old, she has already made her mark, and topping a successful year at the upcoming US Dressage Finals, would be the icing on the cake.