As Stacy established Hidden Acres Dressage, initially she was known for her expertise with young horses. “After I left Germany, I was stamped as being very good with breaking and training young horses and moving them through the levels,” Stacy explains. “I would say that I am good with that. I’ve had some successful young horses.” Stacy achieved national recognition with youngsters Wendolyn, Hallelujah, and Weltinvader.
Aboard the Hanoverian gelding Wendolyn (Sire: Wolkenstein II. Dam: Eike I. Dam’s sire: Eizenherz I), Stacy won the Second Level Championship at the 2003 USDF Region 3 Championships.
In April 2005 Stacy put the unbroken filly, Hallelujah, under saddle and by the fall had qualified her for Dressage at Devon where they won the Materiale Class for Three-Year-Old Fillies. The duo earned two significant titles in 2005 – Horse of the Year for Materiale Three-Year-Old Fillies and Oldenburg Horse of the Year. In 2006, Stacy and Hallelujah again dominated Devon, winning the Four-Year-Old Mare Division.
Stacy began a partnership with the eight-year old gray Hanoverian gelding Weltinvader (Welt Klasse x Vienna Waltz), owned by Beverly Nahman, in 2006. The duo qualified for the 2006 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships and placed fourth in First Level. They also distinguished themselves by finishing 17th in the nation for All Breeds for First Level and finished third in the nation for Hanoverians at First Level. Stacy and Weltinvader (“Vader”) continued their success in 2007, once again qualifying for the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships where they placed third in Second Level. They also placed 12th nationally for All Breeds at Second Level and earned the national Reserve Champion title for Hanoverians at Second Level.After the 2009 Region 3 Championships, where the duo competed at Third Level, owner Beverly Nahman wrote, “I was transferring my tape of Vader at Regionals today and as I appreciated how beautiful and happy you both looked, I suddenly wanted to express my gratitude for all that you have done for me and Vader. In three years, you have taken a training level horse to a point where he is now schooling FEI movements, but more importantly, he has stayed happy and is more fit and sound than when you first met him. Not only are you a wonderful trainer and rider, but I truly appreciate your honesty and frequent communication with me, the horse owner. When I talk to you, I don't have to read between the lines or try to interpret what you tell me. There is a very honest relationship between you, the horse and the owner, and I really appreciate that.”
Stacy has also had success showing upper level horses in the FEI divisions. She has earned her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals and is working on her two scores at Grand Prix for the Gold. Stacy notes that her specialty these days is teaching flying changes to horses rather than breaking youngsters.
One of Stacy's most successful upper level mounts is the black Trakehner gelding High and Mighty, owned by Aileen Daly. In 2009, Stacy and High and Mighty (Sire: Kennedy. Dam: Herba. Dam's sire: Radom) won the FEI High Point title at Dressage on the First Coast in Jacksonville, Florida, notching an impressive 79.211% in the Intermediaire I.
Stacy’s newest FEI mount is the six-year-old Hanoverian stallion Benidetto (Sire: Belissimo M. Dam: SPS Crispy Sweet. Dam's sire: Cordoba) owned by Linda Woltz. Originally from Denmark, Linda currently resides in Logan, Ohio, and recently imported Benidetto to the U.S. He arrived at Hidden Acres Dressage in time to prepare for the 2010 winter dressage competitions. “He is an up-and-coming star in my opinion,” Stacy says. “He did the Bundeschampionat in Germany last year for Five-Year-Olds. We’re very excited about his potential. He’s oozing with talent.” Stacy’s immediate goal with Benidetto is to put the flying changes on him and prepare for the FEI Six-Year-Old Test. “If I can qualify him for the Young Horse Championships in Kentucky, that would be wonderful,” Stacy says. “The ultimate goal is Grand Prix. He has the potential. We’re not in a hurry to do anything spectacular right away. I want to save his legs, keep him healthy and get him to the highest level he can possibly go.”
Stacy and Benidetto finished Reserve Champions in the 2010 Markel/USEF National FEI 6 Year Old Division with an overall score of 8.208! "Benidetto has way exceeded my expectations and I am very excited about the future!"
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