Princess Aires Flies Above the Crowd to Win The Horse of Course High Score Award at IFSHA World Championships

The Horse of Course, High Score Award, Benjamin Boyd, Flying W Farm, Princess Aires Above the Ground,  IFSHA World and Grand National Championship Horse

The Horse of Course awarded the High Score Award to Benjamin Boyd and Flying W Farms Princess Aires Above the Ground at the IFSHA World and Grand National Championship Horse Show (Photo: Avalon Photography).

Springfield, OH - Benjamin Boyd and Flying W Farms’ Princess Aires Above the Ground earned The Horse of Course High Score Award at the 2016 International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) World and Grand National Championship Horse Show. Boyd and his mount proudly accepted an embroidered Horse of Course High Score cooler, a lovely tricolor ribbon, and a gift certificate to The Horse of Course to commemorate their achievement at the 2016 IFSHA Championships in Springfield, Ohio. The Horse of Course, Inc., a full-service tack shop dedicated to providing riders with the highest-quality equestrian products at affordable prices, was proud to reward the pair for their win.

The stunning mare, affectionately called “Aires,” is skilled in many disciplines, but especially excelled in western dressage at the IFSHA Championships. With her striking pinto coloring, Aires turned heads in all classes she set hoof in, including hunter under saddle, showmanship, and driving. Aires is owned by Todd Firm of Flying W Farms, who bought the filly when she was 18 months old. Boyd started working with Aires when she was only four years old. At the IFSHA Championships, Boyd guided Aires through the western dressage paces to register a 78.68 percent – the highest score of the competition.  

“It was an amazing experience to win The Horse of Course High Score Award, as western dressage is my favorite discipline,” remarked Boyd. Boyd feels fortunate to work with the noble breed of Friesian horses, saying, “The Friesian breed stands out to me because of the gentle giants that they are. Their willingness to please at whatever they are doing stands out to me.”

The Horse of Course, led by CEO Beth Haist and her husband and professional saddle fitter Marty Haist, is proud to give back to the equestrian community by rewarding excellent performances like Boyd and Aires’. The Horse of Course is a frequent sponsor of premier competitions as part of its efforts to support riders from all around the country. Most recently, the company has also rewarded the High Score Award at the Sport Horse National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championships and the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association National Championships. Founded over 20 years ago to connect equestrians with top-of-the-line products, The Horse of Course has two mobile units that travel to shows across the nation to serve dressage and hunter/jumper riders.

Boyd shares the sentiment of The Horse of Course, saying, “The proper tack and equipment is essential in riding that ‘dream ride.’” To help riders find their perfect fit, a Horse of Course mobile unit will travel from its Oklahoma base to Florida for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington for the 2017 winter competition season. Riders can search the online tack and apparel shop at for the components necessary for their own dream ride.

The Horse of Course is the one-stop-shop for all riders, and has a broad line of products for male clientele. The Horse of Course supplies limited collections of premier European brands, and also carries König, Pikeur, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passier, and Sommer. The shop’s knowledgeable staff is pleased to lend a hand in helping customers find exactly what they need quickly between classes, so that riders can spend less time shopping and more time in the saddle. For more information about The Horse of Course and the company’s complete travel schedule, visit their Facebook page, website, or call 888-494-6773.


Recommendations from Lifestyle