Talk about making all the right moves. Shawna Harding returned to the United States in September 2005 after a strong year of training and showing in Europe and settled in the charming and rapidly growing equestrian community of Aiken, South Carolina. Another good choice for the young professional who has systematically worked her way up in her training and business program, planting herself in a prospering community begging for dressage guidance.
It didn’t take long for Harding to get going in 2006, as she hit the road with horses and students, quickly topping the leader boards earning high scoring results, with her own Come On III, the 7-year-old Danish Warmblood by Come Back II. He peaked at the USDF Region 3 Championships collecting three Championship titles, at Fourth Level and Prix St George, putting the pair in strong contention for the 2007 Pan American Games selection trials.
Currently training in Florida, Harding is waiting for the season to begin. The EHV1 has put quite a scare on the industry here. I was very lucky to have shipped my horses alone and to have come to a completely empty barn that hasn't had any horses on it for a year. I am hoping the Dressage season will go on as schedule d and that people are being responsible enough to take the time to check temperatures daily, pay attention to workers and what they are wearing around town and to the barn. Everyone should be taking precautions like vaccinating every 90 days like the FEI requires for competing horses and maintaining good immune health. Stress for the horses is a big factor.