Ocala, FL - December 5, 2013 – Few professional horsemen can win big with small equines like Gary Yeager of Yeager Equine Services (YES) in Ocala, Florida. Yeager had Expo Square audiences saying, “Y.E.S.” to his champions at the largest Miniature Horse show in the world, the American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR) National Championships, which celebrated its 25th anniversary September 5-15 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Yeager drove Silver Meadows Original Masterpiece, owned by mother-and-daughter Teresa and Macy Plemmons of Ocala, Florida, to the Open Roadster Stakes Grand Championship. Macy Plemmons, now 21, was thrilled to watch the mare once presented to her as a sweet 16 birthday gift put to a brilliant victory lap wearing her AMHR tricolors.
“It was the right class at the right time for this mare,” says Yeager, who counts on Choice of Champions™ products to give his equine partners that extra 'star power.'
“I really feel Choice of Champions products help a lot. The joint solution really helped Eve out. She was so much 'more' than the rest of the class was.”
Yeager also presented Maggie Clark Kalenak's Graham-bred, Grahams Gladiator, to the Senior Stallion reserve national title, as well as watching one of his amateur clients collect the National Champion amateur roadster title with RCM Masterpiece and the Reserve National Champion ladies showmanship title with SMHC’s Freedom Absolute Perfecta. Yeager and his clients also enjoyed numerous Top Tens throughout the two-week long extravaganza, which hosted the best and brightest small equine competitors from the U.S. and Canada to vie for titles in approximately 380 different categories.
"Miniature Horses are big fun for adults and children. With 1500 horses competing in Tulsa, this year’s championships were especially exciting,” said Zona Schneider, AMHR Director of Operations.
Yeager is a second generation horseman and trainer who grew up on the Arabian horse show circuit, showing horses from the age of five and earning his first national wins soon after. Showing Arabians established his diverse background in saddleseat, hunt seat, stock seat and driving, and after graduation he continued training horses, garnering multiple National Championships in multiple breed divisions including 2010 National Champion American Show Pony Stallion.
He left Tulsa to return for the Florida Whips Ironhorse Horse Farm Driving Trials, where he continued his winning ways, dominating the Training Level division with a championship win for Virginia Cardenas' New Forest Pony, and earning a Training Level reserve championship with Miniature Horse pair, Al Caponey and Bugsy Maloney, for owner Johnny Robb of Loxahatchee, Florida.
“They did phenomenally well for their first-ever show,” said Yeager about the uniquely-named pair. “Just unbelievable.”
The good showings are keeping Yeager optimistic about the future: “We're pretty excited about showing in south Florida in November, plus the CDE season is starting and we've horses and clients to begin campaigning, and hopefully, Live Oak by the end of the year and do well there.”
Located near HITS-Ocala and The Sanctuary Equine Rehabilitation Center, Yeager Equine Services is a full service center offering dressage to driving and can either start your young horse or advance your competition horse's show career to that next step. When you are ready to reach your next level of excellence, just say Y.E.S. Learn more at www.yeagerequineservices.com.