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It’s been nothing short of a banner year for Custom Saddlery’s “Most Valuable Riders (MVRs)”. At the Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships held at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois many Custom Saddlery MVR’s enjoyed a victory gallop Read More
International Grand Prix rider Dr. Cesar Parra has claimed a stellar victory in the Developing Grand Prix National Championship aboard his superstar mount Fashion Designer OLD, a 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding bred by Heike Kind in Germany and owned by Parra with Martin Sosnoff. Read More
Watch the winning test od Andrea Woodard and her Oldenburg mare Ravenna (Sir Donnerhall I-Romanze, Blue Hors Romanov) to win the Markel/USEF National 6-Year- Old title. Read More
Fashion Designer OLD is a true product of success from the USEF Young & Developing Horse Program, competing and placing first in the 5-Year-Old division in 2013, third in the 6-Year-Old division in 2014, and second in the Developing Horse Prix St. Georges division over the years. Read More
What makes this competition unique is that for the the Four, Five, and Six-Year-Old divisions, the judging panel addresses each rider at the end of the test. On the speaker system for all to hear, their comments on gait, transitions, and submissiveness are discussed. Read More
"I love training young horses - it's what I live to do every day. To start with a horse that is unbroke and then to walk, trot, and canter and teach them to go on the bit, it's like unwrapping a Christmas present. You never know what's inside." Read More
Alyssa Doverspike a full-time groom for her trainers David Wightman and Kathleen Raine of Adventure Farms in Wildomar, California, came across the country with her boss to ride in the same division and won 5-Year-Old National Title at the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championship. Read More
Stovall and Frankie came from behind on the final day of the division with an impressive 71.179 percent in the Developing Prix St. Georges to win the overall championship. "I wanted to ride the first test (on Thursday) a little conservative and really point-to-point, demonstrating that we can... Read More
In her first visit to the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championships, Andrea Woodard (Wellington, Fla.) wowed the judges and won the FEI Six-Year-Old Preliminary Test on Ravenna. Woodard has partnered with her Oldenburg mare since 2014, when she purchased her in Germany as a three... Read More
Cesar Parra came away with a win in the Intermediate II riding Fashion Designer OLD. The pair excelled in the test with highlights that included the trot half-passes, the canter pirouettes, and the piaffe and passage tour Read More

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