Five Generations of Breeding Dressage Horses Gets Windy Ridge Farm to the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships

Friday, August 21, 2009

Judy Reggio and daughter Suzanne Belles normally don’t have to travel very far for success in the show ring. That is because their Windy Ridge Farm located in Bethel Pennsylvania is close enough to Dressage at Devon they can make the short trip with their latest offspring to gather up breeding awards. But they didn't mind packing up the trailer for the thirteen hour drive to Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois with their four-year-old Keur mare Alleluia WRF, by Sir Sinclair. Making it to the National Young Horse Championships is a dream come true, and one that took five generations of breeding dressage horses. “It has been a very long road for us, but just being invited, is a milestone in it self,” said Windy Ridge Farm's matriarch Judy Reggio. It all began with a Thoroughbred Steeplechase mare named Glory, and their attempt to breed a horse that Judy’s daughter Suzi would be able to compete at the highest levels.
Photo by - J. Talley Ruhle

It worked! Glory's son Joshua by Roemer was their first generation and became a  successful FEI horse for Suzanne. The following year they bred Glory to Iron Spring Farm’s stallion Rolls Royce, producing a filly Korniche, who won the Dressage at Devon Fillies of 92. Her next foal bred to Grand Slam of Iron Spring Farm won fillies of '93.  When Korniche' was three they bred her to the then older Roemer, who passed away that March. Another filly "Outrageous" was born in May and became a Dutch Star mare at three and was then bred to Zeoliet with frozen semen from Holland producing Alleluia WRF‘s mother Treasure. Suzanne then married and produced a filly of her own, daughter Tori, who debuted in the leadline class at Dressage at Devon in 2008.

“This time we were looking for a stallion that is elastic and has a quiet mind. Sir Sinclair seems to be a good choice, and here we are, off to the Young Horse Championships!”  In 2008 at the Dutch inspection she was entered in the under saddle performance test (IBOP) as well as the DG Bar Cup competition.  “When Suzi was studying the IBOP test, she thought that it was odd, and that it seemed so short, there wasn't even any canter work.  When we got to the Keuring, she learned that the test that she had studied was the IBOP for Driving Horses!” Nevertheless at the conclusion of the performance division Jacques Verkirk, the inspector from Holland, awarded Allie the Keur Predicate.  It was the first time in the history of North America that a three-year-old was awarded a Keur also earning the highest IBOP score in the country and was second in the DB Bar Cup.  

It all started from a Thoroughbred steeplechase mare and a dream.