Mikala Gunderson Named Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider of the 2013 Gold Coast May Dressage Show

Saturday, May 25, 2013
Posted by JRPR




Janne Rumbough (left), the Danish mare My Lady, and Mikala Gundersen at the Gold Coast Dressage May show.
Janne Rumbough (left), the Danish mare My Lady, and Mikala Gundersen at the Gold Coast Dressage May show.

Wellington, FL – Custom Saddlery, makers of handcrafted custom-fit dressage, jumping and event saddles, presented international dressage rider Mikala Gunderson with the Custom Saddlery’s Most Valuable Rider Award (MVR) for her amazing Grand Prix Freestyle ride at the Gold Coast May Dressage show. Riding the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, My Lady, Gunderson scored an impressive 74.0% on her debut of her new freestyle. “I just tested this new freestyle, so it felt like more of a practice round,” Gunderson said about her ride, “I’m glad it went really well. I want to thank Custom Saddlery for this award and for the wonderful saddle pad,” she continued. “I appreciate it very much. Janne Rumbough, the owner of My Lady, won the MVR award earlier this year at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, and I’m very proud to be following in her footsteps.” Gunderson explained that she has been riding My Lady for a year and a half, and is excited about the progress they’ve been making. “She’s getting better everyday,” she said about My Lady. “I’m very lucky to have the opportunity to ride this horse,” she added. Rumbough was equally proud of her horse, and is very excited for Gunderson and My Lady to travel to Europe for a two month tour.  She explained that the pair are heading off to Denmark to ride in the Danish Championships and then will “test the waters all over Europe.” Rumbough’s continuous dedication to her horses and riders like Gunderson has benefited the sport of dressage in the US tremendously, especially in the exclusive equestrian community in South Florida, of which she has been a part for over 36 years.

Custom Saddlery is well known for the host of dedicated dressage superstars that ride in their saddles. Today’s top performers and MVRs include US Olympic Dressage veterans, Steffen Peters, Heather Blitz, and Sue Blinks. In addition, Custom Saddlery endorses a host of other dressage superstars including Tina Konyot, Kathleen Raine, Lauren Sammis, Caroline Roffman, Endel Ots and David Wightman just to name a few.

Custom Saddlery makes a wide range of styles to accommodate countless horse and rider combinations, and in addition to their own high level of research and design, Custom Saddlery is dedicated to listening to the input of riders and trainers. “With our state-of-the-art facilities, qualified personnel and combined knowledge of listening to riders and trainers, we are able to offer a great selection of the finest dressage saddles available,” says Cary Wallace, President and Master Saddle Fitter at Custom Saddlery. “By listening to riders and trainers, we can continue to provide new models, styles and designs for maintaining our position as the top choice for dressage saddles in the market.”

Custom Saddlery has a wonderful website designed for the serious equestrian, and they encourage everyone to visit www.mysaddle.com to learn more about their saddles. On the website, visitors can view each type of saddle they offer, the various customizable options and sizes, read about the warranty, pricing policy and how the saddles were developed.