Record Crowds at National Horse Show Witness the Magic of the Friesian Quadrille
Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Posted by Contractor
"When it was announced that the National Horse Show was moving from Madison Square Garden to Wellington, I was ecstatic!" said Shaana Pritchard, who approached Gene Mische, President of Stadium Jumping Inc., about providing entertainment for the 119th National Horse Show. "I remember the excitement I had felt as a young girl each and every time we would go to New York City and be part of the festivities surrounding the horse show. I always dreamed of one day riding at the Garden. That dream came true-- albeit many years later, and in, of all places, Wellington, Florida."
Ms. Pritchard is a member of the United States Dressage Federation Freestyle Committee and owner of Frieze Frame Friesians. In just a few short weeks Ms. Pritchard put together a group of eight riders and eight horses from several states, designed the performances, and worked with Equisong.com to provide a moving musical score for the powerful black horses. "The troupe had never before performed together," Ms. Pritchard said. "But I had great confidence in my riders." Her confidence was justified. The performances were met by cheering crowds that came to their feet as the bejeweled horses performed difficult maneuvers in unison including the 360-degree pinwheel.
Ms. Pritchard and her follow Friesian fans hope to be back at the show next year. She said, "I'm glad I was able to do my part to show those skeptics that Wellington can be the new 'Garden of Eden."
Images courtesy: Deborah Darwin
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