The Sky’s the Limit for Michele Sizemore

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Michele Sizemore and Galactic Sky (Photo: Brittany McRae)

Michele Sizemore and Galactic Sky (Photo: Brittany McRae)

The 27-year-old who hails from Sherbom, Massachusetts, will ride Galactic Sky, a KWPN gelding by Negro out of Houston owned by Kintar Sporthorses, LLC and Dr. Joanna Sentissi, in the 4-Year-Old Developing Horse Classes at the championships held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois. She will also compete aboard Falesto D, a KWPN gelding by Rubiquil out of Hemmingway and owned by Diana Mukpo, in the 5-Year-Old Developing Horse tests.

Galactic Sky, also known as Galaxy, had progressed though his second round of stallion testing in Holland when Joanna Sentissi, DBA Kintar Sporthorses, purchased him as a green 3–year-old in November of 2014.

“He arrived in December with only about a month under saddle,” Sizemore said. “We took him to his very first show in Wellington [Florida], in March, the Global Dressage Festival 10. I took him in his first USEF 4-Year-Old Qualifier and scored an 81 percent.” Sizemore said she was impressed that such a green horse not only kept his composure but also gave his all. “He performed so beautifully in such an electric environment,” she continued.

Michele Sizemore and Falesto D (Photo: Diana Mukpo)

Michele Sizemore and Falesto D (Photo: Diana Mukpo)

Sizemore will also enter the 5-Year-Old Developing Horse classes aboard Falesto D. The gelding won his First Level Test 3 at Mystic Valley June Dressage with a 78+ percent from judge Axel Steiner. “The highlight of my ride was that he had tremendous energy, yet he was attentive and on my aids every step of the way” she said.

Although this is both of the horses’ first year to participate in the USEF/Markel Developing Horse Program, Sizemore believes it outlines a challenging, yet doable, training progression for a capable young horse. “This gives me the opportunity to reach for a goal where the end product represents a young horse trained in adherence to the training scale in accordance with the principles of classical dressage,” she said.

Sizemore trains with Diana Mukpo, the head trainer at Windhorse Dressage, a facility based near Boston in the summer and in South Florida in the winter, where Sizemore is the assistant trainer. Mukpo also owns Falesto.

“I'd like to thank her for allowing me to compete her lovely horse in the Young Horse division and for supporting me every step of the way,” Sizemore said. “I also want to thank Joanna Sentissi for giving me the opportunity to ride and compete on such a fantastic horse, Galactic Sky,” she said. “And, I want to thank my parents, Rick and Paula Sizemore, for all of their support, financial and otherwise.”