Grapjas

Published on December 11, 2017 by in Riding Age Horses, Sales

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Grapjas - Young Horse Nationals

Grapjas – Young Horse Nationals

Grapjas, AKA “Gabby”, is a 2011 (coming 7 y.o.), 16.3 hand, dark brown, PSG Dutch gelding. By Zizi Top (Tango/Ferro) out of Trendy (Kennedy/Highline). He is a gorgeous, talented horse with a bright future in upper-level dressage. He is already schooling all the of Prix St. Georges and will be competitive in the Developing Horse PSG division in 2018. He is very trainable with an exceptional canter and ‘look at me’ presence. In 2017, he competed in the FEI 6 Year Old division – qualifying for the Markel Young Horse Championships in the top 10 in the country. He did very well in his qualifiers, earning scores as high as 8.2 for canter, 7.9 for trot, 7.6 for walk, 8 for submission, and 8 for perspective (potential). This is a horse destined for greatness! Asking 150K

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Gorgeous photos by Sue Stickle from the Markel Young and Developing Horse National Championships, the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Championships, and US Dressage Finals!

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I also recently learned that Faro SQF and Fifi MLW swept the Open High Score Hanoverian Awards at US Dressage Finals! Faro SQF was High Score Hanoverian for the FEI Levels with his winning ride in the Open Prix St. Georges Championship and Fifi MLW was High Score Hanoverian for the National Levels with her Open Fourth Level Reserve Champion ride. Good ponies!

As posted on Facebook 14 November 2017:

“We are home from a fabulous 2017 US Dressage Finals and back to work today! It’s a beautifully run show in an absolutely gorgeous setting.

We wrapped up the national competition with a particularly great finish in the Open Prix St. Georges Championship in which I rode three horses. Faro SQF (Owned by Andrea Whitcomb and myself and bred in the USA by Jill Peterson [9yo Fidertanz/Rotspon/World Cup]) took home the Championship title, Fifi MLW (Also bred in the USA by Mary Lou Pitz Winn [8yo Fidertanz/Wolkentanz/Rohdiamant]) took home Reserve Champion honors, and River House Hanoverians homebred, Micanopy RH (8yo Maronjo/Matcho X/Argentan) finished in 8th among a very talented field.

Faro SQF and Fifi MLW took home two of the six perpetual trophies from US Dressage Finals. Faro SQF earned the Miki Christophersen Perpetual Trophy for being the Prix St. Georges Open Champion. Fifi MLW earned the Lloyd Landkamer Perpetual Trophy for being the Highest Scoring FEI Mare. These two horses are such talents – it’s a privilege to ride them and an honor to have our names on these awards.

Fifi MLW also took home the Reserve Champion title in the Open Fourth Level Championship, just missing out on Champion by a few tenths of a point.

My little Bahai (13yo by Baroncelli out of SPS Rose (Rotspon/World Cup) who was imported by River House Hanoverians/Verne Batchelder and is also the dam of Faro SQF) had far from her best test in the Open Grand Prix Championship, but still managed to pull out a fourth place finish. She and I were much more on the same page in the Open Grand Prix Freestyle Championship and earned another close fourth place finish.

Micanopy RH had a busy weekend with three Finals classes. In addition to her 8th place Open PSG Championship finish, she also finished in 11th place out of 28 horses in the Open Intermediare I Championship and finished 5th in the Open Intermediare I Freestyle Championship. She really held her own among stiff competition.

I am so thankful to have such nice horses to ride. To everyone who helps me make this crazy dressage dream a reality – THANK YOU! Especially my parents, Jeanie and Verne, I couldn’t do this without you.”

 

As posted on Facebook 09 October 2017:

“We had a great show at the GAIG Region 3 Championships! It started out very wet and ended up very hot, but the horses were fantastic!

Fifi MLW was a star – winning the Open Fourth Level Championship with a 75.056%! She added a whole new collection of fans to her fan club with her victory lap trot <3.

Bahai was also a winner – taking home the Open Grand Prix Freestyle Championship for the second time in three years! Good girl! Bahai also took 3rd in the Open Grand Prix Championship. She received two gorgeous trays of rainbow carrots and apples presented by Diamante Farms, which she thoroughly enjoyed!

Andrea‘s Faro SQF proved once again that he can best his little sister, Fifi MLW ;-) . They both did very well in the Open Prix St. Georges Championships, taking home fourth and fifth out of about 40 horses with a 72+% and a 71+%.

Micanopy RH was in that same large and competitive PSG Championship and she put in a great effort to finish 11th with a 68+%. Micanopy also danced her way to a 3rd place finish in the Intermediare Freestyle Championship with a 70.8% and a 7th place finish in the Open Intermediare I Championship.

I was very happy with all four horses and they all earned places at US Dressage Finals in Kentucky!!!

Kasey rode Dolly very well – finishing 3rd in the Amateur Fourth Level Championship and 6th in the Fourth Level Freestyle – they’re headed to Nationals in Kentucky too! WooHoo!

Thank you to everyone who helps make this possible for me. Especially my mom, who was my groom/coach/chauffeur…
And my dad, Verne, who took time out of his busy clinic and AHS judging schedule to watch the farm.”

As posted on Facebook 28 August 2017:

“We drove through the night and we’re back home safely from the Markel Young & Developing Horse Championships at Lamplight near Chicago.

Andrea’s and my handsome, talented Faro SQF (Fidertanz/Rotspon/World Cup) was a very good boy! He placed 5th in the Prix St. Georges and 4th in the Developing PSG to finish 5th overall in a very talented National Championship field. He has come so far in a short amount of time and his future looks very bright!

Powerhouse mare, Fifi MLW (Fidertanz/Wolkentanz/Rohdiamont), started the competition out strong with a 2nd place finish in the Prix St. Georges, but we had a very costly mistake in the Developing PSG, which landed her in 7th place overall in the National Championship. The quality of the work on our schooling days and in the warm-up was amazing and encouraging for her future.

Fran’s lovely 6 year old, Grapjas (Zizi Top/Kennedy), had great learning experiences in the busy championship atmosphere far from home. He was gorgeous and very grown up at the jog and awards ceremony and he nailed every single one of his flying changes.

It was a privilege to qualify and compete all three of these quality horses with bright careers ahead of them.

It takes a village to make these things happen, so big thanks to everyone… especially my parents, Verne Batchelder and Jeanie Hahn, for all of their support. Thanks to the corgis, Besser and The Poo, for being perfect, sweet, and sassy. Thanks to everyone who makes the show at Lamplight such a high caliber championship – from the title sponsor Markel Insurance to the entire show staff and USEF reps. Thanks to my clients – including generous owners Fran and Andrea. Thanks to Kathy and Debbie for sending me good luck wishes and support, and for the invaluable help no matter how infrequent. Kasey for exercising the frisky Bahai while I was away. And everyone who tries to keep the horses feeling their best – including Dean, Colin Morrow, Courtney Rouhier Varney, Eva Peterson, and Rebecca Forrest Blikslager /Sharon Stanford Cooper/Custom Saddlery. And also a big thank you to all the other competitors who were so friendly and encouraging – it’s an honor to be in such company.”

As posted on Facebook 24 August 2017:

“It was a long day, but a successful one! Fifi MLW and Andrea Whitcomb‘s Faro SQF were 2nd and 5th, respectively, in the Prix St Georges at the Developing Horse National Championships‼️ Very proud of them both More later…”

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As posted on Facebook 31 July 2017:

“Another great weekend showing at the Georgia International Horse Park! 8 year old, River House bred, Micanopy RH (Maronjo/Matcho X/Argentan) danced her way to a win in the Intermediare Freestyle with a 74.750% and the High Score Freestyle award! Andrea‘s and my talented boy, Faro SQF (Fidertanz/Rotspon/World Cup), took home yet another win in a Developing Horse Prix St. Georges qualifier with a 70+% and was Reserve High Score FEI of the show. He’s had a stellar start to his FEI level career! Fran‘s gorgeous Grapjas (Zizi Top/Kennedy/Highline) put in another pair of great efforts in the FEI 6 YO Tests, winning both his classes and earning an 8.2 on his phenomenal canter! I am proud of all three of these young talents with very bright futures <3.”

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Mulder RH

Published on August 22, 2017 by in Sales, Young Horses

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Mulder RH, born 13 April 2017, is a lovely gray colt out of SPS Mijou (Argentan/Matcho X) by the Elite Grand Prix stallion Maronjo. Mulder, AKA “Spooky”, is a full brother to Micanopy RH who, at the age of 8, has already had a stellar show career including a Region 8 Championship title at Open Fourth Level in 2016 and numerous I-1 and I-1 Freestyle wins with scores over 74% in 2017. Mulder is very much like his sister, with three quality gaits, a great personality, and gorgeous gray looks! He should be another stellar FEI partner.

VIDEO – 6 months

VIDEO – Foal Free Running

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Scintillating RH

Published on July 13, 2017 by in Sales, Young Horses

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Scintillating RH (born 21 April 2017) is a gorgeous bay Hanoverian colt by three time World Champion Sezuan (Zack/Don Schufro) out of SPS Florence Royal (Florencio/De Niro/Calypso II). He’s tall, dark, and handsome!

VIDEO – 6 months

VIDEO – Foal

 

 

 

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As posted on Facebook June 11th, 2017:

“Fabulous show at the Georgia International Horse Park this weekend! Andrea Whitcomb‘s Faro SQF (Fidertanz/Rotspon) was a total star all weekend – winning his first ever Prix St. Georges with a 71.842% on Saturday and his Developing Prix St. Georges National Qualifier with a 72.868% on Sunday! He was FEI High Point and we earned an engraving on the Good Horseman’s Cup for High Score of the show! He earned many 8′s and even a 9!

Fran Cross‘s super gelding, Grapjas (Zizi Top/Kennedy), was fabulous in his FEI 6 Year Old Test National Qualifier – taking first place with a 77.4%! The judges thought he showed a lot of potential and rewarded his outstanding canter with an 8!

Thank you Fran and Andrea – it is a pleasure to ride such high quality horses!

Very proud of Kasey and Dolly for a great second show at PSG. They took two second places, scored 64+%, and earned some 8′s on the hard stuff – like canter pirouettes! Good job!

Thanks Verne/Dad for watching the farm and Mom for helping at the show!

Rebecca Forrest Blikslager, both Grapjas and Faro SQF go in the Custom Saddlery Wolfgang Solo 2 saddle you sent. They love it and I do too! Thank you Custom Saddlery, Sharon Stanford Cooper.”

As posted on Facebook on 25 June 2017:

“Grapjas and Faro SQF had another successful weekend in Georgia! It was a rainy, muddy weekend, but we earned more scores on our quest to qualify three horses for the Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse National Championships at Lamplight. Fran‘s Grapjas (Zizi Top/Kennedy) was a star – sloshing through the mud in the FEI 6 YO Test to earn 78% both days – including 8′s on Submission and General Impression. Andrea‘s and my Faro SQF (Fidertanz/Rotspon) put in another great effort in his nascent FEI career – braving the muck to win both his Prix St. Georges and Developing Prix St. Georges classes and take home the FEI High Score of the show, again! Very proud of these two talented horses and grateful to Fran and Andrea for the opportunity to develop them.”

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As posted on Facebook May 28th, 2017:

“River House had a very successful show at Grand Oaks this weekend! Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotspon/World Cup) was a star both days – winning the Grand Prix on Saturday with a 69.7% and winning the Grand Prix Special on Sunday with a 70.8%. 8 year old home-bred, Micanopy RH (Maronjo/Matcho/Argentan), was awesome – taking second place in the Intermediare 1 on Saturday with a 68.9% and first place in her first ever freestyle with a 72+%. Clark did a great job with Tony the Magnificent all weekend – they had a super first level test to win with a 67%! It was a long weekend and a bit toasty, but it’s all good because we had fun and won blue ribbons =D.”

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As posted on Facebook February 5th, 2017:

“Fifi MLW got a 79.737% in her first ever Prix St. Georges today! We got eleven 8′s, two 8.5′s, and six 9′s! Very proud of her and she totally has a fan club going already =D <3.

Micanopy RH won the Prix St Georges yesterday and her first ever Intermediare I today with a 68.9% and a 68.7%!

Anne‘s Bandito RH made his fourth level debut and won both of his classes too!

It was a very productive weekend full of successful firsts!”

As posted on Facebook February 27th, 2017:
“Fifi MLW was a star on the big stage in Wellington. She won her first Developing Horse Prix St. Georges qualifier with a 73.603% amid some very stiff competition!”
As posted on Facebook May 1st, 2017:

“Great weekend at Canterbury!

Fran‘s fabulous Grapjas (Zizi Top/Kennedy) was a superstar at his first real dressage show – scoring an impressive 78.4% in the FEI 6 YO Test including “8″s for his gorgeous canter and uphill general impression. Gabs is a true talent with a very bright future!

Anne‘s sweetheart 9 yo Bandito RH (Bretone/Fabriano) made his Prix St. Georges debut with nearly a 66% and a second place finish – earning an “8″ on his three tempis along the way. Bandito has learned so much in a short amount of time, I am very proud of him!

Clark rode Tony the Stalliony, AKA Bretone, in their first show together. Tony is now 22 years old, but was just as pumped as ever to be showing off at a horse show. Clark did a super job and earned his first two scores for his USDF Bronze Medal and his first “8″!”

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Nora and Fifi MLW were selected to be demo riders at the January 2017 USDF FEI Trainers’ Conference with Lilo Fore and Hans Christian Matthiesen. Fifi MLW was such a star that she garnered lots of good press!

 The IDCTA Stride magazine had very nice things to say about Fifi MLW, click on the links below to read:

Fifi Trainer’s Conference Article Cover

Fifi MLW Trainer’s Conference Article Pages

Fifi MLW in Dressage Today:

Fifi MLW in the USDF Connection:

 

Fifi MLW also did a super job as the Third Level Demo horse and Bahai was a great Grand Prix Demo horse in the Janet Foy Symposium at BREC Dressage in February!

 

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