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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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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I have been very bad about posting show results on the website lately, so I am going to copy my Facebook post here to get caught up!

As posted on Facebook on December 4th, 2016:

“Great day at Canterbury Showplace with two nice young horses making their show debut. Both 4yo Belatrix RH (Bretone/Weltmeyer) and Fran Cross‘s lovely 5yo dutch boy, Gabby, took home blue ribbons and each scored nearly 71%! Very proud of both of these talented youngsters with bright futures.”

As posted on Facebook on November 12th, 2016:

“Bahai was 8th in the Open Grand Prix Championships at US Dressage Finals this evening. She managed to survive the warmup and was a very good girl

Micanopy also took eighth in the Open Fourth Level National Championship. It was her first defeat all year in that class, Mickey really had a great year!

As posted on Facebook on November 11th, 2016:

“Fifi MLW is National Reserve Champion for Open Third Level with a 72.222%‼️

As posted on Facebook on November 10th, 2016:

“Fifi MLW and Micanopy RH are already rockin’ it up here in Kentucky at the US Dressage Finals! Micanopy RH won her warm-up Fourth Level Three today with nearly a 68% and Fifi MLW won her Third Level Three warm-up test with a 72.6%!!! Hoping to keep the success rolling tomorrow in our National Championship classes!”

As posted on Facebook on November 6th, 2016:

“I just rode Sally Seaver’s lovely mare, Saphron, in her Grand Prix debut weekend and today she took home the BLUE!!! Good Girl!!!”

As posted on Facebook on October 16th, 2016:

“Bahai finished up a fun, successful Region 3 Dressage Championships with a great performance in the Open Grand Prix. We ended up 3rd out of 26 competitors and qualified for Nationals‼️ She really tried very hard this weekend. I am super proud of her and my other ladies, Micanopy RH and Fifi MLW, who all qualified for US Dressage Finals in Kentucky next month. Thanks to everyone who helped make this week possible! Especially my mom – who helped me get all the work done on the long show days – and my dad (Verne) who stayed home to keep everything running on the farm Thanks to my supportive clients… Thanks to Colin for keeping my horses’ feet in top shape… thanks to Dr. Courtney for fixing Bahai this summer… Thanks to Dr. T. for always being available to write a health certificate or fill a horse prescription… Thanks to Deborah for making their clip jobs look fabulous… Thanks to Custom Saddlery for making the saddles I love to ride in… Thanks to Kathy for giving me confidence even when you’re a thousand miles away… and thanks to everyone else that makes what my horses and I do possible


As posted on Facebook on October 15th, 2016:

“Yet another great day for Team River House at the Region 3 Dressage Championships. 7yo homebred, Micanopy RH (Maronjo/Matcho X/Argentan), was the star… winning her large 4-3 class and taking home the Fourth Level Championship title – and qualifying for Nationals in the process with a 69.9%! Yay Mickey! Bahai had to go first in her large Grand Prix Freestyle Championship, but she managed to post a good enough score to hold onto sixth place and also qualify for Nationals! Kentucky here we come! Kasey and Dolly rocked their fourth level 1 debut, taking home second place with some pretty awesome trot work! Fifi MLW just did a brief schooling ride today, but she managed to clock off 5 four tempis and 5 three tempis for the first time at a show – good girl! All very exciting

As posted on Facebook on October 14th, 2016:

“Team River House put in another good showing on day two of the Region 3 Dressage Championships. Kasey and Rebecca both did a wonderful job in their Adult Amateur Third Level Championship – finishing in the top 12 out of 37 competitors! Ladies, you both rode your feisty steeds beautifully in the VERY exciting championship atmosphere! YEE-HAA”

As posted on Facebook on October 13th, 2016:

“Good first day for Team River House at the Region 3 Dressage Championships! Fifi MLW and I went very early this morning at the beginning of a huge Open Third Level Championship class – we put in a solid test for a 71.346% that landed us in 5th place out of 42 competitors at the end of the day. The score is high enough to qualify for US Dressage Finals too, if we decide to make the trek up to Kentucky again. 7 year old Micanopy RH was a very good girl, putting in a nice Prix St. Georges test in another gigantic class – she finished 15th out of 52 horses! Wilde Card/Wilber and Rebecca Lord did a great job in their warm-up Third Level Three class, taking 6th out of 17 Amateurs, with a very respectable 66+%. We’ll see what tomorrow brings!”

Success for Bahai at Tryon Fall CDI:

Bahai did a great job at the Tryon Fall CDI in North Carolina. Taking third place in the CDI Grand Prix and second place in the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle.

As posted on Facebook on July 10th, 2016:

“Hot times for Team River House at the Canterbury Summer Sizzler! Rebecca Lord and Jeanie’s Wilde Card (AKA Wilber) had a great weekend – culminating in Rebecca’s highest Third Level score to date, a 66.026%. She earned two second place finishes, her second Third Level score for her USDF Bronze Medal, and qualified for Regionals – way to go! I rode Anne Clement‘s Bandito RH in the Open Third Level 3, earning a second place finish in a good sized class and his first Regionals qualifying score, a 64.872%. Not bad for his first show in three years and second show ever! Good Boy! Kimberly Logan Hudson rode her own Ami in the Fourth Level Test 1. They put in two solid tests with some real highlights as they work towards figuring out the upper levels – making good progress!”

As posted on Facebook on May 30th, 2016:

“Fun and successful weekend with Team River House at the beautiful Grand Oaks Resort this weekend! Lee Longfield continued working backwards on her USDF medals (she completed her USDF Gold Medal last fall) on the Hanoverian stallion Bretone. This weekend, she took another step towards her Silver, earning the blue ribbon and a 66.389% in her fourth level class! Kimberly Logan Hudson and her very own Ami earned their second fourth level score towards Kimber’s USDF Silver Medal! Rebecca Lord took home a blue ribbon in her third level three test on Jeanie’s Wilber – earning her first qualifying score for Regionals and her first third level score towards her USDF Bronze Medal! Alexa and Ben Pony were adorable, taking home a pile of blues from their training level classes and earning many cuteness points! Woowoo!!!!!!! Way to go ladies =D!”

As posted on Facebook on May 28th, 2016:

“Fifi MLW (Fidertanz/Wolkentanz/Rohdiamant) was a star at Grand Oaks Dressage today. In just her second show at the level, she took home first place in her Third Level Test Three class with a 73.077%! We earned six ’8′s, an 8.5, and a 9! Very proud of her and her progress. Check out the pics of her and the lucky corgis!”

As posted on Facebook on May 2nd, 2016:

“Fifi MLW (Fidertanz/Wolkentanz/Rohdiamont) at her first show with me. Winning her Third Level Test 3 in Tryon, NC. These are just screen shots from the video, but she’s looking pretty snazzy!”

As posted on Facebook May, 1st 2016:

“Team River House had a great weekend at Cinco de Mayo Dressage! It was a bit of a scorcher, but the horses handled it and everyone rode well! Lee Longfield completed her USDF Gold Medal last fall with Bretone (Brentano II/Salut) the Super Stallion, so now she’s working backwards towards her Silver. This weekend she earned two scores towards her Silver in the 4-2 and Prix St Georges, taking home a 1st and a 2nd place finish in the process. Nicely done! Jeanie’s student, Kimberly Logan Hudson, made her 4th level debut with her own Ami. They also earned a 1st and a 2nd and are on their way to a Silver Medal. Way to go! Lee and Michael Benner‘s coming 6 year old mare, Radisson (Rapture R/Riverman), made her Third Level debut with me in the tack. She was a very good girl, earning two nearly 67%s with many ’8′s and positive comments – she should have a bright future! It was also awesome to see Renee Genther and Ben make a very successful Prix St Georges debut together with the help of Tyra Vernon. It’s been exactly one year since Renee purchased Ben and it’s great to see them rocking the tails! Big congrats!”


As posted on Facebook on April 25th, 2016:

“The girls and I had a decent weekend at the CDI 3* and National show in Tryon, NC. We didn’t knock it out of the park like we did in Georgia, but we did pretty well in a big venue. Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotspon/World Cup) and I were both too nervous in the international stadium atmosphere, but we held it together enough to get through the CDI Grand Prix and earn a third place finish in the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle. It was amazing to be there with such talented riders from the US and Canada in just our 2nd Grand Prix CDI. In the National show, 7 yo little-engine- that-can Micanopy RH (Maronjo/Matcho/Argentan) won both the Fourth Level Three test and the Prix St Georges. Fifi MLW (Fidertanz/Wolkentanz/Rohdiamont) went to her first show with me and won her Third Level Three test with nice, big clean changes – YAY! Just got home at 10 PM last night, but I want to get back in there and do it all over again!”

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Nora took two mares she’s trained all the way up to the Greater Atlanta Dressage Society competition in Conyers, GA April 7th-10th, 2016 and enjoyed great success!

Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotspon) had an amazing weekend – scoring two personal bests in the Grand Prix and the Freestyle. She scored a 70.9% in the Open Grand Prix for the win. On Sunday she capped off the weekend with a stellar 78.375% win in the Grand Prix Freestyle!

Micanopy RH, a coming 7 year old mare (Maronjo/SPS Mijou), debuted at Fourth Level and Prix St Georges in her fourth show ever. She rocked her Fourth Level Test 3 – scoring 71.222% and took home the blue‼ The 71.222% was also good enough for High Point Fourth Level of the show. Micanopy RH also earned a 68.325% in her Developing Horse Prix St. Georges National Qualifier, not bad for her first weekend in tails!

We’re hoping for more great tests in the future with these two special girls! Check out the candids and professional photos by WNC Photography below…

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Nora was thrilled to qualify with Bahai for US Dressage Finals for a second time this year through their success at Region 3 Championships! Bahai’s win in the Open Grand Prix Freestyle Regional Championship combined with her solid performance and fourth place finish in the Open Grand Prix Regional Championship were enough to earn two invitations to Nationals at the Kentucky Horse Park in November.

Bahai was a rock star! Handling the very scary Alltech Arena with bravery and grace. She put in a clean Open Grand Prix test to finish fourth in the Nation! The Open Grand Prix Freestyle was a little touch and go, as the music was way too loud, but Bahai (and Nora) persevered for a fifth in the Nation finish! It was an amazing end to Bahai’s first year in Open Grand Prix competition.

Nora’s friend (and Bretone baby owner!), Anne Clement, was nice enough to drive all the way to Kentucky and be a super groom/cheerleader. Jeanie did the less glamorous, but much needed job of watching the farm at home! Anne and Nora not only had a blast participating in and watching the competition, but also in the awesome hotel ‘Fun Dome’ with its arcade, basketball court, and pool! Nora also had a great time seeing many of the great New England dressage enthusiasts that were in attendance at the Finals! From hanging with Kathy Connelly to catching up with Pam Goodrich, Tanya Rennie, Ruth Hogan-Poulson, Adam Cropper, and so many more. Great to see all those familiar New England faces again!

Check out Nora’s Facebook page for her 2015 Nationals Album with great pictures by Sue Stickle!

Here are some candid shots…

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Nora took three River House horses to the Georgia International Horse Park for the Region 3 Championships in October. All three horses were either born at River House or raised there since the age of 2 months, so it’s very exciting to see their progress!

The star, of course, was the 11 year old mare Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotpon). She won the Grand Prix Freestyle Championship with a 70.9%. She also placed 4th in the Open Grand Prix Championship – punching her ticket in both classes to the US Dressage Finals in Kentucky! Yay Bahai!

Micanopy RH (Maronjo/Matcho x/Argentan), a 6 year old mare, was a good girl in her Open Third Level Championship, placing in the top ten out of about 35 horses. Pretty good for her 3rd show ever!

Bramble RH (Bretone/Glorieux), a 4 year old stallion, was also a good boy at his first ever Regional Championship. He placed in the top third of his huge Open Training Level Championship class with a 71.6%. And he was a great sport in his Open First Level Championship when his bridle broke right before the class and Nora had to sprint across the grounds to grab Micanopy’s bridle for him to wear! He did a solid test despite very little warm-up and going in a bit he’d never worn before! Good enough to be in the top part of the class again with a 69.5%.

Very proud of all out horses! Check out the great pics from WNC Photography…



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