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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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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A very successful show for River House Hanoverians at Canterbury Holiday Dressage, November 2015!

Farleight (13 yo Hanoverian gelding from the Florestan line) and Nora were 2nd in the Open Grand Prix with a 67+% on Saturday, collecting six 8′s along the way, and then FIRST in the Open Grand Prix on Sunday with a 68+%, again receiving half a dozen 8s along the way! Good Boy Flumpy.

Jeanie, and her Wilde Card/Wilber (Weltmeyer/Akut), were 3rd in a good sized PSG class with almost a 67% and several 8′s on Saturday! And on Sunday, this pair were the winners in the Open Intermediare with almost a 66%. Two qualifying scores in as many classes – Go Jeanie!!!

Our beloved Bretone/Tony the Stalliony (Elite Hanoverian stallion – Brentano II/Salut) has seamlessly made the transition from Nora’s Grand Prix Champion to an AMAZING schoolmaster! Tony helped Lee earn two blue ribbons in the Amateur Grand Prix over the weekend AND finish her USDF Gold Medal! CONGRATULATIONS LEE!


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Some crazy person (aka Nora) signed up for back-to-back shows in Georgia over the last two weekends, but the horses were fabulous, so it’s all good!

Nora’s beautiful Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotspon) went to Chatt Hills this weekend and was a total star – taking home the Blue in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a 71%. They rocked a slightly silly pop freestyle with music from Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, and Avicii ;-D. They got lots of comments from the crowd on how much they enjoyed watching and dancing to it – which was very nice to hear!

Micanopy RH, a 6 year old home-bred by Maronjo out of SPS Mijou (Matcho/Argentan), went to both shows (enduring two six hour drives to the Atlanta area!) and totally killed it! These were her first shows EVER and she qualified for Regionals in just two rides, winning the Third Level Three at Chatt Hills with a 69.5% and earning Reserve Champion High Score of the show! She also put in two solid FEI 6 yo tests, over the two weekends. Very proud of her and her nice, clean flying changes!

Bramble RH, a 4 year old Bretone/Gleucksfee stallion, went to the competition at Poplar Place and earned his final qualifying score for First Level Three and took home the Blue. He also put in another solid 76.6% USEF 4 yo test. Good boy Baby Bramble!

It’s been fun for Nora to compete three horses that she’s have had since they were little, tiny foals!

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Our New Covered Arena is Up and Awesome!

Published on February 19, 2015 by in Farm, General, News, Other


River House finally got it’s covered arena! After missing our indoor arena in New Hampshire for two years, we’ve put up an over-sized covered arena at our Williston, Fl location! The building and super sand/rubber/fiber mix footing are complete and we are enjoying riding in it, rain or shine. This building will be a huge asset come sunny Florida summer. We just have three pieces left to complete before our new covered is 100% finished: a wall of mirrors across  the far end, a watering system to keep the riding surface in tip-top shape, and two viewing areas to either side of the entrance. We also put in a lot of new fencing with the arena project. The farm is looking good and becoming an ever better facility for training grand prix horses. Take a look at the pictures from the various stages of the arena project in the gallery below.



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River House welcomes Ballencia RH!

Ballencia was born at four in the morning on 25 February 2014. Her mother is States Premium Mijou, an overall “8″ Matcho/Argentan mare who scored two “9s” on rideability in her German under saddle test, has produced the approved stallion, Delacroix RH. International dressage horses have come from this mother line. The sire is our lovely, elite Grand Prix stallion, Bretone (Brentano II/Salut). The name “Ballencia” means strong and brave – fitting for a filly who decided to go for a gallop around the farm at just a few hours old! The name originates from the ancient Spanish city of Valencia, which purportedly smells strongly of citrus due to all of its orange groves – again, a fitting name for a chestnut filly born when the Florida oranges are in full bloom, to a mare who has never had a chestnut in a dozen foals! Ballencia is pretty and leggy and we hope for great things in her future!

River House welcomes Behati RH!

SPS Weltfee II (Weltmeyer/Lord Udo) delivered a tall, strong filly in the early morning hours on March 21, 2014. We have decided to name her Behati after the Namibian Supermodel. This filly is one of the many Bretone/Weltfee II foals that we have had and we love them all! Her full siblings are Betty Davis, Barcelona (AKA Banana), Banderas, Baaron Miller, Bogart, Bacardi, and Bellatrix. Barcelona qualified in the top 15 four year olds in the country for the Markel National Young Horse Championships in 2011 and we are loving riding Banderas, Baaron Miller, and Bogart – all talented, super rideable horses. Behati is very outgoing and already shows great balance and gaits. She’s going to be one to watch in the future!

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Outside at the US Dressage Finals (Susan J Stickle Photo)

Outside at the US Dressage Finals (Susan J Stickle Photo)

2013 has been a great year, and a well-traveled year, for Bahai and Nora. The good news started with a training grant from the New England Dressage Association to pursue High Performance Grand Prix. Bahai and Nora’s show ring success for the year started with multiple wins in Wellington and north Florida in the Developing Horse Prix St Georges, as well as a promising Intermediare I debut.. Their undefeated run in the Developing Horse Prix St Georges qualifiers earned them an invitation to the Markel Developing Horse National Championships in Lamplight, IL. They also received an invitation to the Developing Dressage Training Session with Debbie MacDonald at Hassler Dressage. This training session was a wonderful opportunity to learn from one of our nation’s very best trainers and competitors. After the training session in Maryland it was back down to Florida for a few weeks and then up to Illinois. Nora was thrilled to get to work with Debbie several more times at the Developing Horse National Championships and delighted when Bahai finished sixth overall. Their performance at these championships as well as in the training session with Debbie McDonald lead to a Developing Dressage Training Grant from the USEF High Performance Committee to pursue Developing and CDI Grand Prix. From Illinois, it was back to Florida to regroup before heading to Georgia for the USDF Great American Insurance Group Region 3 Championships held at the sight of the 1996 Olympic Games. Bahai and Nora had a stellar ride in the Open Prix St. Georges, taking home the Championship with a 71.908% and earning the highest PSG qualifying score in the nation for the inaugural US Dressage Finals. They had a good enough Intermediare I Championship ride, just Bahai’s third time at the level, to earn a Wild Card spot for the Finals. So, it was back to Florida for a few more weeks and then onto Kentucky for the US Dressage Finals. Although the Finals was not Bahai’s best show, being part of the inaugural competition and competing in the spectacular Alltech Arena was well worth the trip. Now, In December, Nora and Bahai have been using some of their grant money to prepare for the Developing Grand Prix for next year. They’ve been shipping down to White Fences to work with Shelly Francis and get a leg-up for next year! Check out the journey in the photos below!



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Lots of good stuff happening for River House riders lately!


Nora was thrilled to receive a generous training scholarship from the New England Dressage Association. She will be using the funds to train with long time High Performance competitor and trainer Shelly Francis in White Fences. Nora will take both Farleight and Bahai down for several training sessions this fall – work towards High Performance grand prix.


Nora and Bahai received more good news when they were recently invited to the Developing Dressage Training Session with Debbie McDonald at Hassler Dressage. They will be heading up to Maryland at the end of July to participate. Farleight will also be going to work with Scott Hassler.


Gilberto Gonzalez, River House’s Working Student/Barn Manager Extraordinaire, also received good news this month. He earned his USDF Silver Medal! Riding the special Grand Prix schoolmaster, Weide, Gilberto earned his fourth level scores during the winter show season and made his Prix St. Georges debut this spring – earning the full Silver Medal in just six months! Great job Gilberto and Weide!

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