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 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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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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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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Farleight and Bahai both successfully made their Grand Prix debuts at the American Dressage Concours in Venice, FL at the beginning of February. They are now officially Grand Prix horses! That makes five horses trained to Grand Prix by Nora (Farleight, Bahai, Bretone, Rue Facile, and Weide)!

They returned to Venice at the end of February for the Florida Dressage Concours 1 & 2 and performed very well. Nora decided to try Farleight in the new Intermediare B test, which proved to be a very forward and inviting test for him – he took home two blue ribbons with scores of 72.262% and 70.595%! In the two tests, he earned EIGHTEEN 8′s and one 9!!! Way to go Flumpy!
Bahai was also a superstar! She also took home two blue ribbons for her efforts in the Developing Horse Grand Prix. She earned a 68.625%, including FIVE 8′s and an 8.5, the first day and a 70.500% overall the second day (a 70.125% and a 70.875%, including FIFTEEN 8′s, from the two judges)! Bahai received multiple 8′s on her piaffe, which is very exciting! She should be all qualified for the Markel National Developing Horse Grand Prix Championships in August in Illinois. So, for now it’s just more training for the next few months with her.

Farleight and Nora went to the Ocala Spring Dressage I competition on March 8th and 9th. He had another stellar weekend in his new favorite test, the Intermediare B. He earned two more blue ribbons and lots more 8′s – scoring a 68.690% and a 70.714% on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Good boy, Flumpy!!!  Wilber also attended the Ocala Spring Dressage I show with Jeanie in the saddle. It was their first big show together for quite some time and they put in two successful Intermediare I tests, scoring in the mid-sixties.  The pirouettes were a real highlight. Next up for Wilber and Farleight may be the Ocala Spring Dressage II competition in April.

Below are pictures of Farleight at Venice and Bahai at the Developing Horse PSG Championships last year (Carolynn Bunch Photos).



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