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 As posted on Facebook 12 November 2018:

“Following an amazing week at the US Dressage Finals in Kentucky, the four horses, two corgis, and two humans that represented Team River House are safely back home in Florida! We enjoyed tremendous success – especially with the ‘Fidertanz Twins’, who took home 5 tricolors between them! We even got some 9s at Nationals!!!

On Saturday evening, Faro SQF (Fidertanz/Rotspon bred by Jill Peterson) glided his way to the Open Intermediare Freestyle Championship title with an incredible 77.783%! It was extra special because Andrea Whitcomb, my cousin and Faro’s co-owner, was there to witness his elegance in person. Fifi MLW (Fidertanz/Wolkentanz bred by Mary Lou Pitz Winn) danced to my fun, homemade freestyle to finish right on her brother’s heals with an impressive 76.783% to take the Reserve Champion honors. It was fabulous to ride these two super talented horses in the dynamic environment of the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Fifi MLW came back to earn her own Championship title on the following brisk Sunday morning. We won the Open Prix St. Georges Championship with a 73.137%! With the win, Fifi MLW earned the Miki Christophersen Perpetual Trophy, which Faro SQF earned last year. This year, Faro SQF, being the gentleman that he is, graciously accepted the Reserve Championship honors with a 71.765%. With her score, Fifi MLW also earned the Lloyd Landkamer Perpetual Trophy for the second year in a row. This award is for the FEI Highest Scoring Mare at the Finals. It is an honor for Fifi to win this award and a great opportunity for us to be able to remember Lloyd who was always such a big presence at all of our National Championships and CDIs.

These two stars also performed well in their first championship class of their competition, the Open Intermediare Championship, on Friday. Faro SQF was Reserve Champion with a 71.373% and Fifi MLW took third place honors with a 70.196%. I am so grateful to have these two very special horses in my life.

My little mare, Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotspon bred by Otto Fuchs), was a bit unsettled by the loud noises in the Alltech Arena, but still tried her heart out in the Open Grand Prix Championship to earn third place! She was very tired by the time our late night ride in the Open Grand Prix Freestyle Championship rolled around, but she managed to stay in the ribbons.

Clever 6 yo River House home-bred, Belatrix RH (Bretone/Weltmeyer), thought Regionals was a big venue, but going to Nationals was even more of an eye opener! She was a very good girl though, winning her Third Level warm-up class and taking 4th place in her Open Fourth Level Championship. She was the youngest in her class and did fabulous work in her test, unfortunately we just had a few moments of lost attention that hurt our scores. But, she’s amazing and has a very bright future!

All of these horses are wonderful and it’s a privilege to be able to spend my time training them. As always, these successes are made possible through the help of many people, here are a few… My parents, Jeanie and Verne. Andrea for her support with Faro and all of her help this week. Anne for coming to cheer, help, and video this week. Sally Seaver for her generous support. All of my clients who trust me to coach them and train their horses. The great people that help out in the barn – including working student, Celina, and Kenn. Custom Saddlery (Rebecca, Faye, and Sharon) for making the high-quality saddles I ride in. Super farrier Colin. Deborah, who routinely clips my horses and makes them look super sleek and Alyssa from Blue Ribbon Braiding for giving Bahai a gorgeous emergency body clip at the horse park. A big thank you too, to Sandy and Laura from the American Hanoverian Society for helping us get the stalls set up and everything unloaded at the horse park. All of the vets, body workers, friends, and family. And, of course, all of the show organizers, show sponsors, volunteers, and the friendly, talented competitors who help make the whole Nationals experience worth the trip every year!”

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