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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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