EC Readers’ Most Memorable Moments of 2019
Allison Pickles-Ott- “The pictures The Equine Chronicle took of my daughter, Eleanor, at Congress are some of my all time favorite. They captured exactly how she treats this mare every day, win or lose. Her goal in January of 2019 was to be able to compete at the Congress. When we told her she was able to go, she came up with a new goal to place just once. She achieved what most people dream of, winning the Congress.”
By: Brittany Bevis
With horse shows put on hold for the foreseeable future, many of us are feeling the stay-at-home blues. This is a natural and perfectly normal reaction. But, it’s important to remember that everyone is in the same boat. We’re all in this together.
While most of us are busy working at home to keep up our fitness levels and practice foundational skills so we will be ready when the horse shows resume, you still might need some extra motivation. Something that’s helpful for any athlete is to reflect on their previous successes to use as fuel for upcoming events. So, we reached out to our Equine Chronicle fans on Facebook to share their most memorable moments of 2019.
We received A LOT of responses. Scroll below to relive all the good memories!
Merilie Dawn Blickenstaff- “If I never win anything again this meant the world to me! I always wanted to compete at this show and do good. I was beyond blessed last June 2019 with more than I ever imagined could happen. My horse, Best Design Yet, at his six show (his first year ever showing at six years old) and my comeback year after four years out of the show pen. So proud and blessed.”
Abby Newton and One Hot Signature at their last Youth World Show.
Amber Daniel’s first time showing Horsemanship when she was Reserve at the L1 Championships.
Barbie Stanley with Lazy N Blue
Blakely Abbott- “This was my last time showing my mare and we got 4th at the Congress. We decided to retire her at the Congress but still went on to get top 5 in both classes.”
Cheryl Aldo with One Last Deck at his first Congress.
Chloe Smith’s first big show.
Colleen Hoover at the 2019 ApHC GEAR Show.
Dawn Koffel- Allison Savannah Grace after her first Leadline class. She is 1 1/2 years old and her buddy, Kiss My Invitation is 18.
Shelby Kee and Impulsination- Two-time High Point PtHA Color Breed Congress Walk-Trot 10 and under
Franca Bartke- “This group’s little gelding was just named a futurity champions. I love their emotions and love to have them as customers and friends.”
Hannah Means- Congress 2-Year-Old Sale Stakes win
Erin McCormick- “HCF Last Of My Class is a 2017 ApHC gelding and as a 2-year-old in 2019 he went top 5 at the World in Ladies Heritage and also won in the nation for the year earning his ROM and his bronze medallion.”
Jennifer Grabow- Congress Champion JR Hunter Hack
Jenny Hampton Porter
Kelly Everett Ross
Kristi Hatzinger- “I bought a second horse in order to finally retire my 21-year-old show horse. I chose a handsome Paint colt who is my future ranch horse. He is currently 13 months old and named Maverick Shadow. He is double registered APHA and PtHA, pending ARHA.”
Libby Ann Ramsuchit
Lydii Baumgartner- “European Championships 2019, 6 starts- 5 gold, 1 silver. Could not have asked for more.”
Maddie Passmore and Invite Mrs Goodbar after winning at the Novice Championships in Western Pleasure
Maggie Bellville- Superior Performance Halter- Flip
Maria Hoffman and Whattherockiscookin
Marion Welsh- “This isn’t show related but getting your first horse is still my favorite memory of my daughter! She has shown at three shows since the delays.”
Samantha Foust- Congress Champions
Taylor Wheaton- First Congress and win