More great awards arrived today for FineStep
HW and I. Four Champion All Breed Awards for 4th level and PSG, 4th
Level AA Vintage Cup Award (Riders over 50) and our Silver Freestyle Bar.
We had a fun and successful year of showing, looking forward to seeing
what 2018 brings.
December 18th, 2017:
Look, more rewards, congratulations to Carol
McPhee and Sunday HW, she posted:
Peacock: Today the little brown horse (Dior
HW) went to his first show in the big red trailer following in Percy’s
foot steps. He took all the show chaos in stride and put in a solid test
earning us our first qualifying score for regionals! His brain and trust
with me never cease to amaze me; I? couldn’t be any prouder of this kid
and how he’s making his mark. Thank you to Sallie for helping us and to
everyone else for the support and well wishes.
December 16th, 2017:
Congratulations to Festival
HW, his owner and trainer, they posted the following:
Gatchell: So proud of Festival
HW. He has had quite a year. So thankful to Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold who bred and sold him to us , and of course Karen
Kerchner Baillie for buying him and supporting me in training and showing
him. Huge thanks to Debbie
Marriott who did our music, you do awesome work Debbie! Thank you !!
Looking forward to 2018 !!
Kerchner Baillie: Festival
HW's US Dressage Federation 4th Level Musical Freestyle All-Breeds
award arrived today. Thank Thank you Donna Gatchell for another fantastic
year with my boy!
December 13th, 2017:
Congratulations to FineStep
HW and Lisa
Rush, she posted the following: Just received this fun surprise in the
mail yesterday, FineStep
HW was high point Westphalen at the US Dressage Finals. Thank you
Westphalen Horse Association and Barb
Putnam for sending these.
November 11th, 2017:
Rush - huge congratulations! > Reserve Champion 4th Level Freestyle
at theUS National Dressage Finals!!!
Well done, fantastic to see this success and development, priceless to
see your smile.
Lisa posted: Just received my pictures from Susan Stickle Photography.
They took some really great photos. I am so fortunate to have this horse
in my life and be able to do something I truly love to do. With Irene
Denmark’s Anders Dahl & Selten Log Personal Best to Win CDI3*
Freestyle to Sweep Le Mans for 2nd Year LE MANS, France, Oct. 21, 2017–The
Danish Olympic pair of Anders Dahl and Selten HW won the CDI3* Grand Prix
Freestyle with a personal best score Saturday, to repeat a sweep of this
show for the second year.
Anders and the 13-year-old American-bred Hanoverian gelding were
awarded 76.875 per cent for the win, two days after capturing the Grand
Prix–matching the performances at this show in 2016.
Spain’s Nicole Vazquez Kremer and Wonder placed second on 72.700 per
cent with Switzerland’s Birgit Wientzek Plägae and Robinvale third on
72.600 per cent. Anders, based in England and who competed for Denmark at
the 2016 Rio Olympics, logged the third victory in a row on Selten that
was bought after then owner-rider Californian Elizabeth
Ball completed taking the three U.S. young horse titles.
The duo began Big Tour in April last year then going on to compete for
Denmark at the Rio Olympics and in Nations Cups.
Dressage-News, front page: Denmark’s Anders
Dahl & Selten
HW Win, USA’s Catherine Haddad-Staller & Semper Fidelis 2nd in
Le Mans CDI3* Grand Prix
LE MANS, France, Oct. 19, 2017–Anders Dahl and Selten HW posted their
highest score of the year to win the CDI3* Grand Prix Thursday and edging
Haddad-Staller and Semper Fidelis in only the second international
competition for the American pair.
Anders and Selten, based in England and who competed for Denmark at the
2016 Rio Olympics, scored 72.780 per cent for the win.
There were big disparities in the judges’ marks for Anders and the
American-bred and triple U.S. young horse champion–one at 75 per cent,
two at 74 per cent and the fourth at 73.300 per cent, but Elizabeth
McMullen of Canada at C gave 67.500 per cent ranking the pair 10th. At
this event a year ago, Anders and the American-bred and triple U.S. young
horse champion won both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special.
In their first indoor competition, Catherine and Semper Fidelis, an
11-year-old Oldenburg mare, scored 72.400 per cent Thursday, edging past
the 72.240 per cent posted in their Big Tour debut less than a month ago
that was an outdoor event in Germany. The duo were fourth to go in lineup
Thursday and had to wait through the total of 40 starting combinations
from 14 nations before the duo’s runner-up placing was confirmed.
It was a really super show , huge thanks to Dianne Boyd and Bettina
Longaker and all the people who helped work this show , it really was top
notch !! The show staff and volunteers really do an outstanding job.
All my horses did wonderful and I am so happy with the progress they
have made this year. A big thank you to my owners who make it possible for
me to train and show their horses !! ??
Festival HW CHAMPION BLM 4th LEVEL MFS , 3rd place BLM PSG
CHAMPIONSHIPS 3rd place warm up MFS 3rd place Barbara Silverman Award
Thank you so much to Ashley and
Susan who both groomed for me. You were
Huge thanks to Debbie Marriott for designing my MFS , she is amazing !!
Also thank you to Charlene Blundell from custom saddlery for keeping our
horses fitted with their wonderful saddles
Fabulous won his CBLM 3rd level MFS, Festival HW won his CBLM 4th level
MFS,Tokio was Reserve Champion CBLM Training level,Don Tiago was Reserve
Champion CBLM 2nd level and Gentle won his 1st -2 warm up class.
Feeling so proud of FineStep
HW and me for working so hard at 4th level and placing Champions in
both our 4th Level Championship and 4th Level Freestyle Championship
classes earning a place at the US Finals in Kentucky again this year. We
dipped our hoof into PSG this year and were also 3rd place in our PSG
Championship class earning a wildcard to the US Finals in this class too.
So grateful to have such a wonderful horse to have a my partner on this
journey. Thank you Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold for your wonderful horses and
the opportunity to own one. He is a super boy! Photos and help compliments
of my good friend and travel buddy Susan
Pope Laird Holmes, great help from Megan Ward word on Sunday. Wouldn't
be here without the great lesson from William Solyntjes. It was another
great show with our Team SD crew. Maffit Lake Equestrian Center put on a
well run show at there beautiful and expansive facility. The atmosphere
was electric all weekend and the weather cooperated all 4 days, only some
minor sprinkles on Sunday.
Fizzy is owned by Susan
Shattuck-Fryett all these years and has quite the respectable show
record, now just added 6th in the nation at Prix St Georges Developing
Horse and can look back at super scores over 2017 - same level, at
different shows as well. Well done, huge congratulations to this team and
Fizzy’s owner and whom ever made it possible.
They finished 5th in the Four-year old Preliminary Test the first
day and 6th the second day, placing them in 6th place in the whole nation.
So thankful to see this young horse develop and in the trusted hands of
the Hilltop Farm Team with loving owners by his side. What a wonderful
avenue and experience, heartfelt congratulations and a huge thank you to
all who helped SenSation HW on his way as well as congratulations to all
others who competed and attended.
Here is an article in the Chronicle Of The Horse, in case you missed
August 22nd, 2017:
Pitu HW was a
perfect pony, and won all four of his classes, including the high point
amateur/adult 2-3 tests to earn two USDF Dover Medals, with his owner
Emily Barber in the saddle. It was his first rated show in the US, just 3
months after being imported.
Yay! He received an 8.5 for walk and a 9 for trot lengthening! In
second level 3 - Gaits = 8; Impulsion = 8; Submission = 8 Collective
scores averaged an 8 and endless smiles and happiness!
Huge congratulations, so much fun to see them blossom together.
Fun and Positive Show day at Thunderhead Farm. Did we Win, Nope but we
all had good rides with Respectful Scores and placing (2nd, 3rds, 4th and
5) and enjoyed ourselves. Feeling
HW, Bentley, Fendi
HW with myself, Ally
Fox and Kristie
Congratulations Carol, glad your first own show experience in many years,
was so beautiful and successful - well done!!!
So thankful to see Nancy
Smith and Damon’s
Design HW at doing well and having fun, what a great match. Damon's
Design HW was a rock star in Third Level 3 with a 72.5% and the next day
they rocked the house again with a 71.4% for another First place. Well
done, huge congratulations!
August 10th, 2017
Check out all those Festival
HW Champion and High Sore ribbons!
Nice surprise in the mail for me getting back from vacation !! Festival
HW was high score FEI at the PVDA Ride for Life.?? Thank you PVDA for
this , it was a great show !!! We will be back next year !!
Definitely not our lucky day but we still moved up to #16 on the
National Ranking List. Now we wait....
July 10th, 2017:
Bronze at the Danish Championships 2017 - Super
Selten HW! Fantastic performances, selected for the Aachen team,
Selten HW and Anders
Dahl did super well this weekend.
Stort tillykke til vores danmarksmester i dressur, Cathrine og
Cassidy?????? Også stort tillykke til Agnete og Jojo med sølvet?? og til
Anders og Selten HW med bronzen?? Vi glæder os til at følge jer i Aachen??????
#dressur #DM #sydbank #agria Big Congratulations to our win in dressage,
Cathrine and Cassidy ?????? also big congratulations to agnete and jojo
with the silver ?? and to Anders and Selten HW with bronze ?? we look
forward to following you in aachen ?????? #Dressage #dm #sydbank #agria
July 8th, 2017:
Dressage at Stone Tavern I USEF 4yo Championship Qualifier, TWO starts,
TWO victories for SenSation HW and Michael Bragdell at their first horse
show, it was wet and muddy, but oh so nice anyway. They got great scores
of 8.5, 8.7 and 8.2, leading up to a final score of 82.4 % - WOW - the
first day and scored super well with a 79.8 % the second day too. Huge
congratulations to Michael
Hilltop Farm and SenSation
HW’s owner Carol
McPhee, what a pleasure to see them shine!
July 8th, 2017:
It’s official, Selten
HW and Anders
Dahl qualified for the Dutch team, that will participate at the CHIO
in Aachen, huge congratulations, what a sensational success!
What a fabulous show this is !!! Everyone is so nice, it is becoming
one of my favorite shows, and it is such a worthy cause! Donna
Gatchell Dressage had another super show
continued his winning streak with his PSG class on Saturday for a 69.3%!!
Super happy with him . He also placed 3rd ( Sunday ) and 5th Saturday
in his MFS classes.
June 25th, 2017:
Wow, another high score and multiple victories - congratulations Lisa
Rush and FineStep
HW! Lisa says: FineStep
HW doing a 4th level test at Dressage
Lite in Mason City, IA. I love this boy! Such a fun weekend at
Dressage Lite and Dressage Lite Too, the adult and junior team
competitions are always fun to see what the teams come up with for names
and decor. Fin and I had our highest score yet with a 75.1 on our 4th
level Freestyle. He was a great boy all weekend. Love that boy!?
My fantastic horse FiveStar
HW, winning the Intermediaire 1
Freestyle at the Pacific Northwest High Performance Dressage Gala with
Thank you Lyle Pearson, one of the premier auto groups in the Treasure
Valley, for being the generous sponsor of our class. FiveStar HW and I
love our beautiful cooler!
June 12th, 2017:
Wow - huge congratulations - many more blue ribbons and high score
awards for Festival
Kerchner Baillie says: My Festival HW today dancing with Donna
Gatchell during his 4th Level Musical Freestyle. They won both FEI
Prix St Georges (PSG) classes this weekend with 67%, 69% and 71%. Won High
Score PSG for show yesterday. Couldn't be happier with this pair!!
Wonderful how Sir Niro HW (aka Sotto Voce) was developed by Jennifer
Schrader-Williams. What a pleasure to see him successfully competing,
in elegant style and with his lofty movement. Perfect all around.
Jayne Fife took this super cool photo of FiveStar winning the FEI
Freestyle today with 72+%, with Nadine Schwartsman in the saddle. In
addition, Nadine says: “He got a 71% in the Developing PSG!!!! Love this
horse so much!!!” FiveStar
HW was absolutely amazing in the Saturday night Pacific Northwest High
Performance Dressage Freestyle Gala. He loved the atmosphere and tried so
incredibly hard for me. We were rewarded with the winning score of 72% for
our Intermediaire 1 Freestyle. On Sunday he did it again in the Developing
PSG earning a score of 71.029. So so proud of this talented young FEI
Amazing success and scores, huge congratulations to all, as well as to
his owner, who purchased him sight unseen as a 4 year old, Cynthia McKim,
Showing super successfully and in training with the elegant rider Jennifer
Schrader-Williams. As expected, successes and blue ribbons were in the
forecast and look at that, with scores of up to 75,385%, the victories
piled up. Well done, what a great team, might I mention, Francis HW was
purchased sight unseen from www.HWfarm.com
Festival HW today PSG. 1st place. 68% !!! He was a super star again
today , not quite as good as ride as yesterday , but still so happy with
him. He also won FEI high score today !! More pictures coming
tomorrow of the test from the Great Janet Galley Thank you Karen Kerchner
Baillie and Fred for all
May 21st, 2017:
AND - they keep collecting the blue ribbons, well done - huge
We had an amazing first day of the PVDA show today. Festival HW and me
warming up for our PSG test today where he scored 72% and won the class!!!
He also went on to a winning score of 74% in his 4th level MFS !! So proud
of him and how far he has come !!! Always more to work on but for today I
am thrilled Huge thanks to Karen and Fred for all their support !!!
May 11th, 2017, Australia:
Kiddle and Waitano (aka Walk
On Top HW) won both the Edinburgh Horse Rugs FEI Prix St.George and
the Jodie Dunstan Dressage FEI Inter I Horse. Huge congratulations to Mark
Kiddle and Waitano - in Australia. Wonderful!!!!
McPhee"s SenSation HW
rocked his first tests ever at the LVDA show hosted at SpringFields with a
whopping 74+%, a 75% and the High Point Champion ribbon, very excited! Caroline Day's the Gadfly put in two
very solid Training Level event tests (my first ones and you don't have to
halt in the beginning!) to start his season off. Thanks to LVDA for a well
run show on a perfect riding weather day!
McPhee posted: SenSation HW first show and 2 Blues and complete
silence for his two tests. Good job Olivia A. Steidle -
My plan for my beloved Forbes
HW is showing signs of success.
I know Forbes HW
is super talented. I know his athletic ability has him bound for FEI...but...I'm
a "slow and steady" sort of rider. I not only want to canter
down centerline on Forbes HW in a shadbelly, I want him to love doing it.
This past show, he actually enjoyed himself. We trotted boldly down
centerlines for 8s, had canter departs for 9s, and hacked around the show
grounds with confidence. I can hardly wait for our next outing! Plus, as a
bonus, we are qualified for the Region 3 Championships!
Delighted once again with my Festival
HW and Donna
Gatchell's MFS performances and FEI level PSG test. Donna has brought
him so far since I bought him from Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold and he came to us as a very special guy. Debbie
Marriott thank you for MFS! Gorgeous pictures Janet- Thank you so much!
had a great weekend at Morven park last weekend !! He won his 4th level
MFS both days with Scores on Saturday 74.567; And Sun MFS: 72.1 and 77.8
for a total score of 75.000%!!!!! PSG: 66.8% at B and a score of 61.7%
from the judge at C for a total score of 64.2% and a 2nd place Huge thanks
to Karen and Fred for their continued support of me and Festival HW !!! A
big shout out to Debbie Debbie Marriott who did my MFS "s. She does
amazing work !!! Thank you !! Thank you so much to Janet Galley for these
Fun to see his baby pictures. Just saw Jennifer S-W shining at the
Murietta CDI. Brought Sueño (ShowMaster
HW) out at Int. II and Developing GP in January. He felt great! On our
way to our semi annual clinic with Conrad Schumacher. Can't wait to show
him how strong and keen Sueno is and get our marching orders for the next
steps. I thank you again for this wonderful horse! Rachel Awwww, beautiful
ShowMaster HW, also known as Sueno Hit, owned by Rachel Saavedra Dressage.
Rachel is one of USDF's top instructor/clinicians AND she and her partner,
Sueno Hit, are 2016 USDF Horse of the Year 8th place for Prix St George!!
March 26th, 2017:
Congratulations to more success and blue ribbons, now at Prix St.
George, amazing, well done!
His owner Lisa Norling says that she couldn't be happier, he was a
perfect gentleman from the time he loaded on - naturally winning and
beautiful rides. He is a solid citizen and her and her family were very
proud of him and thankful. Huge congratulations, well done, what a
We had a wonderful time at the American Hanoverian and Rhinelander
awards Banquet this eve !!! Don Tiago ( champion 1st level MFS ) and Festival
HW ( champion 4th level ) made me so proud this last year !!! Huge
gratitude to their owners, Rachel DeMarcus ( Don Tiago) and Karen
Kerchner Baillie ( Festival
HW ) who entrusted me to train and show their horses last year .
We had a great year!!! Here's looking forward to 2017 !!!