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July 14th, 2024:

Valerius HW, the exceptional equine athlete, once again showcased his remarkable abilities under the skilled guidance of Hannah Pierucci Schmidt.

Together, they triumphed in their class, earning an impressive score of 73% and they were HIGH SCORE Champions as well!

This extraordinary achievement is a testament to Valerius HW's innate talent and the unwavering dedication of his team. Heartfelt congratulations are extended to Hannah, the rider who guided Valerius HW to victory, and to Dr. Helle Vistrup Madsen Stewart, the horse's proud owner.

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July 13th, 2024:

A Winning Combination: Nadine Schwartzman, Tracy Cook, and Empire HW's Inter I Triumph, scoring over 70% already - congratulations to this successful team!

We appreciate Nadine Schwartzman and Tracy Cook for their seamless and professional guidance in taking him to the next level.

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June 26th, 2024:

Look - This boy goes in his well deserved retirement.

Sandjour HW was purchased sight unseen as a 3 year old, just got this e-mail from his mom today,

the picture is from a 

Robert Dover clinic,

Jamie Shortz in the saddle:

HorseMastership Clinic with

Debbie McDonald

Shelly Francis

Robert Dover

Jan Ebeling

Hi Irene: I just want you to know that Sunny aka Sandjour HW is now retired albeit still being ridden at home. He is 20 now and competed through being 19. We made it to Grand Prix and showed at very respectable shows. They were my mistakes not his that kept us from Gold. As you know he is an extremely talented horse. I do not regret a single moment with him. He still has his buddy, Laddie, who is 33 now. 

So he will be with me forever. Thank you. Holly B. Chernoff, Attorney/Mediator

In addition, Jamie Shortz posted: Happy retirement sweet Sunny!! What an incredible memory of riding this special boy in the Robert Dover  Horsemastership Clinic in Florida and getting to ride with Robert, Debbie McDonald, Shelly Francis, and Jan Ebeling. I would never have had this opportunity without the generosity of his owner Holly B. Chernoff and the connection made by Adrienne Lyle. It was an experience I will never forget. I’m so thrilled to hear him and Holly made it to Grand Prix together. Congratulations to his breeder Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold who has bred and sold so many wonderful horses like him.

Thank you Irene for sharing this nostalgic picture of Sunny and I together! Love looking back on these memories

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June 21st, 2024:

Not an easy feat, with huge, quality competition and still - wohoo,

Synergy HW, For Glory HW and Secret Dream HW

are all qualified for the Bundeschampionat!

How exciting!

Synergy HW and For Glory HW qualified yesterday for the Bundeschampionships in Germany, with super scores. Synergy HW, 8.2 for walk, 8.0 for trot and 8.5 for canter, 8.2 for overall impression (he's also known to score up to 8.8 overall in the past!). For Glory HW, 8 for walk, 8 for trot and 8 for canter, 8 for overall impression. So excited to see these horses progressing just phenomenally, huge congratulations and thanks to the super team who made it possible.





June 18th, 2024:

Vancouver CDI:

Hi Irene, Wes and Five Stars HW were the Champions of the Vancouver CDI: with huge scores. yesterday.

I just don't have words to tell you how beautiful they looked and how hard Freddie tried.

He was absolutely spectacular in every way and didn't put a foot wrong the whole show. Quite amazing for his first show. So rideable and well behaved.

Saturday and Sunday it rained and it was very difficult to ride in extremely wet conditions.

He was also the High Point.

His scores were 76.9%, 72.0% and 73.4%. Also, Cesar Torrente our judge on Friday and Sunday fell in love with Freddie and came to speak with me. He said he is a beautiful horse and I love, love, love that horse! Congratulations on owning such a beautiful horse.

He has a huge future! Wes did a fabulous job as always and we had such a fun time despite the weather. Sue

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June 12th, 2024:

Nadine Schwartsman posted:

Super I1 debut for Empire HW. I have ridden him every level from Training to I1 so far.

And he is schooling all of the Grand Prix movement now.

He is a phenomenal horse!!

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June 2nd, 2024:

Super Secret Dream HW qualified yesterday for the Bundeschampionships in Germany, with super scores, including a 9 for walk, 8.5 for trot and 8.2 for canter (he's also known to get 9's for trot and canter), what a good boy.

Congratulations and thanks to the super team who made it possible. So excited and happy for this boys future.

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May 28th, 2024

Festival HW, so much fun to get tagged in videos showing off what he all learned.

Thank you, Ana DiGironimo

He was purchased sight unseen, many years ago and collected many ribbons/victories/high points with Donna Gatchell Dressage and made his owner super happy at the same time.

Donna Gatchell Dressage: Love this !!! Such a super horse. Always loved doing his ones. He looks super Ana. We miss him but he has the best home.

Ana DiGironimo: We’re finding all the gears which is so fun! Like any newer partnership going through the process, but it’s coming together!

Can’t wait for you to see him out Donna Gatchell! Thank you Always Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold he is still very very spoiled!





May 20th, 2024, MADfest in Lexington:

This is fantastic, congratulations to all!

Love to see Dr. Helle Stewarts Vinny (purchased sight unseen, aka Valerius HW) winning all 3 classes, with Hannah Pierucci Schmidt in the saddle.

Well done, with a 9 and a 10, that sounds like super amazing teamwork. Look at those qualifying scores, up to 79%!

Comments include: Lovely horse, looks so willing and should have a bright future.

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May 5th, 2024, at Terranova Equestrian Center

Congratulations and a shoutout to Michelle Rozzano Gerlach for not only her expert eyes and coaching this weekend but for earning a 68% in the open I-1, with her self trained and ridden Forbes HW.

There is I-2 and Grand Prix in their near future! 

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May 13th, 2024:

BonFire HW, owned by Tyra Vernon, check this out:

What a great weekend at South East Dressage Show!!

Brie Seltser Haskins and BonFire HW had a stellar ride in the first level scoring a 72%, congratulations to all!

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April 15th, 2024:

Well, well, Sir Niro HW (aka Blackie), not only is he a really successful dressage horse, he now is also officially a “husband class” horse, thanks to his rider Erik Yokay, that looks like a lot of fun. Congratulations on all your success, he is clearly loved and appreciated.

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March 19th, 2024:

BonFire HW (owned by Tyra Vernon), 3 victories and smiles all the way! Congratulations to the team.

Brie Seltser Haskins posted:

Soaring across the sandbox on BonFire HW is one of the best feelings. He truly is one of the most spectacular lucky am I to be on the BonFire HW Journey!?

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January 23rd, 2024:

Tyra Vernon posted the following:

The Boyz had a great show at WEC last week!!!

I took Sandor down centerline in the 1-3 to win one of our classes and 2nd place in the other. BonFire HW & Brie beat us by .5 but it’s not hard to swallow when it’s your own horse!

Both Boyz were awesome! Onward to doing a freestyle next show. Brie Seltser Haskins & BonFire HW took first in all their classes scoring up to 76.5% in the freestyle and 75.1% in the 1-3 test!

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January 21st, 2024:

Erik Yokay posted the following:

Blackie (aka Sir Niro HW or Sotto Voce) wins his second Prix St-George today while also becoming Reserve FEI High Point Champion.

Good day to celebrate life!

Thank you trainer Nikki Taylor-Smith for all your help that’s been the key to our success and to owner Susan Ellis - love being on this journey with you and our Prince. Thank you to all my team members at The Equestrian Center At Twinwood and well done everybody. Video soon to come. Now did I hear Champagne?

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November 30th, 2023:

So happy to see Empire HW, who was purchased sight unseen, in this ad with his trainer Nadine Schwartsman, the two are quite successful, collecting ribbons, sashes and championship titles.

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October 14th, 2023: 

Oh my oh my, they don’t come any prettier than BonFire HW.

Huge congratulations to his owner Tyra Vernon and his rider Brie Seltser Haskins, BonFire HW placed 2nd in the 1st level Freestyle and 4th in the Training level open Championship, receiving his ticket to compete at the nationals in Kentucky. Well done, so proud of the entire team, thank you for trusting me and for purchasing this super boy sight unseen. Win/win!

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October 8th, 2023:

Nadine Schwartsman is with Tracy Cook and posted:

I don’t even know what to say about this little guy anymore. His big little full brother Escamillo is winning all the things in Europe so Empire HW thought he would win some things on this side of the Atlantic.

Region 6 Fourth Level Freestyle Champion with over 70%!!! His third neck ribbon in three days.

I’m scratching him tomorrow out of his open class and he will just hang out and eat all the grass on Noah Rattner’s hill.

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October 7th, 2023:

Congratulations on even more Empire HW (full brother to the famous licensed stallion Escamillo) news, Nadine Schwartsman posted:

And today Region 6 Open Prix St Georg Reserve Champion with a fabulous ride in a competitive class!!!

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October 6th, 2023:

Congratulations to Nadine Schwartsman, Tracy Cook and Empire HW (full brother to Escamillo), Nadine posted:

Empire HW won the first Championship of the week.

Cool, calm, collected and totally grown up!

Region 6 Fourth Level Open Champion with 71.388%!

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October 5th, 2023:

Congratulations to this new team, Bezos Boy HW was purchased sight unseen and makes us all happy and proud.

Sammi Sposi posted the following: Talk about a show!! I couldn’t be more proud of you Lynk (aka Bezos Boy HW), you really showed me what you can do and i know this is only the beginning, getting me 3 2nd places and 1 1st!! Thank you to Tracey Krajenke for all your help and taking me with you!! Mickie Krajenke your photos were perfect. Can’t wait for the future and what’s ahead of us Lynk.

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August 23rd, 2023:

Congratulations to Fürst HW (purchased sight unseen) and his wonderful team, Michele posted the following:

Such a fun weekend with my big horse, as we finally got into the show-ring! We both learned so much and improved day over day. Many thanks to Lauren Tucker for continuing to support me and for not listening to me when I originally said “I don’t want to show” over a year ago when finding my Fürst HW. Apparently I lied.

And thank you to all my barn family peeps that showed up to cheer us on! And finally, Johnny Hoff, you being there was the icing on the cake. You putting up with all the shenanigans of it all is so amazing. And ending the weekend going out with you was just what I needed.

Michele Vogel Perry

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July 25, 2023:

Magic Moon HW He was one of our first US imports/sales and is still with the same owner. Now already 22 years old and still a happy camper. My granddaughter loved to feed him yesterday. Lucky boy.

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July 24th, 2023:

Congratulations to BonFire HW and team, Tyra Vernon and Brie Seltser Haskins and whom ever else helped. So rewarding to hear he scored a 76.5% and made everyone happy. He looks great with a sash on!

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May 8th, 2023:

BonFire HW, owned by Tyra Vernon, scored a beautiful 80.5% and won both of his classes. Congratulations to the whole team, what a wonderful horse and experience for all, win/win.

Brie Seltser Haskins What an amazing day with team BREC aboard Tyra Vernon's incredible boy, BonFire HW. This guy rocked around like the champion he is and scored an 80.5%! We were all smiles....but how can I not be sitting on BonFire HW. What a fun day with amazing ponies. Huge thank you to Tyra and Team BREC as always. And Jimmy Haskins for being behind the camera today.

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April 18th, 2023:

My lifetime and forever partner: SANDRO (aka Special Edition HW, Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold) at The Stable Dressage. After more than 13 years together, I still can't wait to come back in the ring with you! Yes, he is already 18 yo …a real love story, MY UNICORN


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March 15th, 2023:

Absolutely love this and for sure VERY happy to see Francis HW doing well and shining in the lamplight with Jennifer Schrader-Williams.

They make such a great team.

Summervale Premier Dressage posted at Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Wellington, FL Friday Night Light’s in the books for team Purina in this years Challenge of the America’s benefit for breast cancer research! Over 3.3 millione dollars has been raised since this event began in 2002! Honored to be apart of such a fantastic event on Francis HW owned by Lisa Norling. #survivor #breastcancer #breastcancerawareness #breastcancersupport #pink @triplecrownfeed @shophalterego @heritagegloves @adeptusnutrition @pyranhalife @thinlineglobal @kepitalia @perfectproductseq @michele.haman.therapy @noblefarriery

Grateful to be part of such a supportive, hardworking, fun loving team.

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March 5th, 2023:

This is a wonderful post made by Jennifer Schrader-Williams, her client Lisa bought Francis HW sight unseen as a promising young, future FEI horse with Jennifer’s advice in 2016, look at them shining now! Pictures credit to Susan Sickle.

Jennifer Williams Dressage: Francis HW is officially a Grand Prix horse! In our last show Francis HW aka Fenn made the big step to the GP and tried his best during 90 degree temperatures! Proud of this big boy and how far he has come since coming to us at 4 1/2. Thank you Lisa Norling for the journey with him and the fun times! Looking forward to dancing under the lights next week for the Challenge of Americas Cancer Benefit with Team Purina!

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March 4th, 2023:

Oh my - the "post your lock screen" thread is so much fun, here is one of my favorites, look at all those ribbons!!!! What an amazing journey, Forbes HW, purchased sight unseen by Michelle Rozzano Gerlach as a youngster not only win PSG and I-1 with each other, they also love their work at home, she just posted some days ago, he did 10 ones!

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March 3rd, 2023:

Incredibly thankful!

Guess it's every breeders dream to own proven quality, licensed stallions, first one was my home bred, US born Selten HW as Champion Oldenburg stallion, then he even went on to break many records and was also at the Tokyo Olympics. Keep on working and dreaming, many new licensed stallions since then, including BonFire HW (now imported and owned by Tyra Vernon) and then Eleven HW, who just won the 50 day stallion testing in Germany, For Glory HW plus the new stars Armani Gold HW, Eminence HW and more in the works. Blessed and so happy to have a super team, thank you to all whom made this possible, all info is available at: Stallion station Rüscher-Konrmann.

Some you find under "for sale" at - others/rest here:

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February 25th, 2023:

Florida, Wellington CDI, congratulations to Damon’s Design HW and his rider Nancy Smith as well as his owner Sarah Bushong, what an amazing ride, 70.125% and 5th place in the big arena, with lots of high quality horses and a huge audience. So proud of this team!

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January 23rd, 2023:

What an amazing journey and ride, Forbes HW, purchased sight unseen by Michelle Rozzano Gerlach as a youngster not only win PSG and I-1 with each other, they also love their work at home, she just posted he did 10 ones today!

Gosh, love that smile and his smart face.

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January 2023:

Congratulations to Nancy Smith riding Damons Design HW at the WCD Wellington Season Kick off horse show hosted by The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center and presented by N2 Saddlery's @jdboulwarein West Palm Beach, Florida

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January 4th, 2023:

Horses4your Consideration publishes the following article:


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December 12th, 2022:

Not only is Fizau aka Fitz HW winning Intermediare I multiple times with Jessica O’Donnell, he was also 5th in the PSG Championships.

 Congratulations to this successful team, he was purchased sight unseen a 4 year old young horse from

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December 1st, 2022:

Ahhhh, love all the news concerning our Eleven HW, thank you Eurodressage!

Eleven HW, Highest Score of the 2022 Adelheidsdorf 50-Day Stallion Performance Test.

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November 30th, 2022:

Tyra Vernon, Ivo Jührend, Janet Foy and BonFire HW at the Janet Foy clinic at the Big Rock Equestrian Center.

What an amazing team, looking and doing wonderful.

Tyra posted, he was a total rock star!

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November 23rd, 2022: 

Shelley Brown posted the following: Santiago HW Caledon Dressage year end champion AA Prix St. George, Int 1. Good boy, Sancho.

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November 2022:

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Rough translation from the stallion station site:

Eleven HW champion of the the 50-day stallion test! This youngster from our station also had his first public appearance in front of an audience on the Breeders' Sunday in Warendorf. Eleven HW presented herself under Annika with excellent movement dynamics and grew from lap to lap. Experienced breeders immediately recognized what a talent this young lad has and used him in his first breeding season. Since the blood of the Escamillo was in focus at the licensing with other representatives and Eleven HW was not yet presented at the time, we started the season calmly and without great expectations. In the middle of the year, Steffi presented him at a tournament and the couple won right away. This was a good basis for sending Eleven HW to the 50-day test. Surely nobody there had him on their radar. However, when his test started, he made a lasting impression on the experienced championship judges, which he confirmed through the intermediate test up to the end of the 50-day test. On the last day, the son of Escamillo still completed his rounds powerful and with a lot of dynamic, so that he was able to finish the test as the champion with a remarkable score of 8.78. We are very happy about the development of this exceptional talent and are sure that something very special is maturing here.

November 2022:

A super special event and result for Eleven HW, he was named the champion of the 50 day 2022 stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf:

He truly showed himself consistent and super willing throughout the whole, long test. The judges gave him 6 x 9’s and 4 x 8.5’s, for a phenomenal total of 8.78

Interior 9
Character 9
Willingness to work 9
Trot 9
Canter 9
Walk 8.5
Ride ability 8.5
Jumping 8.5
Overall impression 9
Ride ability test rider 8.5
Total: 8.78

A huge thank you to all whom made it possible, wow, just blown away by this phenomenal result.

For semen orders, please contact the stallion station Rüscher-Konerman at:

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October 24th, 2022:

World Equestrian Center - Ocala

Congratulations to BonFire HW and team, 2 blue ribbons, how awesome to see.

Tyra Vernon posted:

BonFire HW laid down great scores winning both his first level tests with a 74.2% and 72.7% expertly ridden by Ivo Jührend.

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October 10th, 2022:

Two blue ribbons for Zonik Hit HW, owner is Martina Strassfeld Veltmaat, she sent the following message:

We showed Zonnie for the first time this weekend at the Regional Championships in Conyers. He was a pro, of course!!

This was a very big show with lots going on all around but Zonnie was a TOTAL CHAMPION!!!

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October 9th, 2022:

Georgia, horse park, Pamela Aide posted the following:

Just going to say this…WOW Satisfaction HW (aka Rico)… What else can I say? 4/4 , ribbons in every class, against super competition, this baby held his own amongst the big dogs. He topped it off today in his third level freestyle, as the top open score. I am happy to say that the future of dressage is GREAT, since only the jr/young riders were able to beat him today!

The good judge gave him a 72%!!!!

Thank you Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold for breeding and trusting me with this gem, Satisfaction HW

Such a long list of people to thank for these opportunities, but topping it is the world’s best sister, Keli Ward- Harrelson. The pictures, the turnout, the day to day trials and tribulations, and all the emotional support I have no right to expect-all Keli work.

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October 7th, 2022:

Red ribbon in Canada is victory, here go congratulations to Santiago HW and Shelley Brown.

Well done, this team is together since she bought him site unseen in 2011, victorious and fit as ever, so happy to see this. WIN/WIN!

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October 7th, 2022:

The Horse And Hound in the UK, published this today: Dressage Future Elite winners at HOYS: where are they now?

Anders Dahl and Selten HW, home bred by HWfarm, Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold, born in the USA, he made all my breeders dreams come true and then some.

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September 18th, 2022:

Tyra Vernon posted the following:

BonFire HW

Down centerline for the first time!! WEC is a lot to take in for a young horse but he handled it like a champ. Huge thanks to Ivo Jührend for his expertise riding and Jaron Verheij for guiding the way! What a great team! Fantastic weekend with great friends and a start to Bonfire’s journey in the show ring! First score in the books a 71.5%.

Another huge thanks to all BonFire’s barn aunties and fans that came to cheer him on! I’m pretty sure we had the biggest fan club of the show for a ride! You guys are the best! Let the journey begin!!!

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August 30th, 2022:

Purchased as a 4 year old young horse from - Fizau aka Fitz HW with Jessica O’Donnell, are now winning Intermediare I multiple times with High Score FEI open. What a super team! Jessica posted, he was basically running onto the trailer for their second day of showing, all ready to go and that he is always such a pleasure, ready to work and happy to do it.

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August 26th, 2022:

USA Dressage posted the following: Laura Graves & SenSation HW are #USADressage Intermediate I National Champions!

The combination scored a 75.104% to take the top spot at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions.

Laura Graves & SenSation HW took the top prize, but ALL of our ribbon winners are the stars of this prize gallery from the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions Intermediate I National Championship!

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August 24th, 2022:

2022 U.S. Dressage Championships, Lamplight:

Laura Graves & SenSation HW Win Festival of Champions Int. 1 for 2nd Victory in National Small Tour! Laura Graves and SenSation HW delivered another winning ride after yesterday's victory in the Prix St Georges. Love the many news press articles, it's amazing to watch another HWfarm horse to compete and win his classes, exactly where our homebred and born in the USA Selten HW broke the record and won as the only horse in history, the Young Horse Championships 3 year in a row. HWfarm horses rock!

Watch the winning ride here

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SenSation HW is currently owned by Scott and Carol McPhee.

August 22nd, 2022:

2022 U.S. Dressage Championships, Lamplight, congratulations to everyone who made it possible: Laura Graves and SenSation HW, winning the USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship. SenSation HW is a stunning and successful HW horse, raised by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold's HWfarm and purchased sight unseen to the USA. After being imported, he first claimed the title of Markel/USEF Young Horse Champion as a five-year-old and six-year-old in 2018 and 2019, in the professional hands of Michael Bragdell and Hilltop Farms before Laura Graves took over the ride. At the end of 2019, SenSation HW also won the USDF Third Level Open Championship.

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August 21st, 2022:

Congratulations to Jacqueline Brooks and Blind Date HW (aka Maggie). How wonderful to see them win at 3rd level, with 71.125%, what a great team they are.

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August 20th, 2022:

Synergy HW did it again, this time victory with 8.30, what a super well behaved, fancy young gentleman he is. He sure makes us very proud, thank you to the whole team who made this possible. Synergy HW is currently available - curious who is new mommy or daddy will be?!

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August 17th, 2022:

Class of 13 and Eleven HW wins it all, what an amazing horse, thank you to the whole team who made it possible.

Nearly all 8's and victory at his first horse show, perfect start. Yes, pretty is - what pretty does, he sure does!

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August 5th, 2022:

Pretty is, what pretty does? Fantastic result again for Sir Dynamic HW, another victory with 8.5, so proud and happy to see this, thankful to the whole team who makes this possible!

Curious who his new mommy/daddy will be in the future, this is one for the big ring, he will be a piaffing/passaging machine, all info at

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July 22nd, 2022:

Sir Dynamic HW keeps collecting the ribbons, victory with 8.6 in a dressage horse class A (First Level), making us all happy. What a super nice horse, he's ready for his new/mommy or daddy, curious to see who it'll be!

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July 21st, 2022:

Valentin HW, first time out and scored an 8.0, what a super good boy he is, congratulations to this team!

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June 17th, 2022:

How wonderful to see this, congratulations to Feeling HW and Carol McPhee, Silver Medal award, perfection!

Carol McPhee posted: My heart horse Feeling HW - self developed with great coaches along the way.

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June 11th, 2022:

Victory, congratulations to Secret Affaire HW, his rider and his US owner Judy Bergquist. She sent him back to Germany to compete and he wins his class, gotta love it. The German rider said he’s the best horse he has ever ridden. What a compliment.

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June 6th, 2022:

It's not bragging, if you can do it?

Third Level and Fourth Level Adequan/USDF Rhineland All-Breeds Awards champions by HWfarm!

Congratulations to Empire HW (Tracy Cook & Nadine Schwartsman ) and Feeling HW (Carol McPhee & team).

Very thankful to see this, in addition, Carol's comment next to her picture is priceless, thank you so much for loving HWfarm horses as much as you do.

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June 5th, 2022:

Congratulations to Santiago HW and his first/only owner who bought him sight unseen from us, Shelley Brown.

They celebrate their first victory at Intermediate 1, how amazing to see this team going all the way up the levels, more to come!

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May 30th 2022

Kimberley Rene Dougherty posted:

First horse show of 2022 in the books! SuziQ (She’s Magic HW) danced her way to two qualifying scores for regionals at third level for the first time with confidence. Thanks to my village that has helped me develop her so far! This weekend wouldn’t have been possible without Claudia Szidat helping me groom and my parents for always supporting my dreams. Huge thanks to Dressage Days at Stockade for always running such a fun, friendly, and professional show!

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April 20th 2022:

Laura Graves Debuts Sensation HW at CDI. SenSation HW is owned by Carol and Scott McPhee:

OCALA, Florida, April 15, 2022–Anna Marek riding Duvel in their second CDI Small Tour competition won the World Equestrian Center 3* Friday while Laura Graves made her international debut on SenSation HW for runner-up.

Anna of the nearby community of Dunnellon and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding were awarded 73.088% for the win. It was only their second international competition, the first a year ago.

Laura of Geneva, Florida and the nine-year-old Westfalen gelding scored 72.353% for second place. Laura  took over the ride on SenSation HW two years ago after the horse was competed by Michael Bragdell to capture the U.S. championship at both five and six years of age.

Duvel was returning to competition after a year’s break because Anna was pregnant.

She described Duvel as “a very sensitive horse, and he was scared of some of the movements.”

But at this show, she said, “What was really fun is that he was very relaxed but just got a little bit pumped up by the atmosphere. It totally worked for him. Everything was really solid, and he was with me the whole time. He got through a clean test. I know that when he does, he can score very well.”

Laura said she was impressed by SenSation HW's first CDI and the horse was “very impressed with the arena,” large and in front of the imposing Equestrian Hotel with flags flapping in the breeze and a giant video display.

“We didn’t get a chance to show in Wellington, but got a chance to school,” she said. “This is certainly a lot more atmosphere than the stadium in Wellington we’re used to.”

The duo need one more score to qualify for the U.S. Intermediate 1 Championship later this summer and then plans to move up to Intermediate II.

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April 19th, 2022:

Nancy Smith posted the following, I remember vividly how excited she was when she got him as a young horse from us, look how this team grew, those scores and now at Grand Prix - priceless:

Nancy Smith: "Feeling blessed over the weekend with Damon’s Design HW, winning both of his Grand Prix classes at the Gold Coast Finale in Wellington. Our new brow-band purchased from Show Chic brought us good luck and good scores,72.2% with marks of 8’s and even a 9 on our piaffe and passage! Heartfelt thanks to Sarah Bushong Weeks, Mary Anne Milleman, Lee Tubman and Claudio Oliviera. It takes a village!" 

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March 30th, 2022:

How nice to see this success, Francis HW and Jennifer in Wellington, at Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

Summervale Premier Dressage (Jennifer Schrader-Williams Dressage), posted the following: Francis HW made his Intermediare 2 debut this past week for a 70%. Fenn is owned by Lisa Norling and was purchased as a 4 year old from HWfarm. It’s been such a journey with this handsome young man who is turning 10 this year! Thank you Lisa for trusting me to develop your sweet boy! Thank you to The Dressage Foundation for the beautiful pad and to our team that has kept Fenn feeling and looking his best this season.

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March 22nd, 2022:

Carol McPhee posted the following about SenSation HW, currently with Laura Graves:

Love this black pearl - so appreciative for his previous development and so excited for him. And Laura is the BEST dance partner. I love all of the 5 HW's that I have purchased.





March 12th, 2022:

Nancy Smith posted the following:

Damon’s Design HW doing his first Grand Prix. It has been a wonderful journey from purchasing him as a 4 year old from Horses Worldwide (HWfarm) to this moment. Thank you so much to Sarah Bushong-Weeks for giving me the opportunity to work with this special horse. I am looking forward to continuing this journey into the International arena and beyond!!!

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March 7th, 2022:

Janet Foy visiting Bonfire HW in stallion quarantine, she posted the following:

Meeting Tyra Vernon’s new Hanoverian stallion Bonfire HW today. He passed the smooch test!

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March 5th, 2022:

Look at that, Synergy HW scored an 8.2 and victory at his first horse show ever, dressage horse class A (1st level). 2nd place went to For Glory HW, with 8.0 - licensed stallion (currently not for sale), two HWfarm horses on top - looking good.

 Congratulations to Steffi Ahlert, Annika Schnüpke and team, well done. Can't wait to see who the future mom or dad of Synergy HW will be?! All info at

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March 3rd, 2022:

Look at Carol McPhee with her HW horses, always a pleasure. She is learning so much and working on developing them up the levels, with the help of a team.

Feeling HW won 4th level both days in a field of open riders and Finest Dream HW places 2nd and 3rd at 2nd level against all others, with a 9 and “wow” and with an 8 on the other, on the score sheet for his simple change and an 7.5 for the medium trots, at the World Equestrian Center - Ocala.

Love to see them doing so well, congratulations to all, well done!

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March 1st, 2022:

Laura Graves & SenSation HW win the FEI Prix St. Georges (USEF Qualify) at the World Equestrian Center - Ocala.

SenSation HW in the news again, congratulations to Laura Graves, Scott McPhee, Carol McPhee and team, so much fun to watch.

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February 19th, 2022:

Look at Feeling HW with his mom Carol McPhee in the saddle. All self made and loving it. Congratulations to this team and their biggest supporter Scott McPhee, this journey is so amazing to watch.

She posted the following:

My Horse Feeling HW  - 4th Level AA 2021 All Breeds - American Rhineland Assoc (AHS) Excited for our FEI Debut in March -

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February 3rd, 2022:

This one goes out to Michelle Rozzano Gerlach, who really doesn't want to brag each time she is successful, but so truly deserves to be mentioned. Forbes HW is her mount since many years, yes, purchased sight unseen and is now a victorious FEI horse, winning multiple 4th level classes at WEC in December 2021 and January 2022, as well as showing for the first time at PSG!

Congratulations, so VERY happy for you, Michelle, absolutely dedicated to this sport and her horses. Love it! Their relationship shows on so many levels ??

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February 1st, 2022:

Look at this super team, now they are the proud owners of the USDF 4th level Open and 4th Level Amateur reward.

Well done, Carol McPhee and team, wonderful to see Feeling HW and you having so much fun and success. Congratulations! Another FEI horse!

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January 29th, 2022:

Congratulations to Jacqueline Brooks and Blind Date HW (aka Maggie), glad they are able to winter in Florida, instead of Canada:

First Florida show!

 First Third leve

l First Win!

 Go Maggie!!

We love you!!!

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October 23rd, 2021:

Fourth Level Champion, what a wonderful team and partnership. Congratulations to Carol McPhee and her Feeling HW, purchased sight unseen. Absolutely amazing to see them work with each other and compete.

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September 24th, 2021:

Regional Championships, Empire HW, purchased sight unseen by Tracy Cook about three years ago, ridden by Nadine Schwartsman.

Nadine posted: This young man confidently won the big Third Level Test of Choice yesterday with over 70% at Third 3.

We did Fourth Level on the last day and he got high marks on his pirouettes and great comments about his ability to collect, PSG next year!!

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September 13th, 2021:

Blind Date HW scored a 81%, owned by Mary Brooks and Jacqueline Brooks. Congratulations!!!

Jacqueline Brooks posted:

Thanks Maya Markowski! Another couple scores in the 80’s and a show and series Championship!!!

Lucky to have Blind Date HW!

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September 5th, 2021:

What a wonderful update/testimonial by Heather Calder Marchman, I vividly remember the day she contacted me about him and bought him on the spot, sight unseen.

Even made her send a copy of her drivers license, as it sounded nearly too easy. Check out the dressage score in the Eventing Championships, got told one of the best yet.

So happy she trusted me all along, she says the following: Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold your horses are insanely talented and beautiful. I’m happy I’ve had the privilege to own and ride a HW horse!

In addition, here is her post: A difficult but ultimately the best decision was for me to pass my ride on Duke HW to the very talented junior rider, Mia Brown. They just won their division at the American Eventing Championships! Mia worked very hard and did her homework to finish on her dressage score of 22 (78%). Many people have helped develop Duke over the years. Shout out to Mia’s trainers Dani and Joe McKinley (Vanguard Eventing), her parents Bob and Martha Brown, HW Farms, trainer Susan Davies, trainer Nellie Martin-Gils, trainer Bella Mowbray Stevenson, trainer Tracy Elizabeth, trainer Amanda de la Rosa, trainer Dyan Southern, and trainer Connie Arthur. Notably, Connie Arthur and Dyan Southern’s systematic approach for introducing young horses to cross country jumping played a huge role in Duke’s confidence on the very challenging Kentucky xc course! A special thank you to my wonderful husband for his generous financial support and for encouraging me to follow my dreams.

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September 4th, 2021:

Satisfaction HW brought his A game for his owner Pamela Aide, they just collected their last qualifying score for 2nd level. She says: This horse continues to put it all out there in the ring for me.

How wonderful, congratulations to this successful team, good luck at the championships!

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August 2021:

Congratulations to Carol McPhee, Feeling HW and team.

Wonderful to see the steady progress and success, especially as this one was purchased sight unseen from HWfarm, just like the other four she bought too. Thank you for trusting and working with me, what a pleasure, well done!

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August 14th, 2021:

Wow, look at those scores, congratulations to this amazing team, yes - Blind Date HW as purchased sight unseen too:

The faces of 82.5%!!! Congrats Mary Brooks, Maya Markowski and Blind Date HW (aka Maggie)!! Exciting future !!!The stuff dreams are made from!!

Jacqueline Brooks

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August 5th, 2021:

Denarius HW (Ari, aka D'Grayson HW) learning to play in the white rectangle and loving it! An exciting future lays ahead for this guy! Brianna Zwilling

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July 23rd, 2021:

US Equestrian publishes the following article, super stoked for this dream team:

This week's #IAmUSEquestrian feature is Amelia Brown pictured with Duke HW, an Oldenburg. Amelia is 16 years old, and is from San Leandro, California. Hear more about how horses have positively impacted her life.

"Horses have have given me a great work ethic and riding has made me a more determined and resilient person. I believe I have worked very hard throughout my riding career to become who I am today. I’ve learned plenty of lessons along the way that have made me stronger and smarter. Working with horses is a very special thing. Horses have made me more aware and compassionate towards others. I don’t believe I would have learned these lessons if I didn’t ride."

If you or someone you know would like to share their story with us, use #IAmUSEquestrian or email us at

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July 12th, 2021:

Congratulations to this super team!

So incredibly proud of Denarius HW (aka D’Grayson HW, owned by Christine Shreffler)! At his third show ever, and at the very scary, busy Kentucky Horse Park he was an absolute star! Through a solid foundation of trust and a loving partnership, he continues to learn so much and really enjoys his job in the dressage ring!

He earned two 70% scores on Saturday (one in a ring that he had never seen, complete with golf carts buzzing all over) and on Sunday, he earned a whopping 77% at T-3! He won his class, was high point at training level and overall high point across all levels for the day! Just wow! He earned lots of carrots and took a well deserved nap.

Brianna Zwilling

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June 25th, 2021:

She’s Magic HW danced her way to another blue ribbon, congratulations to Kimberley Rene Dougherty and the whole team!

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June 4th, 2021:

Carol McPhee posted:

What a nice surprise from NEDA - me and my heart horse  Feeling HW aka Fitz 3rd Level AA 2020 Champion (71+%). Onward to the continued development into the FEI Level. Love this boy

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May 30th, 2021:

Congratulations to this team, first time out together and scoring over 70%!

Kimberley Rene Dougherty posted:

She’s Magic HW danced her way down centerline for the first time to a 70.5 in 1-3.... brave, confident, and even though she hates the rain I think she had a blast.

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May 23rd, 2021:

Congratulations to this amazing pair, Carol McPhee with her Finest Dream HW, winning her second level class with her sweet boy.

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May 23rd, 2021:

Carol McPhee posted: Feeling HW, my heart horse, self developed, so happy, 1st place, great start for our 4-3 show season.

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May 10th, 2021:

Some of my favorite posts, here is one from Nancy Smith, she and Damon’s Design HW, are quite the team, 7 years and counting!

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Eurodressage publishes the following article:

Laura Graves Returns to the Show Ring with SenSation HW

Laura Graves, the anchor of the U.S. dressage team from 2014 till 2019 At the national dressage show held during the CDI Ocala at the World Equestrian Centre on 16 - 18 April 2021, Graves made her show debut on her newly obtained ride, SenSation HW.

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World Number One

Laura Graves was America's first and, so far, only FEI World number one ranked rider.

Aboard the now retired KWPN gelding Verdades (by Florett As x Goya), she was a fixed member on the U.S team from 2014 till 2019.

At the 2014 World Equestrian Games they finished fifth in the freestyle as best U.S. rider and they were the 2014 American reserve Grand Prix Champions. In 2015 they finished fourth at the World Cup Finals. At the 2015 Pan American Games they won team gold and individual silver. In 2016 they went to their first Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where they were fourth in the Kur.

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In 2017 they finished second at the World Cup Finals and won the Grand Prix Special at the CDIO Aachen, beating long-time rivals Isabell Werth on Weihegold. At the 2018 World Cup Finals they were second again (after winning the Grand Prix and beating Werth/Weihegold for a second time). She won the 2018 CDIO Aachen Grand Prix, but was then 11th in the Special. She bounced back to third in the Kur. At the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon they won team and individual silver. Their final show in their career they were second in the 2019 World Cup Finals.

Verdades was officially retired from sport at the beginning of 2020.

SenSation HW

 With no real successor in the barn, Graves saw a door opened when she received the ride on Scott & Carol McPhee's 8-year old Westfalian gelding SenSation HW (by Sunday x Dancier x Lanthan) in May 2020.

Under Michael Bragdell SenSation HW won the 2018 and 2019 U.S. Young Horse Nationals as a 5 and 6-year old. At the end of 2019, SenSation HW also won the USDF Third Level Open Championship.

Over the past year Graves developed the black gelding to small tour level and made her competition debut in the Prix St Georges in Ocala on Friday 16 April. They rode the test in a snaffle and placed third with 66.471%. A day later, Graces switched to a double bridle and rode a second national Prix St Georges test, which they won with 68.676%

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Back in the arena with a new horse

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March 22, 2021:

Santacruz Dressage in Wellington, posted:

 We are SO happy to have Nobby’s owners, Kim & Danny Rogers of Old Oyster Pond Farm , with us this weekend for AGDF 10. Their special boy was an absolute star in the ring yet again.

The fun continues tomorrow!!

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February 3rd, 2021:

Jennifer Williams Dressage posted:

So proud of my boy Sueno (aka ShowMaster HW)! I sold him to an incredible gal, Rachel Saavedra as a 4 year old for Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold of HWfarm and last year he came back into my life as a sales horse that I fell in love with and couldn’t let him slip through my hands twice. He really stepped up today for his first Grand Prix and the Special at that. I could not be more proud of him! Thank you to the incredible team around us and supporting us from afar!!!! #Region6dressage

Our first time down centerline together! Sueno Hit earned a 69.89% in the FEI Grand Prix Special! He’s officially a Grand Prix horse now and off to a great start for the season!???? Thank you to my wonderful coaches! Christophe Theallet Oded Shimoni and Debbie McDonald for all of your support, encouragement, and excellent training!

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January 29th, 2021:

BonFire HW, now displayed in the Hanoverian stallion line up. Amazing results in his 50 day test, he scored a solid 8.36

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January 23rd, 2021:

Sarah Bushong posted: Damon’s Design HW with his brilliant and beautiful trainer (Nancy Smith) at the Lovsta Future Challenge January 2021 competition last weekend. Lucky me to own him and have the very BEST of trainers for him!!! Loving both!!!

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December 30th, 2020:

Scott McPhee and Carol McPhee’s boy Feeling HW did his mommy proud, Carol McPhee posted:

My heart horse Feeling HW & I had a great abbreviated 2020 Show Year. Love developing this boy with all my buttons. So excited for 2021 4th & Dev PSG.

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December 29th, 2020:

Congratulations to this team, Franziskus HW (aka Fashion HW) and his mommy Allison Weick, she posted: So proud of my newest boy Franziskus HW!! I went into the show ring for the first time in over 16 years scared to death!! He was so good and thanks to the wonderful coaching from Vanessa Voltman we survived and succeeded.

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December 18th, 2020:

Fantastic news! Sensation HW’s future looks as bright as his past! Congratulations to Laura Graves and owners Scott McPhee and Carol McPee.

Laura Graves Among 11 Senior, Five U25 Riders Added to USA Development Program Laura Graves, former world No. 1 with Verdades, and the seven-year-old Sensation HW have been added to the USA Development program of 11 senior riders and five Under-25. The list of riders to the Kundrun USEF Development Program named for sponsors Claudine and Fritz Kundrun was announced Friday by the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

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December 14th, 2020:

What a fantastic post by Michelle Rozzano Gerlach, congratulations to this super team:

Forbes HW is officially a 4th level horse, and Banderos secured my first scores towards my Gold Bar! The blue ribbons are a little icing for a great weekend! Thank you Kathy Connelly for the amazing lessons and coaching, Lauren Merchant for the help/support, Kathleen Raine for the epic summer of training and choreography assist, and Katie McClain DePriest for the music check before the final edit.

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November 18th, 2020:

Check out the latest issue of Sidelines Magazine where Erik Englund is featured along side Blackie (Sir Niro HW aka Sotto Voce), owned by Susan Ellis !

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November 14th, 2020:

Santacruz Dressage is at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Wellington:

King & First Edition HW were back in the show ring this weekend at the Gold Coast Fall Fling!

This was Nobby’s very first time at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and he handled the electric atmosphere (and incoming tropical storm ??) like a champ! King & Nobby competed in First Level Test 2 and earned 1st place with a 75.5%! This was also Nobby’s first time to compete at First Level - we could not possibly be more proud of him!

To finish off an amazing competition weekend, King & Nobby were presented with the Vita Flex Victory Pass Award! The award is given to successful horse and rider combinations that demonstrate brilliance in the show ring. Thank you SO much, Kim & Danny of Old Oyster Pond Farm, for the opportunity to work with your very special young horse. Thank you, Adrienne Lyle, for your coaching and support - we could not do it without you! Thank you to all of our sponsors that make this all possible!

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October 30th, 2020:

Oh - I'm crying - look at Duke HW go with Mia Brown in the saddle. Heather and Danielle, well done, congratulations to all! This is beautiful, especially the riders laughter while going towards the camera and Duke HW having fun.



October 23rd, 2020:

Wow - congratulations to this sensational success, what a great team, Carol McPhee and Feeling HW!

So my “heart" Horse Feeling HW & I had a super year - even though abbreviated- didn’t change our hard work of development. So excited for 2021. Carol McPhee

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October 6th, 2020:


Carol McPhee and Feeling HW, victory in the year end awards, Adult Amateur, Third Level as well as American Rhinland Studbook Adult Amateur, Third Level.

What a super nice result to come in 1st place in each of those divisions.

Congratulations Carol, very well deserved and done!

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October 4th, 2020:

How wonderful to see this new team doing so well with each other, huge congratulations Pamela Aide and Satisfaction HW!

 Regional Championships, Pamela Aide posted the following: Handsome Satisfaction HW with his new smoking jacket and his swag from yesterday’s ride.

Today he ROCKED it!

What a great baby Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold

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September 20th, 2020:

Region 8 Championships, congratulations to FinestDream HW and team, what a super result!

Cara Klothe posted the following:

And just like that 2020 Region 8 championships is a wrap! After Damon’s super results in the training level final, Scott and Carol McPhee ’s FinestDream HW really brought his A-game! In his warm up class Friday he won 1-3 with a 74.8! Today, in his first level championship, he was 4th in a very competitive class!! I have enjoyed showing this sweet boy so much and look forward to seeing him with Carol next year! Considering I thought this show season was going to be non existent I’m thrilled to have had it turn out as well as it has and very appreciative to the Mcphee’s who made it all possible! On to 2021! Thanks for the great pictures and good grooming Madysen Utz!

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September 9th, 2020:

More victories and super scores, congratulations!!!

Santacruz Dressage posted:

King & First Edition HW or “Nobby,” owned by Kim & Danny Rogers of Old Oyster Pond Farm , competed in the White Fences Summer Fun III this weekend! They competed in Training Level Test 2 and earned 1st place with a 71.7%! We are so proud of Nobby and how he is developing! Thank you, Kim & Danny, for trusting us with your special boy. Thank you, Adrienne Lyle , for your coaching and support! Thank you to all of our sponsors that make this all possible! We love our team!

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September 7th, 2020:

How fantastic, congratulations to all, especially happy to see Tracy Cook winning the Champion title with Empire HW

Nadine Schwartsman has a wonderful group of horses and people, what a pleasure to follow their journey.

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August 17th, 2020:

Victories for Franziskus HW aka Fashion HW and his new owner Allison Weick, she posted: So thankful for an amazing weekend meeting many new friends and enjoying my new horse Franziskus HW aka Fashion HW!! 6 classes and every time an improvement and learning experience. Thank you to Vanessa Voltman and Holland Dressage Inc. for the great coaching and support. Vanessa  knows how to promote and encourage courage and confidence and thank you for that!!!

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August 17th, 2020:

Santacruz Dressage posted:

King celebrating after a wonderful first test with First Edition HW. King & First Edition HW or “Nobby,” owned by Kim & Danny Rogers of Old Oyster Pond Farm, competed in the Gold Coast Made in the Shade today! This was Nobby’s very first competition! They competed in Training Level Test 2 and earned victory with a 74%!!! We could not be more proud of this incredible young horse. He continues to impress us everyday. THANK YOU, Kim & Danny, for giving us the opportunity to work with your special boy! THANK YOU, Adrienne Lyle, for all of your help! Your coaching, support, and dedication for the best for Nobby always is very much appreciated!

THANK YOU to all of our sponsors that make all of this possible!

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August 17th, 2020:

Carol McPhee posted:

Great finish to a crazy 2020 Regular Show Season with my heart horse Feeling HW. Another 1st AA with 71+ and 3rd overall in large class of 16. We brought scores up from day before - goal accomplished. So appreciative to Cara Klothe for a lot of super coaching over the last year +, thanks to a special groom for the weekend Ally Fox and additional help from Brittany Gray (one of the newest additions to FOD team). Also a great weekend for Cara Klothe and my other 2 horses FinestDream HW & Goldwyn (she will share her results). Fingers crossed for Regionals as we are ready but if not here is to 2021 PSG with my boy.

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August 3rd, 2020:

Congratulations to this team and Empire HW, Nadine Schwartsman posted:

Empire HW (owner Tracy Cook), earned his new personal best score at Third Level with a winning 71.622%. I’m so proud of this six year old.

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August 2nd, 2020:

Congratulations, debut and victory, for this new team, Franziskus HW (aka Fashion HW) and his new mommy, Allison Weick posted: Well 1st show in the books!! Today we competed in terrible footing and weather and made the most of it!! Won our class in first level test 2 open with 68.87. There is work to be done but as I am learning him and he is trying to understand me we are coming together!! So thankful for all the support from Vanessa Voltman and her other great clients and my friends and family. Eager to show Dublin and Sondrio soon also!!! Ty and you as always to my husband Matt weick constants support.

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July 27th, 2020:

More victories for Carol McPhee and Feeling HW, congratulations to this team:

Carol McPhee posted: this boy Feeling HW - today was our best 3-3 test ridden thus far and another win at Maplewood Warm bloods Show - super run show.

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July 13th, 2020:

Congratulations Empire HW (owner Tracy Cook) and rider Nadine Schwartsman, all victories in 3rd Level, well done!

Nadine Schwartsman posted: Empire HW made his successful Third Level debut winning both Third 1 and Third 3. He also gave me everything in the FEI 6 year old test to score a 7.52. It’s a really hard test for a baby horse and I’m excited to work on fine tuning everything until we get to do it again in two weeks!

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July 12th, 2020:

Congratulations DeNaldi HW and his owner Melissa Connelly as well as rider Nadine Schwartsman, first time at 1st Level and winning Open High Point Champion.

Nadine Schwartsman posted: Melissa Connelly’s kids were both perfect all weekend! Greta won all her FEI classes (PSG and I1) with scores of 69.412 and 69.265 and was so much fun!!! DeNaldi HW scored to 73.611 his first time at First Level winning Open High Point Champion for the Sunday show. And he ate a lot of pizza.

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July 9th, 2020:

Wow, what a score to finish the Bronze medal, with and all ridden herself since Feeling HW’s arrival, as an Adult Amateur. Perfect, well done, congratulations to this successful journey and to archiving the Bronze Medal!

Carol McPhee posted: LOVE my heart horse Feeling HW - our first show 3-3 with 71 and my final score for my Bronze. Thankful for Cara Klothe coaching me along the way to develop this horse that keeps saying - what’s next. Super Groom and PC - Madysen Utz Best Professional Braider - Natalie Wolfer (had to sneak her away from her FT Job)

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July 8th, 2020:

Wow, so wonderful to see, congratulations to this successful team, FinestDream HW (owner Carol McPhee, rider Cara Klothe).

 Carol McPhee posted the following: My beautiful 5yo FinestDream HW and Cara Klothe had an amazing start to the season 77.5 in 1-3. Love this sweet boy.

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June 15th, 2020:

Huge congratulations to Nancy Smith & Sarah Bushong-Weeks with Damon’s Design HW!

Nancy posted: This weekend was a big milestone for Damon’s Design HW. We completed a six year journey from buying him as a four-year-old and showing him this weekend and his first developing Grand Prix where he scored a 67%! It was also a great weekend of accomplishment for Destaque HI. He competed in his first open Grand Prix and scored a 64.45. And last but certainly not least, Eragon VO showed the green Grand Prix horses how it is done by winning his open Grand Prix class. All in all, a fantastic weekend and Wellington! I am forever grateful for the support that I have from the best owner ever, Sarah Bushong-Weeks and Mary Anne who is the wind beneath my wings!

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May 15th, 2020

New article from PSdressage, SenSation HW as well as Fizau (Fitz HW) were purchased right here, at HWfarm and both were raised and started under saddle by us as well.

Amazing people came into their life and it’s a team effort, thankful for each and every one

 Good luck to all, as always.

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May 13th, 2020: 

The German St.GEORG publishes the German article about SenSation HW and Laura Graves:

US-Jungpferdechampion für Laura Graves

Aktuell hat die US-Dressurreiterin Laura Graves noch kein Grand Prix-Pferd, das sportlich den Platz ihres Verdades einnehmen könnte. Aber nun vielleicht eines für die Zukunft.

Laura Graves hat nun den siebenjährigen Westfalen-Wallach SenSation HW v. Sunday - Dancier unter dem Sattel. Sie reitet den Rappen für seine Besitzer, Scott und Carol McPhee.

SenSation HW kam in Deutschland zur Welt, bei Alfons und Simone Bergjohann, wurde aber früh in die USA verkauft. Fünf- und sechsjährig war SenSation HW Jungpferdechampion der Vereinigten Staaten, damals noch unter Michael Bragdell. 2018 kam er auf 87,20 Prozent, 2019 auf 87,80 Prozent.

Laura Graves: „Ich freue mich so, das neueste Stallmitglied vorzustellen, den einzigartigen SenSation HW!“ Er sei freundlich und talentiert und sie freue sich auf die Zukunft mit ihm.


Seit ihrem Championatsdebüt bei den Weltreiterspielen 2014 waren Laura Graves und ihr 18-jähriger KWPN-Wallach Verdades nicht nur das erfolgreichste Dressurpaar der USA, sondern eines der besten Paare der Welt.

Das stellten sie zuletzt bei den Weltreiterspielen 2018 in Tryon unter Beweis, wo sie Silber mit dem Team und in der Einzelwertung gewannen. Darüber hinaus waren sie dreimal hintereinander Zweite beim Weltcup-Finale und holten Team-Bronze bei den Olympischen Spielen 2016 in Rio.

 Eigentlich hätte Verdades beim diesjährigen Weltcup-Finale in Las Vegas feierlich vor Publikum aus dem Sport verabschiedet werden sollen. Doch das fiel bekanntlich aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie aus.

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May 13th, 2020

Raised/trained by HWfarm and sold sight unseen at the age of 3 to Carol McPhee & Scott McPhee - look at his amazing, successful journey already, very thankful for all whom made it possible. Now super excited for his future with Laura Graves, I'm sure we will all be pleased. Go Laura, best of luck.

Dressage-News publishes the following article: 

Laura Graves Gets New Ride on SenSation HW, USA Champion at 5 & 6 Years

Laura Graves has been given the ride on SenSation HW, the seven-year-old black gelding that was the United States champion at the ages of five and six, the rider reported Tuesday. “So excited to introduce the newest member of our stable, the one and only SenSation-HW,” said Laura, 32, of the Orlando, Florida community of Geneva.

SenSation HW, owned by Scott and Carol McPhee, “is kind and talented and I am so looking forward to the future with him.” The Westfalen gelding (Sunday x Dancier) was born in Germany in 2013. Michael Bragdell, who rides for Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, competed SenSation HW, as a four, five and six-year-old in young horse classes. The pair won the American five-year-old title in 2018 with a score of 87.200% and the six-year-old championship a year later on 87.800%.

Michael and SenSation HW won the US Dressage Final Third Level Championship last November.

Laura was world No. 1 with Verdades, the KWPN gelding owned by her and Curt Maes, that is now 18 years old. The combination captured Olympic team bronze in 2016, team and individual silver at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, and was World Cup reserve champion three times.

Laura was U.S. Equestrian of the Year and Verdades Horse of the Year in 2018. The last competition for the duo was the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in April 2019. Laura then gave Verdades a break until early this year when she announced that the horse that had been her partner since bought as a foal from a video would be retired. She showed two different horses at national levels in this year’s Global Dressage Festival at Wellington, Florida.

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May 8th, 2020:

Carol McPhee can be super proud with her boy, congratulations - well done, she posted the following: Our black pearl “SenSation HW” - 2019 USDF All Breeds Champion (Westfalen NA) - FEI 6yo 8.38%. Thank you Michael Bragdell for an amazing Young-Horse start for this special one. Love what the future holds for this boy .... stay tuned.

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April 8th, 2020:

HorsesDaily publishes the following article, wonderful news about Janine Little, Finley (aka FiftyShades HW, owned by Shawneen Jacobs):

Janine Little and Little Dressage Celebrate Consistent Record of Championships at White Fences

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Canadian FEI rider, trainer, and coach Janine Little enjoyed tremendous success throughout the 2020 White Fences series, capturing multiple championships, including the Prix St. Georges level with Billionaire, the Grand Prix Freestyle with Ebony, and the reserve championship in the Grand Prix with Finley. All three horses are owned by Shawneen Jacobs, and were purchased as youngsters and brought up the levels from Training level onwards by Janine Little.

Photo - Janine Little aboard Finley, owned by Shawneen Jacobs, celebrating a successful Grand Prix season. The pair have been named to the 2020 Dressage Canada Development Squad.

 Millionaire’s 2020 White Fences Series Championship is the third consecutive Prix St. Georges Championship won by Little, with Finley capturing the title in 2019, and Ebony in 2018. Those two horses are now winning at Grand Prix, with Finley listed for the 2020 Dressage Canada Development Squad. Little is eager to have Billionaire follow in these successful footsteps – which, with scores to 76.9% in the Prix. St. Georges this season, he is poised to do.

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Janine Little with the horses with whom she earned series championships this Florida season: Billionaire (left), Finley, and Ebony, all owned by Shawneen Jacobs

“I’m deeply appreciative of Shawneen’s ownership and the freedom and trust she gives me to take the time to develop the horses up the levels and make decisions to maximize their success,” Little explains, noting that the White Fences series is ideal for bringing horses along. “It’s so exciting to see the horses progress up the levels,” Jacobs agrees. Her three horses who earned the honours are all very different types and temperaments, with Billionaire by Belissimo M, Finley (formerly HW Fifty Shades) by Fidertanz, and the “dancing Friesian” mare Ebony by Beart 411. From picking out the horses together, to seeing them rise from the very basics, to winning at the FEI level, it’s been an exciting journey for both Little and Jacobs.

“Having such a long-term partnership and shared vision is paramount for achieving our goals,” Little acknowledges. “Its been a great Florida season, and we’re excited to see where the future takes us.”


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April 5th, 2020:

Great news: BonFire HW  has already some mares in foal and top semen. Here are pictures of him training with Steffi Ahlert. Enjoy, can’t wait to see the babies.

Steffi posted: Danke. Er bereitet jeden Tag Freude und ist dazu mit super Rittigkeit und einem top Charakter ausgestattet. Translation: Thanks, he is a pleasure every day, super rideable, plus he has a top character!

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March 19th, 2020:

Nancy Smith posted: Damon’s Design HW has qualified for the Lovsta Suteri Future Challenge for young Grand Prix horses which will now take place in Week One of the 2021 Adequan Global Dressage Festival due to the Coronavirus!

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March 18th, 2020:

White Fences Championship Series - CHAMPIONS AND RESERVE CHAMPIONS SEASON 2019 - 2020

 Check out Michelle Gerlach and Forbes HW, what an awesome team, congratulations over and over, so happy to watch their journey.

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March 18th, 2020:

Pitu HW - more wonderful news. He has been on loan at Lendon Gray's youth rider WIT program in Wellington for the past two months. His rider Mimi Hoffman did a great job of working hard and having fun. Win/win. His mommy Emily Rodger Barber is excited to have him back home soon, she said: Best pony ever

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March 17th, 2020:

How fantastic, congratulations.

So happy for Nancy Smith, Sarah Bushong, Damon’s Design HW and team.

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March 16th, 2020:

 Congratulations to this team!!!

Quote: Janine Little, Finley (aka FiftyShades HW) finishes up in Reserve his first season at Grand Prix so proud of him!

Wow what can I say today closes out our last winter show for 2020 and what a fantastic winter season it has been! > > Finley (aka FiftyShades HW, owned by Shawneen Jacobs) in his very first season at Grand Prix was Reserve Champion having only done a handful of tests at the level.

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March 1st, 2020:

Selten HW, bred by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold and born in the USA, THREE times Young Horse Champion (2008, 2009 and 2010!), Horse Of The Year, Olympics in Rio and many more titles, so thankful to watch his journey and to every single person who made it possible.

Huge congratulations to family Dahl & team!

Mette Dahl Takes over Dad Anders' Danish Team Horse Selten HW for Children Competition

2020 CDI Le Mans

Mette Dahl and Selten HW make an impressive CDI Debut in the children's division at the 2020 CDI Le Mans :: Photo © Les Garennes Mette Dahl and Selten HW make an impressive CDI Debut in the children's division at the 2020 CDI Le Mans Photo © Les Garennes British Mette Dahl has successfully taken over the ride on her father Anders Dahl's Danish WEG team horse Selten HW and raised the flag for Great Britain on her international show debut at Children's level at the 2020 CDI Le Mans in France.

Dahl and Selten HW on Winning Form West Sussex-based Mette Dahl (13) dominated the Children on Horses classes with a double victory in both the Team and Individual Test. Her winning partner is none other than Selten HW (by Sandro Hit), her father Anders’ former top ride with whom he represented Denmark twice at an intercontinental championship.

Now retired from Grand Prix level competition, the 16-year old has struck up a great bond with his young rider and clearly still loves to compete.

"I have ridden Selten HW since the beginning of November and in this short period of time we have had lots of fun together and I have learnt an awful lot from him," Mette told Eurodressage. "As he is now not competing at Grand Prix level it is nice for him to have a job to do which he is enjoying as he is still so fit and well. He does make me work hard though. He is very big moving and I have had to work on strengthening my core to be able to sit his very bouncy trot!

" Mette gave the 17hh gelding, who is owned by her mum, British Olympian Fiona Bigwood, a super ride and posted scores of 72.20% and 72.94% respectively.


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"I was very pleased with Selten HW in Le Mans as it was only our second show together. It was nice to feel him being so fresh and happy after having a little break from competing," said Mette. "It was also reassuring to have my dad train me as he knows him so well and understands his personality. I was nervous doing our first international together but at the same time I was feeling excited and honoured to ride him because of what he has achieved with my dad.

" Selten HW is an American bred Hanoverian by Sandro Hit x Hohenstein. After winning the 2008 and 2009 U.S. young horse championships with Michael Bragdell, the black was shipped by his owner Elizabeth Ball to Europe to be sold. Bigwood purchased the horse as an 8-year old at the 2012 Equine Elite Auction for 500,000 euro. Under Fiona's husband Anders Dahl, the horse made its international debut at small tour level in 2014 and at Grand Prix level in 2016. They represented Denmark at the Rio Olympics and World Equestrian Games in Tryon. The pair's last CDI was the 2019 CDI Hagen last April.

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"I am hoping to be able to ride juniors on him next year as long," Mette added.

Double Debut, Pony Level with George Clooney

Mette has made a double debut in Le Mans as she also premiered George Clooney BS in the FEI Pony division.

Dahl  took over the rode on the now 9-year old British bred KWPN registered pony (by Caesar 171 x Santano) in September 2018. The pony is bred in the U.K. by Julie Lockey.

He was previously shown by Sophie Taylor, who represented Team GB at the 2018 European Pony Championships in Bishop Burton and finished 14th in the freestyle final.

Mette and George Clooney BS At Mette's pony debut in Le Mans she scored three consistent rounds of 66-67%.

"I had a super feeling with George, and he was great fun to ride," said Mette. "As always George was extremely enthusiastic in the ring which gives me a lovely feeling. George is a very talented pony, but we lost some points due to some of my inaccuracies but hopefully that will improve with more shows. I felt like Le mans was a massive learning curve for me as I haven’t ridden many shows with George either. This is the first year that I am doing any serious dressage competitions. Up until now I have been training at home with the odd show but I have mainly been doing fun jumping competitions with my jumping pony. My parents think it is important that I ride both disciplines at the moment.

" Mette would like to represent Great Britain at the European Championships, whether it is ponies or children, but for her the most important aspect right now is to learn and have fun.

"I am aiming to do some more internationals and I would love to get to the European Championships, whether it is on Pony’s or Children on Horses but there are a lot of good riders for Great Britain at the moment, so we are quite relaxed about it all," she explained. "We will have to see how the season goes but as it is only my first season we are very realistic about it all. My parents just want me to have fun and to enjoy competing."

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February 24th, 2020:

Kassidy Peacock posted:

Today a big milestone in my dressage career happened. Dior HW and I did our FEI debut! We rode our first PSG at Global to a 66.6% some bobbles and lots of things learned to tweak for the next time. Growing up everyone said you aren’t a “trainer” until you’ve made your own horse and today I can say that I’ve made my first FEI horse from start to finish. Dior HW has taught me so much and it’s only the tip of the iceberg for us. Onwards and upwards from because we’ve only just begun!

Thank you to our amazing cheering section/family and Sallie Spenard and Rebecca Waite for helping us get to this point!

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February 18th, 2020:

Check out Nancy Smith’s new website, love Damon's Design HW pictures and all the info:  Nancy has a classical background in Dressage and has been very successful training multiple horses to the Grand Prix Level. She has been a member of the United States Dressage Bronze Medal Team at the North American Championships as well as the Alternate for the Pan American Games. Several horses ridden and trained by Nancy have been long listed for the Olympics and World championships with Nancy in the irons. Her success over the last two decades on multiple horses reflects her talent for riding a wide variety of horses at the Grand Prix Level…...

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February 17th, 2020:

This makes me/us so happy and proud, huge congratulations to family Dahl, Anders Dahl, Fiona Bigwood and Mette with Selten HW, how wonderful to see this US bred Olympic horse (many more titles to name) to be internationally successful with the next generation in the family as well. Thank you to the whole team!

BD Youth posted:

Another fantastic win for Mette Dahl and Selten HW at Le Mans CDI in France! They've taken the Children in Horses Individual with 72.90%

Heidi Troniseck posted:

Super proud to have been part of Mette Dahl’s debut international competition in Le Mans last week.... she coped brilliantly with the pressure winning two of her classes on Selten HW.

I’m absolutely amazed with this horse... he has proven himself at every senior competition possible and now he teaches a young girl. He’s so very happy in this new role- I honestly don’t know of a kinder, sweeter horse that would do such a job. It’s incredible. He’s one in a million... 

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February 16th, 2020:

Heather Calder Marchman posted:

Once again, Duke HW finishes on his dressage score to win his division for his lovely new owner/rider Nellie Martin-Giles. The village is very happy! At Fresno County Horse Park, Fresno, CA ·

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February 9th, 2020:

Huge congratulations to Festival HW’s owner Karen Kerchner Bailie and his rider Donna Gatchel, she posted:

Huge congrats to my students and owners and of course the wonderful horses for doing so well at the YEAR END AWARDS for Virginia Dressage Association, Inc ( VADA 2019). Thank you VADA for the wonderful awards. We all appreciate them so very much!!

Here are Festival HW’s results, how amazing:

Donna and Festival HW

Champion -Inter-B 

Reserve champion - FEI MFS

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