The United States Dressage Federation recognizes the accomplishments of Paint Horses through its Adequan/USDF All-Breed Awards. Seven American Paint Horses earned awards, with sixteen Paints in contention for the awards.
|Rachel Robinson and Mis Diversify had the highest score in Training Level dressage and second highest in First Level for the USDF All-Breed Awards. Photo Courtesy: Lorraine Robinson|
Earning the top spot at Fourth Level was True Texas Colors, a 2000 black overo gelding owned and ridden by Lesley Grove of Gardnerville, Nevada. The gelding earned a median score of 60.568 percent to earn the number one spot.
At Second Level, the number one went to Probably Not, a 1992 bay Solid Paint-Bred stallion owned and ridden by Lorraine DiSanti of Mantua, New Jersey. The pair earned a median score of 61.190 percent. Second place was awarded to Codemanneedsaspot, a 1998 bay Solid Paint-Bred gelding owned and ridden by Kristina Roby of Duluth, Minnesota. They earned a median score of 61.000 percent.
Luminous Lady took first place at First Level, owned and ridden by Kalie Beckers of Independence, Louisiana. The 2002 palomino overo mare earned a median score of 65.489 percent. Second was Mis Diversify, a 2004 chestnut overo mare, earning a median score of 62.581 percent with owner Rachel Robinson of Orlando, Florida, in the saddle. Other Paint Horses in contention were Joeledos Jim Dandy with Danielle Young of Woodstock, Illinois; Anasaszi Bean with Samantha Wise of Selma, Texas; Rei Ziggalito with Margaret Jackson of Eagan, Minnesota; and Charismas Dirty Lace with Valerie Pervo of Columbus, Ohio.
At Training Level, the top two spots were awarded to Mis Diversify with owner Rachel Robinson, with a median score of 69.000 percent, and A Lucky Chance, a 2004 chestnut tobiano gelding owned and ridden by Shannon Hansen of Green Bay, Wisconsin, who earned a median score of 68.750 percent. Other Paint Horses in contention were Delta Olenas Gunner with Katherine Rickert of Salem, Oreon; Wearin My Rolex with Jennifer Gage of Wolf, Wyoming; Luminous Lady with Kalie Beckers of Independence, Louisiana; Charismas Dirty Lace with Valerie Pervo of Columbus, Ohio; and Custers Run and Jeanne Binder of Lorton, Virginia.
For horses competing at Training Level through Fourth Level, participants must receive a minimum of eight scores from four different judges at four different USDF-recognized/USDF-licensed competitions, including two at 60 percent or higher from the highest test of the level, with a median score of 60 percent or higher to qualify.
|Lori Di Santi and Probably Not took honors in Second Level dressage for the USDF All-Breed Awards.Photo Courtesy: Lori DiSanti|
|True Texas Colors earned first rank in Fourth Level dressage for the USDF All-Breed Awards with owner Lesley Grove. Photo Courtesy: Christine Dallas|
Last year, seven Paints in Open competition earned Adequan/USDF All-Breed Awards with twelve total in contention.
Effective January 1, 2012, APHA recognizes dressage as an approved event for earning APHA points. Shows are required to submit paperwork and fees to be approved in advance as “special event,” and results must be submitted immediately following the competition by show management. APHA points are limited to USEF and USDF-approved events only. This is a major program addition for dressage enthusiasts riding American Paint Horses. Previously, registered American Paint Horses only eligible to compete for PAC (Paint Alternative Competition) credits but now have the option of earning points or credits—depending upon the APHA approval status of the show.
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA), the international breed registry for the American Paint Horse headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves over 64,000 active youth and adult members around the world.