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Congratulations Sarah and Chexy AQHA Performance Register of Merit

Sovereign at Norfolk Show 019Congratulations to Sarah Deptford with her own 2000 bay mare, Chex Out This Action (by Major Sno Chex out of Judge This Action who have had confirmation from AQHA that they have earned their Open Performance Register of Merit in Reining and Ranch Horse Pleasure.

Sarah and Chexy have only lightly shown for the past couple of years as Sarah as been earning accolades with Dorothy Coleman’s Snippnbelles Star,  and Chexy has been part of the SQH Team demonstrating at County Shows all over the UK during the summer months (the above photo shows Sarah and Chexy proving that reiners do trail too at the Royal Norfolk show). However, when they do show, they are always consistent performers that are a joy to watch.

Congratulations Sarah and Chexy, a well earned reward.

Red and Sarah’s Grand Adventure

redCompetitor Sarah Handley with her horse Smokin Red Dene (out of Redgates Fancy Lady and by Jays Smokin Story) made their AQHA debut in 2013.  At the AQHA UK Spring Show, Sarah was convinced by a great many people to take Red into a Halter class, the first one she’d ever entered.  After the first class, Sarah became hooked on halter!  Winning reserve grand champion later in the summer, at the Fenland show in August Red and Sarah took home two Grand Championships in Halter.   Sarah is a pretty quiet lady, and she wasn’t going to tell many people about their win, so we’ve decided to tell you how well she did!

In the June show, Red and Sarah helped their team (team 2) to victory in the Team Competition winning an awesome custom made Saddle Stand, then at the August show, they went grand.  Red follows in the footsteps of other Jays Smokin Story offspring who prove to be exceptionally quiet and sensible, by competing in the raucous Blue Pleasure class at the WES Championships with Helena Ryan, who sat on Red for the first time at the show.

Interestingly, David worked with Sarah and Red at the WES Welsh Camp in June, and Sarah tells us that when David was teaching Red to stand and showing her some tips, Red calmly picked up his foot and placed it on the end of David’s toe, which made David laugh, as he says Red’s sire, Jays Smokin Story does exactly the same thing!  Like father like son, especially with the Grand Championships!

Classie Jay – A Classie Ranch Horse Champion!

HB4I9454Classie Jay (by Jays Smokin Story) made owner Linda Joynes very happy this summer!   CJ as he is known was bred here at Sovereign and has been trained here at Sovereign since he was a youngster, a British Futurity Champion in Reining, this summer he has been with the SQH demonstrating at County shows throughout the UK.  Featured in one of David’s articles in East Anglia Rider, CJ has started to get his own fan club!

With a winning pedigree and established winning record in reining, David thought this year that he’d introduce CJ to Ranch Horse Pleasure which culminated in winning the Fenland Ranch Horse Pleasure Championship sponsored by Tailgator.  His final run in show four saw him earn at whopping 76 score!  Judge Joe Hayes from the USA commented that it was one of the nicest Ranch Horse Pleasure runs he’d seen!

Jays Dene – Showmanship Champion

HB4I9195Congratulations to Jackie Teideman and Jays Dene (by Jays Smokin Story out of Muy Bueno Lynx – bred by David Deptford) for winning the recent Novice Amateur Showmanship Championship sponsored by Rhinestone Clothing.

Jackie and Jay are a winning combination in all events, being former British Champions in Amateur Western Pleasure, as well as earning their Halter Register of Merits in both Amateur and Open, with All Around Awards to their name too.

A Snip Of A Jay – Amateur Halter Champion

HB4I9147Winning combination Nigel Crowe with A Snip of A Jay (by Jays Smokin Story out of one of our Snipper daughters) added to their heaving trophy cabinet at the Fenland show by taking home the Snippnbelles Star Amateur Halter Championship, following in the footsteps of Mai Guy Zip and Jays Dene (who had won it for the past three years!)   “Homer” as he’s called at home isn’t just a pretty face – he’s previously won the AQHA UK Supreme Champion Award shown by David Deptford, has multiple Grand and Reserve Championships as well as being shown by Nigel’s wife Sheelagh in Showmanship (a previous Fenland Champion).  He’s also a pretty nifty Reiner too.

In addition, Nigel and Homer are known for their fund raising for charity, which normally involves Nigel dressing up either as a woman, or in his long johns to help raise money for Breast Cancer Care and Prostrate Cancer Research at the Western Equestrian Society National Championships.

“Homer” is such a sweet heart, at the recent AQHA UK Championships, he carried “Super Gran” Sheila Fitzpatrick safely – it was the first time she’d sat on him, in the Charity Superheros class.

Homer is a superhero to us!

Dollar Does It! Snips Silver Dollar Wins Open Halter Championship

HB4I9138David and his mare Snips Silver Dollar (by Jays Smokin Story out of Redgates Tender Reed) has had a fabulous show season with great results in Open Halter shown by both David and Sarah.  This mare’s consistent winning results at the four Fenland shows in 2013 meant that she took home for David the Open Halter High Point Championship Trophy, following in the footsteps of Mai Guy Zip, LJ Classic Luke, Jays Dene and Snippers Mito Bella.

Congratulations!

Super-Star! Snippnbelles Star Wins Green Trail Championship

HB4I9055At the recent Fenland Show, Dorothy Coleman’s horse Snippnbelles Star (out of Dyna Mito Belle by Snippers Heirogance) took home the prestigious Green Trail Circuit Championship sponsored by Dorothy Coleman and The Western Shop.  Shown in Halter by Dorothy and ridden throughout her performance career, by David initially and Sarah for the past three years, Star (how aptly named?) has earned her Open and Amateur Halter Register of Merit as well as her Open Performance Register of Merit.  This is the second time Star has won this Circuit Championship with great consistent performances throughout the four Fenland Shows.  Star won a Montana Silversmith Belt Buckle sponsored by The Western Shop as well as a perpetual trophy.

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AQHA Horsemanship Camp Report

Hello, everybody!

International Intern Tabatha Taylor and North Eastern Oklahoma University at the international horsemanship camp in March, Great Britain.

International Intern Tabatha Taylor and North Eastern Oklahoma University traveled to March, Great Britain, for an international horsemanship camp. Photo courtesy of Tabatha Taylor.

I just finished spending a couple of amazing days in March, Great Britain, with North Eastern Oklahoma University. North Eastern Oklahoma University, or NEO (which I will hereafter call it), did an exceptional job of teaching the first camp at Horse Creek Farm. There were about 25 participants, and all were excited to jump on their horses, learn new things and have a blast.

The NEO team arrived in London a few days before the camp started, which allowed members to adjust to the time change and see the sights. It was a fun and unique way for the group to begin their summer adventure. But, by the time camp started, the team was eager to be around horses again.

Day 1 of the camp focused on the basics. After introductions, the camp kicked off with a safety awareness talk and then swiftly moved into a riding session. While riding, participants were asked to demonstrate all three gaits both directions and were separated into two groups according to their skill level and interests. After lunch, riders worked in their groups on fundamentals such as lead departures, turns on the forehand, turns on the haunches and side passing. NEO made sure that riders were competent with forehand and haunch turns before asking the horses to side pass, explaining that the turns were the foundation for the side pass.

When the horses and riders were all tuckered out, the riders came back to the classroom for an informational talk about equine nutrition, and were able to discuss the pros and cons of certain feeds. Professor Amanda Burrows led the discussion, stating that the main difference between human digestion and horse digestion is that horses can process roughages. Because of that, horses’ diets should be made up mostly of roughages, rather than grains. Another major difference between horse digestion and human digestion is that horses have no gall bladder, meaning that horses are incapable of processing high levels of fat. Because of that information, Professor Burrows recommended that the main ingredient in every horse’s diet should be roughage, with grain only supplemented in where needed.

Day 2 and 3 focus on the ranch and stock horse events because that was the main interest of the campers. But, because rider position plays such a huge role in how horses of all disciplines perform, the morning session on day two focused largely on rider equitation. Riders worked without stirrups, and even rode around with their feet tucked behind the cantle of the saddle at the walk and jog to strengthen their base of support. In the afternoon, focus shifted directly to the versatility ranch horse events, and riders learned about halter and ranch horse pleasure. Versatility ranch horse pleasure is similar to AQHA ranch horse pleasure class, except versatility ranch horse pleasure is one set pattern. For the sake of consistency, riders learned and practiced the VRH pattern in the afternoon, which involved showing all three gaits both directions. Working on the pattern allowed the participants to focus on polishing their transitions and making them timely.

On Day 3, the morning session was spent learning about and riding through trail obstacles. Riders received individual attention at each obstacle that helped them to ride cleaner and more correctly through the whole pattern. In the afternoon, NEO officiated a mock show for the competitors for them to have fun and see how much they improved during the camp. Halter, ranch horse pleasure and trail were the three events of the show, and riders received ribbons through fifth place.

The Great Britain camp was a huge success and a great deal of fun. Be sure to check back soon to read about the camps taking place in Italy and Germany.

Ta ta for now!

Tabatha TaylorTabatha Taylor
AQHA International Intern

Sssh! AQHA Horsemanship Camp Feedback

8336_527763793957686_1575801820_nOnce again thanks for a tremendous camp experience.  Although we were fairly tired by end of day three we could have happily stayed another couple of days….horses might disagree.  You really do have a lovely atmosphere at your set-up.

Just to say thank you for a great Camp, please pass on my best wishes to Chelsea,Amanda,Josie,Sarah and Tabitha.

I really enjoyed the whole 3 days even if I ache like hell now from the no stirrup work but hey no pain no gain!!, My horse was a star for me and Josie’s comments about him after doing trail on him where so nice  it made my weekend.

I came home tired & very horsey happy!!