HORSES AND RESULTS
2006 Bay Hanoverian Stallion by San Remo
Alice Womble-Heitman & Dr. Mike Heitman of Horsegate Ranch
Alice and Mike sent me to Germany to find a young dressage prospect. When I first saw Sanceo, I fell in love with his beauty and presence immediately. I was impressed by the natural balance, quality gaits and steady rhythm that he already showed on the lunge line.
He was just under three years old and only 3 times under saddle, but I wanted to sit on him to make sure I would feel what I had seen on the longe line. Sure enough, I could feel the steady rhythm, balance and ground covering gaits of a more mature and experienced horse.
A week later, I brought Mike and Alice back to Germany with me to see him, and they too fell in love the moment they saw him. Since then, Sanceo has been everything I hoped and dreamed he would be. So many people compliment on his beauty and charm, but it does not end there; he has incredible work ethic and loyalty. I like to tell his admirers that he rides just as beautifully as he looks.
Tokyo Olympics - Team USA - Silver Medal
Grand Prix Freestyle 84.3%
Grand Prix Special 81.5%
Grand Prix 78.4%
Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival CDI-5*
Won Grand Prix 74.5%
Won Grand Prix Special 77.4%
Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival CDI-5*
3rd Place Grand Prix Special 72.9%
2nd Place Grand Prix 73.67%
Awarded the Carol Lavell Advanced Level Training Grant for the second year in a row
Del Mar Nationals CDI-W
2nd place Grand Prix 72.783%
Won Grand Prix Special 74.553%
Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival CDI-3*
Won Grand Prix 74%
Won Grand Prix Freestyle 74.5%
Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival 3*
2nd place Grand Prix 72.413%
2nd place Grand Prix Special 74.702%
Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-3*
US Nations Cup Team Gold
2nd place Grand Prix 73.109 %
2nd place Grand Prix Special 72.872%
Individual Silver Medal
2nd place Grand Prix Freestyle 78.145%
Won Ankum CDN short Grand Prix, with a score of 71.2%, placed first by all three judges
Awarded the Carol Lavell Advanced Level Training Grant
Scored 71.6% and 72.7% for his Grand Prix debut (developing horse) at CDI-level shows in California
Placed first in all Small Tour CDI's in Wellington and qualified to go with US Squad to compete in Europe
Qualified in Europe for the United States Pan American Team
US Pan American Games Gold Medal winning team member
National Developing Prix St. Georges Champion with a combined score of 76.516%
Awarded the USEF Developing Horse Training Grant
FEI 6 Year Old - Represented the U.S. in the Young Horse World Championships in Verden, Germany
FEI 5 Year Old - Qualified to represent the US in the Young Horse World Championships
Qualified for the USEF National Young Horse Championships in Chicago; finished fourth place with an 81.6%
USDF Horse of the Year Winner, First Level
USDF Horse of the Year Winner, Training Level
2004 Black PRE (Andalusian) Stallion
Owner: Rhea Scott
Imported from Spain in late 2009, Marques came to me in 2010. Marques has three beautiful gaits and is extremely talented, athletic, sensible and eager to work. He is a bit of a genius and is independent like a cat in his personality, which makes him very fun and interesting to work with.
As a six year old, Marques was featured in a short film (idea and film by my husband Kristian Kery).
At just seven years old he showed all the talent and ability for the Grand Prix movements, with especially beautiful piaffe and passage work.
Marques has shown himself to be a strong competitor at elite dressage levels. He won the 2015 Developing Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I at the USEF Young Horse qualifier at La Canada Flintridge. In 2016, he made his CDI Grand Prix debut at the prestigious Del Mar Nationals Freestyle Night, winning Reserve Champion behind Steffen Peters with his Olympic partner Legolas.
Marques has excellent bloodlines, coming from the famous Escalera line.
Debut at Dressage Affaire CDI, placing 4th in the Prix St Georges with a 69.395%, and 3rd in the I-1 with a 71.421%
Debut at Grand Prix CDI at the Del Mar Nationals; Reserve Champion Grand Prix Freestyle with a 74.275%
Won Grand Prix Freestyle at La Canada Flintridge with a 76.75%; won the Grand Prix with a 69.9%
2014/2015 Marques was out of competition due to an injury and an inguinal hernia
USDF Horse of the Year Champion - Prix St. Georges
Winner (both days - 71.29% & 73.88%) Developing Prix St Georges at the prestigious USEF Young Horse Qualifier at La Canada Flintridge
Winner of the Fuego de Cardenas Cup
Horses previously shown/trained
1999 Bay Holsteiner Stallion by Cambridge
Owned by Alice Womble-Heitman and Dr. Mike Heitman
Remarkable for his beauty, Cacique often evokes awe and admiration from bystanders. Tall and dark bay with a handsome face, he is well-behaved with lovely ground manners. Canter work is his specialty and his beautiful tempi changes and canter pirouettes are highlights. I especially like to work with stallion personalities, and he has proven to be a fun challenge. Cacique shows also exceptional talent for show jumping under the talented German trainer Soehnke Teymann of El Campeon Farms. To find out more about Cacique and his offspring go to: www.horsegateranch.com
2008 Markel High Point at FEI level at the Cool August Night show at LAEC
2009 started competing at Prix St. Georges scoring in the high 60's and 70's, with a 77.895% at Dressage at Flintridge (CA) in May
2009 Region 7 USDF Champion at Prix St George
2010 first year at I-1 and first season in CDI's
2010 First place USDF Horse of the Year all breeds award at Intermediare 1 median score 71.579%
2010 Champion Holsteiner USDF Horse of the Year
2010 High Performance show at Flintridge first place musical freestyle at I-1
2010 Earned a spot on the USEF Developing List
1992 Black Andalusian Stallion. I imported Capprichio in 1999 from Spain.
Owned by Paula Josa Jones
Capprichio is a feisty fellow with a mind of his own. Despite his diminutive size, he really knew how to fill up an arena with his presence. He was a big challenge for me when I first got him and it took me about two years to retrain him. When I finally brought him out he became a great joy. Like all of my horses, whether they are destined to be exhibition or competition horses, he had to prove himself in the show ring. He stood out from his breed because of his beautiful floating gaits. He could get people on their feet, even at venues such as Dressage at Devon. One of his highlights was the exhibition "Dance with me" with my friend, the Flamenco dancer Ana Ayromlou from Germany. He was the best performer I have ever had for this horse and human pas de deux. Fancy, elegant and charming: he dazzled with his piaffe, passage, Spanish walk and extended trot.
2003 USDF Horse of the Year, Tenth Place - Fourth Level
2003 First Place Horse of The Year in the Andalusian Division
High Point Winner at the Upper Levels at the "Festival of the Horse" at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center
"Desche" Bana Conversano
1985 Gray Lipizzaner Stallion, imported from Hungary
Owned by Sabine Schut-Kery
Desche came to me when he was just three years old. He was owned by my employer at the time and he is the first horse I trained completely. Although he was an exhibition horse, I think he would have preferred to stay home to study his haute ecole. He reminded me of the highly intelligent people who have difficulty with everyday life. He was more of a scholar than a show-off, and crowd noises made him anxious. He performed because he trusted his rider, but it was still a challenge to keep him focused on me when in front of an excited crowd. He learned all of the Grand Prix level movements and could perform them all side-saddle. He was incredibly talented and able to perform a courbette and levade, despite the fact that I was not experienced in training these high school airs.
1990 Black Friesian Stallion by Jillis 310
Owned by Proud Meadows
Tinus embodied the ideal type for a Friesian dressage horse. He was an elegant and beautifully conformed sport type. I loved to show him because he was so reliable. He gave me a lot of confidence because I always knew I could count on him, no matter how tough the competition. Tinus won USDF Horse of the Year (first place for all competitors of all breeds) at Second, Third, Fourth and Prix St. Georges. He finished his career at Grand Prix, and was ranked 6th in the nation for his Grand Prix freestyle. I first knew Tinus when he was four, and commenced his training when Proud Meadows bought him in 1998.
1999 USDF Horse of the Year, National Champion - Second Level
2000 USDF Horse of the Year, National Champion - Third Level
2001 USDF Horse of the year, National Champion- Fourth level
2001 Horse of the Year, National Champion - Prix St. Georges
2005 USDF Horse of the Year, 6th place - Grand Prix Freestyle, median score 73.250%
2006 Tinus and Sabine were awarded by the German FN (Federation National) with "The Golden Horse" award for outstanding accomplishments in the sport of dressage.
1996 Black Friesian Stallion by Bendert
Owned by Proud Meadows
Illiad was the horse I would choose if I had to ride into war. Beautiful and brave, he would do whatever his rider asked of him. The first time I rode him, he had been loaned to me for an exhibition I made while on a return visit to Germany. Jim Mosebrook and Larry Riggs, owners of Proud Meadows, were also enchanted by his presence. We were not looking for a horse at the time, but we could not get him out of our minds; he was so powerful and majestic. Jim and Larry bought him on impulse, because of our gut feelings about him, and we all had high hopes that he would be the one who could follow in Jorrit's footsteps as an exhibition horse.Tragically, Illiad suffered an accident while in his stall which dislocated his fetlock. The vets thought he would have to be euthanized. It was a testament to Illiad's courageous heart that he was able to recover well enough to return to work and to perform in exhibitions from Dressage at Devon, to the 2007 NFR in Las Vegas, the National Horse Show in Del Mar, and then to the 2009 Las Vegas World Cup.
2004 Third Place at Fourth Level, Dressage at Devon
2005 USDF Horse of the Year, Eighth Place - Fourth Level
2005 Fourth Place at Prix St. George, Palm Beach Derby
2005 Injury right after this last show in Florida ended his competition career
1985 Black Friesian Stallion by Mark 232
Owned by Proud Meadows
Jorrit was the first horse I ever owned. He was also the first horse I ever trained to Grand Prix and the first Friesian stallion ever to compete at Grand Prix! When I bought Jorrit he was just four and it was my dream to train him for exhibitions and to compete at third level. Jorrit had tremendous pride and self-confidence. He truly enjoyed performing and his spectators adored him. He had an aristocratic way about him and yet he loved to "ham it up" for his exhibitions. I believe he was the most travelled Friesian in the world. He had a show career in both Germany and the U.S. He became a breeding stallion at age 12 and retired from riding at age 17. He happily lived out his years first at Proud Meadows, and then at Wyning Edge Friesians in Texas, passing peacefully at the age of 27.
1993 Equitana Europe - Earned the first ever perfect score of "10" in the Kur open competition
2000 USDF Horse of the Year, National Champion - Prix St. Georges
2001 Winner of the Grand Prix Freestyle in Wellington, Florida
2001 USDF Horse of the Year, 6th Place - Grand Prix Freestyle
2003 Jorrit and Sabine were awarded by the German FN (National Federation) with the "Golden Horse Award" for outstanding accomplishments in the sport of dressage.