Royal Fortune WS (owned by Lindsay & Chad Bohne) completed her MPTs and is now an Elite Mare. Fortune had an ET filly by Sir Gregory in 2014, Sovereign WS, owned by Cynthia Powell-Hall, so all her elite mare requirements have been fulfilled. CONGRATS to Lindsay & Chad! We are so proud of them and look forward to cheering them on in the show ring! Beautiful mare.
Raphaela Valentine (Raphael Son II x Willa-B/Weltbekannt) was mare inspected and performed her MPTs (with trainer/rider Erika-West Danque of Erika-West Dressage). We're very happy to announce, she is now an Elite Mare Candidate (only needs to have a foal which is registered with AHS to fulfill all of her elite mare requirements). In the meantime, she is working at Erika-West Dressage. If you are looking for a fabulous lesson horse, Erika and Cynthia are available for private or semi private lessons so be sure to check out www.erikawestdressge.com.
Savannah WS (Stakkato Gold x Miller Proof xx) who is 8 months pregnant to Lissaro van de Helle, was inspected and approved for the mare main book. Rhosa Bellah WS (Rousseau x EM Ana Isabellah/Autocrat/Inschallah) was inspected and approved as Elite Eligible. We hope to do the MPTs with her in 2016.
We took five weaned colts. What an adventure! Everyone did well and received excellent comments but of course none of them showed off the stuff they have like when they're home. Our Belissimo M x EM Winessa/DeNiro colt (Beaujolais WS) won the honors of top colt.
Benedictus WS (owned by Kristi Gravrock) earned top honors for the yearling colts, Finnegan WS (owned by Lindsay) was reserve champion. These boys switched position from last year ... which reminds me of Be Niro WS (owner/trainer Erika-West Danque) and Den Marq WS (owner/trainer Sammi Jo Stohler) who have switched honors year after year in the Southern Region. Really makes a breeder's heart smile to watch these elegant boys grown into magnificent partners in sport! I expect nothing less from Ben and Finn! Truly lovely boys! Check out Be Niro's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/BeNiroWS?fref=ts
Reina Isabellah WS (Royal Prince x EM Ana Isabellah/Autocrat/Inschallah) was Champion yearling filly, followed very closely by Sovereign WS (owned by Cynthia Powell-Hall) who earned the Reserve Champion sash.
Van Buren WS (owned by Elyse) was the Champion 2 year old and won by a very narrow margin over Sorcerer WS (owned by Katie Caballero). Both of these boys were so good and looked amazing. Be sure to follow Sorcerer WS on his FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Sorcerer2014?fref=ts
Not to be out-shown by her "sister & brothers", Believe WS (Buggati Hilltop x EM Wakaluba/Warkant/Hohenstein) won top honors as the two year old filly with the highest points for the day. Believe is for sale.
The list of people to thank is endless but Terri heart emoticon I have no words. Thank you for your love, support and always being there! Sheila & Katie were my right & left arms during this event. They drove down from Dallas to spend the weekend working their butts off. Jeanette, thank you for joining in on the madness called braiding 14 of the Walkabout horses! These are truly amazing equestrians and wonderful folks. We could not have done it without them! THANK YOU... you are the very best of the best!!
Thank you to Tina for building the amazing facility called Isabella Farms, and to Dawn for continuing to make it better and better! Dawn, who wears so many hats very effectively ... was an amazing hostess, organizer of this event. Isabellah Farms is a beautiful, well run facility and the perfect location for this event. Thank you so much for opening your facility for this annual AHS event! Have to mention that Dawn put together the nicest program I've ever seen for an inspection. VERY well done, Dawn!! Thanks for all the extra efforts you extended!
Vanessa Carlson and Chris Kropf were our judges. They missed a connecting flight into Houston and arrived very late to their hotel but were still bright eyed and bushy tailed for our event. Always a pleasure ladies. Thank you!
WOW, now the list gets harder and harder because it truly takes a village!
The Isabella Farms staff and boarders for being so gracious in helping and sharing their facility. Dawn's groom Bryn went above and beyond with helping everyone, thank you! Jessica and Gabi (Region 9 young riders) for coming to braid, Rebecca Pennington for being our official AHS announcer and doing a super job, Lisa Harding (Lisa Marie Photography) for being our official photographer (I'm sure she'll be posting links soon). Always pleasure.
Robin Gaines is our primo videographer and no inspection would be the same without her. (Note: Robin gives up her birthday celebrations since our annual AHS inspection always seems to land on the same weekend). So Robin deserves a special BIRTHDAY hug!
Mike Crawford, Master Chef of Crawford Events & Catering 713.208.8781 for cooking up some wonderful goodies for us. Everyone REALLY enjoyed BBQ chicken, beans, potato salad, etc. so if you're in the Houston area and looking for a fun, good food caterer, please give Mike a call.
Special thanks to the unspoken heroes of the day: Sammi Jo Stohler, Nicole Hill and April Lewis for handling so many different horses all day long. Some folks don't realize that they're handlers and not there for training purposes. We should do a preparation for inspection training session some day ... but that's for another thread.
There was a mishap with the forge but Marcus (Dawn's husband) came to the rescue and saved the branding day! Thank you, Marcus!!
We had lots of friends stop by for all or a portion of the day ... THANK YOU for choosing to spend some time with us. We had a wonderful turn out of auditors and I think we were able to help educate and spread the word a little ... and hope to see you there next year!