Kaye-Eileen with Anakin and Winston
Anakin is a 1999 Oldenburg Gelding. Coming into training with Amanda as a green broke 9 year old, Amanda and Anakin showed training level in 2008 with many scores in the mid 70’s. Anakin was Silverwood Farm Training Level Champion and placed 4th in the IDCTA Year End Awards with a 73% average. In 2009, Amanda showed Anakin at First Level and First Level Freeystyle, Kaye-Eileen also showed Anakin at Training Level. Anakin will follow in Pip’s steps as an “old” young horse moving up the levels. Anakin went to Florida with Amanda in 2010, and showed second level later that summer with scores in the 70’s. Anakin showed Second and Third levels with Amanda in 2011. Kaye-Eileen showed First Level with scores of 72% and made her Second Level debut in 2011! In 2012 Kaye-Eileen hopes to go for her Bronze medal. Winston is Kaye-Eileen’s 3 year old gelding by Coconut Grove out of her mare Millie. Amanda plans on showing him at Training Level and in the USEF 4 Year Old Tests.
Dee and Dimitri
Dimitri is a 2003 Swedish Warmblood Paint Horse cross. His stunning color makes him look like an Oreo cookie. Dee and Dimitri had much success at training level in 2008 with scores into the 70’s. They made their first level debut in the fall 2008. In 2009, they qualified for and competed in the GAIG/USDF Region 2 Championships at Training and First Level. In 2010 they recieved an 8th Place Finish at the Region 2 Championships at First Level AA!! In 2011, they started to show 2nd Level and placed 4th in the MF 1st Level AA Championships with a 67.258% which was a tie for 2nd place!
Nicole and Oxford
Nicole and Oxford competed for Region 2 in the 2009 North American Junior Championships. They started working with Amanda in September of 2009, and acheived a high score at Third Level at the ABIC/USDF Region 2 Championships in their Third Level Jr/YR Championship test with a 67% in 2009. Nicole and Oxford joined Amanda in Florida in 2010. Nicole and Oxford had much success in 2010. They were members of the Region 2 NAJYRC Team, Region 2 Jr Team Test Champions, Reserve Champions 3rd Level JR/YR, and 3rd place finishes for the FEI JR Tests at Dressage at Devon CDI***! In 2011 Nicole earned her USDF Bronze medal, and received a 69% in 4-1!
Nicole and Pluto VI Andorella
Nicole had the amazing opportunity to try and qualify Andorella for the 2011 Region 2 NAJYRC Jr Team! Thanks to the amazing support and generosity of Linda Leffingwell and Tempel Lippizzan Corporation! With only a month to their partnership, Nicole and Andorella won the FEI JR Individual Test at the Dressage at Lamplight CDI*! This is an amazing stallion and a testament to the Tempel Farms Lippizzan breeding program. Tempel Farms has some amazing Lippizzans for sale, check them out! We wish Andorella all the success in the future! http://www.tempelfarms.com/
Renee with Abend and Donarkeil
Renee has been working with Amanda in 2009 and qualified for Regional Championships with her horse Abend. At the 2009 Regional 2 Championships they took home Champion PSG LEC Championships, Reserve Champion I-1 LEC Championships, 9th Place ABIC/USDF Region 2 Championships, and Champion ABIC/USDF Region 2 PSG Championships in the Adult Amature Division. Renee is schooling Grand Prix with Abend, and is also working with her young horse Donarkeil at Training Level and First Level. Renee showed I-2 with Abend and Training Level with Donarkeil in 2011. Amanda also showed Donarkeil at Training and First levels with scores up to 76% in each.
Gretchen and Maggie
Gretchen has been working with Amanda since 2007, and trailers in for weekly lessons at Silverwood Farm. Gretchen is very dedicated to learning and the sport of dressage. She has been able to progress her Quarter Horse mare, Maggie to schooling second level. Gretchen has also been kind and very generous to offer transportation for Amanda to go to such prestigious events such as the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions in Gladstone, NJ and Dressage at Devon.
Jeni and Bueno
Bueno is a beautiful grey trakhener gelding. He has beautiful floating gaits, and amazing athleticism. A very talented horse. Jeni will be showing Bueno at Training level in 2011.
Jean and Lance
Jean plans on showing Lance PSG in 2012 and to earn her USDF Silver Medal! Lance is schooling I-2 with Amanda.
Kris with Veni, Braxton, Toscano, Charleston and Duval
Veni is a 2002 Dutch gelding by Riverman. He is schooling Grand Prix, and may try for the USEF Developing Grand Prix horse and the USEF I-1 Championships with Amanda. Kris also plans to compete Veni in 2012. Check out “competition horses” for more information on the horses that Kris owns.
Tina and Tigger
Tina plans to compete Tigger at Second and Third levels in 2012 and earn her USDF Bronze medal!
Arlene and Dooley
Dooley is a big sweetheart of a horse, who Arlene plans on competing at 2nd level in 2012.
Katie and Nirvana
Katie and her FEI Schoolmaster Nirvana started working with Amanda in September 2009. They are showed Fourth Level in 2010. Late fall of 2010 Katie had the opportunity to spend a month working for Jo Hinnemann and learned a lot. In 2011 Katie showed him PSG. Katie currently has Nirvana for sale http://www.katieshorses.webs.com/
Mary Lou and Volarie
Volarie, aka “Cheri”, is a 2002 15.3 hand black mare. She showed Intro and Training Level in 2010. She was high score Intro Champion at the Silverwood August Dressage show. Cheri sold to Gabby Phillips in 2011.
Students in Iowa
These are some of my students that I have helped when I had my barn in Iowa. We had wonderful times together, and I enjoy seeing their progress when I come back to visit!
Barb and Herod
Caduceus Herod is a home-bred Morgan from my late step fathers Morgan breeding business Caduceus Morgans. My mother, Barb, trained this 16.2 blue roan Morgan up to PSG. By his retirement, Herod, did wonderful piaffe and passage, canter zig-zag, 2 tempis, and extended trot. He even did up to 4 one time changes! Not bad for a horse whom it took 7 years to learn to do a clean flying change! They are the true example that by grit and determination ANY horse can get there.
Herod started out as not an easy fellow at the horse shows. In the lower levels he could become quite nervous in the show arena. They still were able to rack up many high point awards and USDF All Breed Awards for the AMHA. Barb even loaned her daughter (Amanda Johnson) the horse to compete in the USDF Region 4 Youth Team championships when she was without a horse (1994?). By 1999 Barb and Herod won the USDF AMHA All Breed Award at PSG with a 59% median. An unfortunate knee laceration sidelined Herod for a few seasons. In 2003, Barb and Herod, were now taking lessons withAmanda. Barb always joked that in order to find a dressage trainer in Iowa, she had to breed one. I’m sure it wasn’t always easy to take direction from her daughter, but the help paid off. She finished the 2003 season with some FEI high point awards by getting 66% at PSG, beating many professionals and warmblood horses, and finished in the top 15 USDF Adult Amatuer Award PSG with a 62.3% median. Barb recieved her USDF Bronze and Silver medal on Herod. Herod is also the only known blue roan of the morgan breed. He is a truly unique horse.
Megan and Autopilot
Shortly after Megan started “Pilot” under saddle she came to Amanda for dressage lessons. It was in their lessons that Megan cantered Pilot for the first time under saddle (on purpose). Megan bought Pilot as a two year old with unknown breeding, he is a ranch type horse with some definite Quarter Horse in him. In the early years Pilot would come for training with Amanda when Megan was unable to ride, later, Megan became a working student for a period of time so they could get training every day. They are another story of how with hard work and determination you can make it. Megan and Pilot were successful at Training Level in 2004 taking in many high point awards and qualifying for Regional Championships. Year by year, they went up the levels, earning her USDF Bronze medal on Pilot in 2007. Amanda also helped Megan put together a 2nd level freestyle, a crowd favorite, and 2007 Midwest Champion! By the time Amanda moved to Wisconsin, Amanda was able to ride Autopilot through the entire Pr. St. Georges. Megan and Pilot have their eyes on the USDF Silver Medal. I know they can do it!
Kate and Alezander
Kate had trained previously with Amanda on her former horse, Too Cute To Shoot, aka “Shadow”, a Paint Quarter Horse. Kate and Shadow finished their career together earning her USDF Bronze medal and showing 4th level in 2002. Kate was up for a challenge by buying a young, talented horse, and a challenge she got. Kate bought Alezander, aka “Lexi”, as a green broke 4 year old Trakehner gelding by Veneziano. They had a few set backs early in their career, but in 2006 Kate and Lexi placed 4th in the USDF ATA All-Breeds awards with a 69.318% median at Training Level. In 2007, Amanda and Kate put together a 1st level freestyle to music from Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives, that freestyle earned them a USDF Region 4 Championship at First Level Musical Freestyle, and 1st place in the USDF ATA All Breeds award 1st level musical freestyle with a 69% median! They showed 2nd level in 2008, andhope to show second level musical freestyle in 2009!
Barrie and Romance
Romance is a beautiful black Westfalen mare, loved by Barrie. Romance has shown through 2nd level and is teaching Barrie the basics of dressage. Barrie has made tremedous progress with Romance, and is mastering second level and schooling some third level.
Hillary and Ramzee
Hillary is a wonderful rider with lots of natural talent. I had taught her once in Cedar Rapids and was impressed by the quickness she picked up exercizes and concepts of dressage on the schoolmaster she was riding. When I knew I was moving and could not help my mom start our homebred mare Ramzee, I told her I thought Hillary would be an excellent choice. Ramzee is a flaxen chestnut Danish Warmblood, Morgan cross mare. She is by Rambo out of Miranda (Dam of Romance). Under Hillary’s tutalege, Ramzee has blossomed into a wonderful riding horse. She is confident and happy in her work and schooling First Level. Hilary loves all the horses she works with, and I would recommend her as a trainer who gives the horse a good start with a solid foundation. Check out her website! http://www.freewebs.com/hilaryshalfhalts/index.htm
Hannah with Chex these Blues and Pearl
Hannah and Chex these Blues, aka “Pepper”, started training with Amanda as a green horse and rider combination. Pepper is a grey Quarter Horse mare with unusual blue striped eyes. Over the years Hannah learned to gain Pepper’s trust and make her work for her. She was able to develop her mare’s limited gaits, and almost non-existent canter, into a solid first/second level horse. They showed training and first level with many scores in the 60’s. Hannah was a working student for Amanda and still works at the barn in order to help make some money to care for her horses. Hannah should be very proud of what they have accomplished!
Pearl was given to Hannah in the Spring of 2008. Pearl is a Westfalen mare by Puritano, and bred by Jayne Ayers of Hearthstone Farm. Pearl is a challenging mare, and Hannah is working hard to gain her trust and getting her to work for her. Without the generosity of Pearl’s former owner, Hannah would not have the opportunity to own such a nice horse. Hannah is working towards third level with Pearl. In 2010 Hannah earned her UDSF Bronze Medal on Pearl! Congrats!!!!
Rita and Freedom
Freedom was a super talented 1999 Westfalen gelding by Florestan. In 2005, Amanda had the opportunity to show Freedom, as Rita had knee surgery and could not ride. It was a successful season to say the least! Multiple high point awards, USDF Region 4 First Level Champion, USDF Region 4 Second Level Reserve Champion, Midwest First Level Reserve Champion, Midwest Second Level Champion and the Region 4 CSDCTA First Level Perpetual Trophy for the highest championship ride at First Level across all divisions. Freedom also won USDF Horse of the Year awards: 11th place First Level 72.5% median, 9th place Second Level, 68.8% median. He also was the Westfalen Horse Association Second Level Champion and First Level Reserve Champion. His flying changes were confirmed in the Fall of 2005, and his training was going super with sights set on trying for the 2007 Pan Am Games (if Rita would let me). An unfortunate spiral fracture of his left hind pastern forced his early retirement Nov. 2005. My heart goes out to Rita everyday. The Freedom was one of a kind.
Ali and Casey
Ali started working with Amanda in 2003 with her horse Casey. They started showing second level in 2003 at the IADCTA show in Adel, Iowa, where Amanda and Pip also made their show debut at training and first. In 2004, they continued their success at second level, and moved up to third level in the fall. Ali earned her USDF Bronze medal on Casey in 2005.
Rachal and Xanadu
Paula and Bella
Bella is big sweet Hanoverian mare bred by Paula. Paula was never interested in showing, but they moved up the levels as if they would go into the show ring, they started working with Amanda around 2003. Bella started off as a slow moving stiff mare, but over the years developed into a real power house. By 2007, Paula and Bella were schooling third level, when Amanda rode, Bella was schooling PSG. Paula and Bella were fun to work with and made tremendous progress over the years!
Sharon and Pollyanna
Sharon and “Polly” worked with Amanda from 2002 to 2006. Polly was a wonderful black Hanoverian mare, with an excellent will to work. In 2003 Sharon and Polly, received many training level high point ribbons and were USDF Region 4 Champions Adult Amateur Training Level with a 70%, the highest training level score from all championship divisions. In 2004 they qualified for Regional Championships at First and Second levels, coming home as the Midwest Championship First Level Adult Amateur Champion, and placing 3rd in the Region 4 Second Level Adult Amateur Championship. In 2005 they placed 6th for the Dover National Merit Winners, an award for Adult Amateurs riding Second Level.
Cara and Ridocus
Cara was a working student for Amanda in 2006. She had a thirst for knowledge, and the atheltic talent to do well. Cara found “Ripley”, a Dutch warmblood gelding by Idocus, and were just starting their partnership when they were working with Amanda. I wish this talented pair lots of sucess in the future!