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2021 Equestrian Cover Contest

WINNER

Megan HamiltonFinley Hamilton, age 11, and Focalize Dew Drop, her nine year old Belgian Sport Pony, celebrating after the 1.05m Jumper Classic held at the Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, California. Finley and "Dew Drop" have been a team for three years, and both of them love competing in the desert. Finley loves the beautiful ribbons awarded at the Desert International Horse Park and considers them extra special because the competition is so fierce. Her goal for 2021 is to compete with "Dew Drop" at the U.S. Pony Finals Jumper Championship in Lexington, Kentucky. She plans to treat "Dew Drop" to her favorite treats with a portion of her prize money! Photo taken and submitted by Megan Hamilton.

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Anna PaynePhotographed are Anna Payne and To Hott To Touch, "Willie", an 8 year old gelding. Anna and Willie have gone through many hardships and pulled through! At the conclusion of Anna's season, she had to put Willie down due to a tragic accident. This did not stop her, but motivated her. Anna put her trust in God for her new UPGRADE. Anna is going to use this money to put towards leg wraps, bits, and more for her new UPGRADE. After 3 weeks of Anna's tragic death of her horse; she received a new horse, and saw God's work fulfilled.

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Christy Conway ChesterPhotographed are Colton Chester and "Sweet Tea," a Welsh cross pony, at their first Pony derby at the South Carolina Equine Park. "Sweet Tea" is a 22 year old gelding who has taught many children "the ropes" in the hunter ring and has taken 5 successful trips to National Pony Finals. Colton and "Sweet Tea" were awarded the High Point Horse and Rider Award from the North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association. "Sweet Tea" resides at Oak Manor Equestrian in Mount Ulla, NC where Colton lives and trains with his mother and father, who are also the owners/instructors at Oak Manor Equestrian. Photo was taken and submitted by Christy Conway-Chester.

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Hillary TurnerAddison Turner has been riding "Slow Motion" aka "Jimmy" for about a year and is so excited about being able to lease him and grow even more! "Jimmy" is owned by Amy Miller the owner of Seahorse Stables in Belfast Maine where Addison has been riding for the last 5 years. "Jimmy" is a 10 year old 15.2hh Warmblood. Amy has owned him since he was 3 years old. "Jimmy" has competed in the hunter and equitation rings all over New England. Addison plans on putting her prize money towards the purchase of her first saddle.

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Suzanne BowyerPictured is Sinatra, a Hanoverian gelding owned by Wesley Fox, showing off his ribbons at the Sue Hubbell Hunters and Jumpers barn. "Dallas", as he's known in the barn, got his show name of Sinatra after demonstrating a liking of Frank Sinatra's songs. "Dallas" is planning to use his prize money to buy as many carrots as he can. Photo by Suzanne Bowyer.

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Judy WardPhotographed are Judy Ward and "Clark Kent" after their century ride at Woodbine Farm Dressage Show in Chelsea, Michigan. Judy is 80 years old and "Kent" is over 25. "Kent" came thru the auction system and we do not know his exact age. "Kent" has done eventing, 4-H, trail and handicapped riding. He has always been so calm and willing to do whatever was asked of him, therefore Clark was added to his name. "Kent" is now officially "Clark Kent". Laurie von Hofe (my friend) took the picture "A ribbon, of course, for a century rider and horse." To read more about Judy and "Clark Kent" visit www.dressagefoundation.org

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Breanne PalmeriniPhotographed is "Dread Pirate Robby", an OTTB after the Cobblestone Farms USEA Horse Trials in 2017. "Robby" was 11 at the time of the photo. Ridden and owned by Breanne Palmerini, this was the pair's first preliminary level event and they finished fourth. A major accomplishment for the pair. "Robby" passed away last year and made the memory of this event and one of their biggest successes even more special. Breanne has since purchased a half brother to "Robby", a two year old Texas Thoroughbred named "Ziggy", and will use the prize money to spoil him. Photographed by Breanne's husband, Jordan Nagel.

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Lindsay BrockPhotographed are U.S. grand prix rider Georgina Bloomberg and "Quibelle" after winning the $35,700 Welcome Stake of North Salem CSI3*, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. "Quibelle" is an 11-year-old Hanoverian mare (FRH Quaid x Stakkato) owned by Gotham Enterprizes, LLC. Of the special win, Georgina said, "Old Salem is where I grew up riding and it's where most of my childhood memories are from. I rode here for over 15 years, so to be able to come back and compete here has so much meaning for me." Photo was taken and submitted by Lindsay Brock of Jump Media.

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Darlene ReynoldsFeatured in this photo are Tessa Hope Reynolds and her lease pony "Feather", a 15 year old Appaloosa mare standing 14.2 HH. Tessa and "Feather" were participating the local WPRD (Western PA Riding and Driving Club) two day horse show. "Feather" was a new lease of only a few weeks before this show, but Tessa and "Feather" were able to place 4th in the Pony Halter class and won the blue ribbon in the Novice Pony event! Tessa has ridden for several years, but it's only been the past 3 years that she has pursued showing. Tessa enjoys her lessons at Hobbs Hollow Stable in Meadville, PA, and her instructor, Ms. Lee. Tessa is looking forward to spending her winnings on any new pink tack or putting it towards future show fees. Tessa's mom, Darlene, took Tessa's picture; she is always sharing Tessa's adventures on Social Media.

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Marlene NicholsThese two girls are students of mine. For fun this year I decided to hold a Halloween Fun Play day. These two girls were our High Point award winners. Nine year old Khloe has been riding since she was five years old. During Covid she dove deep into riding, bonding with her APHA gelding "Rowdy" and her instructor Marlene Nichols. She won Grand Champion. Aubree is a beginner rider. Winning Reserve Champion means so much to her: it was an incredible boost to her confidence as she truly loves riding.

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Char Shelton5 year old Jade, standing with her ribbons and winnings at the JCQH Buckle Show. She just started riding in June at Just Country Quarter Horses (JCQH) Horse Camps. She competed in her first show Sept 26 and placed in 4 of her 5 classes. She now takes lessons twice a week at JCQH in Stoutland MO with Char Shelton. She is a horsewoman in the making and one happy horse crazy girl! The prize money will go towards the 2021 JCQH Buckle Show which is a free show for all participants. Photo credit by Ashley Hendrix and submitted by Char Shelton.

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Amy HaygreenPhotographed are "Otto P.," a Friesian stallion, and owner Amy Haygreen. Otto P. is an 8 year old stallion who actively competes in dressage, although he has won championships in multiple disciplines. "Otto" is currently competing in 3rd Level Dressage with trainer Caitlin Oikemus, and also competes at lower levels with his owner Amy. "Otto P". lives at Stone Mountain Creek Farm in North Carolina and trains at CAO Dressage. Amy is planning to use the prize money for this photograph to put towards music for "Otto's" 3rd Level Musical Freestyle which "Otto" hopes to debut in the 2021 show season! Photo was taken by Sherry Sebastian Billings, Amy Haygreen's mother and "Otto P.'s" "grandma."

2020 Equestrian Cover Contest

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WINNER

Robert and Adoer

Pictured are 22-year-old dressage rider Robert Leuck and "Adoer" after winning their class at White Fences Dressage. "Adoer" (barn name Adje) is a 14-year-old KWPN Dutch warmblood owned by Karin Eller. Adje is a barn favorite known for his sweet personality and willing attitude.

Robert is a professional rider, training and competing year round in Wellington, Florida. In 2017, Robert was selected for the first ever Future Stars Scholarship and has been part of the Emerging Dressage Athlete Program since 2012. He has worked for Oded Shimoni and has a long standing training relationship with six-time dressage Olympian Robert Dover.

Christine Rose is a professional photographer and lifetime horse lover also based in Wellington. Horses, pets and people are some of her favorite subject matter. To see more of her work visit
www.ChristineRosePhotography.com, www.EliteEquinePhotography.com and follow her on facebook www.facebook.com/christinerosephotography.

Adje, Robert and Christine are proud to have been chosen as the winners of the 2019 Hodges Badge Company contest and are excited to be featured on the cover of the 2020 catalog. A portion of the winnings will be used for a barn party to celebrate their win with some special treats for Adje and his friends.

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Amy KahoThis cute photo titled "Horse show helper" is a picture of our grandson Evan helping out at the Run O' The Mill Pony Club Annual Hunter Jumper Horse show held Memorial Day weekend at Washington Co. Fair grounds in West Bend, Wisconsin and is their biggest fundraiser. Photo was taken by Doug Kaho & entered by Amy Kaho. Prize money will be donated to Run O' The Mill Pony Club, a great organization!!

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Vikkie BryansMacy Morgan (age 7) has been riding since she could sit on a horse! This past season Macy successfully showed in Crossrail Hunter divisions on her much loved "Millpond's Allie Oops", a 6 year old Welsh small pony mare, whom Macy has nicknamed "Ollie". Macy rides at Malone Farms, and trains with her aunt, Merideth Bryans. She shows at H. J. Fox Classics at the GA International Horse Park, and also at Tryon, NC and HITS Ocala. She is very excited about her prize money and has a long list of options as to what is most needed for Ollie!

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Susan LeaseLenna Dentinger, age 4, is shown winning her Lead-Line class at the Seneca Co. Fair in Tiffin Ohio. She loves riding "No Chip Chuck", her Grandma’s POA gelding by I’m a Few Spot Dream. Lenna wants to show Walk-Trot next year and will use her winnings to buy a very sparkly, pink show shirt! Thank you Pam Weller for taking her picture.

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Danielle MurphyPictured is Lorelei Murphy, age 4, after her very first pony show at Everything Little Farm. Lorelei has loved horses ever since she could talk and started riding with Miss Kelsey Beers at age 3. She plans to use the money to buy treats for the ponies and Starbucks for Miss Kelsey!

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Brooke BrewerCaptured is Hadley Brewer with her "Cherry On Top" sneaking a kiss after placing 5th in the Leadline 3 and Under at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show. Hadley was only 2 years old at this show and started riding her "Cherry" as soon as she was old enough to sit up. "Cherry" is the pony that all little girls dream of, she is the kindest pony and absolutely adores her tiny rider. Hadley will use her prize winnings to spoil her dear pony.

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Tina Mauss

This photograph is of Grace Hemmelgarn and her horse, "Liam". I, Tina Mauss, am both Grace’s coach and the photographer.

"Liam" is a rehomed racehorse, who had many starts as a racehorse, and has found his success with Grace as his owner.

Grace bought "Liam" for a couple hundred dollars and has trained him through the dressage levels. This show was at Long Shadow Farm in Morrisville, Vermont. Grace rode "Liam" there riding the dressage test, second level, test 1.

This show was significant because it was Grace’s last chance to qualify for the Second Level Year End Championships for the local show series, Champlain Dressage Schooling Series. She did, ending up as the Year-end 2nd Level Champion!!

As you can see Grace and "Liam" had a marvelous day!!

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Emma CarrollPictured are Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) coach Erin Washburn and team rider Emma Carroll at an IEA show in Batavia, OH. Erin took over the post of Head Coach of Childress Rodgers Stables Equestrian Team the same year Emma started with the team as a seventh grader. This photo was taken six years—and a million great memories—later, in Emma’s senior (and final) IEA season. Cold temperatures and rain during this show weekend didn’t dampen team spirits—with both the high school and middle school teams taking high honors (and taking home gorgeous Reserve Champion ribbons), and Emma named High Point Rider. In her senior year, Emma served on the IEA National Youth Board, representing rider-members in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan, was named Zone 5 Region 2 High Point Rider, and was awarded an IEA Zone 5 scholarship. Childress Rodgers Stables Equestrian Team is having another winning season in 2019-20 under Erin’s leadership, and Emma is a freshman at the University of Kentucky, where she is following the team’s progress and is grateful for the happy years she shared with Erin through IEA.

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Cristie StreeterThis is Karina Streeter on rescued thoroughbred gelding "Duke of Earl". They were just awarded champion of the Special Medal (2'3-2'6) class at the End of Summer hunter jumper show at Cedar Lodge stables in Lawrence, Michigan. Karina has been riding for 8 years. She is also an accomplished equestrian vaulter. The photo was taken by Ashley Butler with ANB Photography.

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Elona SelfThis photograph is from Painted Skull Ranch Gymkhana Club in Ellicott, CO. The kids love to show off their ribbons when they place in these events.

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Mary Kate Adams 2Pictured here is "First Dibbs", a Thoroughbred cross, after winning his over fences class at their barn’s end of the summer show. "First Dibbs", as he’s known around the barn is a lesson horse well loved by all at Sue Hubbell Hunters and Jumpers but especially by Anaye (not pictured) who he won this ribbon with. While “Dibbs” thinks the winnings should be spent solely on treats, this money will be going towards a new saddle and a bag of carrots with his name on it. Photo was taken by Suzanne Bowyer and submitted on her behalf by Mary Kate Adams.

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Mary Kate Adams 1Featured in this photo we have Jocelyn Lowe and "This Budd’s For You", an American Warmblood, after their barn’s end of summer show. "Zar", as he’s known around the barn, is a 21 year old gelding who was graciously loaned to Jocelyn by his owner for the show. Jocelyn is 12 years old and was so excited for the experience she got under her belt from this show before going to her first show off the farm a few weeks later. As a surprise for their trainer, Sue Hubbell, for hosting the show the winnings from the photo contest will be going towards our school horse saddle fund. Photo was taken by Suzanne Bowyer and submitted on her behalf by Mary Kate Adams.

2019 Equestrian Cover Contest

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WINNER

Catherine and Meadow Fox CadburyCatherine Cary and "Meadow Fox Cadbury" (Cad) after their first show together. This team has had two very successful show seasons together. They’ve been Champion or Reserve Champion in the Hampton Roads Horse Show Series (HRHSS) and Middle Peninsula Horse Show Association (MPHSA) in SS Hunter, Pony Hunter, Student Equitation, Pony Equitation and Eq. on the Flat. Catherine and "Cad" were Reserve Champion in SS Hunter for the Virginia Horse Show Association (VHSA). This season they will be competing in the VHSA rated show series and hope to qualify for the Pony Medal Finals in Warrenton, Virginia this July. The money won will be used for show expenses and a bag of Cheetos (Cad’s favorite)! Catherine is eleven years old and has been riding since she was seven. She and "Cad" ride and train at Foxtail Farm under Dana Kiser in Smithfield, VA.

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CharlottePhotographed is Charlotte, age 6, accepting her Third Place ribbon for her exceptional riding. Charlotte competed against 26 of Inspiration Ranch’s 70 riders in the Fall Horse Show. Inspiration Ranch exists to break down barriers and celebrate the inclusion of individuals with physical, emotional, and social disabilities. We offer exceptional equine assisted therapy and activities in a loving Christian environment.

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Patrick Tooker and OwenPhotographed are Patrick Tooker and "Owen" upon taking First Place in an equitation class at the Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Alyshazam Horse Show. Patrick is 12 years old and has been riding since he was 5. He loves coming to the barn to ride and spend time with the horses. His favorite horse is "Owen", a 15 year old Quarter Horse. Patrick is going to use his prize money to help pay for his riding lessons at Pal-O-Mine. One day he would like to compete in the Hampton Classic Horse Show and ride like McLain Ward, whom Patrick looks up to. Photo was taken and submitted by Ellen Lear, a Member of the Pal-O-Mine Board of Directors.

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Kaitie Hodges-Brady and Mikal PorterPhotographed are Kaitie Hodges-Brady (L) and Mikal Porter (R), along with Wilmington College’s school horse "Speckles". "Speckles" is a 16-year-old registered Appaloosa gelding and a jack of all trades, but enjoys his job as a western horse and reiner the most. Kaitie and Mikal are celebrating their winnings after the fall opening Western IHSA show. Both are members of Wilmington Colleges’ Western IHSA Equestrian team. Mikal received Reserve Highpoint Rider for both the AM and PM shows. Kaitie received Third Place in her AM show and Fourth Place in the PM. They are excited to deposit the prize money into the team account so that the funds can be dispersed as needed! Photo was taken by Taylor Ankney and submitted by Maggie Kwiatkowski.

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Alex VariscoPhotographed is Alex Varisco taken at St Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC. This was Alex's last home Intercollegiate Dressage Association show of her senior year at SAU. Her placing qualified her to ride as an individual at the IDA National Championships 2018. Alex has been a member of SAU IDA for four years and served on the riding council as Dressage Show chair. She is a 2018 SAU graduate with a degree in communications and minor in Equine Business. Photo was taken and submitted by Kelley Varisco.

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Kelly Davidson Chou and Teddy"Marlyn Theodore" ("Teddy") with his owner Kelly Davidson Chou made a big splash at the Pacific Coast Classic Mountain & Moorland Pony show in California. The 7-year-old gelding earned a Championship sash and Reserve Championship rosette at his first halter show. With only about 3,000 Exmoor Ponies worldwide and just over 100 in North America, "Teddy" is a very rare pony. He started his halter training with Adrienne Grasso in 2018 and his saddle training is planned for 2019. His owner is excited to have him participate in more shows and exhibits so folks can see an Exmoor Pony in action. The contest prize money will be donated to the Exmoor Pony Center in the United Kingdom. The Center’s mission is to promote and protect the critically endangered breed: http://www.moorlandmousietrust.org.uk/ . Photo by Al Chou.

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Aiden Ward and It's About TimePictured is Aiden Ward and her pony "It’s About Time". They rode their way to a Second Place finish in the Dapper Dan Farm Walk Trot Classic. Aiden rides at Sugarland Stables in Richmond, Rhode Island.

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Rayleigh Orton and SplashPictured is Rayleigh Orton with her pony "Splash". These rosettes were won at the Rhode Island year end awards banquet in the Walk Trot Equitation Division as well as the Beginners Pleasure Division. Rayleigh rides at Sugarland Stables in Richmond, Rhode Island.

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Sarah Schaaf and Patrick"GTR Patricks Vindicator", known to his friends as "Patrick", is a 24 year old miniature horse gelding registered with the American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) and the American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR). "Patrick" is owned and trained by Sarah Schaaf, and they have been a team for over 20 years! Since 2008, "Patrick" has been exhibiting in breed demonstrations and performances across the state of Kentucky. During the summer months, "Patrick" can be seen performing at such events as the Kentucky 3 Day Event, Churchill Downs Family Days, Keeneland’s Paddock demonstrations, the CP National Horse Show and multiple guest appearances at the KY Horse Park’s Breeds Barn. In addition to these events, "Patrick" exhibits at Breyerfest and the Secretariat Festival. "Patrick" was even invited to perform at the World Equestrian Games in 2018!

In 2014, "Patrick" officially became a registered therapy horse. With the highest certification from Pet Partners’ program, "Patrick" is able to visit schools, hospitals, nursing homes and even mental institutions. Everyone smiles when they see "Patrick" walking out of the elevator! Through his heroic therapy work and promotion of the miniature horse breed, "Patrick" was inducted into the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Hall of Fame in 2015. "Patrick" and Sarah's exemplification of the horse and human bond also earned him the honor of being inducted into the USEF/ EQUUS Foundation Horse Stars Hall of fame in 2017. "Patrick" is pictured with Sarah Schaaf and their custom Hodges awards honoring "Patrick's" induction into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame. "Patrick" and Sarah are going to use a portion of their prize to use as gas money for "Patrick's" events and therapy visits.

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Ella Frank and Great BluePictured are Ella Frank and her pony "Great Blue". "Great Blue" is a 21 Welsh Cob pony that is a true unicorn. Ella and "Great Blue" have had a very successful show year in the Children’s Small/Medium Hunter Pony Division. This photo was taken after Harrisburg National Horse Show where Ella was named Best Child Rider. Ella loves the ribbon that she received because it is the colors of the farm where she rides, Hollyhurst Farm. The photo was taken by Ella’s Grandmother, Jennifer Spangler.

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ChampionPhotographed is 9 year old "Champion". He was the Grand Champion Open pole bending horse at Equine Fellowships fall Weave 'Em & Leave 'Em show along with his rider, Lori Ebels. Lori bought "Champion" when he was 3, and trained him to be a barrel horse. This past year "Champion" showed us, pole bending is his favorite event. The money will be used to go towards "Champion's" new saddle pad! He is a standard bred paint cross that barely stands at 14.2 and besides pole bending & barrel racing, he is also used for goat tying!

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Emma and NuChance on LifePictured is 9 year old Emma and her rescue Morgan cross pony "NuChance on Life" (Forevermorgans.org). This was his first year in the show ring and he proved to be a STAR! Emma finished the year end as Grand Champion in Walk/Trot 11 & Under for the series she shows in, Show Off Equine Events, Schaghticoke, NY. Emma and "NuChance" also belong and show with the TriCounty Pony Club, Altamont, NY. where they earned Reserve Champion for the year in Open Walk/Trot. Emma will use this money towards a new saddle since she outgrew hers, treats for "NuChance" and she'll donate some back to Forever Morgans.

2018 Equestrian Cover Contest

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WINNER

Megan Giese and Rockin on a RicochetPictured is Megan Giese and "Rockin' on a Ricochet" with their champion ribbon in the JR/YR Training Level Dressage division from the Central States Dressage and Eventing Association (CSDEA) Year-End Awards. This season was their first year competing in dressage together after a career in hunter/jumpers in the Children's Hunter Pony division. Megan, a 17 year old high school senior paired with "Rockin' on a Ricochet", a 22 year old Welsh Pony/Quarter Horse cross have created a special bond over just 5 years. Megan plans to use a portion of the prize money to further spoil her pony.

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Maple Williams and SylvesterMaple Williams age 9 winning at their first VCCD show on "Sylvester" owned by Riverview pony club. Maple is a proud member on the USPC and has been working with Greg Coulson for a few years and is looking forward to a competitive 2018 season.

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Olivia Avila and MagicPhotographed are Olivia Avila and "Magic", a miniature horse, after the Marion 4th of July Horse Show. "Magic" is a 14-year-old gelding who is Olivia’s first horse, living on her grandparent’s farm "Little Ben Farms". Olivia had a successful horse show ranking at the 4th of July Horse Show, coming in as Champion in Show in the Miniature Horse Show division. Olivia is saving her prize money for her college fund, in hopes of enrolling as an Equine scholar. Photo was taken and submitted by Monique Avila.

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Macrae Kalmar and BartPictured is Macrae Kalmar age 6, riding "Bart" our beloved family horse. "Bart" is a 26 year old Quarter Horse who has taken care of all 3 of our children, getting them started in horse showing. This is Macrae's first year riding and showing "Bart" in the West Mountain Heartbreakers Mini Riders Horse Shows. "Bart" is a one of a kind horse and we are so lucky to have him! Macrae has been working hard to graduate from lead line last summer to riding "Bart" independently this summer. He was very proud to win so many ribbons on his own at the show! Here he took 3rd place in Horsemanship! Macrae is very exciting to be chosen for the catalog and wants to spend the money he won on "Bart!" Macrae is looking forward to the Mini Riders Shows and winning many more ribbons on "Bart" next year.

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Mary Clare Englehart and Roses are RedJust days shy of her 2nd birthday, Mary Clare Englehart rides "Roses are Red" in her Lead line debut at the Hudson Valley Show Jumping Holiday Classic. "Rosie" is a much adored 30 year old Welsh cross pony, who has helped teach hundreds of children to love riding at Crosswinds Equestrian Center in Lagrangeville, NY. Mary Clare is a 3rd generation equestrian who will hopefully earn many more blues in future show ring appearances. Photo by Penny Tomka of PLTphotography.

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Jolene Carpenter and Freckles Dinky DocPhotographed are Jolene Carpenter and Freckles Dinky Doc aka "Cinch", a cutting bred Quarter horse. "Cinch" is a 7 year old gelding from the bloodlines of Smart Little Lena and Colonel Freckles. "Cinch" is also used for everyday cattle working, dragging calves for branding and has also been used as a pack horse. Jolene is 14 years old, loves riding horses and competes in barrel, pole and flag races. She also enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She plans on saving her winnings for something special. Photo was taken by Debbie France and submitted by D-R Photography

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Brittany Craker and A Time to GlowPhotographed is Brittany Craker and "A Time to Glow" ("Mikey") at the Camelot Equestrian Park Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show, August 30, 2015. Photo Taken by: Karen Twyford.

"Mikey" is a 17 year old Registered American Paint Horse (APHA) Gelding, and in 2015 "Mikey" and Brittany made their debut in the Jumper Ring, winning the Hunter/Jumper Series Championship at Camelot Equestrian Park in Oroville, CA while training at Brookhaven Farm in Chico, CA. Mikey and Brittany have gone on to compete on the USEF A Circuit in Jumpers and won the .80 meter and .90 meter Adult Amateur Division Championships at the Woodside Bay Area Summer Festival in Woodside, CA in July of 2017 while training with Riverbend Equestrian of Wilton, CA.

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Myra Mudge and Basic EtiquettePhotographed are Myra Mudge and her grandhorse "Basic Etiquette" a.k.a. "Gigi Brielle", a sassy buckskin Appendix, after a late summer show at Washington County Stables in 2013. Here, Gigi was 4 years old and just starting to participate in shows with her owner and Myra's daughter, Bonnie. This was their first show. Up until this point, Myra was hesitant of fully embracing all of the opportunities her daughter having a horse could provide for her. Once she let go of those reservations, Myra became excited at the opportunities that came for her daughter who endeavored all kinds of equestrian pursuits, starting competitively at this show. There to support her daughter and grandhorse at their debut, was Myra proud of the family representation and all the training efforts it had taken to get Gigi to this particular event. Myra lovingly supported her daughter and her grandhorse Gigi by watching the two of them compete in the schooling and trail show, winning a Reserve Champion! Naturally, Myra wanted a proud picture moment captivated here followed by her first horseback ride on Gigi.

Throughout the next two years, Myra took a great interest in her daughters' equestrian pursuits and enjoyed a leisurely ride here and there, but became diagnosed with AML Leukemia in 2014. Optimistic in her fight and shortly before she lost her battle in 2016, Myra bought her first pair of riding boots which she sadly never got to wear. Being chosen for this award is a Godwink from Myra (apparently still orchestrating the universe) to the rest of us to live each day to the fullest, do what you love, pursue your dreams and for sure, she's right there sending encouragement from Heaven! Prize money will go towards the pursuit of those dreams including the production of versatility events for which I have used, and will continue to use, Hodges Badge awards. Photo taken and submitted by Bonnie Mudge.

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Heather Rodney and Paddington McGheeHeather Rodney and "Paddington McGhee", enjoying their victory lap at the First Coast Classical Dressage Society Championship Finals in Jacksonville, FL. Paddy is an 11-year-old AWS (Clyde x TB) gelding, trained and ridden in dressage. Everywhere that Paddy goes, everyone comments on his feet. Yes – they are a size 6!

Heather is the President and Co-Founder of First Coast Classical Dressage Society. She will be donating the prize money to The Society for future awards!

This moment was photographed, courtesy of Rita Howe of Palm Coast, FL.

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Veda Alexopoulos and Breakfast at Tiffany’sPhotographed are Veda Alexopoulos and "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" at End of Hunt Equestrian Center Horse Show, July 30, 2017. Veda rides at End of Hunt and competes in the Lead Line division. Veda loves riding all the magnificent ponies at End of Hunt and has won numerous blue ribbons! Photo was taken and submitted by Paul Wissel of End of Hunt Equestrian Center.

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Ben & Ryan WolfgramPhotographed are twin brothers Ben (left) and Ryan Wolfgram (right) proudly wearing the awards they won at the 2017 Eagle Lake Farms Fall Horse Show in Peotone, Illinois, hosted by Marcia Moeller.

Ben, riding an experienced buckskin Quarter Horse gelding named "Cowboy", won a first place ribbon and trophy for their excellent teamwork in Trail class as well as a champion ribbon for Overall High Point Horsemanship. Ryan, riding an athletic blue roan Quarter Horse gelding named "Beau", won a first place trophy for their impressive speed in the Barrel Racing class as well as a champion ribbon for their Overall High Point Speed.

This year marks the 3rd year in a row that Ben and Ryan have competed at this exhibition. Each year they hope to improve their horsemanship skills and, of course, to have fun! Future high-pointers for sure! Photo was taken and submitted by Asia Joy Hunter of CowhandRockstar.com Photography. Special thanks to the owner and horse trainer of Eagle Lake Farms, John Bautz, for all his help with our fall show!

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BAmelia von Korff and Hakuna Matata Pictured here are sixteen year old Amelia von Korff and "Hakuna Matata", a sport horse cross, receiving their year end jumper award. "Hakuna Matata", otherwise called Nala, is a nine year old mare who Amelia started training when we bought her two and a half years ago. Nala went from a misunderstood problem horse needing an attitude adjustment to the happy, sassy, and exuberant partner she is today. The prize money Amelia received will be put towards college. Photo was taken by and submitted by Kristin von Korff.

2017 Equestrian Cover Contest

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Depicted is Giulia Lancellotti and her leopard appaloosa, Spot In My Heart  - 2017Equestrian Cover Contest WinnerDepicted is Giulia Lancellotti and her leopard appaloosa, "Spot In My Heart", at their first hunter jumper show together at Brookside Show Park. They won first place in the Cross Rail Hunters class and placed 3rd in Short Stirrup Equitation.

Giulia is 11 years old and has been riding at Bayveiw Farms in Minden, Nevada for three years. Her pony's barn name is "Patrick", who is a Pony of Americas. He has taken her from trotting cross rails up to cantering 2'3" courses. She plans to use her prize money to enter more shows. Giulia loves showing and enjoys the attention her spotted pony receives while on the show grounds.

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Hadleigh Powell and HankPhotographed is Hadleigh Powell and "Hank". Hadleigh has been riding for 18 months but has had a love for horses from before she could speak. Hadleigh and "Hank" had an instant love for each other. Hadleigh participated in her first county fair under the instruction of Miss Pat (Pat Keys) who has been teaching Hadleigh to ride and shares the same love and passion for horses. This was Hadleigh’s first blue ribbon.

Hadleigh plans on spending the award money on Christmas presents. Hadleigh would like to thank Miss Pat for helping her win her first blue ribbon and sharing her love for riding.

Picture was taken by Studio 316 Designs.

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Hunter Leigey and Blue MoonPhotographed are Emma Carroll of Lochmoor Stables and "Showboat" aka "Showby", a large pony hunter well known and much-loved throughout Ohio and beyond. "Showby", has carried Emma to countless Champion and Reserve titles in the Limit Hunter division, to the Ohio Hunter Jumper Association (OHJA) medal finals, and to year-end equitation awards in Ohio and Kentucky.

Throughout her career, "Showby" has been named Grand Champion, Champion and Reserve Champion at some of the country’s most prestigious horse shows. "Showby" lives at Lochmoor Stables in Lebanon, Ohio when she is not out on lease. Emma has had the privilege of riding and showing her. Emma has been riding since she was 8-years-old with renowned trainer Patty Rogers.

This photo was taken after "Showby" and Emma won the first ever Childress Rodgers Memorial Classic, held at Windfall Farm. The classic is named in memory of longtime Ohio horsewoman "Chile" Rodgers, who died in 2016, leaving behind a legacy of students who loved her and are better riders, and people, for having known her. The win was especially poignant for Emma, because she knew and admired Chile very much.

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Jackson and Kaitlyn DeLeo are pictured with Hodges Badge Company, Inc. Empire rosette and trophyPhotographed are 12 year old Kaitlyn DeLeo from Hilltown Pa and 20 year old "CPF Jackson" owned by Jan Cobb. Kaitlyn and "Jackson" are part of Bucks County's 4-H program. This is Kaitlyn's second year working with "Jackson". Kaitlyn has trained hard under the guidance of her trainer this past year to perfect side passing, reversing through obstacles and walk/trot/cantering.

This photograph is from their 4H club’s show where Kaitlyn and "Jackson" scored over champion in the junior class. Kaitlyn plans to use the award money to continue her training and learn to jump for the upcoming year.

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Herlandos R.E. and John Amber are pictured with Hodges Badge Company, Inc. Peerless and Malden rosettePhotographed are FEI rider and trainer John Amber and four year old imported Dutch Warmblood gelding "Herlandos RE" (Lando) owned by Heather Houck of Monarch Farms, Loxahatchee, FL. John trained and rode in Europe before settling in the US. This is "Lando's" first year of showing.

"Lando" is a big friendly gelding, eager to please in the show ring but equally at home hanging out in the paddocks with his barn buddies and palling around with his owner, Heather, at his home, Monarch Farms. A portion of the prize money will be used to buy "Lando" a new fly mask and some treats to share with his human and horse friends at the barn. Photo by Palm Beach County based photographer Christine Rose, www.ChristineRosePhotography.com

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Hidden Timbers Unique Streak” and Susan BixlerDepicted is 2 year old miniature horse, "Hidden Timbers Unique Streak" and Susan Bixler at a Mason Dixon Miniature Horse Association show this past summer. The photo was taken by Susan’s friend Carla DuRand.

Susan purchased "Hidden Timbers Unique Streak" when she was only a few days old. "Hidden Timbers Unique Streak" won under both judges in 2 year old mares and went on to win a Grand Championship that day. Susan is proud of "Hidden Timbers Unique Streak"!!! Susan has had many judges and exhibitors tell her how much they like "Hidden Timbers Unique Streak" and that she is one gorgeous filly.

Susan’s future plan with "Hidden Timbers Unique Streak" aka "Moonshine" (barn name), is to do hunter, jumper, showmanship, trail and a costume class. "This little girl is an amazing filly and I love her so much". Susan has been working with horses for over 40 years and for her 50th birthday; Susan’s husband let her pick out a new miniature horse. "It’s been a fantastic journey for the past 6 years with me now having 7 mini horses". Susan has rode, trained, and owned big horses for all those years and now has a barn full of miniature horses. The bigger horses are all gone; the little minis ones have taken their place in her heart and barn. "They are so wonderful to train and are so willing to please". Susan loves each and every one of them.

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Tres Chic and Rebekah are pictured with Hodges Badge Company, Inc. Newton, Guernsey and Sunburst rosettes.Pictured are Rebekah Day and "Tres Chic", a.k.a "Schie", a 15 year old female anglo-arab. The rosettes in this picture are year-end awards from the second year of showing at Horse Shows in the Park.

The pair had an incredible year in the Children's Hunter division and the equitation, also receiving fifth place overall hunter horse and reserve champion overall amateur rider. Rebekah leased "Schie" for two years. These rosettes will always remind Rebekah of what they achieved together and all that "Schie" taught her. Rebekah also praises her incredible trainer Megan Galloway for the help she provided to achieve their goals!

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Rebel, Wendy Dowdy, Jeannie Bradley and Autum Dowdy Photographed are Wendy Dowdy, Jeannie Bradley and Autum Dowdy with "Rebel", an American Quarter Horse after a Western Riders of Virginia horse show.

"Rebel" is an 11-year-old gelding that Wendy got as a Mother’s Day present in 2016. "Rebel" and his three riders have spent this season learning each other and building their bond. "Rebel" has three riders of different experience levels and has carried all three of them to championships on multiple show series in 2016. The prize money won will be used to buy new supplies for the 2017 shows.

Photo was taken by a friend and was submitted by Jeannie Bradley of Henrico, Virginia.

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spin cast medals and rosettesSabrina Schmidt and "The Only Exception" (owned by Katie Rudnick) competed at the Southeast Medal Finals in Jacksonville, FL in September 2016. The pair placed Silver medalists in the Low Adult Medal Final and Bronze medalists in the Low Adult Hunter Final. The photo of their beautiful prizes was taken and submitted by Sabrina, who hopes to use the prize money towards another upcoming medal final the pair qualified for!

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Carrasca Z is pictured with Hodges Badge Company, Inc. Ewell rosette and Radstock sashAsca Z x Calato, aka "Carrasca Z", is a 6 year old Zangersheide and BWP Approved Stallion. "Carrasca Z" is owned, raised and developed at AliBoo Farm Inc. He is currently one of the leading young jumpers and recently won the 2016 6-Year-Old Young Jumper Finals with Taylor Flury. "Carrasca Z" is also used as a breeding stallion and has beautiful progeny that we look forward to seeing develop. The future is bright for "Carrasca Z", be sure to check out his Facebook page under his name! The prize money from this photo will be used towards his fund to show in Europe in the summer of 2017.

2016 Equestrian Cover Contest

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Landry with her dad - 2016 Equestrian Cover Contest WinnerLandry is such a fun young sportswoman. She is depicted excitedly discussing
all her recent placings with her Dad at the Mountain View Arabians charity show.
The pony, "Arwen", is a seasoned professional and does everything from
dressage, reining and sidesaddle! Landry is excited to win the contest.
As with this show, a portion of the winnings will go to an equine-related charity!

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Jeannie Bradley and Autum Dowdy with "Rebel"Photographed is Wendy Dowdy, Jeannie Bradley and Autum Dowdy with "Rebel", an American Quarter Horse after a Western Riders of Virginia horse show. "Rebel" is an 11-year-old gelding that Wendy got as a Mother’s Day present in 2016. "Rebel" and his three riders have spent this season learning each other and building their bond. "Rebel" has three riders of different experience levels and has carried all three of them to championships on multiple show series in 2016. The prize money won will be used to buy new supplies for the 2017 shows. Photo was taken by a friend and was submitted by Jeannie Bradley of Henrico, Virginia.

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Hunter Leigey and Blue MoonPhotographed are Hunter Leigey and "Blue Moon", a Welsh cross pony, after a Fall Fun Show. "Blue Moon" is a 17 year old gelding who is used as a lesson pony at Let's Dance Dressage. Hunter is turning 6 in January and is very excited that his instructor Gina DeSantis let him move up from his first lead line pony to "Blue Moon". Hunter is going to use his portion of the prize money to buy "Blue Moon" a new halter and is hoping to dress him up as Toothless the Dragon next Halloween. Photo was taken by and submitted by Erin DeSantis of Reflections of Light Photography.

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Nicole and The KiddNicole getting congratulatory snuggles from her regular lesson horse, "The Kidd", at the Mountain View yearly schooling show. Nicole and "The Kidd", are regular partners for Nicole's lessons, and were excited to get to show together at the end-of-summer show at Mountain View Arabians. "The Kidd" is a senior-citizen-dressage-schoolmaster, and Nicole is excited to be learning the art of dressage from him. This was Nicole's first time dressing up for a show, and she was so excited to have success in the show ring with her favorite horse. "The Kidd" passed away shortly after this picture was taken, and will be remembered as an amazing dressage schoolmaster who touched many lives, and taught many the joy of riding.

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Kaitlyn DeLeo and CPF JacksonDepicted are Kaitlyn DeLeo and her 4-H project mule, named "CPF Jackson". Kaitlyn & "Jackson" placed 2nd in the Grooming and Showmanship class at the Bucks County Round Up in Revere, Pennsylvania.

Kaitlyn leased "Jackson" from Jan Cobb and trained with Sallie Jo Reid over this past summer. Kaitlyn and "Jackson" also showed at the Regional Horse Show and won a first place ribbon in Beginner Trail. This win qualified them to move onto the State Horse Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Kaitlyn plans to use the prize money to continue her training. Kaitlyn currently rides both English and Western. She is hoping to hone her skills in both disciplines even more. This picture was taken by her father, Nicholas DeLeo and submitted by her mother, Lorrianne DeLeo.

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Olivia Avila and MagicRadiating with pure joy is 7 year old, Olivia Avila with her miniature horse, "Magic".

Olivia and "Magic" have been competing together for 2 years. This year being extraordinarily special with the win of Show Champion in the Miniature Horse Division at the Marion 4th of July Horse Show.

Olivia and "Magic" have an exclusive bond that is evident when they either show together or are merely goofing around in the corral. "Magic" has been instrumental with Olivia’s confidence, allowing her to persevere to the next level. Not to mention, "Magic" has now convinced Olivia that she is officially a "Horse Whisperer."

Olivia’s love of horses runs much deeper than getting into the saddle and having a good ride. She is in her glories with simply nurturing her horse, her absolute favorite being picking out the hooves.

Olivia will put her generous winnings into her college fund in hopes to one day further educate herself in equitation.

Lastly and most important, Olivia has outstanding respect for her grandmother, Robin Avila, who has made a fairytale come true. Olivia’s grandmother, Robin, houses "Magic" at her home, taking on all responsibility of him. Without her sacrifice, Olivia would not have the opportunity to live her dream.

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Blueboys Fairytale"Blueboys Fairytale" a PtHA Miniature Horse, aka "Luke", is such an awesome miniature horse. "Blueboys Fairytale" is pictured with his first Supreme Halter sash from the All State Miniature Horse & Donkey Club. "Luke" is owned by Melissa Foltz of Gettysburg, PA. Melissa has owned him for 3 years now and "Luke" has the biggest personality of all of her horses. He lives with 2 "bigger" horses, "Shawntay" and "Bubba". "Luke" shows in showmanship, halter, in hand trail, hunter and jumper. He is also trained to drive and will be embarking on his driving career in 2016. Photo credit goes to Melissa’s niece Emily Foltz, who is 16 and working on her hobby of photography.

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Clover Grove Middle School IEA teamPictured is the Clover Grove Middle School Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Team from left to right are: Brianne Lefanowicz, Josie Elliott, Emma Evans, Lauren Daniel, Ann Ashley Daniel and Coach Britni Cash celebrating their big win at IEA Regional Finals 2015.

The Middle School IEA Team celebrated a great season in 2015. The team was either Champion or Reserve Champion at each of their regular season shows leading up to the Regional Finals. The team won Regional Finals; however, just missed moving on to National finals by a couple of points. Two Clover Grove individual riders, Mackensie Bowles and Josie Elliott, qualified for IEA national finals. They were in the ribbons in their respective divisions. We are a small barn, and very proud of our talented and hard-working team-members and are looking forward to the 2016 season!

Photo was taken and submitted by Maggie Evans, Emma’s mother.

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Mara Winston Grigg and Ocala"Ocala" and owner/rider Mara Winston Grigg won the Hunter Classic division at the Illinois Hunter Jumper Association's Showplace Summer B at Ledges Sporting Horses. This was their first horse show together.

"Ocala" is a 14 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding. The duo trains with Paula McKinnon at Glen Grove Equestrian Center in Morton Grove, IL. Photo submitted by Cara Litberg.

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Kristin Gutosky Hass w/ DayasisKristin Gutosky Haas began training a 3 year old Quarter Horse mare, "Dayasis" aka "Daisy", in her junior year of high school while active in 4-H. "Daisy" now 22, was the Champion Novice Horse and Reserve Grand Champion Novice Whip at the 39th annual Lorenzo Driving Competition in Cazenovia, NY. Kristin is a 4-H leader and a certified instructor, and together she and "Daisy" have taught many students how to ride and drive.

The photo was taken by Deb Gutosky, Kristin's mother. The entire family is excited about being selected for the 2016 Equestrian catalog. The prize money will be shared and spent on something horsey, of course!

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Marsha Sapp and GitanoPictured is "Gitano", a seven-year-old gypsy, after winning the western dressage class. "Gitano" is owned by Ivelisse Rosenstein, ridden by Marsha Sapp. Photo was taken by Kimberly Chason.

2015 Equestrian Cover Contest

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Sarah Bowman and Ryan Haselden with Cindy Lou WhoDepicted are Sarah Bowman and Ryan Haselden after the leadline class at North Atlanta Equestrian. Ryan is riding Sarah's first pony "Cindy Lou Who".

Sarah has outgrown "Cindy Lou Who" who is now used in the lesson program at North Atlanta Equestrian. "Cindy" has taught many children to ride over the several years. Ryan Haselden is 3 years old and this was her first show. Sarah is now 12 years old and competes in dressage, eventing and IEA. Ryan will use her portion of the money towards her own pony. Sarah will use her share of the prize money to show in 2015. She has qualified for and hopes to go to Dressage Seat Finals. Photo was taken by Pamela Doughty Photography and summited by Rebecca Bowman, Sarah’s mother.

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Hot Chily TillyPhotograph is "Hot Chily Tilly" or "Tilly", a 14 year old thoroughbred mare.   "Tilly" is owned by Cynthia Craft and ridden by Meaghan Monroe of Carlisle, Massachusetts. This photograph was taken by Aly Werth at the conclusion of a successful season eventing in USEA Area 1 at the novice and training levels.

"Tilly" was purchased by Cynthia Craft in 2006 and since then has participated in Eventing, Dressage, Hunter Paces, Show Jumping, and Pony Club.  Tilly’s favorite thing to do is jumps and she is a powerhouse in both Cross Country and Show Jumping.  "Tilly" has been ridden by Meaghan Monroe for the past three years.  Photo was taken and submitted by by Aly Werth.

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Jessica Brown w/ Ace in the Hole and Cristin Wyrick w/ Curious GeorgeJessica Brown, age 16, has been riding for 7 years. This year she teamed up with "Ace in the Hole" and competed in many of the Virginia Horse Show Association’s horse shows in the Novice Child/Adult Division. She has had the good fortune to be coached by Judy Swal of JGS Riding in Chesterfield, Virginia. Judy’s coaching tip "sit up, shoulders back, and leg on" has propelled Jessica and "Ace in the Hole", better known as "Jr.", to many championships this year. She plans to use the prize money to enter more competitions.

Cristin Wyrick is 15 years old and has been riding under the guidance of her coach Judy Swal of JGS riding in Chesterfield, Virginia since the 3rd grade. She has spent many hours in lessons and is in her first year of competitive jumping in the Novice Child/Adult Division. Cristin is also a member of the Classic Equestrian 4H Club in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Both Jessica and Cristin had a great day as did Ace in the Hole (aka "Jr." at the barn) and Curious George.

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Blake AndersonPictured is Blake Anderson with her 17 year old Red Roan Snowflake Appaloosa, "Gracie", after winning first place for the cloverleaf barrel and pole bending competition. The show took place at Smith Farms in Blythewood, SC where Blake is a member of the Grace Racers Barrel Team.

Blake was 10 when she started riding and training "Gracie" for barrel racing, with the help of her trainer Danny Wagner, founder of the Grace Racers Barrel Team. The bond and trust that grew between them is amazing. It has been such a privilege to see this unfold between a young girl and this amazingly beautiful animal. As a surprise, "Gracie" was purchased for Blake 6 years ago and "Gracie" has been and will continue to be a huge part of Blake's life and her heart.

Winning this award is very special as it becomes another loving memory of "Gracie" and Blake's time together, especially as Blake prepares to graduate high school this year and go to college.

Blake will always cherish the memory of winning Honorable Mention in the Hodges Badge Company, Inc. cover contest and with the hope of many more memories to come in the future with "Gracie". The photograph was taken by a family friend, Caroline Bedingfield Creech. Go Grace Racers!

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Oneka’s Commanders Icy HotPictured is "Oneka’s Commanders Icy Hot" after winning in Showmanship at the WSCA Championship Show in St. Paul, Minnesota. "Icy" was the smallest horse at the show, standing at only 30 inches. He is a ten year old registered miniature horse. The Championship Show is the largest open breed show in the nation. He completed against all big horses and to say we stuck out was an understatement. He enjoyed lots of petting and hugs from children while we waited for our class, as well as lots of laughs from adults.

Jokes were cracked all morning about my ‘giant horse’. It’s fun to show that mini horses can complete against the big ones and do well. I couldn’t have been more proud of this little guy. "Icy" was handled by Bridget Edgar, his owner. The photograph was taken by Olaf Edgar, Bridget’s husband.

Some of the prize money will be used to buy something ‘mini’.

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Carlin MakibbinPictured is Carlin Makibbin aboard her trusty mount, "Kettle Korn" after taking top honors in a short stirrup class at Autumn Grove Stables in Berlin, MD.

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Quint "Quintessential" (aka "Quint") and Gabby share some down time after their win at Bit O’ Woods farm schooling show in Hainesport, NJ. "Quint" is owned by Bit O’ Woods farm and has been used in their lesson program for the last five years. "Quint" started off at the racetrack before beginning a second career as an event horse (with a brief go at fox hunting along the way). At 24 years old, "Quint" has settled in nicely as a solid school master—still teaching the basics and helping young riders bring home ribbons. Everyone agrees that the money awarded for the photo will buy lots of treats for "Quint" and all of his school horse buddies on the farm. Photo summited by Melanie Pack

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Riann Graff and Cool Cash SevenPictured are Riann Graff, 16 years old, and her 15 year old amazing registered quarter horse mare "Cool Cash Seven", aka "Seven". "Seven" was purchased in February 2014 for Riann because of her interest in High School Rodeo. Riann and "Seven" formed a quick bond and have done very well as a team in a short time. Together they are members of the Rockford High School Equestrian Team, Michigan 4H, Michigan High School Rodeo and the Red Flannel Saddle Club. The duo has won either Reserve High Point Champion or High Point Champion at every showing since competed in to date since becoming a dynamic team. Most recently, they won first place at the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship State Championships in both barrel racing with a time of 15.858 and keyhole with a time of 7.788. Riann commented, "I feel very blessed to have such a great horse and to be able to participate in the sport I love. Thank you to Hodges Badge Company for this generous opportunity. It means a lot to us!"

This picture was taken by her mother and biggest fan, Nancy Graff, after the Rockford High School Equestrian Team Speed Show.
The award money will go to a Michigan based horse rescue farm.

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Hammertime's Fox Trot"Hammertime’s Fox Trot", (a.k.a "Brock") is an American Saddle Bred, standing 17 hands, ridden and owned by Zoe Brockman, granddaughter of the late Don Brockman, of Brockman Stables in Neenah Wisconsin. "Brock" was Zoe’s birthday present when she was 8 years old.

When Zoe was 3 years old, her grandfather Don Brockman, a Class A horse trainer at the time, saw a natural "horse talent" in his young granddaughter Zoe while visiting at Christmas. Like her grandfather, Zoe has a natural talent with horses and has been riding since she was 3 years old. After the holidays, Don returned to the training stable and mentioned to an associate that he needed to start looking for a special horse for his special granddaughter. A tragic automobile accident took the life of Don Brockman before he could find that special horse for Zoe.

Zoe’s parents had been looking for an experienced Equitation horse for her first horse, but instead they found "Hammertime’s Fox Trot" (aka "Brock"), a 4 year old American Saddle Bred, that had been shown by Don Brockman as a weanling. Although the horse did not have consistent training after Don died, "Brock" seemed to be that special horse grandpa Don would have wanted for his special granddaughter. Zoe and "Brock" began their training that summer, beginning with ground work and riding lessons. Seven years later, Zoe and "Brock" continue to work as a team, even though Zoe has grown quite a bit taller, "Brock" towers over her and the competition. This September, "Brock" and Zoe were awarded Grand Champion in Saddle Seat Showmanship at the 49th Annual Wisconsin 4-H Horse Expo at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis Wisconsin.

 Zoe’s blue ribbon, shown in the picture, was won for Bareback English Equitation. Zoe plans on putting the award money toward a new saddle for "Brock". Placing "Honorable Mention" in this photo contest is a great showcase for Zoe and an honor for Zoe’s mother, Patti, whose hobby is photography.

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Denali AKAs a life-long horsewoman/artist/photographer, I've always specialized in equine subjects. Pictured is "Denali AK", a six-year-old P.R.E. stallion from JackAss Mountain Ranch in Pasco, Washington. He is taking his victory lap after winning "Reserve Champion Stallion" at Celebration 2013, Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse, Santa Barbara, CA. I am delighted to be among your winners, and plan to use the prize money to fund my art/photography at future equine events.

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Rosette WreathAfter riding and competing in many disciplines on multiple horses for over 12 years, the rosettes started really accumulating. In search of creative way to uses these ribbons, Sarah Marcyan was inspired to make this depicted rosette wreath. Cutting off many of the streamers was bittersweet for Sarah. Although she knew she was discarding pieces of memorabilia, she focused on the final outcome. Sarah was thrilled with her results. The wreath is pictured on her parents' barn which was built in the 1930's, but now hangs proudly in her bedroom where she will cherish it for many years to come.
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