I am probably the oldest competitor in the National Championship Show--I became eligible for Social Security a few years ago. And, along with Sandra and David Washburn, who are traveling over 1500 miles, quite possibly I am one of longest-distance travelers. I've been riding for over 55 years, having started in cutoff jeans and no shoes bareback on a pony in Michigan when I was about 8. I eventually began taking dressage lessons in New Jersey when I was in my twenties, and I was active in the US dressage community beginning in the 80s, when dressage was still relatively young in the US. I am seeing Working Equitation here follow that same path.
After moving from Maryland to Virginia in 2012, I began taking Dior fox hunting and we also dabbled in TREC. She is a 15-year-old Oldenburg mare by Donnerluck out of a Grusus dam, who I've had since she was 3. We discovered WE a couple of years ago and entered our first competition in the fall of 2016, in Lexington Virginia at the ERAHC competition.
Dior is a very brave mare (I love my mares) and has enthusiastically taken to WE. We have about 600 head of beef cattle on our 2500 acre farm in Goochland, Virginia. Dior has been exposed to cows, bulls, and calves as well as donkeys, alpacas, llamas, sheep, goats, chickens, peacocks, and a pig--so obviously the Animal Pen obstacle is not a problem. I don't have a dressage arena but instead work in the pastures and crop fields. My many years of serious study in dressage have served us well. The other two phases of the WE competition make it fun for both me and Dior.
I've been pleased to be involved with the Confederation since its inception, right here at Haras in 2017. I'm extremely proud of the way the organization has developed and supported the discipline in the United States. I'm looking forward to staying at Haras and participating in this, the very first Confederation National Championship.
Dr. Rebecca Yount
Pictures by Grace Kellogg
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