With all this talk about Performance Standards and how hard it is for certain non-WB breeds to get the needed scores...I want to brag on an NCDCTA member, Patrick Marley, and his little Quarter Horse mare, Honey Bright Dream. They just earned the Gold Medal in their first season at Grand Prix. "Honey" is not even 15 hands and not an ounce of TB blood for several generations. She scored 63.125% at the Pinehurst Fall Dressage show in September.
I think this was only his second show at Grand Prix!
That's so exciting! I met Patrick in Raleigh 2007 when he was doing the PSG and I1 with the mare. We were stabled together and had so much fun. I was so impressed with them both. Congrats to a great pair! The hard work is paying off!
Congrats! As an owner of a TB who was often mistaken for a QH (15h2 on a tall day, compact and broad) I am so happy for this team! My GP horse did nicely as well, and just want to say again major CONGRATS!!
Originally Posted by JennNC
With all this talk about Performance Standards and how hard it is for certain non-WB breeds to get the needed scores...
Jennifer, because you are President of NCDTA, also wanted to clarify the concept of using scores relate to the Performance Standards objections in the following ways:
- the current method of the dressage test, with the scores earned there, cannot differentiate bad riding from good riding.
- the study finds an external regulation standard is not necessary, the study shows rider's regulate themselves upon receiving low scores.
sm, I am perfectly familiar with the concept, the data findings, and the arguments against the Performance Standards.
My point in sharing was two fold...first of all I am just simply so proud of Patrick's accomplishment with this horse. Secondly, he is just one more proof of how good dressage training can take an average horse (and in Honey's case, one that was definitely NOT bred for competitive dressage) to a respectable level of success in the show ring.
Mainly, I just wanted to brag on them!!!
By the way, if there is another NCDCTA member out there who may have achieved a similar success, I surely didn't mean to give big kudos to one and not others!!! You guys feel free to inform me of these things! Also, there was a nice write up about them in our NCDCTA newsletter by Sue Smithson of Sporting Services.
As someone who is now in TX, I love hearing about QHs doing well at disciplines other than reining, cutting, and so forth (they are MAGNIFICENT at these, btw). Last year at Rolex, a QH competed, and now this. It warms the cockles of my heart--and they are indeed a lovely pair. Thanks for sharing!
Yeah Patrick and Honey!! I have helped Patrick set up rings and shows before and he is just the nicest guy. And I have watched them both come up thru the ranks. I love Honey!! Always great to have NC well represented.