Wellington, Fla. – Aug. 30, 2018 -Trilogy Performance Saddlery is happy to congratulate Premier Trainer Craig Stanley for being named the new champion in the Markel/USEF Young Horse 6-Year-Old Dressage National Championship held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. Stanley rode his own gelding Habanero CWS to the victory, a horse that he was proud to breed and raise himself.
Trilogy Performance Saddlery Congratulates Premier Trainer Craig Stanley for Markel/USEF Young Horse 6-Year-Old Dressage National Championship Victory
Wellington, Fla. – Aug. 30, 2018 -Trilogy Performance Saddlery is happy to congratulate Premier Trainer Craig Stanley for being named… Artikel lesen
Craig Stanley and Habanero CWS (Pressefoto)
In 2016, Stanley was victorious with his KWPN gelding (Idocus-Caliente DG, OO Seven) in the 4-Year-Old National Championship. This year, the pair continued their winning ways in the 6-year-old Preliminary Test on Friday when they received an impressive total score of 8.98. In Sunday’s 6-Year-Old Final Test, Habanero CWS was awarded high marks of 9.2 for his engaged, elastic trot and a 9 for his submission. Along with today’s total score of 8.98, the pair’s cumulative total earned them the national title.
As Stanley bred and raised the gelding himself in the U.S., Habanero CWS was honored for being the highest scoring American bred horse in the division.
„It’s very surreal to think that I would even have the chance to have a horse good enough to achieve this and to personally achieve this,“ Stanley said. „Obviously, you need a lot of help along the way. There’s a team of people that are involved in achieving this.“
Stanley explained how special the moment of winning the championships was, thinking back to Habanero CWS’s birth and the long road that finally brought them to the winner’s circle.
„I have a picture of [Habanero CWS] as an embryo and I actually pulled him out of the mare myself so it’s been a long journey,“ he continued. „It’s exceeded all of my expectations; I thought his mom was pretty good but somehow he’s better.“
„The one thing for me was the word harmony,“ Stanley said. „Regardless of how much you can make them dance and such, if someone is watching and their impression of it is harmony between horse and rider, that is majorly special.“
„I’d like to thank Trilogy Performance Saddlery, Debbie Witty, and my Trilogy fitter Peggy McGaw for helping me in this endeavor,“ Stanley said. „I’m looking forward to a very successful future with them.“
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