Sam Rides with #3 Ranked Rider in the World Laura Graves, July 2019
Samantha was invited to receive coaching from Laura Graves during a two-day clinic held at the Iron Rock Dressage facility in Fairfield, CA. Laura Graves is currently ranked #3 in the world, and she is the first American dressage rider to be ranked No. 1 in FEI World rankings; she also won team Bronze for the U.S. in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Laura worked with Sam and her 6-year old horse, Ivey, in a training demonstration offered to paying attendees. Sam looks forward to employing what she learned from Laura for herself and for all of her students.
Fun & Success at CDS Junior Championships, July 2019
3 of Billings Equestrian junior riders competed in their first ever CDS (California Dressage Society) Junior Championship competition. The young women needed to receive 3 scores of 60% or higher from 2 different judges in order to qualify for the Championship event. During the 3-day show, Makenzie Ford and her horse “Smarty” took home First-Level Reserve Champion in the Under 14 year-old category while Lexie Halliwell on “Knightime” was seated Fifth. Both girls then went on to WIN the First Level Team championship!! Emma Grace, at just 7 years-old, bravely faced the record high temperatures (109 degrees) to compete on “Merry Legs” in the Equitation classes bringing home a 4th place and a few 2nd place ribbons as well. Congratulations to these hard-working and talented Junior riders, we are excited to see what they do next!
Custom Saddlery Sponsors Samantha, May 2019
Sam has been loyal to saddles from Custom Saddlery her entire riding career. Likewise, the vast majority of her students use Custom Saddles. As a result, Custom Saddlery has become an Official Sponsor of Sam's riding career for the next two years.
Students Complete USEF Lettering, May 2019
Three of Sam's students, Ally Cooper, MacKenzie Ford, and Lexie Halliwell, completed their Junior Rider/Young Rider USEF Lettering program. All young ladies were required to complete 100 hours of riding/training and compete at 3 USEF rated shows.
The Arrival of a Mini-horse: Peanut, January 2019
Peanut is a precious mini-horse that is new to Billings Equestrian - she loves kids and loves to play dress-up. The perfect equestrian partner for the littlest students!
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