2003 Mid-Atlantic Regional
The 2003 Mid-Atlantic Morgan Regional Championship posed some
unexpected challenges for Spring Hollow Morgan's 13 year-old stallion,
Statesmans Silhouette. For the past 9 years Silhouette and his
rider, Lori Shoemake, have been working exclusively in dressage
- using free jumping for gymnastics and hopping over the occassional
log on the trail. The pair had last jumped a course of fences
when Silhouette was 4 - and even then his experience over fences
was very limited.
But Friday morning at Mid-A proved that a well-trained, athletic
and willing Morgan can do it all. That morning, Silhouette's
6 year-old son, Spring Hollow Night Magic, had a slight colic
that resolved quickly
with a shot of banamine, but it meant Magic and his rider, 13 year-old
Devon Shoemake, could not compete in their Working Hunter classes
When Lori offered Silhouette to Devon to ride, she
quickly took her mother up on the offer despite the fact
that Devon has only ridden Silhouette a few times to cool
him out after her
mother had worked him at home. Devon hopped on Silhouette,
popped him over a few fences in the warmup, and got ready for
Medium Working Hunter Division. They came away with the Reserve
Championship - winning one class over fences and coming in
second in two more.
The pair had a blast and looked like they'd been working together
in the division for years.
Later that afternoon, Lori took
Silhouette in Sport Horse Suitability (a class modeled
on the USDF Sport Horse Breeding specs and run on the triangle)
and came away with the Stallion Championship - for the fifth
straight time that he's been shown in that class at Mid-A.
Saturday and Sunday Silhouette and Lori were back in familiar
winning two of his four Third Level Dressage classes
with solid scores against strong competition
and coming away with the Reserve Championship at Third
Silhouette's success in multiple disciplines - dressage,
suitability and working hunter - earned him the Mid-A
Sport Horse Championship
over four other very tough competitors.
Silhouette's kids kept up his standards.
Despite missing one
day of the two days of competition in the working hunter ring,
Magic and Devon came away with the Junior Exhibitor Sport Horse
and won the AMHA Dressage Seat Medal class with a 65%.
Echternach's 8 year-old Silhouette son, Laughter's Lord Wilson
was the Gelding
Suitability Champion in a very large class and won a dressage
class at Third Level.
Silhouette's 4 year-old daughter, Creekvale Chardonnay, owned
and bred by Deanna and Frank Nowiki, was
Suitabilty Mares, and earned excellent ribbons in Beginner Hunter and scores
in the 60's in Training and Intro Dressage.
And last, but certainly not least, 7 year-old Emily Shoemake
made a successful showring debut in the Walk-Trot division with
Spring Hollow Beaujolais, who last year carried her older sister
to the Junior Exhibitor Sport Horse Award Championship.
All in all, Mid-A was an eventful, unexpectedly fulfilling horse
show in 2003 and rivaled the success of Silhouette and some of
his kids at Mid-A in 2001.