2013 NEWS WRAP UP
I am certain that we have never had a dull season, but this summer and fall have been especially active and rewarding. We have a very tight knit and supportive barn family and I never cease to be impressed by, and honored to be surrounded by, so many unique and generous people. Everyone comes with his or her own contribution to make the LTR team a great place to be whether at home or on the road! A huge thank you to everyone for all that you do!
The summer and fall show season was very successful. We had large groups of students and horses at every show so there were plenty of "ups and downs" along the way--but mostly "ups". Lyndon and Tammy McGowen's Jago tested the waters at Intermediare II at the DDC Yellow Rose Show. They improved from one test to the next and earned a solid 63% with scores to 7 on piaffe and passage. They completed the season at Prix St George and Intermediare I and earned high scores and the FEI Championship with a 68% at the Texas Rose Fall Classic in Tyler. They also earned the USDF Region 9 Intermediare I Reserve Championship and the SWDC Bronze Medal at Prix St George. Julie competed in the FEI Prix St George and earned first in all six of her classes with the FEI Championship at the DDC Yellow Rose I & II, the reserve championship at Tyler and scores to 71% on Lincoln. Lyndon also competed Sarah Samaan's Rembrandt at Third and Fourth level in Tyler. They earned scores to 70% at third level and 68% at fourth level! Next seaon look for Sarah to pilot Rembrandt in the competition arena!
LTR assistant trainer Luke McLaughlin had a bit of a roller coaster ride at the end of the season! He had an unexpected day off at the Dallas Dressage Yellow Rose Show when he came down with a mystery illness but bounced back for show II where he earned high scores of 66 and 71% at first level with Wroyal Dancer. In Tyler he earned top scores, to 77%, and top ribbons at first level with Lili Marlene but had some bad luck at the championships that kept them out of the ribbons in both championship classes. Regardless of the one show they had a strong enough year to end up fifth in the nation at first level (74% average) in the USDF Horse of the Year national rankings. The rest of the season was more even and Luke and Bob Ohlemann's KWPN gelding Socrates had a strong showing in Tyler with scores to 68% at Third level and placed well in tightly scored classes at the Championships with a third in the USDF and a fourth in the SWDC Championship classes. Magno G made his second level debut in Tyler with scores to 70% and earned the USDF/IALHA First Level Horse of the Year award with a 68% average before being sold to Judith Haskins Brown of Oklahoma. Linda Blake's Kelico earned third place in the USDF/IALHA Training level Horse of the Year standings and a last minute decision gave Luke the ride on Lissa Dewar's Schatznorne C and the pair earned third place in both the USDF and SWDC Regional Championship classes in the large and competitive Training level open division.
LTR barn boss Amy Burnett competed Laura Stapleton's PRE mare Hacendosa to the DDC Yellow Rose reserve championship at Training level open with solid performances.
We had hoped to bring "Dosa" and the rest of competitive PRE show string to the IALHA National Championship in Fort Worth but the date conflicted with the USDF Regional Championships and we were unable to participate. We had four horses qualified in the open and amateur division and hope that we will be able to attend next season. We also made the VERY hard decision to not attend the USDF National Championships in Kentucky this year. We had several horses that would have been invited to compete but a combination of factors made us decide that this was not the right time to make the big trip. We look forward to making some national trips in 2014!
The LTR Amateurs always represent us well! In the fall Sarah Samaan, Sarah Hester, Amanda Hester (in the junior division), Karen Genneken, Nancy Foglia, Mary Beth Henderson and Lissa Dewar competed from Training level through Fourth level and earned top ribbons, scores, and championships or reserve championships at each competition they attended. Congratulations to all of you on your success! The Hester’s earned a pair of USDF All Breed Horse of the Year Awards with Austin earning the Fourth Level championship for the American Holsteiner Association and Lindo Verde (Bulgari) earning the Training Level Junior Horse of the Year championship. All we need are more quality competitions on the calendar so everyone has more opportunity to compete, learn and advance their skills. At this time if there is one competition on the calendar a rider has to miss, it will likely equal 25% of their show season! This puts a huge burden on each competition. We continue to seek out quality options for the team and hope to find more each season so more riders can participate more often and with confidence and success. We welcome all suggestions. And send photos! We do our best to collect and take photos at every event but we need more!
Right: The LTR team of trainers and support staff at the Texas Rose Fall Classic, Tyler, TX.
Pictured Above: Lyndon and Jago school at home between the fall competitions.
Pictured Left: Julie and Lincoln at Tyler, Imageofthehorse.com, photo.
Luke and Amy work together at Tyler.
Right: The Hester's were a formidable presence at every show they contested this season!
New Owners and Team Members
Congratulations to Judith Haskins Borwn on her purchase of Magno G and to Debra Nossaman on her purchase of Wroyal Dancer. We are happy to have Debra and “Duke” continue on with us at LTR in their first few months together! We are also happy to welcome Nadine and her lovely mare Ona from Michigan, Kaitlyn and Andreas, and Andrea and Gonzalo Romero with Ziggy, Storm Pocket and G join the LTR team.
Lyndon never stops his work of planning and building a better facility! This season he began some major projects and improvements. We have added a covered viewing area at the end of the covered arena. This has expanded our arena space and made a really comfortable spot for people to watch the lessons and visit. The barn that began as a "mare motel" is almost unrecognizable! We have 12 stalls completed, along with a wash stall, grooming stall, and the framework for a new tack room. We are now closing in the barn and have added sliding doors so the barn can be snug in the winter and still maintain its open feel in the summer months. We are anxiously awaiting our new lights for that barn and the covered arena! The list of what we want to do is still really long but we are really happy with what we have been able to accomplish and are committed to continually improving our existing facilities and creating new options for our business to grow and improve.
Above Left: The new viewing area extending from the covered arean.
Left: The new LTR Saddle pads designed by Diana Cilia.
LTR Team Apparel
We have LTR polo shirts and now we have LTR Dressage saddle pads available. They are really lovely and we can help you to order one for the 2014 season. As always, we welcome your suggestions for the products we have and what you think might be a good addition to the line. Visit the classified page for photos and information!
Left: Lyndon schools Karen Genneken's PRE gelding Tico at Tyler.