Our Champions, Leida Mangang and Makena Graber
The Academy @ Dragonfire Show Series was a huge success, with many of it's riders improving tremendously with a little help from friendly competition. Our final show featured Erin Patricio officiating our first Dressage show in our new arena. This was a fitting end for the Series, as all of the riders here have worked diligently on becoming more sophisticated. All were pleased to have Judge Patricio's input at the end of each ride and the chance to improve for their next one. The show prizes were sponsored once again by Sheldon Feed and Supply, and we thank them for all of their support for our Academy.
the top six youth riders wait to hear who wins the saddle
Producing top rides and high scores of the show were Makena Graber, Leida Mangang, Kaitlyn Sipes, Emma Roseberry and Wren Posey. All of these riders were extremely poised and confident, giving the judge an obvious reason to score high and award them first place in their respective classes.
After two very tight races for the High Point Overall Adult and Overall Youth, Makena Graber and Leida Mangang emerged victorious. Makena's win and top score aboard her very own mare, Sugar, secured this championship jacket for her. We couldn't be more proud of Makena and the partnership she has formed with her darling mount. Winning the Overall Youth and the brand new saddle was May's Student of the Month, Leida Mangang aboard Aieda. Leida and two other Academy riders were in a tie for the Championship, but her high score from Judge Patricio broke the tie and ultimately won her the saddle. The Overall Sportsmanship Award went to Isabel Didier. Izzy's will to compete, but supportive attitude towards her fellow teammates was a shining example for others to follow.
The day ended with some really great rides of assorted tests from our event riders and plenty of smiles from our Academy riders. Thank you to all that participated, it was a joy to see.