A big shout out to the New York Morgan Stallion Service Auction on a very successful auction this year! Held in Saratoga Springs on February 1st, 2020, this is the annual fundraiser for the highly successful and lucrative program that pays back the resulting foal crop from the donated stallions with their eligible foals being able to compete to win the big pie money in both as weanlings and again as 4 year olds.
Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who put in countless hours to make this event a great one year after year, and thank you to stallion owners who donate services to support the NYSSA fundraising efforts – it all goes directly back into prize monies to be won by foals sired by stallions donated to the auction. After all was said and done, with 34 stallions in the auction, here are your top ten:
Dressed Up GCH – $6,000 Cherrydale Casanova – $3,400 Minion Millennium – $2,100 Bazinga – $1,900 CBMF Over The Moon – $1,800 Akira Derringer – $1,800 EKL Shakedown – $1,600 Dragonsmeade Sea Dragon – $1,500 Astronomicallee – $1,300 Ingate’s Eye of the Tiger – $1,300
Third and fourth generation horsemen, the long time Saddlebred enthusiasts (and mother-daughter team!) of Ashley Russo and Renna Russo have made their entrance into the Morgan community and exciting one with the purchase of the beautiful 2019 World Champion Gelding, FCM Prince Of Rock And Roll GCH. Ashley and Renna will take turns showing this effervescent superstar in the English Pleasure divisions in 2020. “Prince” is formerly owned by Lora Lyons; Tom Roesink of Grove Pointe in Hebron, OH, agent for sellers.
After submitting their applications, complete with their show records, personal history and a tryout video (which included pattern and railwork on multiple horses), 20 riders were selected for the US World Cup trials held the first weekend of December in Fulton, Missouri.
The 20 riders selected for the trials randomly drew from a pool of ten pairings of 20 horses. Audra drew the same pair of horses as the impressive riding and highly decorated Reagan Webb, the current Pleasure Equitation Triple Crown Champion.
Everyone who has been through the World Cup process will tell you that a great draw can make you and a bad draw can break you. Audra, it would turn out, didn’t get a great draw on her first horse, and got a down right unfortunate draw on the second one. With everything riding on two rail works and two patterns on these two difficult horses, Audra and Reagan were in the same bad boat together on their drawn horses.
To illustrate just how much the quality of the horses determine the outcome of the team, we will note that of the top 6 who made the team, FOUR of them shared the same two pairs of very nice horses. Victoria Walz’ partnered paired rider also made the top ten. Audra’s pair rider ended up 20th. A great rider, and a highly decorated one, her finish was a reflection of just how tough and how bad a draw the girls got.
Audra’s depth of horsemanship, mental toughness and sheer physical strength was what enabled her score in the top 6 despite her undeniably bad luck of the draw. Audra may have lived on Advil for a while, but we were all blown away with how she pushed herself over the course of the trials, and we are so very proud that her efforts that have earned her a trip to South Africa to represent her country in the World Cup. Well done, Otter!! And thank you to Heart, Quiz, Lola and Larry for getting Audra here. (Anyone who remembers Larry knows why he makes this list!)
What a fun week we had at Octoberfest! In between collecting candy, enjoying the great parties, and dining at The Federal and Latitudes restaurants, we managed to also pick up some fun spotlight victory passes!!
“Well folks, the highs are high, and the lows are low. After a great qualifier and a third place finish in a strong split in the Three Gaited ponies, we just got word that, after several cancelled flights and a stressful night at the airport hotel, our last ditch efforts to get Renna Russo back to the show have failed. Renna will not make it in time to show back tonight. It was not for lack of trying, and to say we are all disappointed would be a gross understatement. But in true Scottfield spirit, Renna has offered her ride tonight to barn mate, Greysen Fors. To be clear, Greysen is not a customer. I’m fact, Greysen hasn’t ever been anyone’s customer. Greysen is the girl who has worked in the aisle her whole life, grooming everyone else’s horses for the show ring, putting everyone else’s kids in the ring, teaching the up down lessons and cleaning up after the camps. Greysen is “that kid.” Lucky for us, Greysen is also one heckuva rider, though she’s not had the opportunities to show at a level that reflects her talent and work ethic. Until now. With a total of about 4 minutes of a practice ride at 1:00 this morning, we decided to go ahead and give this a try and have Greysen catch ride this fabulous pony back in the championship tonight!! So as we run around today trying to get clothes together for this kid, please send a kind word to one very generous, but very disappointed rider, Miss Renna Russo, and be sure to be there tonight to cheer on Greysen and the beautiful pony she gets to show, Heir Highness. PS – Thank you, Candida Covino Aversenti, for your trust and support. Without you, none of any of this would be possible.” -Alicia Owens, Facebook Post, August 23rd
UPDATE!! Greysen showed Heir Highness back in the 3 Gaited Pony World Championship where the team ended up with the 8th place prize, and received a FIRST PLACE VOTE!!!!!!
Thank you to Saddle & Bridle Magazine for featuring this story in your monthly publication!
Shout out to Tuffy Owens for receiving the 2019 Saddlebred Rescue Service Award! Every year, Tuffy volunteers to emcee the SBR Luncheon (which is an incredibly well done and important fundraising event, btw), and he’s happy to be able to do it. Thank you, Saddlebred Rescue, for doing what you do and recognizing those who help you do it. Way to go, Tuffy!
Morgan lovers spent the weekend of August 2nd & 3rd in Pennsylvania touring Sunrise Stables, Scottfield Stables, Broadmoor and Colonial Stables. Each farm showcased horses that repreented various breeding programs that represented their programs and show strings. Scottfield chose to represent the Dragonsmeade breeding program with Sarah Hecht’s two Morgan geldings, WC Dragonsmeade Varvatos and WC Dragonsmeade Well Player, followed by EKL On The Edge and maternal half brother EKL Shakedown, representing the Colonial Stable’s breeding program. The weather was perfect, and with over 200 people in attendance arriving by way of multiple double decker buses, the event, coordinated by Sunrise Stables’ Andrew Beiler, was a huge success!