USA Equestrian 2002 Horse of the Year Awards
Forty Arabians, Half-Arabians and Anglo-Arabians earned USA Equestrian
2002 awards, including 34 Horse of the Year Awards, five Grand Champion
Awards and an Arabian Leading Sire Award. Included in this years
championship roster was the Grand Champion Half-Arabian MS Scarlette+//,
Grand Champion Arabian Vivacious Leigh+/, Leading Arabian Sire Desperado
V and Grand Champion Arabian Gelding MFA Maverick+//.
was a year marked with triumph, not just for the USA Equestrian
award, but for the fact that Brianne Walker Parsons and her Half-Arabian
mare MS Scarlette+// (Red Tape+// x Countess Vanessa) were able
to show together again.
the spring of 2001, 19-year-old Parsons was diagnosed with a rare
pituitary tumor that threatened not only her ability to continue
showing but her life. The tumor that severely impaired her eyesight
and left her sleeping 18 hours a day forced her to stop riding and
leave college. An operation in June of 2001 found two distinct tumors,
one of which contained cancerous cells.
was the one thing that kept me going throughout my treatments. Each
day I could handle it, my parents drove me up to the barn to see
her against doctors orders specifying that I should not travel
more than 30 minutes from a hospital. My parents knew how important
it was for me to see her, recollects Parsons.
her recovery, Parsons and MS Scarlette+// showed successfully to
titles in Regions 1, 2, 3 and 7 before heading to Canadian Nationals
in August. Three Canadian National top tens in Hunter Pleasure,
Native Costume and Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 topped off MS Scarlette+//s
winning show season.
Leigh+/ (Focus Alimus+/ x BA Baskala+) earned the Grand Champion
Arabian title for her stellar performance in the Arabian Specialty
and Country English divisions where she picked up USA Equestrian
Horse of the Year awards.
17-year-old Meghan Bradens only horse, Vivi has
taken her to national titles in a multitude of disciplines. At the
2002 Youth Nationals, Braden and Vivi received six titles in English
show hack, native costume, English side saddle and country English
pleasure. Last fall, Vivi and trainer Kimberly Berkley received
their first U.S. Nationals title with a top ten in Arabian Mounted
V (Huckleberry Bey++ x Daraska) received his Leading Arabian Sire
award when seven of his recorded foals earned high standings in
eight different divisions, collecting 2,646 USA Equestrian points
in 2002. His son, MFA Maverick+//, earned the majority of the points--1870
in the working western and hunter pleasure divisions. Desperado
V is owned by Sheila Varian and Don Severa of Arroyo Grande, California.
Maverick+// (Desperado V x Benraz Fancy), the Grand Champion Arabian
Gelding, is owned by Kathy Pascal who shows him in western pleasure,
hunter pleasure, western side saddle, trail and the occasional dressage
class. Pascal loves to show western pleasure with Maverick while
he seems to love the challenge of trail. It is very funny.
I have trail obstacles set up in the arena, and if I turn him out
in there by himself he will work the obstacles on his own,
took MFA Maverick+// to his first national championship title when
they won the Arabian Trail Horse AOTR Championship last fall. She
also watched Maverick pick up a top ten in the open trail championship
with her trainer Mike Damianos.
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a database of more then one million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian
horses. It administers more than $4 million in annual prize money,
produces national events, maintains official event records, recognizes
more than 400 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides
activities and programs that promote breeding and ownership. For
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