As a sponsor of the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Shows, The Horse of Course presented its High Score Award to multiple competitors this past weekend. The Horse of Course High Score Award is traditionally given to the highest scoring horse and rider pair of the entire show, whether the winner be an adult amateur or young rider or professional of any level. However, at the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Shows, The Horse of Course decided to change things up. The popular tack shop rewarded the highest scoring junior, amateur, and open rider of each competing level— 15 riders total— with an embroidered cooler for their excellent performance and notable marks.
The Horse of Course, Inc. can be found at elite equestrian competitions around the country, and is widely recognized for providing today’s competitive rider with the tools they need to succeed. The Horse of Course is led by CEO Beth Haist and her husband, professional saddle fitter Marty Haist. The company has established a reputation since 1995 for providing high quality tack, fashionable and functional attire, and horse care products. The Claremore, Oklahoma-based company most recently parked its mobile tack shop near it’s home base for the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Show I & II that took place at the Tulsa Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 7-8.
The first to take home a blue ribbon and The Horse of Course High Score Award embroidered cooler was Junior/Young rider Lily Rhodes with Details At Last (68.75%) in Introductory Level. Winners in Training Level were Junior/Young rider Olivia Brackin on Cobridge El Dorado (68.462%), Amateur Laura Custer on Bushido (78.269%), and Open rider Patty Couch on Gallant Prince Von G (68.462%). Winning in First Level was Junior/Young Rider Hensley Moses riding Faloria (63.906%), Amateur Lisa Miller riding Avalanche’s Prince Firestorm (65.294%), and Open rider Gretchen Aycock with Samara (75.556%). Second Level went to Junior/Young Rider Kailey Devore riding Fauston NAF (65.488%), Amateur Viki Meyers on Gold Flash (70.488%), and Open rider Anthea Kin on Finian (68.049%). Then in Third Level it was Junior/Young rider Nikki Weitzenhoffer on Charisma (65.256%), Amateur Debbie Nutt with Beloved Victory (62.436%), and Open rider Cheryl West riding Comet (60.152%) who took home the honors. Honored in Fourth Level was Lynn Vandenberg riding Zuni Sunrise (66.333%), and in the FEI Levels, Kristin Wasemiller-Knutson won with Casaro (65.658%). All recipients were overjoyed to take home their embroidered coolers from The Horse of Course, and were happy to see The Horse of Course return to the show. For a photo gallery of The Horse of Course High Score winners at the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Shows, click here.
Patty Couch was pleasantly surprised when she received her High Score designation with her Friesian horse Gallant Prince Von G. Couch. She commented, “I was very honored to have won both the High Point Friesian award and the High Point Training Level award. I’m thankful to The Horse of Course, Beth Haist, and Stephanie Peck for donating all the beautiful coolers, and to Susan Peacock for all her hard work to make this show ran so smoothly. The show committee did an awesome job of making sure that every detail was well taken care of and the awards and the award ceremony were wonderful.”
Beth Haist joined Couch in commending the show. “The show organization is a top notch outfit called ShowSecretary.com run by Susan Peacock, who has also been a secretary of the USDF at the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships and several CDI competitions,” Haist explained. “The Tulsa Expo Square can hold 5,000 horses in permanent stabling, with heated and air-conditioned indoor arenas. This is one of the largest equestrian facilities in the country, and it was great fun catching up with everyone at the show.”
After the successful Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Shows, The Horse of Course mobile tack shop plans to continue touring the country by heading to the Centerline Events at the HITS on the Hudson Saugerties in New York on May 21-22, June 18-19, and August 18-21.
The Horse of Course is the one-stop-shop for all riders, and has recently been outfitted with an extensive line of products for male clientele. The Horse of Course supplies popular brands such as König, Pikeur, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passier, and Sommer. The shop’s knowledgeable staff is happy to help customers find exactly what they need quickly in between classes, so riders can spend less time shopping and more time in the saddle. For more information about The Horse of Course and the company’s complete travel schedule, visit www.thehorseofcourse.com or call 888-494-6773.