Dreamcatcher Meadows’s esteem within the dressage community was further solidified earlier this month when several of the stable’s horses earned high honours at the U.S. Dressage Federation Breeders’ Championship Northwest Series Final.
Six horses homebred at the Pemberton facility took part in the event running Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 in Auburn, Wash., and added to the growing list of accolades Dreamcatcher Meadows has received. Horses had to qualify for the regional final and were judged in-hand on their confirmation, paces and overall impression.
Stable co-owner Jill Giese said Ballerina DMV once again provided the “crowning glory,” as the well-decorated mare owned by Bus and Riki Fuller was named overall reserve champion. Ten-year-old licensed stallion Dreammaster DMV was also selected as grand champion for 2013.
Additonally, Wonderful Dream DMV, a yearling owned by Whistler’s Shelley Sharpe and David Evans, scored 79 per cent and placed second in her class. Lady of the Dance DMV, a four-year-old mare that was shown by Kirsten Mitchell, earned four No. 1 rankings in national standings all-breed categories.
Radiance DMV, belonging to Whistler’s Anna Scott, was the high-point American Warmblood Society champion. Finally, Three-year-old Lordsley DMV, jointly-owned with Vancouver’s Tony Mah, earned the No. 1 ranking for same-aged colts and materiale class horses.
“We couldn’t have really asked for much more,” said Giese. “To have six get through to the championships in the first place was very encouraging for us that our breeding program is on the right track. Then to have the results that we did with them coming at the top against some very, very good competition (shows we’re) fulfilling our objective and what our dream is here.
“Both judges in the finals commented on how well-behaved our horses were and how beautifully turned-out they were, and that’s a team effort from everybody here and everyone who goes with us on the road … I’m just incredibly proud of everyone.”
Giese and fellow co-owner John Dingle were also asked to perform their pas-de-deux routine set to music with 17-year-old Dreamcatcher DMV, matriarch of the stable’s progeny, and Dreammaster DMV during the meet’s gala dinner.
“People were amazed that a stallion and a mare could work that tightly together,” said Giese. “That again confirmed that the temperament of the program we’re following and designing is definitely working. We’re producing horses that are correct in terms of the overall physical standard, but also with the mental stability so that a novice can ride and handle them.”
Dreamcatcher Meadows will send three horses back to Auburn for the USDF Regional Championships scheduled for Sept. 19 to 22 to wrap up the competition season.
Rapids record tournament win
The Pemberton Rapids U15 boys’ travel soccer team brought home the title from the 29th annual Chilliwack Youth Soccer Tournament that took place in late August.
The team put together a 4-0 record at the event, earning victories over squads from Port Moody, Powell River, Squamish and Chilliwack. All games went down to the wire, with three of them needing to be decided on penalty kicks.
The Rapids overcame a number of injuries throughout the tournament, meaning that all players ended up on the pitch for significant minutes, making the victory a true team effort. The Pemberton team intends to return to next year’s tournament to defend its title.
Team members included Noah Malthaner, Thomas Rozsypalek, Wayne Yang, Felix Abraham, Eric Sandahl, Abner Dan, Eli Tindall, Gage Tindall, Bryan McGuire, Kevin Linklater, Christopher Read, Neve Abraham, Wyatt Metcalfe, Ty Archer, Troy Rozsypalek and Adam Shippit.