Standardbred Showcase: Just Anna and Jessamyn Maumill

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I’m proud to showcase Just Anna & Jassamyn Maumill for our third instalment of Standardbred Showcase #transformationtuesday, a new segment through Dressage Dreamers.

Just Anna & Jessamyn Maumill

Jessamyn from the Blue Mountains New South Wales found Just Anna back in 2016, Anna, at the time, an un raced three year old, going through countless sales throughout New South Wales. Who also spent time as an embryo mare in the Central West area. However, after she failed as a surrogate she was soon put up for re-homing. While Jess finding Anna’s Facebook ad during her HSC, they haven’t looked back since.

After a long 6-hour trip to go and see Anna, Jess fell in love. It wasn’t long until transport was organised, Anna arrived skinny and scared. Soon in Jess’ care Anna started to put the weight back on and feel safe in her new home.

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Jess admits they have had an eventful road together, with Anna being broken into saddle at the end of 2016 with plenty of spells when needed to allow her to mature and be a horse.  It was almost a year into her new career when Jess started free jumping Anna. Who, after clearing a 1 meter fence! Quickly found out this is where her true talent lies, the pair haven’t looked back since.  But still train in hacking and dressage.

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Anna and Jess have achieved so much together she finds it hard to put it all down!

Proudly together their achievements are:
  • Anna putting her trust in Jess, which was lead to her being started under saddle.
  • Anna learning to accept the bridle (as this was something that she found very hard to accept).
  • Becoming at ease in new situations, including being shod and being clipped for the first time.
  • Removing any trace of pacing for the most beautiful canter.
  • Establishing being ‘in frame’ and ‘on the bit’ regularly.
  • Their first jumps.
  • Continuing jumping new things and raising the heights.

 

Their major competition achievements are:
  • Competing at their first show in Oberon and completing in their first showjumping competition at various heights including 45 cm, 60 cm and 75 cm. Proudly shocked everyone by placing first in the 60 cm round!
  • Rylestone Show, having their first try at hacking, coming home with seconds and thirds, and also continuing in the showjumping arena competing in the 60 cm and 80 cm rounds, coming home with multiple seconds and thirds.
  • Sofala Show, continuing in their hacking experience and coming home with firsts, seconds and thirds from all of the classes. Not to mention Champion Led Standardbred and the opportunity to compete for Supreme Led Mare!

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With these achievements under their belt, Jess has great aspirations with Anna for the future. In the next 12 months her aims are:
  • Jumping and competing at a higher level, Jump C grade in Pony Club (75cm-90cm). Always with the potential to go higher!
  • Competing in dressage and eventing. – Would love to participate in a One Day Event!
  • Compete at a few major shows, such as, Bathurst Royal.

But, what I love the most about Jess’ goals is wanting to bring awareness of Standardbred’s versatility and their heart. With Anna she has made all her achievements possible and has shaped her into a better rider she is today. Her biggest inspirations are all the influential people she follows on social media or out at competitions, who make the best out of what they have. The amount of amazing horse owners who achieve so much with so little but are always willing to help others are the kind of people who she aspires to.

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If Jess could have a lesson with anyone, it would be Alycia Burton, she has the most amazing technique and her amazing story is one that she can honestly relate to in many ways. Alycia’s horsemanship is inspiring on so many levels, she too hopes one day to learn to destroy her fears like Alycia has.

No story is complete without special mentions from people who have inspired and helped us along our journey. Jess would love to thank her Grandmother and her Grandfather, Beryl and John Vickery and her Aunt Elizabeth. Because no matter what, even a State away, they have supported her through everything and have never let her give up. They have helped shape her into a better person and for that thank you will never be enough.

And of course, a special thanks to Anna! She was the first horse Jess has broken in herself and will always have her special place at home with her no matter what the future holds.

 

If you would like to have your standardbred featured #transformationtuesday please click here for the information and email info@dressagedreamers.com.au 

 

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Standardbred Showcase: Indiana Go and Dimittee Walker

I might be saying this often of late. But I have LOVED reading all the stories! None of them are the same and the passion for their horse is undeniable,

I would love to share the wonderful story of Indiana Go & Dimittee Walker for the second installment of Standardbred Showcase. #transformationtuesday. A new segment through Dressage Dreamers.

Indiana Go & Dimittee Walker

Indiana Go is a beautiful 6-year-old mare by Gotta Go Cullect who has had numerous trials with one race start at Gloucester Park in March 2016. But, deeming to be too slow it was soon after this that Dimittee and Indiana Go found each other back in August 2016.

However, it wasn’t long after the new partnership was formed that they stepped out to their first breed show in February 2017. They kicked off their competition career with much success! Being awarded Champion Standardbred Mare and Reserve Champion Off The Track Standardbred. This is definitely a positive sign of many future successes for the pair in their career ahead of them.

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Both Dimittee and Indiana are both learning together with only a handful of rides under their belt and enjoying every step of the way. Dimittee is busy working hard training for dressage and showing, with her main goal over the next 12 months is to progress with their ridden career and to compete in a few hack shows and dressage events.

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Dimittee is certainly a girl out of my own heart with having Charlotte Dujardin at the top of her list to have a lesson with. She is one of the most influential dressage riders of this time. Dimittee admits her biggest inspiration is Laura Bechtolsheimer with Mistral Hojris, another Olympic Great Britain dressage rider.

I wish Dimittee and Indiana Go all the success with their promising future ahead. I’ll be keen to check in with a follow up story when the pair have been to their first competition under saddle.

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Here are a few beautiful photos of Indiana Go and Dimittee Walker.

 

If you would like to have your standardbred featured #transformationtuesday please click here for the information and email info@dressagedreamers.com.au 

 

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Standardbred Showcase: Dribbles and Deb Thomson

I absolutely love hearing about other Standardbred’s out and about doing well for their owners. The more I post the more I hear, the more I hear the more  I want to share all these stories!

The Standardbred Showcase #transformationtuesday is a new part of Dressage Dreamers, showcasing a Standardbred a week who has made the transformation from being a harness horse into a riding horse.

I would love to share our first Standardbred Showcase

 

 Dribbles & Deb Thomson

Dribbles is his competition name too! I absolutely loved reading Deb’s email and seeing all her amazing pictures with her boy Dribbles!

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Deb is based in Kyabram Victoria and is proud of her 9-year-old gelding named Dribbles, who is by Blissful Hall and stands at 15.1hh. Dribbles was bred by her Father in-law and was listed in the yearling sales but was passed in as he was on the small side!

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It wasn’t until the unraced, unnamed 6-year-old Dribbles developed a suspensory injury he was retired to Deb, who started on their amazing journey together after her second child was born. While she admits he was super quiet, he did have a few quirks, noise sensitive, shying and scooting off with or without her! They soon joined the Northern Standardbred Riding Group and started getting a few competitions and shows under their belt. While Dribbles was showing a keenness for jumping, getting regular lessons from her old instructor David Quick was the help they needed to get back on track.

In just the three years they have had together and after an 8-year break for Deb away from the saddle, their list of amazing achievements:

  • Established a 3-beat canter
  • Top Ten in the Alabar HERO Series TWO YEARS running
  • Won numerous Champions and Supreme Champions in BOTH Led and Ridden
  • Learnt to lengthen and shorten the stride at the trot and canter.
  • Starting lateral work
  • Learnt to go over water jumps
  • Best performed Standardbred at the TTT CT 2018

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In this three-year period the lowest placing they have had was in the L4 in the last 18 months is 7th which was in the TTT CT this year.

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Photo Credit: Belinda Richardson

But, Dribbles hasn’t made the complete switch to a competition horse just yet. He lives on a racing property and gets ridden on the track. He still goes on the jogger and in the cart! Deb admits how great it is to have an ‘old stager’ to work with the younger horses and even babysitting them. He truly is a very handy horse to have around the property and is also known as the ‘useful show horse’ on the farm!

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Dribbles is a fantastic example on how versatile the breed really is. What a talented jumper he is!

 

If you would like to have your standardbred featured #transformationtuesday please click here for the information and email info@dressagedreamers.com.au 

 

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