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Quite Easy USEF Leading Hunter Sire

QuiteEasy_HD-webWith the beautiful type, scope, quick reactions, and correct gaits, it is no surprise that Quite Easy offspring have become a top consideration for hunter riders.  The 2015 show season proved to be an exceptional year for the Quite Easy offspring, earning Quite Easy the coveted position as the USEF Leading Hunter Sire.  While it takes the results of many offspring to earn this status, there were definitely a few offspring that shone especially brightly this year.  Susan Baker’s Q (ds. Ahorn) racked up top ribbons at major shows across the country in the Second Year Green Hunter under Peter Pletcher’s guidance and in Amateur-Owner Hunters with Susan.  In the Junior Hunters, Pamela Kahn’s Quite Ruffy (ds. Krocket) and Tyler Petrie earned numerous championships and top ribbons at the Washington International, Pennsylvania National, and The National Horse Show. Over Fences Farm’s Quite Chocolate (ds. Elmshorn) had a successful year in the High Performance Hunters under Maria Rassmussen, and once again competed at the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships.  The beautiful Quasar (ds. Calido I), owned and bred by Laura Connaway, consistently earned top ribbons in the Adult Amateur Hunters.  It’s rewarding to see both the US-bred and imported Quite Easy offspring competing with excellent success.  Thank you to all the breeders who placed great faith in this exceptional stallion over the years!

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At the Pegasus Dinner during the USA Equestrian Convention, January 11, 2002, Jane MacElree was honored with the Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders Cup for her contribution to the sporthorse industry. Jane was elected as the one of two recipients for this year’s award and is the first warmblood sporthorse breeder to be given this honor.

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Any who has endured the loss of a horse can understand the sorrow and despair that descends like a shroud over everyone involved. Any who has witnessed a horse struggle through serious illness can understand how emotional it is to watch horses fight for their lives and how much respect such horses earn amongst their caregivers.

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Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.

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Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti-Ramses Rasul): We received wonderful news from breeder Deb Thomas of Sanford Farms in CT. Deb shared that 2-Year Old Bugatti gelding Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti x Desert Aurora/Ramses Rasul) was named National Reserve Champion 2-Year Old Half Arabian Gelding at the 2017 AHA National Sport Horse Show. Congratulations to all of “Max’s” connects! >>>

USDF 2017 Year-End Awards: Congratulations to Michael Bragdell on an outstanding year. >>>

Schedule for East and West Coast Stallion Tests Announced: The North American Stallion Sport Test, LLC has released the schedule of events for both the East Coast and West Coast stallion tests in Oct/Nov 2017. All listed events are open to the public, and there is no charge to attend. >>>

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Riverman Foal Announcements: 07-06-2017: Congratulations to Kathy LaCroix of Aberdeen, MD on the birth of her new Riverman filly! Arriving on June 16th to her TB mare Twilight Reign, Kathy says her new foal took her time coming, 361 days before she made her grand entrance but she was well worth the wait. >>>

Vallado Foal Announcements: 06-06-17: Congratulations to Eric Taddeo of Warwick, NY on the arrival of his new Vallado foal, born to his mare Star in the month of May! >>>

Donarweiss Foal Announcements: 07-25-16: Michelle James of Airdrie, AB is thrilled to announce the arrival of her new Donarweiss filly! Daydream arrived to Michelle’s CWBHA mare Twice Gold on May 13th and Michelle says she is absolutely stunning and will be calling her Dreamy for short. Congratulations! >>>