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North American Western Dressage Year-End TRAX winners named

1/26/2016 NAWD

North American Western Dressage Year-End TRAX winners named

North American Western Dressage (NAWD) congratulates the winners of its 2015 TRAX year-end awards program. More than 250 registered to test their horsemanship skills in a variety of dressage-based categories.

NAWD TRAX—Total Recognition for Accomplishing Xcellence—is a worldwide competition and awards program for Open, Amateur, Youth and teams of riders. Entering its fourth year in 2016, NAWD TRAX rewards exhibitors for their accomplishments in pursuit of a deeper relationship with their horses through the Western dressage. The TRAX program brings competitions to the exhibitor, offering opportunities in Western dressage, trail, groundwork, freestyle and—new in 2016—traditional dressage and ranch horse Western dressage.

“We are so pleased with the response that we have gotten so far and we continue to streamline the TRAX program to make it more accessible and user-friendly. For 2016 we are offering automatic score entry for our virtual show participants and have upgraded the teams program to give team members more options. TRAX will also feature a new, transparent system that will allow competitors to view their scores at any time.”

Congratulations to the following exhibitors, who placed at the top of their respective categories in 2015. NAWD is distributing more than $3,000 in prizes this year, including buckles for TRAX Teams and Versatility champions; a special thanks goes to Pure Harmony Equine Apparel for their donation of leather halters with nameplates and gift certificates for the high-point winners in each TRAX category.

TRAX Teams–Adults

Teams of three to four adult exhibitors who each submitted a minimum of three Western dressage test scores

1st: NAWD Newbies—Amanda Lane (WI) with Pioneer, Michaela Lane (WI) with Footloose, Jenny Schmitt (WI) with Juans Imperial Trooper, and Ellie Jensen (WI) with Tinus's First Woven Dream

2nd: All-Around Team—Jen Johnson (MN) with Bookem Danno, Kris Blacklock (WI) with Gambler’s Jackpot, Christine Ramsey (CA) with Bartender Nic, and Jane Brack (IN) with Hank

TRAX Teams–Youth

Teams of three to four Youth exhibitors who each submitted a minimum of three Western dressage test scores

1st: DLH Greenies—Rachel Hau (WI) with Footloose, Brooke Kiefer(WI) with Aurora, and Sara and Amber Hofmeier (WI), both with Mr. Bingley

2nd: Fillies on Fire—Emily Williams (PA) with Gabriel, Kaija Johnson (MN) with Elvis and Beth Williams (PA) with Chance Of Flurries

Versatility

Individual horse-and-rider teams who submitted three scores in each of four categories: Western Dressage, Six Feet on the Ground groundwork, Western Dressage Trail and Western Dressage Freestyle scores from NAWD virtual judging

Youth:

1st: Brooke Kiefer (WI) and Aurora

Adult Amateur

1st: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati

2nd: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler's Jackpot

3rd: Susan Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze

4th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Good Knight Beautiful

Open

1st: Amanda Lane (WI) and Pioneer

2nd: Michaela Lane (WI) and Footloose

Virtual Western Dressage

Individual horse-and-rider teams who submitted Western dressage scores from NAWD virtual judging

Intro Level–Youth

1st: Brooke Kiefer (WI) and Aurora

2nd: Emily Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze

3rd: Sage Kennedy (WI) and Keeda

4th: Maggie Herbert (NY) and Queen Of Hearts

5th: Kaija Johnson (MN) and Elvis

Intro Level–Adult Amateur

1st: Susan Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze

2nd: Brittany Doerfer (WI) and Lil Penny Blackburn

3rd: Adriana Digenakis (PA) and Tidy Up Cowgirl

4th: Samantha Deeter (PA) and Sage

5th: Kittie Smith (WI) and Platinum Lancer

6th: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati

Intro Level–Open

1st: Jen Johnson (MN) and Danno

2nd: Michaela Lane (WI) and Footloose

3rd: Julie Kennedy (PA) and Highlopin

Basic Level–Youth

1st: Beth Williams (PA) and Chance Of Flurries

Basic Level–Adult Amateur

1st: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler's Jackpot

2nd: Brittany Doerfer (WI) and Lil Penny Blackburn

3rd: Susan Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze

Basic Level–Open

1st: Amanda Lane (WI) and Pioneer

2nd: Julie Kennedy (PA) and Highlopin

Level 1–Open

1st: Jenny Schmitt (WI) and Juans Imperial Trooper

2nd: Linda Lee-Bower (PA) and Rawhides Ranger

Level 2–Open

1st: Peg Helder (PA) and Ima Rock Solid Hobby

2nd: Patrick King (OH) and Ima Rock Solid Hobby

Six Feet On the Ground

Individual horse-and-rider teams who submitted Six Feet on the Ground groundwork scores from NAWD virtual judging

Youth

1st: Brooke Kiefer (WI) and Aurora

2nd: Kaija Johnson (MN) and Windy

Adult Amateur

1st: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler's Jackpot

2nd: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Good Knight Beautiful

3rd: Stacey Gorman (WI) and Paint A Masquerade

4th: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati

5th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Boon Ocean Blue

6th: Michelle O'Day Manning (PA) and Cheyanne

Open

1st: Michaela Lane (WI) and Footloose

2nd: Amanda Lane (WI) and Pioneer

3rd: Jen Johnson (MN) and Danno

Western Dressage Trail

Individual horse-and-rider teams who submitted Western Dressage Trail scores from NAWD virtual judging

Youth:

1st: Brooke Kiefer and Aurora

Adult Amateur

1st: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati

2nd: Adriana DiGenakis (PA) and Tidy Up Cowgirl

3rd: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler's Jackpot

4th: Susan Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze

5th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Good Knight Beautiful

6th: Sherry Rosser Carroll (TX) and TA Rodansk

Open

1st: Amanda Lane (WI) and Pioneer

2nd: Michaela Lane (WI) and Footloose

Freestyle Western Dressage

Individual horse-and-rider teams who submitted Western Dressage Freestyle scores from NAWD virtual judging

Youth:

1st: Brooke Kiefer and Aurora

Adult Amateur

1st: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati

2nd: Susan Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze

3rd: Adriana DiGenakis (PA) and Tidy Up Cowgirl

4th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler's Jackpot

5th: Stacey Gorman (WI) and Paint A Masquerade

6th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Good Knight Beautiful

Open

1st: Amanda Lane (WI) and Pioneer

2nd: Michaela Lane (WI) and Footloose

3rd: Julie Kennedy (PA) and Highlopin

Live TRAX

Individual horse-and-rider teams who submitted Western dressage scores from live competitions

Intro Level–Youth

1st: Maggie Herbert (NY) and Queen Of Hearts

Intro Level–Adult Amateur

1st (tie): Susan Ellis (VA) with Cowboy Cadillac and Executive Eagle

2rd: Jaclyn Kimmes (NY) and Koateri

3th: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati

4th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler’s Jackpot

5th: Bron Stark (VA) and Hexenhammer

6th: Jean Donhauser (VA) and WKF Ebony Phoenix

Intro Level–Open

1st: Kim Hillyer (PA) and Bell the Cat

2nd: Amanda Lane (WI) and Pioneer

3rd: Michaela Lane (WI) and Footloose

4th: Annie Trice (MD) and Apollo

5th: Tracy Meisenbach (VA) and Sugarbush Harleys Classic O

Basic Level–Adult Amateur

1st: Christine Ramsey (CA) and Bartender Nic

2nd: Susan Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze

3rd: Patty Carlson (AR) and Dark Eyed Cream Puff

4th: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati

5th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler's Jackpot

6th: Jean Donhauser (VA) and WKF Ebony Phoenix

Basic Level–Open

1st: Jenny Schmitt (WI) and Juans Imperial Trooper

Level 1–Adult Amateur

1st: Kim Hubbard (PA) and Hobbys Goin For Gold

2nd: Christine Ramsey (CA) and Bartender Nic

Level 1–Open

1st: Hillary Stark (NC) and Ebony Phoenix

2nd: Jenny Schmitt (WI) and Juans Imperial Trooper

Level 2–Open

1st: Hillary Stark (NC) and Ebony Phoenix

NAWD TRAX returns in 2016 with even more opportunities for Western dressage enthusiasts to test their partnership with their mounts. Virtual TRAX is offered in four categories across Youth, Adult Amateur and Open divisions. Live TRAX will be offered in Western dressage in Youth, Adult Amateur and Open divisions. Team TRAX will be offered for Western dressage in Adult and Youth divisions. Exhibitors may sign up for individual categories or “Total TRAX,” a flat-fee that includes participation in Virtual, Live and Versatility competition for 2016. Learn more and sign up at nawdhorse.org.

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About North American Western Dressage

North American Western Dressage (NAWD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating horse enthusiasts about the universal benefits of Western dressage and providing fun, affordable ways to participate in this popular new sport. NAWD offers a variety of programs—Six Feet on the Ground groundwork tests, traditional Western Dressage, Western Dressage Trail and Ranch Horse Western Dressage, and Pre-Intro Western Dressage for even the youngest exhibitors—as well as virtual coaching and showing opportunities, achievement awards and more. Learn more about NAWD at nawdhorse.org and at facebook.com/WesternDressageNAWD.

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