At the 2009 USDF Region 8 Championships, Jeddien, our 18 year old KWPN Dutch Warmblood mare trained and ridden by Kimberley, earned the title of Reserve Champion at 3rd Level Open (Professional).
Jeddien was born in Holland, imported into the UK at the age of 2 and a half year, and started and trained by Kimberley through to Fourth Level Dressage.   Over the past 15 years, Robert Pickles, Fellow of the BHS was the biggest influence in Jeddien's development.   Clinics with Christine Stuckleberger (Swiss dressage star) and Jan Nivelle (German Grand Prix trainer & coach for Belgium) were influential along the way.   And of course, Pat Parelli's Natural Horsemanship programs and trainers made an impact.
The weekend at the Regionals is still underway.   But at this point, Jeddien has already proved herself a successful Dressage Queen.   Any successes that follow will just be frosting on the cake!
Frosting! - An Update
On Sunday, the last day of the Regionals, Kimberley & Jeddien also won the 2009 Reserve Championship title for the 3rd Level Freestyle.   Very exciting!