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Angela Jackson of Henderson, Ky. (Region 2) had her hands full juggling four rides on Saturday morning, but her hard work paid off in spades as she claimed both Champion and Reserve honors in the Third Level Freestyle Open division at the 2017 US Dressage Finals.
Miriam is German born and started riding in Germany at age 7.
Her background includes training and competing in dressage, jumping, and vaulting. She has successfully competed through Prix St George and earned her USDF Bronze and Silver Medal.
Miriam has trained with Pierre Cousyn since 2009, benefiting from his 40 years of knowledge, training and horsemanship and his ability to analyze both horses and riders and to create a harmonious relationship while training with a consistent approach.
Under Pierre's training Miriam has learned to combine her German dressage training with his classical and light training approach, always putting the horse first.
Cindy Dulaney is a lifelong horse lover. She has been riding for more than 35 years and has participated in many different disciplines. She is a true "student of the horse", understanding that she will never stop learning about these amazing animals. She holds a BS in Animal Science from Kansas State University and has continued her equine education through lessons, clinics and workshops.
A Morgan horse enthusiast and owner, Cindy learned that one size does NOT fit all as far as saddles are concerned! These saddle fitting challenges led her to learn more about how saddle fit affects both horse and rider. She spent a season conditioning for and competing in endurance rides, which taught her even more about the importance of saddle fit and the changes to a horse's back as their fitness level changes. Many horses experience changes in back shape seasonally, as their diet and workload changes. Aged and semi-retired horses can present a different challenge. Many older horses are given a different "job" as retirees, and their muscling and topline may change with the demands of their new discipline.
Now an avid trail, dressage and western dressage rider, Cindy is acutely aware of the role that saddle fit plays in the horse/rider partnership, no matter the discipline. It doesn't matter if you are a weekend trail rider or seasoned competitor, English or western- you can help yourself and your horse be more comfortable by correcting the fit of your saddle.
A friend introduced me about 10 years ago to Karen Borné from Borné Saddlery. A great relationship formed out of that introduction and Eeltsje F ( aka Bob ) became the proud owner of a Borné saddle, Bob was 6 years old and i struggled to find a well fitting saddle for this talented youngster. After Karen fitted him to his new saddle his dressage career took off. We placed 3 x at the national young horse championship ( 5+6 year old and 7 year old developing PSG ). After that the GP was only a short step away and he won his first GP at age 10, I earned lots of blue ribbons and championship titles during my partnership with Bob. Karen was always by our side with her support and encouragement and kind words.
In 2010 we got invited to participate in the opening ceremony at world equestrian games, that was a big honor!
My partnership with Bob sadly ended and he's moving on to a new adventure and his new Mom, who already loves him and his saddle, that of course will stay with him. Thank you for all you do Karen.
Hugs Nicole and Bob