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Mistie Long Wins 2002 MD Barns Amateur High-Point Award

Mistie Long earned the first annual 2002 MD Barns Amateur High-Point Award when she amassed an incredible 572 points in the new Amateur Achievement Award program. As the 2002 High-Point Amateur, Long will receive a two-stall horse barn provided by Arabian Horse AssociationSM (AHASM) Corporate Partner MD Barns. During the year she earned seven national championships, seven reserve championships, 10 national top tens and 18 regional titles. Long also achieved the highest performance award, Rider of Excellence, in the Amateur Achievement Award program’s inaugural year. The Amateur Achievement Award program recognizes the accomplishments of adult amateurs and youth members participating in shows and distance ride events.

“It has been an amazing year,” says Mistie Long, “It’s very exciting to win the barn, as well as having so much success at the shows. It was my last year showing as a junior which made it a really big year for me.”

Long is not only a talented rider, she is also versatile. Since she started showing on the Arabian circuit at age 6, Long has earned championships in an array of disciplines. At the national level Long has received titles in trail, hunter pleasure, reining, western pleasure, showmanship, western side saddle, western horsemanship and equitation. The 120 points Long earned this year at Youth Nationals alone were in five different divisions.

The highlight of Mistie Long’s successful year came at Canadian Nationals when she rode in her last junior classes. “Showing for the last time at Youth Nationals was very difficult, but there was Canadian Nationals to look forward to. I will miss being able to show in equitation classes but I am looking forward to moving into the adult amateur division.”

What is her secret? “Great horses,” says Long. While she is quick to list some of her favorite horses: Pentacle+// (Bi Bask x Pentance), Galvan+/ (*Galbor x Havanna Moon), Peborr (Ferborr x Pepsi) and GS Knight Wind+// (Crimson Knight x GSA Wind Allure) she points out that all her riding experiences have been valuable. “Even though I have my favorite horses, I’ve loved all the horses I have ridden. They all have different qualities and attitudes. Each of them had something to teach me. I also really enjoy working with junior horses, training and working them,” says Long.

Long plans to keep busy in 2003, she plans to fill the “extra” time she has learning a new discipline and is looking to purchase her first English horse.

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped me succeed. I would especially like to thank my parents and trainers.” Her motto? “Never give up. If you want to succeed, all you need is the determination and will to do it.”

Long’s mother and trainer, Laurie Long, expressed her delight in the program and High-Point award, “We are so excited about winning the barn. It is great that she had the opportunity to win a prize like this at such a young age.”

As an IAHA Corporate Partner since 1997, MD Barns supports AHA and is the title sponsor of the Amateur Achievement Award program. In 2003 and 2004, MD Barns will award a $5,000 gift certificate toward the purchase of an MD Barns product to the Amateur High-Point Award winner.

The presentation of an MD Barn will occur at the 2003 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show on Sunday, February 23.

MD Barns is America's number one pre-engineered barn builder. As a division of MD Enterprises, Inc., MD Barns is the leader in design, manufacturing and installation of pre-engineered barns, stables, corral systems and accessories. With more than 27 years experience and 150,000 satisfied customers worldwide, MD Barns is dedicated to working with customers from the beginning to the satisfactory conclusion of a project. For more information, contact MD Barns at 800-343-2276 or visit the MD Barns website at

2002 MD Barns Amateur High-Point Award Winners
AHASM congratulates the following amateurs who finished in the top ten in the MD Barns Amateur High-Point Achievement Awards program. All top ten finishers will receive jackets from MD Barns.

Ranking/Points Name/City/State
#1--572 Mistie Long, Cave Creek, Arizona
#2--350 Beth Noteman, Genoa, Illinois
#3--340 Whitney Taylor, Jupiter, Florida
#4--338 Kristin Cooper, Englewood, Colorado
#5--321 Allan H. L. Ehrlick, Campbellville, Ontario
#6--318 Teal Dowling, Spring Prairie, Wisconsin
#7--291 Ashley Toye, Surrey, British Columbia
#8--260 Macie Long, Cave Creek, Arizona
#9--250 Ashley Price, Alta Loma, California
#10--229 Susanne Fernald, Hillsboro, Oregon

AHASM is a 40,000 member breed association that registers Arabians, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses, administers more than $4 million in prize money annually, produces national events, maintains official event records, recognizes more than 400 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides activities and programs that promote Arabian horse breeding and ownership. For information about Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses, call 303-696-4500, e-mail or visit


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