Wins Two Silver Medals In International Competition
of the competitors at the first FEI "Coupe des Ameriques"
looked down from their warmbloods when they rode past Mary Claire
Massey and her 15-hand Arabian Scrabble+// (Monopoli x Saletra).
But by the end, they were looking up as Massey clutched two silver
medals for placing second in team and individual competition at
the Junior FEI level. The event, also known as the Championship
of the Americas, was held from July 17-21 at Blainville Equestrian
Park just north of Montreal with riders from seven countries competing
at the Grand Prix, Advanced, Young Rider and Junior Levels.
the 2001 North American Junior FEI Championship, (which took place
this year at the Coupe des Ameriques), they finished 6th out of
30 competitors and took team silver. In 2000, the pair won team
gold at the Cosequin/AHSA Junior Dressage Team Championship
of only six riders chosen by the USA Equestrian Dressage Committee
to represent the U.S. as a junior, Massey and the 12-year-old gelding
proudly earned two of the 12 medals won by the U.S. Once again Scrabble+//
was the only Arabian in the competition, proving that it's not height
and heft that counts but pluck, precision and practice.
has really good movement for his size," says Massey, 17, of
Arlington, Tennessee. "His lateral stuff is really good and
he loves flying changes."
acknowledges that Scrabble+//'s movement may not have the scope
of a bigger horse. "But when he's out there by himself you
can't tell he is little because I'm only 5 foot tall," she
says. "Everything looks proportional and nice."
strong points are his consistency and steadiness. "He doesn't
make many errors," says Massey.
the first day of competition, the pair did have some errors on their
Fourth Level test. "I knew what we had to correct, and he was
steady and perfect on the second day," she says.
third day was the freestyle, and the pair received their highest
score, a 66.45. "The judges loved it because we matched the
music so well," says Massey. Massey and Scrabble+// did flying
changes and half passes to orchestrated Disney music, including
tunes from Mickey Mouse, The Little Mermaid and Mary Poppins.
started riding Arabians in hunter pleasure classes. She took up
dressage after her trainer Cindy Ralda suggested it might help her
mare, who had begun acting testy around other horses in the ring.
got hooked on dressage when started competing at all breed shows.
She teamed up with Scrabble+// after her older sister Erin, who
had shown him through Third Level, went off to college. Since then
Massey has worked with Grand Prix rider Sarah Martin and later with
Greta Wrigley. She started working with Scrabble+// at First Level
and has shown him several times at Prix St. George Level, with scores
of 60, 61.750 and 65.
the way Massey has earned two U.S. Nationals top tens at Third and
Fourth Level. (Her sister Erin went top ten at First and Second
Level.) At Youth Nationals, she picked up two championships at First
and Second Level and a top ten at First Level in the JTR 13 &
year Massey hopes to qualify as an FEI Young Rider where she will
need to ride at the Prix St. George Level. FEI Juniors are 14-18
and compete at Fourth Level. FEI Young Riders are 16-21 and compete
at the Prix St. George Level.
I qualify, I will go to the Young Riders championship next summer,"
says Massey. "I am just going to try and go as far as I can
is expanding its dressage offerings by instituting the first annual
Arabian Sport Horse Nationals in order to encourage more participation
of Arabians, Half-Arabians and Anglo-Arabians in dressage competitions.
Sport Horse Nationals will be held at the Virginia Horse Park on
September 17-21, 2003. In 2004 the show will be held on September
15-19 at the Murieta Equine Complex in Rancho Murieta just 20 miles
from Sacramento, California.
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