Andrew Clark and SD Dartanian+++// Win AHA High-Point Awards
Andrew Clark and the Half-Arabian, SD Dartanian+++//, owned by his
mother Patricia Clark, earned Amateur Achievement Award and Horse
Achievement Award High-Point honors in 2003 with 509 and 460 points
respectively. The 310 points Clark accumulated and the 280 points
SD Dartanian+++// collected from Sport Horse Nationals alone helped
the pair clinch the top spots in the programs. SD Dartanian+++//
earned more points this year than any previous High-Point horse
in the programs four-year history.
the 2003 MD Barns High-Point Amateur, Clark will receive a $5,000
gift certificate for MD Barns product. SD Dartanian+++// will receive
a $1,000 gift certificate to Libertyville Saddle Shop and an embroidered
cooler as the Achievement Award High-Point champion. Their success
in 2003 can be credited to a strong partnership between two individuals
that seem ideally suited for sport horse disciplines and the support
of family and trainer.
started riding at the age of 9 when a patient at Patricia Clarks
endodontics practice invited the family out to his barn. Shortly
afterward, Clark started taking western pleasure lessons before
quickly switching to hunter/jumper and then dressage. With dressage
Clark found his niche. I like discipline and organization
so the exacting nature of dressage really fit with my personality,
and I stuck with it, explains Jason Clark.
started training with Kimberly Berkley in 1995 after the family
searched for a trainer that specialized in dressage. With the instruction
came the other part of a winning equation when Berkley matched Clark
up with a chestnut Arabian named BA The Gambler+// (DW Baskal x
Lyerla Padlana). Within the first year of showing BA The Gambler+//
Clark began capturing regional top fives and took his first Youth
Nationals top ten in training level dressage. Clark and BA The Gambler+//
have amassed an impressive record including 14 regional championships,
11 Youth National top tens, two Youth National reserve champions
and one Youth National championship.
champion was added to the family when Patricia Clark purchased SD
Dartanian+++//, a 16.3-hand Half-Arabian/Oldenburg gelding. When
Jason Clark started riding SD Dartanian+++//, the 5-year-old was
a green hunter just starting his training. He came along quickly
and with in a year he received a top ten in training level dressage
at Youth Nationals. The versatility that made SD Dartanian+++//
so successful in 2003 was evident immediately when Clark found he
was able to compete with him in halter, dressage, hunter pleasure
and show hack all at one show.
2003 season started with championships and top fives at regions
13 and 14 and ended with 12 titles at Sport Horse Nationals. With
the unprecedented seven championships from Sport Horse Nationals,
SD Dartanian+++// has the distinction of winning more championships
at a single AHA national championship show than any other horse.
SD Dartanian+++// earned championships in sport horse under saddle,
sport horse show hack, first level dressage and second level dressage.
Additionally, he won two reserve championships in sport horse show
hack and second level dressage. Rounding out SD Dartanian+++//s
awards were three top tens from Half-Arabian sport horse geldings
and second level dressage ATR.
rode SD Dartanian+++// to all 12 of his titles and also earned three
top tens with BA The Gambler+// in first and second level dressage.
It was incredible how well we did. It took a while for it
all to sink in, laughs Clark. We placed in everything
we entered. I would have been happy with top tens since the competition
and quality of the horses at the show were excellent.
Clark hopes to see SD Dartanian+++// and her son continue to show.
While not a competitive rider herself, she enjoys the horse showing
experience and the time she has spent with her family away from
work. I am so proud of Jason and Dartanian. It was a team
effort between horse, rider, trainer and family to get to this point.
As long as Jason is able to complete, Dartanian will always be a
member of the family.
Horse Achievement Award program is AHA's premier recognition program
for horses that actively compete in AHA recognized competition.
Achievement Awards symbols printed behind a horse's name provide
a visible sign of honor and prestige. The Amateur Achievement Award
(AAA) program recognizes the accomplishments of adult amateurs and
youth members participating in shows and distance events, including
showmanship and equitation. This year the high-point amateur will
receive a $5,000 gift certificate from the program sponsor, MD Barns.
Only points that are earned in 2004 will count toward the year-end
award. You can download the enrollment form at the AHA website by
clicking on the link to Forms and Fees or enrolling
online by logging into the Members only area of the AHA website.
Each program has an initial enrollment fee of $25 with an annual
renewal fee of $20.
MD Barns Amateur Achievement Award High-Point Standings
Jason Andrew Clark Terre Haute, IN 509 points
Teal Dowling Spring Prairie, WI 394 points
Amanda Purdin Baton Rouge, LA 379 points
Michael Desiderio Chester, NJ 363 points
Meghan Braden Collinsville, IL 333 points
Mercy Burwell Brentwood, MO 294 points
Lauren Whyte Las Vegas, NV 280 points
Devin Rose Jeffres Longmont, CO 277 points
Samantha Jo Sahagian Chino, CA 246 points
Samantha Price Alta Loma, CA 237 points
Horse Achievement Award High-Point Standings
SD Dartanian+++// (Frohwind x PF Marquesa), Patricia Clark, Terre
Haute, IN, 460 points
Vivacious Leigh+// (Focus Alimus+/ x BA Baskala), Meghan Braden,
Collinsville, IL, 337 points
TCE Balastrana++// (TC Expression+/ x Brooklynn), Mercy Burwell,
Brentwood, MO, 329 points
Yes Sir Eee Bob++++// (O Key Dough Key x SX Celisse), Hannah Boobier,
Alta Loma, CA, 283 points
Allegacy WF++++// (Allionce+/ x Miss USA++), Faye White, Fort Saskatchewan,
AB, 275 points
Casablanca Afire+// (Afire Bey V x Caramel Candy), Monika Gramckow,
Ojai, CA, 261 points
Serannada+// (Robby x Serana), Alice Jackson & Sandra Robinson,
El Cajon, CA, 245 points
JK Famous+// (Fame VF+ x JK Chelsea), John & Karen Sparks, Paradise
Valley, AZ, 218 points
GS Knight Wind+// (Crimson Knight x GSA Wind Allure), Laurie or
Bubba Long, Phoenix, AZ, 202 points
Faralyn+++/ (Frohwind x FM Bay Melody), Linda Stoudemayer, Lumberton,
TX, 191 points
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