News: Mariah just earned Melynnda her USDF Silver Medal this 2013 show season! This means she has now earned 2 scores of 60% or above from 1st level through Prix St. Georges. Only one other Mustang in histroy has earned scores such as these at Prix St. Georges, and she may be the only Mustang to EVER earn each and every score needed for the Bronze and Silver Medal! So Proud!
My little mustang that could. A mustang doing upper lever dressage? Who knew!?!? I certainly didn’t expect to progress in my own dressage training mounted on one of these tough little steeds.Mariah’s story begins in Oregon where she was adopted off of the Paisley Desert as a wild mustang. Mariah has a rich history. She was the "poster pony" for a natural horsemanship clinician. Her best known accomplishment was standing on a box. When she was purchased after her career with the clinician, her new owner led her up to a mounting block to get on her and was bewildered when Mariah proceeded to get on the block with all fours! The new owner had forgotten her past training! After her career representing the Mustang breed at
Natural Horsemanship exhibitions, she then moved on to her dressage career, earning Mustang of the Year at training level. My instructor (Dale Forbes) came across Mariahfor one of her previous student. Eventually,
she just didn't have the time to ride her. So naturally, I fell in love with her before she was mine and made an offer to buy her. She is so unassuming. At the time I first met Mariah, the barn was full with fancy German horses. One look at her, and you thought to yourself "oh how cute, but why is she here?". Until she starts working of course, then she lights up the arena! Mariah is a joy to ride as she is very intelligent, sturdy and has the constitution of a real “workman”.She is proving to be quite a nice show pony as she and I earned our scores for the USDF bronze and Silver medal rider’s award in just three seasons. Mariah and I are currently training FEI movements through the Grand Prix
Though it is exciting to show Mariah at the FEI level, we are enjoying our training rides with Dale even more. It’s a joy to experiment
with passage, piaffe and pirouettes, as well as long lazy rides out on the trail while we reminisce over the past few eventful years. I call Mariah my "war horse" for her stamina, consistency and willingness to go to work day in and day out. I adore her!" -Melynnda