September 2011


International Young Breeders World Championship 2011 Chazey-sur-Ain, France Sponsored by the WBFSH

AWR Team USAPictured from Left to Right: Melissa Gartland, Jacquiline Byrd, Kalea Maxwell, Jessica Thaxton, Ashlin Liedberg,AWR/NASPR President Sonja Lowenfish, and President of the Selle Francais, Daniel Blanc

International Young Breeders

Tami Batts and Ranko

Win both the I-1 and I-1 Freestyle at the

2011 CDI3* Raleigh And Capital Dressage Classic

By Tami BattsWhat a wonderful opportunity it has been and continues to be to ride such a great horse and partner as Ranko. Long time supporter and AA rider, Victoria Neave always dreamed of owning a black stallion and in 2006 that dream came true. We imported Ranko from Holland as an approved ZFdP stallion. (In 2008 he was approved with the American Warmblood Registry). He was schooling second and third level at the time and had done well in his stallion testing both in dressage and jumping. We were excited to know he was coming but tentative and anxious about the “stallion” part. Needless to say, we have learned a lot along the way.Winning the Intermediare 1 and Int. Freestyle at the Raleigh CDI was a super thrill for all of us at Fellowship Farm. As anyone knows in this sport, it takes a team of folks and years of dedication through the tears and the joy to come this far. We also know, the blue ribbon can go to” NO” ribbon in 1 mistake! Our persistent work on the details and basics over the winter and spring came together in those few short minutes on our own local turf with our wonderful family and supporters to cheer us on. It was truly an awesome feeling.

Ranko and I have had the privilege to have Anne Gribbons help us every winter since he was imported until this one. Anne’s new job as Technical Advisor for the U.S. has made her schedule and her traveling nearly impossible to catch up to her at her farm for any stretch of time. This winter I have gained much help from Young Horse Coach, Scott Hassler and also had the opportunity to go down for a week to train with Lars Petersen. These men are a wealth of knowledge and have helped us tremendously.

My biggest supporter has been my husband Steve. Steve is a builder and not a horse person but he has jumped in full force and handles Ranko on the ground at all the shows. That is his official job and he has done it beautifully. It has brought a whole new fulfillment to me to have Steve right by my side, show after show, success or otherwise.

Ranko and I are now focusing on training the grand prix movements and all the strengthening that goes along with that. Our short term goal is to make it to the Intermediate Championships in Gladstone where the Pan American horses will be chosen. Just to get there and have the opportunity to compete with such amazing talent will be a thrill in and of itself. As for long term goals, I am slowly learning, whatever doors the Good Lord opens and shuts are totally for my benefit, and if I do my very best, the journey will be great fun and fulfilling no matter what.

Ranko & Tami Batts

Emily Wagner and WakeUp


Crowned Markel/USEF National Young Horse

Dressage Champion

Read how being an American bred horse earned AWR stallion WakeUp the championship in the 6-Year-Old Division at
WakeUp at Verden

Introducing the

Stars of the West Sportpony Challenge Cup

The NorthAmerican Sportpony Registry (NASPR) is the Sponsor of the newly created Stars of the West Challenge Cup. The NASPR offers a $500 bonus if the winner of the Stars of the West Challenge Cup is a registered NASPR pony, the owner is a member in good standing, and the pony shows under its NASPR-registered name.

Stars of the West is a series of In-Hand Sportpony Suitability classes throughout various shows in Western Canada. These are qualifying shows where the winner of each class can move on to the Finals to be held at John Anderson’s Rocky Mountain Show Jumping facility, the ‘Rocky Mountain Classic III’ on September 3, 2011.

At each show in the series there will be four in-hand classes for ponies 14.2hh and under to be judged on Sportpony Suitability: one for foals and yearlings any sex, one for 2 year olds any sex, one for Mares and Geldings 3 years old and older, and one for stallions 3-years-old and older.

Ponies need not be registered to participate or to enter the Finals, however, there is a $500 bonus prize at the Finals if the winning pony is NASPR registered before the Final competition and the owner is a member of the NASPR. If the winning pony is not registered NASPR the money will hold over and increase each year. The series features a perpetual trophy cup sponsored by Pferde Traum Farm of Breton, AB.

A list of qualifying shows will soon be available at

For NorthAmerican Sportpony Registry information, please contact:

Jody Jackson:

PO Box 197, Carter, MT 59420 / T: 406-734-5499

American Warmblood Registry and

North American Sportpony Featured in

USDF Connection

March USDF Connection
NorthAmerican Sportpony Registry
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