Idaho Falls Rider Prepares for National Competition

Reported by: Bill Kotowski
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Updated: 10/17/2013 6:58 pm
It's a sport that finds its roots in the battlefields of Europe training horses to carry the cavalry into battle, now dressage is considered more of an art form. A local rider and her four legged partner are hoping to paint a masterpiece next month as they head to the dressage national finals in Kentucky.

"When he was born we were so blessed,” says horse owner Joyce Cleveland. “He was such a gift."

For the last 10 years, Cleveland has cherished her Hanoverian gelding Bimmer. Not only was the horse foaled by one of her favorite mares, he also took quickly to the show ring, drawing attention far and wide.

"He is just amazing. When he goes in to that show ring, he knows he is in that show ring. The two of them just command that attention," said Cleveland.

The show ring has been good to Bimmer and his trainer Mindy Hussey. After taking part in just two dressage events this year, the pair qualified for a trip to Kentucky for the US Dressage Finals next month.

"I am excited for us to be on the national stage because I think this horse is quality,” said Hussey. “For me it has always been a dream to ride in the Rolex Stadium."

For Mindy, the road to Kentucky has taken her around the world. The Idaho Falls native has been everywhere from Europe to California training to reach this level. With few trainers in English disciplines in eastern Idaho, Mindy says that travel was necessary.  She feels now is the time to put her home state on the map.

"I want to represent Idaho too because we don't have people here. I want to let people know, dressage is here. It's not just western. We have English in Idaho," said Hussey.

While Bimmer may not understand his impact on the sport here in eastern Idaho, he does understand how wow the crowds and his owner says she is just fine with that.

"Every time he goes in the show ring, I just want him to be the best he can be. To be in this national competition, is overwhelming, exciting and very special and whatever he does will be great for me," said Cleveland.

Mindy and Bimmer are still working on raising some money to make the trip. If you would like to learn more about how you can help or if you are interested in learning more about English riding click here.
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