The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) has announced its Top Ten 2012 Amateur Achievement Award winners. Top point achiever in the adult amateur category is Lorraine Prowse of Sherwood Park, Alberta with 682.5 points.
Adult Amateur Achievement Award Winner
Prowse’s competition year began with a bang at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show where she placed in 20 classes. “I started off at Scottsdale and showed three horses. Had some great goes, ended up winning some classes,” says Prowse. From there Prowse showed at the Parkland Spring Show in May where she won every class she entered.
Prowse prepared for the Region 6 Sport Horse Championship at the pre-show and suffered a fall with Sur Teddy’s Magna++//, her champion 1997 gelding. “It looked really bad, but I just had minor bruises and I was really sore. I actually won the first class I went in and ended up having a fantastic regional show,” says Prowse, who left the show with three Championships, two Reserves, three Top Fives. She then took home nine Championships, four Reserves, and four Top Fives at Region 17.
Despite hitting 12 shows in 2012, Prowse wasn’t necessarily chasing points and didn’t have the Achievement Award in mind. “It was just an added bonus after a great season,” says Prowse. Prowse is unique in that her first love is clearly the jumper and working hunter classes, but she also competes in one western class – trail. “I had gotten kinda bored, so I put western tack on one of my jumpers, Jayded Moon+, and started doing the trail.” One of Prowse’s Canadian National Championships was earned in Arabian Trail Horse AO. “We were quite amazed that he pulled himself together for that!”
Prowse is grateful for the support she’s received since her parents found an Arabian for her 16 years ago. “My parents have helped me all along the way. My dressage coach, Chris Collins, Cheryl and Allan Ehrlick and Debbie Story from Top Line Training have all been so helpful.”
Other Canadians on the Top Ten Adult Amateurs list include Colleen McKenzie of Sherwood Park, AB (tied for 6th with 175.5 points), Kathryn Farmer of Edmonton, AB (9th with 162.5 points), and Daniella Gray of Aldergrove, BC (10th with 151.5 points). On the Top Ten Youth list, Isobelle Ehret of Wetaskiwin, AB rides into 5th place with 307.5 points. Congratulations!
Learn more about the AHA’s Achievement Awards program.