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2015 Western Dressage World Show a Great Success! —

November 9, 2015 — Emily and her students returned to the Western Dressage World Show for the third year in a row and just as with the past years, enjoyed yet another successful show. The show took place November 6th - 8th and was put on by the Western Dressage Association of America at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma in partnership with the Color Breed Congress. This is the shows third year, having had its inaugural year in just 2013. Though both the discipline as a whole and the world show are both still young, the show experiences remarkable growth each year. This year's show had to be expanded to span three days and take place in 4 different arenas to accommodate the 800+ rides that took place.

This year Emily debuted her palomino paint, gelding, Mountain Rose Frisco, an 8 year old Morgan/Draft/Paint cross, whose eye-catching color shown as much as his equally eye-catching movement. The proud pair competed at Basic Level and Level 1 and brought home the placings of 2nd, 7th, 12th and 13th in the world respectively. This was Emily's third Reserve World Champion placing, bringing home that title not once, but twice, last year aboard her Appaloosa gelding, Mountain Rose Charisma.

Also joining Emily as a competitor at this year's show was MRH student, Glenn Friendt, whom competed aboard Frisco as well in the Introductory Level. This was Glenn's first world show and he proudly claimed himself a 4th and 10th place finish with some fine looking rides.

Congratulations are also in order for fellow Nebraska riders, Kathy Lewis and Sheila Purdum, on their rides at this years show. Kathy returned with her Palomino mare, Simon Says I'm Solo and then debuted her new Gypsy Vanner mare, Enchantment. Between Kathy's black and white paint mare, Emily's palomino paint gelding and Sheila's Norwegian Fjord, the Nebraska barn was a mighty fine looking bunch and really turned some heads!

A special acknowledgment goes as well to the group of MRH students whom made the trip to Oklahoma this year simply to watch and benefit from the many learning opportunities that abound at a show of this level. Jane Hansen, Paige Lies and Melanie Lies all began their Western Dressage journey this past year and though they were not World Show contenders just yet, they gifted themselves with a very fun and fruitful experience by being in attendance at this year's show.

Emily and "Team MRH" will return to make their presence known again at the 2016 World Show (and beyond!), so stay tuned on the MRH Calendar for 2016 Western Dressage shows and educational offerings. And then see you in the show ring!

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