2012 marked the third year that American Quarter Horses could earn AQHA points in dressage and incentive fund monies by participating in USDF shows that were recognized by the American Quarter Horse Association. Since its inception in January 2010, Lynn Palm, coached by Cyril Pittion-Rossillon, has been competing with American Quarter Horses at such shows. Two of her mounts, Larks Home Run and In Dee Extreme, earned high honors this year.
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Larks Home Run, owned by Amy and Tom Grabe of Ocala, FL, garnished the Adequan USDF/AQHA Al l Breed Award at Second Level with a median score of 64.60%. Larks Home Run’s stable mate, In Dee Extreme, bred and owned by Robin DeGraff of Midway, KY, also made an impression with a first place finish for the Adequan USDF/AQHA All Breed Award in Training Level with a median score of 71.30% . Both horses qualified for the USDF Region 3 Championships and show promise to earn 2012 year end awards presented by the American Quarter Horse Association.
For those AQHA competitors who like patterns, stepping into the dressage ring and mastering a pattern-like test will have riders hooked on dressage. Like horsemanship and hunt seat equitation, riders can execute a test with finesse, accuracy and fluidity. The partnerships and progression of training in dressage is priceless!
About Lynn Palm
Palm’s career highlights include 2007 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horsewoman of the Year, a record four AQHA Superhorse wins, AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year by the Women’s Athletic Association, named one of the top United States clinicians by Horse & Rider magazine, over 34 AQHA World and Reserve World Champions, over 50 bridleless dressage exhibitions at events including the National Horse Show, 1989 World Cup and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and World Cup. Palm and Cyril Pittion-Rossillon are co-founders of three horse industry companies: Palm Partnership Training, Women LUV Horses, and Alliance Saddlery USA. Palm is the author of the new release, The Rider’s Guide to Real Collection. Being the first female with an equine educational TV show, Palm’s training show airs on HRTV Dish 404 Tuesday evenings with additional airings throughout the week and on demand at HRTVlive.com.
About Cyril Pittion-Rossillon
Pittion-Rossillon hails from Paris, France, where he earned his Riding Master Degree from the French National Equestrian School. With his extensive equine background and thirty years of experience, Cyril brings an ideal background to his instructor duties. His credentials include: Trained under members of French Olympic Team, French Junior Jumper Circuit, French Open Jumper Circuit (Levels 5 and 6), Eventing Preliminary Division, AQHA & USEF Hunter Division, Youth & Amateur Coach for USEF & AHSA competition, Co-Director and Instructor Palm Partnership Training Clinics, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Alliance Saddlery.