Press Release

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April 6,   2015

 

Friends of Sound Horse (FOSH) is pleased to announce the Award winners for the inaugural year of the FOSH Gaited Dressage Program.  A division of FOSH Gaited Sport Horse initiative, FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses is a recognition and reward program for gaited horses competing in the discipline of Dressage.  This unique program honors any gaited horse participating in the art and discipline of dressage.  Open to all gaited breeds, the inaugural program included entries from Spotted Saddle Horse, Tennessee Walking Horse, Missouri Fox Trotting Horse and Rocky Mountain Horse.

Recognition is given to horses at each level of Test – Two Gait, Introductory Level, Training Level, First Level and Second Level.  Tests may be English or Western.  To be eligible for awards, three scores of 60% and over must be recorded in any level.  Scores must be from Dressage competitions with a recognized judge and tests that are specifically developed and written for gaited horses.  Recognized tests include IJA, NWHA, WDAA and Cowboy Dressage.

In the inaugural year submitted scores ranged from 70.53% to 63.97%.   At First Level, the differential between the average scores for the winner and the average scores for the runner-up was a miniscule 0.62%.  The eligibility requirements were not satisfied in the Two Gait and Training Level and no Awards were given.

Gift of Freedom, a Tennessee Walking Horse owned by Jennifer Klitzke of St. Francis MN was a multiple award recipient.  This duo received the highest average scores in Training level and First Level.  Gift of Freedom also submitted the highest score for 2014.

Prince Jester’s Request, a Missouri Fox Trotting Horse, owned by Julie Dillon of Goffstown, NH was the Award recipient at Second Level.  Also the reserve at First Level, the difference in average scores was only 0.62%.

FOSH thanks all gaited horse owners who supported the GOSH Gaited Dressage Program in 2014.  We look forward to the 2015 competitive year and the opportunity to recognize and reward gaited horses who compete in the discipline of Gaited Dressage.

Since 1998, FOSH is the only national organization dedicated to the promotion of the sound gaited horse emotionally, mentally and physically; fair competition; and humane training and education regardless of breed or discipline.