|(studbook name Viper)|
competing in Ocala; March 2009
"It was always my dream that as soon as both my girls went to college I would get to show a little more again," said Nancy Sutherland, Olathe, Kansas. "I had no idea that being Horse of the Year would be part of the deal. That was an added bonus!"
Vancouver, a 7-year-old Royal Dutch Warmblood owned by Nancy's daughter, Margot Sutherland, won more than 10 championships this year in the amateur-owner divisions.
"We call him the 'barefoot wonder' because he shows bare foot," said Nancy. "In August of 2006 he pulled a shoe, and by the time the farrier got there he had pulled two more. His feet did so well [without shoes] that we never put them back on."
Vancouver was champion at the Kentucky National, Dallas Harvest (Texas), American Royal Hunter Jumper (Mo.), St. Louis National Charity (Mo.), GO Preview (Okla.), and many Lake St. Louis shows.
Nancy pinned her Kentucky National championship as one of her favorite moments, but she also said the score of 90 she received in an amateur-owner classic was exciting as well.
"He is such a character," she said. "He will do anything for a treat. He is a pet and friend; he's the horse of a lifetime and it's a joy to get the privilege to ride him." [from: Chronicle of the Horse; March 13, 2009 Issue]
competing at the Kentucky Horse Park
The Amateur Owner Hunters were the next to compete for division championships. In the Amateur Owner 36 and Over division Nancy Sutherland and Vancouver, owned by Margot Sutherland of Olathe, KS were awarded the grand championship. Dolce and owner/rider Sue Takata of Athens, TX were awarded reserve champion.
Sutherland and Vancouver are currently leading the country in points in their division. "It is something that I wasn't planning, but in April it just started happening for me," she said. "He started winning and it has just been the most awesome year."
"They say everyone gets one and this is it, this is my one horse of a lifetime," Sutherland continued. "He is a pet, he is a friend, he is just great."
Born March 22nd, 2002
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