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Team Nebraska Represents Proudly at the Western Dressage World Show —

October 1, 2017 — The WDAA Western Dressage World Show is an extraordinary event each year, chock full of amazing riders proudly showcasing an array of breeds. Riders from all over North America made the trip to the beautiful Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Over the course of 4 days, 500+ rides took place atop 38 different breeds in 4 simultaneously running arenas. As if that wasn't enough to make the environment palpable with excitement, an additional 10,000 viewers streamed in to watch online! In its seventh year as an association and as host to its fifth annual World Show, the Western Dressage Association of America has made its mark on the industry and Western Dressage has proven it is here to stay!

Dressage riders from Nebraska have competed in the World Show each year since its inception and have done so proudly time and time again. This year proved to be no different! This year's Team Nebraska riders included Glenn Friendt, Janelle Stelk and Deb Wilke, who were joined by coach Emily Johnson of Mountain Rose Horsemanship and Kathy Lewis who was proudly riding for and representing her barn. This year marked return trips for Glenn and Kathy and was Janelle and Deb's debut Western Dressage World Show. Team Nebraska surely did their state proud this year bringing home many Top 10 and Top 5 placings and even some high points. Congratulations are specifically in order to:

Janelle Stelk for three third-place finishes at Level 2, as well as bringing home third in Level 2 high point! Her stunning mare Dot was surely a favorite at the show and Janelle showcased her beautifully!

Glenn Friendt on his first world show outing with his new horse, Chica, placed 6th, 8th and 9th in very large Introductory Level classes and 10th in overall high point in his division. An elegant duo they were and an example of a lovely and true partnership!

Kathy Lewis cleaned up with a 1st, 2nd and 5th placing, plus a 9th in overall high point in her Introductory level division. And to top it off her stunning Gypsy Vanner, Enchantment took breed high point. Kathy has been a devoted and determined student of this new sport and it showed!

Deb Wilke placed 11th and 25th on her debut show outing with her 3-year-old mare, Sophie, and gifted her little mare with a terrific and very positive educational experience. They both have a tremendous amount to feel good about.

To say it was a good and very fun show outing for the Nebraska group would be an understatement. We are looking forward to next year already!!! And we would love to have you join us!

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