North American Western Dressage Year-End TRAX Winners Named

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North American Western Dressage (NAWD) congratulates the winners of its 2015 TRAX year-end awards program. More than 250 registered to test their horsemanship skills in a variety of dressage-based categories.

NAWD TRAX—Total Recognition for Accomplishing Xcellence—is a worldwide competition and awards program for Open, Amateur, Youth and teams of riders. Entering its fourth year in 2016, NAWD TRAX rewards exhibitors for their accomplishments in pursuit of a deeper relationship with their horses through the Western dressage. The TRAX program brings competitions to the exhibitor, offering opportunities in Western dressage, trail, groundwork, freestyle and—new in 2016—traditional dressage and ranch horse Western dressage.

“We are so pleased with the response that we have gotten so far and we continue to streamline the TRAX program to make it more accessible and user-friendly. For 2016 we are offering automatic score entry for our virtual show participants and have upgraded the teams program to give team members more options. TRAX will also feature a new, transparent system that will allow competitors to view their scores at any time.”

Congratulations to the following exhibitors, who placed at the top of their respective categories in 2015. NAWD is distributing more than $3,000 in prizes this year, including buckles for TRAX Teams and Versatility champions; a special thanks goes to Pure Harmony Equine Apparel for their donation of leather halters with nameplates and gift certificates for the high-point winners in each TRAX category.

TRAX Teams–Adults
Teams of three to four adult exhibitors who each submitted a minimum of three Western dressage test scores
1st: NAWD Newbies—Amanda Lane (WI) with Pioneer, Michaela Lane (WI) with Footloose, Jenny Schmitt (WI) with Juans Imperial Trooper, and Ellie Jensen (WI) with Tinus's First Woven Dream
2nd: All-Around Team—Jen Johnson (MN) with Bookem Danno, Kris Blacklock (WI) with Gambler’s Jackpot, Christine Ramsey (CA) with Bartender Nic, and Jane Brack (IN) with Hank

TRAX Teams–Youth
Teams of three to four Youth exhibitors who each submitted a minimum of three Western dressage test scores
1st: DLH Greenies—Rachel Hau (WI) with Footloose, Brooke Kiefer(WI) with Aurora, and Sara and Amber Hofmeier (WI), both with Mr. Bingley
2nd: Fillies on Fire—Emily Williams (PA) with Gabriel, Kaija Johnson (MN) with Elvis and Beth Williams (PA) with Chance Of Flurries

Versatility
Individual horse-and-rider teams who submitted three scores in each of four categories: Western Dressage, Six Feet on the Ground groundwork, Western Dressage Trail and Western Dressage Freestyle scores from NAWD virtual judging

Youth:
1st: Brooke Kiefer (WI) and Aurora

Adult Amateur
1st: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati
2nd: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler's Jackpot
3rd: Susan Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze
4th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Good Knight Beautiful

Open
1st: Amanda Lane (WI) and Pioneer
2nd: Michaela Lane (WI) and Footloose

Virtual Western Dressage
Individual horse-and-rider teams who submitted Western dressage scores from NAWD virtual judging

Intro Level–Youth
1st: Brooke Kiefer (WI) and Aurora
2nd: Emily Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze
3rd: Sage Kennedy (WI) and Keeda
4th: Maggie Herbert (NY) and Queen Of Hearts
5th: Kaija Johnson (MN) and Elvis

Intro Level–Adult Amateur
1st: Susan Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze
2nd: Brittany Doerfer (WI) and Lil Penny Blackburn
3rd: Adriana Digenakis (PA) and Tidy Up Cowgirl
4th: Samantha Deeter (PA) and Sage
5th: Kittie Smith (WI) and Platinum Lancer
6th: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati

Intro Level–Open
1st: Jen Johnson (MN) and Danno
2nd: Michaela Lane (WI) and Footloose
3rd: Julie Kennedy (PA) and Highlopin

Basic Level–Youth
1st: Beth Williams (PA) and Chance Of Flurries

Basic Level–Adult Amateur
1st: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler's Jackpot
2nd: Brittany Doerfer (WI) and Lil Penny Blackburn
3rd: Susan Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze

Basic Level–Open
1st: Amanda Lane (WI) and Pioneer
2nd: Julie Kennedy (PA) and Highlopin

Level 1–Open
1st: Jenny Schmitt (WI) and Juans Imperial Trooper
2nd: Linda Lee-Bower (PA) and Rawhides Ranger

Level 2–Open
1st: Peg Helder (PA) and Ima Rock Solid Hobby
2nd: Patrick King (OH) and Ima Rock Solid Hobby

Six Feet On the Ground
Individual horse-and-rider teams who submitted Six Feet on the Ground groundwork scores from NAWD virtual judging

Youth
1st: Brooke Kiefer (WI) and Aurora
2nd: Kaija Johnson (MN) and Windy

Adult Amateur
1st: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler's Jackpot
2nd: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Good Knight Beautiful
3rd: Stacey Gorman (WI) and Paint A Masquerade
4th: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati
5th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Boon Ocean Blue
6th: Michelle O'Day Manning (PA) and Cheyanne

Open
1st: Michaela Lane (WI) and Footloose
2nd: Amanda Lane (WI) and Pioneer
3rd: Jen Johnson (MN) and Danno

Western Dressage Trail
Individual horse-and-rider teams who submitted Western Dressage Trail scores from NAWD virtual judging

Youth:
1st: Brooke Kiefer and Aurora

Adult Amateur
1st: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati
2nd: Adriana DiGenakis (PA) and Tidy Up Cowgirl
3rd: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler's Jackpot
4th: Susan Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze
5th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Good Knight Beautiful
6th: Sherry Rosser Carroll (TX) and TA Rodansk

Open
1st: Amanda Lane (WI) and Pioneer
2nd: Michaela Lane (WI) and Footloose

Freestyle Western Dressage
Individual horse-and-rider teams who submitted Western Dressage Freestyle scores from NAWD virtual judging

Youth:
1st: Brooke Kiefer and Aurora

Adult Amateur
1st: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati
2nd: Susan Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze
3rd: Adriana DiGenakis (PA) and Tidy Up Cowgirl
4th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler's Jackpot
5th: Stacey Gorman (WI) and Paint A Masquerade
6th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Good Knight Beautiful

Open
1st: Amanda Lane (WI) and Pioneer
2nd: Michaela Lane (WI) and Footloose
3rd: Julie Kennedy (PA) and Highlopin

Live TRAX
Individual horse-and-rider teams who submitted Western dressage scores from live competitions

Intro Level–Youth
1st: Maggie Herbert (NY) and Queen Of Hearts

Intro Level–Adult Amateur
1st (tie): Susan Ellis (VA) with Cowboy Cadillac and Executive Eagle
2rd: Jaclyn Kimmes (NY) and Koateri
3th: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati
4th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler’s Jackpot
5th: Bron Stark (VA) and Hexenhammer
6th: Jean Donhauser (VA) and WKF Ebony Phoenix

Intro Level–Open
1st: Kim Hillyer (PA) and Bell the Cat
2nd: Amanda Lane (WI) and Pioneer
3rd: Michaela Lane (WI) and Footloose
4th: Annie Trice (MD) and Apollo
5th: Tracy Meisenbach (VA) and Sugarbush Harleys Classic O

Basic Level–Adult Amateur
1st: Christine Ramsey (CA) and Bartender Nic
2nd: Susan Williams (PA) and Mist N Breeze
3rd: Patty Carlson (AR) and Dark Eyed Cream Puff
4th: Jessica Hein (TX) and Ozzerati
5th: Kris Blacklock (WI) and Gambler's Jackpot
6th: Jean Donhauser (VA) and WKF Ebony Phoenix

Basic Level–Open
1st: Jenny Schmitt (WI) and Juans Imperial Trooper

Level 1–Adult Amateur
1st: Kim Hubbard (PA) and Hobbys Goin For Gold
2nd: Christine Ramsey (CA) and Bartender Nic

Level 1–Open
1st: Hillary Stark (NC) and Ebony Phoenix
2nd: Jenny Schmitt (WI) and Juans Imperial Trooper

Level 2–Open
1st: Hillary Stark (NC) and Ebony Phoenix

NAWD TRAX returns in 2016 with even more opportunities for Western dressage enthusiasts to test their partnership with their mounts. Virtual TRAX is offered in four categories across Youth, Adult Amateur and Open divisions. Live TRAX will be offered in Western dressage in Youth, Adult Amateur and Open divisions. Team TRAX will be offered for Western dressage in Adult and Youth divisions. Exhibitors may sign up for individual categories or “Total TRAX,” a flat-fee that includes participation in Virtual, Live and Versatility competition for 2016. Learn more and sign up at nawdhorse.org.

North American Western Dressage (NAWD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating horse enthusiasts about the universal benefits of Western dressage and providing fun, affordable ways to participate in this popular new sport. NAWD offers a variety of programs—Six Feet on the Ground groundwork tests, traditional Western Dressage, Western Dressage Trail and Ranch Horse Western Dressage, and Pre-Intro Western Dressage for even the youngest exhibitors—as well as virtual coaching and showing opportunities, achievement awards and more. Learn more about NAWD at nawdhorse.org and at facebook.com/WesternDressageNAWD.