He never finished outside of the top 10 in 2019, he placed third at the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final, he won the CCI4*-S division at Stable View, and earned 210 USEA points last year to be named the 2019 Standlee Premium Western Forage USEA Horse of the Year - Z is the January Horse of the Month! Z is an 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by the Z partnership and ridden by Phillip Dutton.
A workhorse who is naturally shy and dislikes crowded arenas - learn more about the Zangersheide gelding through his longtime rider, Dutton.
“Z is a pretty easy name so that sticks.”
“Z is a good eater - he likes most food including carrots, mints, etc.”
“I would say it’s the cross-country. He certainly gets pretty excited about it, but I can tell he’s also proud of himself at the finish and the cool down.”
“He is naturally a bit shy, but as his education has increased so has his confidence and outward personality.”
“He likes to work, so that’s one of the reasons we get along. I do think he likes to compete and perform. He also likes his turnout.”
“He is not a fan of crowded arenas and warmup.”
“I feel lucky to be a part of his career and to watch him grow and mature. Plus, I think the best is ahead of him.”
About the USEA Horse of the Month
The USEA is recognizing an event horse each month on the USEA website and social media. The USEA Horse of the Month is determined based on statistics and event results and announced at the beginning of every month. The January Horse of the Month was selected based on the performance of the 2019 USEA Competition season.
In 2000 and with the support of Joan Iversen Goswell, the Worth the Trust Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to amateurs to pursue their education in eventing. The funds from the Worth the Trust Educational Scholarship may be used for training opportunities such as clinics, working student positions, and private or group instruction, or to learn from an official, course designer, technical delegate, judge, veterinarian, or organizer.
The Surefire Farm Horse Trials scheduled for September 25-27, 2020 in Purcellville, Virginia has been canceled.
When introducing a horse to a new concept, it is important to make the entire learning process enjoyable. Make sure to always praise your horse so they continuously understand that they are supposed to be enjoying this time. In eventing, the skinnies have gotten so small that the sooner the horses begin to lock on and enjoy it, the better.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).