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.
2020 has been quite the year for everyone in the eventing community. With events completely shut down for nearly three months, many competitors didn't have the 2020 season they were planning on. Still, the truncated season didn't stop Rayastrada and her owner and rider Meghan Lewis from earning the lowest finishing score of any competitor during the whole of the 2020 season.
Three years after the creation of the USEA Young Event Horse Program (YEH), the USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) was born in 2007. Sharing similar goals as YEH, the FEH program evaluates the potential of yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds to become successful upper level event horses.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
The USEA is pleased to announce that Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Piggy March will be the two keynote speakers of the 2020 USEA Virtual Annual Meeting. The moderator of this exciting keynote presentation will be Nicole Brown. This event will take place on Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. EST via a Zoom Webinar. During this meeting, members will join as ‘attendees’ and can interact with the keynote speakers through the Q&A feature. Start preparing the questions now by learning about our speakers and moderator below!