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Equitate LLC Holiday Party

On Sunday, December 12th, 2010 Equitate hosted their 5th annual Holiday Party. Despite some crazy winter weather, the show did go on and over 100 were in attendance! The event was held at beautiful local restaurant for a dressy luncheon and awards. Sheri Brandl and Sarah McClintock acknowledged all of the Equitate riders and awarded their own high point champions and reserve champions.

Class A Pleasure Champion was Kaelynn Lesniak, with Reserve Champion going to Zac Cutting. Also sweeping the Class A Equitation was Kaelynn Lesniak, Reserve was a tie between Zac Cutting and Katie Fleming. Then it was time to award the academy riders. Academy Pleasure Champion was Tiffany Grosspietsch, Reserve went to Giovanna Greco. Academy Equitation Champion was Alyssa Repp with Reserve going to Catt Bernthal. Pattern Class Champion was Julia Lammers, with Reserve going to Ellie Grosspietsch. Time was also taken to recognize all the riders who earned ASHA medallions and those who won IASPHA (Illinois American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association) awards.

Each year at Equitate, aside from regular awards earned by show ring results, one rider is selected to take home the Sportsmanship Award. The recipient of this award relishes in the personal challenge of riding, not the spotlight. They have a true love and dedication to horses, the sport of riding and to Team Equitate. This year this person was Tiffany Grosspietsch. Tiffany is an adult rider who is graduating from Academy into the adult division next year with her new horse purchase that happened earlier this year. She was thrilled with the award and took some time to thank everyone at Equitate, including Sarah and Sheri for having such an incredible barn for both kids and adults to enjoy the sport of riding. Following the awards, everyone gathered around to reminisce about the 2010 show season with a slide show recapturing all the fabulous Equitate memories of 2010. Sheri closed the night with some heartfelt thanks and then everyone hit the dance floor.

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