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The Next Chapter for Santana’s Flaming Dawn

Alex Ennis and Santana’s Flaming Dawn

had a practice ride at J.D. Massey on Saturday.


Santana’s Flaming Dawn is one of those great horses, or ponies to be correct, who has helped launch many young riders’ show careers. By Hurricane Country and out of the Sultan’s Santana dam, Worth It All, Santana’s Flaming Dawn better known as Ellen had a late start in life. She began her illustrious career at Margaret Gardiner’s Longacre Stables in Chatham, Va. While she was there she carried many young riders to many blues. At one of the shows in Raleigh she caught Heather Boodey’s eye who selected her for her young rider, Justine Janzen. At Ingleside she added more titles to her list while teaching Janzen. Her next stop was Boone’s Farm where Betsy and Paul Boone teamed her up with Ali Deutsch. Deutsch would go on to ride the great CH Hank Heiron and now Leatherwood’s Hats Off all after the lessons that she had learned from Ellen.


When Deutsch had outgrown Ellen, it was time for her to take on another budding rider, Camille Cowart, and since 2005 this team has earned many wins and top ribbons throughout the Carolina/Virginia circuit. Even though Cowart continues to love showing and working Ellen, she knew it was time for the pony to teach another rider since she now is busy with Heathermoor’s Prince and Small Packages. She completed her career with Ellen earning two reserve titles in the competitive three-gaited pleasure pony at J.D. Massey.


On Saturday a new young lady, Alex Ennis, entered Ellen’s life and she will return to Ingleside Farm. Ennis is a product of Ingleside’s academy program and has been showing in academy since the fall of 2006. Most recently she captured blues at Raleigh Spring Premier. The decision was made to find her a performance horse this spring and the rest is history. Boodey is thrilled to have Ellen back at Ingleside and looks forward this new team’s future. They plan to debut at Tar Heel Classic and then show at Dixie Cup.


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