August/September 2013 tic came back.
Training Junior Division and finished 3rd.
petitions throughout the US. Camp provid-
I figured we would need a school-mas-
She has started 2013 at Training level
ed them with the opportunity to fine-tune
ter for a while and that Mystic would still
and has done well. She finished on her
some of the skills needed to compete at
take several months until she would be
dressage score in March again at Texas
the international level.
ready to be Gaby’s full-time horse com-
Rose Horse Park and finished 9th out of 25
They will continue to train with the Area
peting at horse trials. Once again, she de-
kids. She was entered in two more shows
V Young Rider Coach Mike Huber and they
fied the odds and began to take Gaby to
this spring, but we had to withdraw as Mys-
are planning on doing clinics with Olympi-
the jumps and really enjoyed her job. She
tic had an infected tooth that needed to be
ans such as Boyd Martin.
had competed in a couple of Young Event
removed. She had started being winded
I would say that before being blessed
Horse Shows and once again did well. She
after cross-country for the first time ever,
with this amazing mare, I wouldn’t have
was the 2011 USEA Area V Young Event
as an abscess from the tooth had blocked
shopped specifically for an Arabian cross
Horse Champion 4-Year-Old. She was also
since it is not a usual breed for eventing.
the 2012 USEA Area V Young Event Horse
Gaby and Mystic went to USEA Area V
I certainly would now. They are graceful,
Young Rider Camp for the second year in a
athletic and have fabulous stamina. These
In the fall of 2012, Gaby competed her
row. This year it was held at the site of the
three things are what is needed in eventing
at Area V horse trials in the Novice division.
2013 American Eventing Championships at
in order to be successful and competitive.
She competed in just two horse trials; in
Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas. Gaby
They are loyal and have a work ethic that
the second one, they placed second and
and Mystic have qualified for this year’s
finished on her dressage score. She also
AEC’s at Training level. This year at camp,
I am often approached by people who
qualified for the American Eventing Cham-
they were in the prelim group as they con-
comment on Mystic’s beauty and grace.
pionships for the first time! The following
tinue to prepare to move up to the higher
Most are in awe when they see her jump, as
show, her trainer, Mike Huber, moved her
levels of their sport.
she is quite scopey! I think she and Gaby
up to Training Level. This was the Holly Hill
Gaby and Mystic are aiming for the
will have many more years together and
Horse Trials in Louisiana in October, and
North American Junior and Young Rider
will continue to go where no one thought
she finished 5th. That same month, she
Championships in July 2014. They must
they would go.
competed at Texas Rose Horse Park in the
qualify at the one-star level at select com-
Photos Courtesy of Cheryl Stephens
The August/September 2013 issue of The Arabian Sport Horse Magazine.