August/September 2013 saw something very special in his very
serve Champion Fourth Level Freestyle
fresh, very naughty face.
award and the CDS Reserve Champion
Over time, muscle formed where bones stuck out and he started to get pret-
Fourth Level Freestyle award at the California Dressage Society annual show.
ty. His junior rider liked to jump, so Hazen
Two weeks before the 2009 Sport
would show as a child’s jumper, winning
Arabian Championships in Idaho, Hazen
his speed classes and ripping at least one
strained his lateral collateral ligament in
buck a round (his teenage rider got real
his left fore playing in the pasture. It was
sticky in the saddle) and at the child’s par-
a disappointment to have to stay home,
ents’ request, I showed him in dressage
but up until this point, we had been injury
because they felt that was the best train-
free, and I just figured it was our turn.
In an instant, I knew something was very, very wrong.
ing for the naughty beast. We hit Third lev-
I have always been competitive and
el when his rider went off to college, and I
enjoyed showing, but the responsibili-
purchased him from the family.
ties of a young family and full-time job
In October, I handed the reins over to
We moved up the levels like most rid-
put showing on the back burner. Hazen
my then 12-year-old daughter Cyd to ride
er/horse combinations and were lucky to
continued to show and train through In-
in her first third level test. She had out-
avoid any major soundness setbacks. As a
termediare I including a fun I-1 freestyle.
grown her little Arabian whom she had
result of a skiing accident, I had to have my
Snowy winters and two more minor hu-
shown through Second level. That first
wrist re-built which required multiple sur-
man surgeries probably contributed to
test had a bunch of us laughing. Cyd took
geries and six months of non-riding time,
Hazen staying fairly sound through all of
the extended canter to mean gallop like a
but my horses often sit out the winter due
the work. He has a very straight gaskin so if
wild brumby and watching Hazen collect
to our snowy residence and I always figure
there’s ever a bit of unsoundness, it’s in his
himself before the corner was priceless.
it gives whatever strains and sprains we
hocks. I have had them injected only twice
Everyone pointed out the grin both horse
aren’t even aware of time to heal.
in his 18 years, so I’m getting a lot of miles
and rider had from ear to ear through out
the entire test.
I sought the help from FEI trainer
Volker Brommann. At this point, Hazen was
Last summer was a big step forward;
And then things went bad. I could start
still very hot to show and the FEI work was
although I did not show due to financial
the story with “It was a dark and stormy
continuing to heat him up. Volker’s calm
reasons, he was ready for I-2. With the
night,” because, well, it was. Mid-Novem-
approach was a huge turning point in Ha-
help of FEI trainer Michael Etherly, I could
ber on a Friday night, snowing, wind howl-
zen’s career. Hazen’s trot has always been
start and stop the one tempis on com-
ing, and temperature in the teens, I went
his weakest gait as he has more knee ac-
mand and his passage was nothing short
out to feed at 5:30 PM. Hazen normally
tion than reach. Volker saw that as a po-
of just plain fun. If anything, the strength
meets me at the gate but instead he was
tential gift for the piaffe and passage work.
required to do the very collected work
standing near his shelter and his pas-
He really gave me the confidence that we
made Hazen even sounder. Physically, he
ture buddy was galloping madly around.
could go all the way. Hazen, in turn, taught
was massive. You could play chess across
I called to Hazen thinking he didn’t see
Volker that non-traditional dressage hors-
his topline. And yet, he was still just our
me. He didn’t move. In an instant, I knew
es can be very successful. Volker still to-
family horse living life like other normal
something was very, very wrong. I ran out
day calls Hazen “Big Man” because of the
horses. He lived out in the pasture most of
and there in the bit of light from the back
size of his heart, not his stature.
the time with his best friend, “Roc,” going
of the barn, I could see he was three leg-
In 2007, Hazen earned the USDF Half-
for swims at a lake near our home and trail
ged, non-weight bearing.
Arabian/Anglo Arabian All Breeds award
riding with our dogs down to the creek
for Fourth level, the Region 7 USDF Re-
I couldn’t see the extent of the wound, but his knee was ripped open and already
The August/September 2013 issue of The Arabian Sport Horse Magazine.