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2001/08/14

Massey Represents USA At 2001 North America FEI Junior Dressage Championships Standing center podium has become second nature for Mary Claire Massey, of Arlington, Tennessee. June 14-17 she and her horse SCRABBLEcompeted in the USET Festival of Champions as part of Team America. The team finished first. Massey then traveled to Batavia, Ohio, where she competed in the 2001 North American FEI Junior Championships. SCRABBLE+/ is an eleven year old Arabian gelding and has competed in dressage since age five. His main arena has been open breed competitions although he has competed at the Regional and National level in Arabian/Half Arabian competitions also. His titles have included: 1995 Arabian/Half Arabian U.S. National Champion - 1st level 1995 ABIG/USDF Region 9 Champion - 1st level 1996 IAHA Reg. 9 Champion Training level JTR 1997 IAHA Reg. 9 Champion 1st level JTR, Res. Champion 2nd level 1997 & 98 Arabian/Half Arabian Youth National Top Ten - 1st level 1998 IAHA Reg. 9 Res. Champion 2nd level 1999 IAHA Reg. 14 Res. Champion 1st level, Champion 2nd level AOTR 1999 Arabian/HA Youth National Champion 1st & 2nd level 2000 IAHA Reg. 14 Res. Champion 3rd level, Champion 4th level 2000 Arabian/HA U.S. National Top Ten - 3rd & 4th levels 2000 ABIC/USDF Reg. 3 Champion 3rd, Res. Champion 4th level YR 2000 USDF All Breed Awards - 1st Place Arabian 4th level USDF Performance certificates training through 4th levels Mary Claire took over SCRABBLE from her older sister, Erin, three summers ago. They have steadily moved up the levels and won championships since they formed as a team. These titles were just the building up to being named to the 2000 AHSA/Cosequin Junior Dressage Team Championships held in Colorado. This national event is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as a Junior Olympic event. SCRABBLE+/ was the first purebred Arabian to be named to this prestigious team of twelve juniors selected from across the United States competing at 4th level or the FEI Junior tests. SCRABBLE+/ was honored to be part of the gold winning team. During the remainder of 2000 Mary Claire Massey and SCRABBLE+/ continued their training and showing 4th level and Prix St. George and planned to submitted their scores for the 2001 team selections. Again they were selected to be among the twelve in the country to compete at the National Championships at Gladstone's Festival of Champions. For the first time, the junior championship competition included two venues. The second competition was an international event, the 2001 FEI North American Junior Dressage Championships held at Paxton Farms, CDI*** in Ohio. FEI rules were enforced. Again SCRABBLE+/ was the only small horse of a non-warmblood breed but he quickly won over many with his friendly nature and his natural ability in the dressage arena. Mary Claire Massey, age 15, and SCRABBLE+/ were part of the gold winning team, Team America, at Gladstone. The teams were re-organized and moved to Ohio where they would have the opportunity to train with Olympian, Lendon Gray and Pan Am medalist and head trainer at Paxton, Leslie Webb. The second phase of competition included teams from Canada, Australia, Costa Rica and a U.S. Pony Club team. Now SCRABBLE+/ represented the United States. At Paxton, SCRABBLE+/ had some of his strongest rides under the panel of 5 judges. The Chronicle of the Horse reported (under judges comments') - "Mary Claire Massey was voted to have the cutest' horse in competition. Like the adage states, pretty is as pretty does and SCRABBLE, her 11 year old Arabian gelding, helped Team USA 3 win a silver medal with the highest team score (64.57%). The pair also finished sixth in the individual test (64.86%) which left them sixth individually. SCRABBLE goes to show that its very possible to come and compete and be competitive if your horse is well ridden and well trained' noted Brown. Marietta Withages had him placed first in the preliminary test'...(The Chronicle of the Horse, Friday July 13, 2001, page 10). We all were so proud of him as an true ambassador of the breed. SCRABBLE+/ is an outstanding Arabian competing in a warmblood world. He stands out for what he is - a talented dressage horse successfully competing at the FEI levels.

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