Owned by Andrea Parker, Wehatchee, WA

Guinness

Guinness (formerly Dorian) is a 1998 gelding by Donius W. from the thoroughbred mare Curiosity Marks. Guinness is a full brother to Qastalia and Winston.

Andrea says:
Guinness and I are doing great!  After over a year of struggling with flying changes, we got them down well enough to complete Third Level. Now we are working on getting out of Third (improving flying changes and improving the power in the medium and extended gaits) and into Fourth. We have begun pirouette work and the half-steps for piaffe.  Exciting things! What is really exciting is that at our last A show in July we got our Bronze Medal (two scores of 60% or higher from two different judges at A shows for each First, Second and Third level). Guinness has been wonderful. I feel so lucky to have him. I bring him home every weekend so he can have some down time just being a horse, getting dirty and eating grass. I believe him to be a very happy horse.

I can not say enough how much I love this horse. As one of my instructors said to me not long ago, "he (Guinness) is not a world class athlete, but he should certainly take me to Grand Prix". Well I am banking on it, and to also have him as a companion/friend is what most rider/horse combos never get to experience. I am lucky.

2006 update:
Andrea and Guinness competed in Level 4 and Prix St. George and received the United States Dressage Federation Silver Medal.

2007 update:
We did well enough to get our first score towards the four needed for the USDA gold medal. This winter's work is piaffe, passage, more uphill in the pirouettes, more uphill and flying in the flying changes and of course tempe changes. Guiness found the rules changing when I needed him to be more uphill. He was too ground-bound in front so I went to inhand work with the piaffe and we're in the beginning stages of learning the Spanish walk. He is starting to understand that he must pick up his front feet from the top of the shoulders. What a good boy!!! This year we are trying for Intermediate II (all the movements of a Grand Prix test with more time between them). We need one test score here and then we're on to Grand Prix. Wish us luck. [We do Andrea].

2008 update:
Guinness and I completed our Intermediate 2 test this past weekend at the Spokane Sport Horse Farm. We got a 60.7% score and a 62.4%. The 60.7% was one of only 3 60% or higher scores for the 10 FEI level riders that day. The 62.4% ride was the highest score among 11 FEI level riders that day. I am very proud of our boy. So now we are on to Grand Prix where we need 2 60%or higher scores to finish the quest for the Gold Rider Medal.

2009 update:
Guinness and I finally did it, we got the Gold Medal. We received 3 scores between 60 - 64% out of 4 showings in Grand Prix. WOW! Out of 22 Grand Prix rides so far in different shows in Region 6, we hold 3 out of 7 scores that are 60 % or higher. That average will change as the show season marches into its second half. What a journey it has been. My goal now is to clinic more to raise our scores and move to the requirements of getting a Gold Bar for Musical Freestyles. I love this horse!


Guinness in 2009


Guinness in 2008



Guinness in 2007


Guinness in 2007


Guinness in 2007


Guinness in 2006


Guinness in 2005
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Guinness in 2005
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Guinness in 2005
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Guinness in 2000


Guinness in 1999


Guinness in 1998

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