Zavanna is 1999 mare by
Donius W. from the thoroughbred mare
Lucky Effort. Zavanna
is a full sister to Delta.
Zavanna is enthusiastic about her work, light to the aids and
possesses a natural rhythm. She is the most affectionate horse I
have owned. If she were a dog, she'd be at your side wagging her
tail the entire time! She settles into new situations quite
easily, and has no problem eating anywhere at any time. I'm
looking forward to seeing how far she can go in dressage these
coming years. I think I'm in for a treat! We might do a little
2005 update for Zavanna, who
is also receiving a rosette for High Point Award from the
Friesian Sport Horse Registry:
Thought I'd pass on some good news! I entered Vanna in the
Mid-Island Cadora Dressage show this past weekend, a two-day
show (we stayed overnight). We did the four Training Level tests
under Ali Buchanan and Judy Turner, both recognized judges from
Vancouver. The show was a provincial competition (not national)
but under Equine Canada rules.
At the show on the first day, I warmed Vanna up for an hour
beforehand. She was pretty fresh but there was no bucking. In
the ring, in the first test, she did little bucking hops during
the first canter circle, then she settled into it. I was very
pleased with her. I couldn't believe it when I got my test back
- over 65% with a 9 for the first entry and halt - the first 9
I've ever had for this movement. We placed second! In the next
test, in a different ring, we had a little bolt when someone
slammed a door shut in the parking lot next to the ring (way too
close) but again we got over 65 and this time came first!
She was excellent at the grounds in her stall - no problem
drinking or eating. She kept whinnying every time she saw me
when I came around the corner. It was too funny. And a big
whinny when she saw me creeping out of the horse trailer at 5:30
am trying not to wake people up!
On day two, we were both more relaxed. We got a 65 again in Test
3, which I find difficult. This time her canter was better, and
so was her trot - she really started to swing her back - it was
great. We got a second.
Then in our last test,Test 4, she was really good. I so enjoyed
the ride although it was hard work! We got 8 for our gaits, and
8 for the free walk and 8 for the stretch circle, and 7 for our
canters one way and 8 for our entry. We came first with a 71.5%.
I was thrilled, but best of all she felt super, and everyone
said her trot was fabulous. Wish I had videotaped her.
So, at the prize giving, Vanna was a real ham. I should be
getting some photos back of that, and I do have some photos on a
CD of my riding. We ended up with the Training Level
Championship in the Amateur Division! (although I think our
marks were higher than those in the Open division).
We got a very smart navy and
beige cooler. Then we won a bridle and another huge ribbon for
the high-point score of the entire show (usually horses in the
lower divisions win this). As if this wasn't enough, we were
given the challenge trophy for the Mid-Island Cadora member with
the highest score. Finally, I won a draw for my volunteer help,
the prize being a certificate towards a Pilates lesson which I
really, really need! Everyone was so happy for us, knowing how
hard we've had to work after the dreadful May show. There is the
major Equine Canada show in Victoria in a couple of weeks, but
I'll enter that next year. They are over-subscribed, and two
months ago I didn't feel it was worthwhile even thinking about.
I don't want to push my luck!
So there you have it! Thought you'd like some good news from
this end. My aim now is to work on that darned canter, and to
slow it down with half-halts. At this stage, she still breaks
into trot all the time. We'll go First Level next year, and my
objective will be to get over 70!
I had great comments from the judges. I'm so glad that Vanna's
gaits are in the 8 range naturally.
So I've had fun showing my supporters all the loot! Most of all,
my husband was impressed!
Zavanna and I did pretty well this show season. It was our first
time doing recognized Equine Canada national shows which was
exciting. At the beginning of the show season we did Training
Level and in August we started doing First Level. Although our
scores were not remarkably high we won 3 Reserve Championships
this year in dressage (1 at Training Level and 2 at First Level)
and 1 Reserve Championship in hack classes. I am quite pleased
because I know Zavanna is capable of doing so much more and once
she relaxes she will be amazing! My goal for the next show
season is to qualify for the British Columbia Summer Games and
then in the fall start showing at Second Level.