Three years ago we never in our wildest dreams would have thought Shayna and her hot and often unruly Harley Davidson could have come this far. She was recently ranked 8th in the Nation and placed second behind her coach Steffen Peters in several CDI's.
Harley was found for Shayna as a 3 year old by Klaus Balkenhol and she has brought him along ever since. Harley was a dream until he turned 6 and then he gave her nothing but trouble for three years. After lots of hard work, and quite a bit of bolting, bucking, a few unplanned dismounts and several unsuccessful attempts to sell him, Shayna turned a corner with Harley and realized she had the horse of a lifetime.
Now she needs the help of her friends and equestrian community to help make those dreams come true. We all know Dressage is a tough sport and it takes a lot of talent, hard work, discipline, and luck to make it to the top of the leader board. But that's not enough, it also takes finances, the kind of money many young talented trainers unfortunately don't have.
It would be a great loss for Shayna and the US Dressage team if she was unable to compete against the best and prove her metal only for lack of funding. Shayna was invited to compete in Gladstone at the US Finals, but she was unable to go because she didn't have the financial backing.
The top 12 ranked riders in the US are invited but if they can't fund themselves they can't go. It's paramount to the success of the sport that we as a community support one another and make sure talented horses and riders have the opportunity to make it to the top.
Your support and generosity are deeply appreciated in this endeavor.