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Team #555 Ann Bresson and Abigail

Team #555: Ann Bresson and Abigail
From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ages: 77 & 23
Combined Age: 100
Test: First Level Test 3
Date: May 8, 2022

I started riding as a young girl, renting horses with lessons in Virginia. I stopped riding during college but started again when I moved to Colorado after college. I rode Western on trails in the foothills of the Rockies, using horses borrowed from my sister-in-law. I bought my first horse, which was registered in the half-Arabian registry. I gave my mare to my daughter for her 12th birthday and trained her foal so we could ride together.

When I moved to Albuquerque, I brought my horse with me. I started taking dressage lessons with Dianne Faye-FitzSimmons, one of Mr. Charles de Kunffy’s prize pupils, who was teaching at the stable where I boarded my horse in the East Mountains of New Mexico. I rode in my first dressage show there. We scored a 63% on a walk/trot Intro test.

After my horse had to be put down, I used school horses until I graduated from Nursing School. I then leased Jamaica Rain from Susan Reed for about a year and a half, continuing my dressage lessons with Dianne. After I returned Jamaica Rain to Susan, I used school horses at Cherry Tree Farm to continue my dressage lessons. I am now taking my dressage lessons with Susan, a pupil of Dianne.

Abigail is a foal of Jamaica Rain (Team #223 in 2015). She was trained by her owner, Susan Reed. Susan uses her for lessons with her advanced students and for competing in the New Mexico Dressage Association shows.