AHP Newsgroup: Lorraine Prowse and Taylor Bowman Named Top Amateurs of 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
**Photos available upon request**
Aurora, CO (February 6, 2013) AHA is happy to announce its 2012 Amateur Achievement Award winners, adult amateur Lorraine Prowse of Sherwood Park, Alberta who earned 682.5 points and youth amateur Taylor Bowman of Hillsboro, Oregon who earned 909.5 points. Both amateurs compete largely in the sport horse division and attended both Canadian Nationals and Sport Horse Nationals in 2012, earning a whopping 23 combined National Championships.
Adult Amateur Achievement Award Winner
Prowse’s competition year began with a bang at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show where she placed in 20 classes. “I started off at Scottsdale and showed three horses. Had some great goes, ended up winning some classes,” says Prowse. From there Prowse showed at the Parkland Spring Show in May where she won every class she entered.
Prowse prepared for the Region 6 Sport Horse Championship at the pre-show and suffered a fall with Sur Teddy’s Magna++//, her champion 1997 gelding. “It looked really bad, but I just had minor bruises and I was really sore. I actually won the first class I went in and ended up having a fantastic regional show,” says Prowse who left the show with three Championships, two Reserves, three Top Fives. She then took home nine Championships, four Reserves, and four Top Fives at Region 17.
Despite hitting 12 shows in 2012, Prowse wasn’t necessarily chasing points and didn’t have the Achievement Award in mind, “it was just an added bonus after a great season,” says Prowse. Prowse is unique in that her first love is clearly the jumper and working hunter classes, but she also competes in one western class – trail. “I had gotten kinda bored, so I put western tack on one of my jumpers, Jayded Moon+, and started doing the trail.” One of Prowse’s Canadian National Championships was earned in Arabian Trail Horse AO. “We were quite amazed that he pulled himself together for that!”
Prowse is grateful for the support she’s received since her parents found an Arabian for her 16 years ago. “My parents have helped me all along the way. My dressage coach, Chris Collins, Cheryl and Allan Ehrlick and Debbie Story from Top Line Training have all been so helpful.”
Youth Amateur Achievement Award Winner
At 16, Taylor Bowman seems to have hit her stride as an equestrian focused on making a life that is full of Arabian horses. In 2012 she earned more points than any other adult or youth amateur has in the last five years. “I was lucky enough to have some nice horses to ride and I showed in a lot of different things,” says Bowman when asked how she earned so many points in 2012.
Taking a closer look, Bowman actually only showed in five shows in 2012 in an effort to keep a good attendance record at school, but at each show she entered, she undertook a grueling schedule by anyone’s standard. In April of 2012 Bowman entered 34 classes at the Arabians In Motion show and won 22 of them. At the Region 4 Sport Horse Championship, Bowman placed in 17 classes and never placed lower than a Top Five. The year was topped off with 12 National Championships and 12 Reserve Championships between Canadian and Sport Horse Nationals.
Bowman rode four horses in 2012, three owned by her family and one owned by Sarah Asby. Annapolis++//, a purebred stallion in Bowman’s name was purchased in 2012 and is clearly special in her mind. “When we got him, we just really, really bonded. We get along super well,” says Bowman. “I showed him a little in dressage and then started doing more hunter classes on him.” Bowman’s national titles come from dressage, sport horse under saddle, hunter/jumper and hunt seat equitation, demonstrating Bowman’s range of riding ability. Bowman is actively pursuing an equine scholarship so that her time in the saddle can continue.
To see a list of the top ten adult and youth amateur point earners from 2012, visit http://www.arabianhorses.org/activities/aa/archive/toptenaaa_final_2012.asp. To learn more about the Achievement Awards program, visit http://www.arabianhorses.org/activities/aa/.
AHA is a major equine association serving 26,000 members across North America. It registers and maintains a database of more than one million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses and administers approximately $3 million in annual prize money. AHA produces championship events, recognizes close to 400 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides activities and programs that promote breeding and ownership. For information about Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses call (303) 696-4500, email info@ArabianHorses.org or visit ArabianHorses.org.