By Equinium Sports Marketing
Atlanta, GA (October 22, 2021) – Excel Dressage, its partners, and clients marked a successful season of summer and fall shows in 2021, including two major dressage championships. August’s Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Championships & US Dressage Festival of Champions saw one of Excel Dressage’s imports ranked top in the nation, while the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships resulted in top placings and the Futural Freestyle Champion being awarded to one of Excel’s partners and students. In addition, Excel Dressage and Stal Hoog, both of which are based in Loxahatchee, Florida, have a diverse selection of dressage horses for sale on their 2021 Fall Sales List.
One of Excel’s imports, a leggy chestnut gelding named Materos JV, aka Matty, qualified for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championships. Purchased from Excel Dressage/Stal Hoog in October of 2020, Materos JV and rider Caleb Scroggins finished 5th in the 4-year-old Division and 9th Overall at the Young Horse Dressage National Championships. Owned by Amy Stuhr Paterson, Materos JV (High Five US out of Blinca by Krack C x Partout), also known as Matty, was imported by Excel Dressage/Stal Hoog in 2020 and continued his training with Amy Speck-Kern and Caleb Scroggins, with coaching from Ali Brock and Caroline Roffman, culminating in his 9th place nationwide ranking in the 4-Year-Olds.
“Matty caught our eye right away when we saw him,” said Amy Speck-Kern. “Its fantastic to see his progress with Caleb in the saddle and the amazing horse he is turning into for his owner Amy!”
In October, Excel Dressage ventured to Georgia International Horse Park in Atlanta for the 2021 GAIG/USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships. Excel Dressage’s Mynanke A (Hennessy x Ferro), aka Maya, qualified to compete in First Level Open Championship with scores of 75% and 77% in her first outings at that level and ultimately finished 6th at Regionals in a large class of the top horses and riders in the southeast. Maya is also now qualified for the US Dressage Finals with a score of 74.569% in the 2020 Training Level Open Championship. Katie Hoog of Stal Hoog and a long-time student and partner of Speck-Kern and Excel Dressage, qualified her 15-year-old Zhivago (Obelisk x Fruhling) to compete at the FEI level, and ultimately won the Futral Freestyle FEI Award, which is presented to the highest scoring Adult Amateur Freestyle test.
Another former Excel Dressage sales horse and import, Esteban, qualified for the US Dressage Finals by winning Reserve Champion in the Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges with a 68% at the Region 2 Championships, and also qualified for the Intermediare I Freestyle.
Excel Dressage was founded by Speck-Kern in 2010 and offers training, showing, and sales of top caliber dressage horses in Loxahatchee, Florida, just minutes from Wellington’s equestrian center. After beginning her career with Olympic Bronze Medalist Michael Poulin and “S” Judge Sharon Poulin, Speck-Kern’s naturally quiet and effective riding style and training methods drew a strong client base of competitive amateurs. A successful FEI competitor, Speck-Kern was ranked top in the nation at the 2016 Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championships aboard the Kathryn Hoog’s KWPN mare Gerona, and has developed a base of international adult amateurs that compete through the FEI level.
Excel Dressage imports a select number of exceptional sales and show prospects each year, and Speck-Kern is also an equestrian Ambassador for the Kids Cancer Foundation as a way to give back to the research and therapies that saved her life when she was diagnosed with Acute Myleoid Leukemia at 18. With her sights set on eventually obtaining an international judges license, she will next pursue her ‘R’ accreditation and continues to develop her string of competition horses.