December 2016 Issue - page 9

December 2016
Page 9
Even for a breed that is
world-famous for its majestic car-
riage, muscular legs, and luxurious
mane, tail, and forelock, Gail Au-
miller’s 11-year-old Friesian mare
Sjaantje is a showstopper. At the
International Friesian Show Horse
Association World & Grand Na-
tional Championship Horse Show
Sjaantje Victorious at IFSHAWorld Championship
Sjaantje, owned by Gail Aumiller (far left) and trained by Suzy Stafford (in carriage), won the Ther-
aPlate Peak Performance Award at the 2016 International Friesian Show Horse Association World &
Grand National Championship Horse Show.
Photo courtesy of Avalon Photography
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them in Pennsylvania Equestrian.
held at the Champions Center in
Springfield, Ohio this October,
Sjaantje stood out among the finest
Friesian horses in the world for
her exceptionally fit and athletic
body condition. The judges were so
impressed with Sjaantje that they
presented her with the TheraPlate
Peak Performance Award.
Aumiller entered Sjaantje
in 13 driving classes, of which
she won nine World Champion
titles and three Reserve Cham-
pion titles. In addition, the pair
drove away with three perpetual
trophies – the high score driven
dressage trophy, the high point
driving trophy, and the high point
show horse trophy. “She was
incredible,” said Aumiller. “I was
especially proud of winning the
Dreams Come True Farm High
Score Driven Dressage Perpetual
Trophy when I drove her to a
Preliminary Level Test 2 score of
73.75 percent, as I am very pas-
sionate about driven dressage.”
Aumiller purchased Sjaantje
in 2005 when she was just three
days old, and had her and her
dam imported to the U.S. when
Sjaantje was one month old. She
first competed Sjaantje in 2009
while training with Griffin Sport
Horses in Virginia. “I was smitten
with carriage pleasure driving, so
in 2011 we began training with
World Champion Driver and Gold
Medalist Suzy Stafford,” Aumiller
explained. “Since then, we have
been on an incredible journey with
both Sjaantje and myself getting
national accolades that I had never
even known existed!” The pair
did not show in 2014 or 2015, as
Sjaantje was bred and on mater-
nity leave, so 2016 has been an
especially exciting year for them
as they returned to the show ring.
Based out of Dreams Come True
Farm in Carlisle, PA, they are cur-
rently wintering in Ocala, Florida
at Suzy Stafford’s training facility,
Stafford Carriage Driving.
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