Dori Johnson, Polocrosse Rider, at the World Cup
(Blissfield, MI) Uckele Health & Nutrition proudly sponsors individual equestrian athletes and their horses with supplement programs targeted to support energy, focus, power, speed and recovery. In the past year, many milestones were met by Uckele sponsored horses and riders.
Having won over 100 Grand Prix in his lifetime, Show Jumper Wilhelm Genn has been at the top of his game in 2015, with his personal favorite victory being two back-to-back $50,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City wins on two different horses, Bugatti and Welcome COR. "It's the best feeling to win two weeks in a row, especially with two different horses,” he said, “When you win on the same horse, people assume it’s just because it’s a good horse. When you win on different ones, it gives you a little more credibility."
More recently Wilhelm secured another two back-to-back $25,000 Grand Prix wins at the Palm Beach International Equine Center, this time both on Bugatti, for the $25,000 Noble Outfitters ESP Year End Grand Prix, and the $25,000 Pony Up Horse Treats Holiday II Grand Prix, finishing that jump-off in 41.327 seconds.
Tie-Down Roper Timber Moore had one of the best years of his career. Competing in 71 rodeos across the country, he had an incredible 13 Rodeo wins and 4 Roping wins.
A three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, he’s proudest of winning the Calgary Stampede, the highest-paying rodeo of the summer at $100,000. After finishing third in the semifinal round with a time of 7.7 seconds, he stepped up big when the title was at stake and finished first with an 8.1.
Another 2015 highlight was having his horse “Colonel” recognized. MFO Harvey was voted the reserve champion PRCA/AQHA Tie-Down Horse of the Year. Having a solid mount is key to any cowboy’s success, and he was quick to credit his horse Colonel, an 11-year old sorrel gelding. “Colonel has been working really good this year. He had kind of been stiff this summer, but he started moving a lot more easily after I started him on Lubrigen. Without him, it wouldn’t be possible.”
Dressage Rider Lauren Sprieser, USDF Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist, qualified two horses for the 2015 USDF National Finals. She had an incredible ride on Stratocaster to place 3rd in the Intermediate I Finals on 69.871%, just .4 off the win.
Lauren and Ellegria continued to improve at the Grand Prix Level, with a 68.333% in the Freestyle Finals, bringing down a packed house to place a close 4th.
The most exciting part of Polocrosse Player Dori Johnson’s year was representing the United States at the Polocrosse World Cup. This prestigious event only takes place every 4 years, making it an enormous honor to be chosen for the team. Dori was the 2015 USA Ladies Captain and also a member of the US team that competed in the 2011 World Cup.
After the World Cup, Dori competed with her home club (Lone Star Polocrosse) in the Central Zone Regional Polocrosse Championships in Minnesota on her Australian Stock Horse, Zenith. The A Grade competition level was very tough, but luckily for Lone Star, they pulled out on top. Not only that, Dori and Zenith were named Best A grade #3 Player, which is the defense position.
Uckele welcomes their newest sponsored horseman, Quarter Horse Halter Trainer and Breeder Tom Robertson. Tom is an approved judge in the following breeds; AQHA, APHA, NSBA, and WCHA. He has judged the American Quarter Horse World Championship show multiple times, the AQHA Select World Championship Show, the Quarter Horse Congress, and other International shows.
Tom has also shown and prepared many World Champions, Select World Champions, Amateur World Champions, Youth World Champions, and Congress Champions. In addition, he is active in educating judging teams at both the 4-H and college level.
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