American Saddlebred Versatility Association

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Meet Carey

I'm the fourth generation of Saddlebred owners in my family!

I showed Saddlebreds in my youth. After 10 years away from horses, I returned to riding in 2006 and then bought my mare, My Kid Sister, in 2009, now 13 years old. 

We showed for a couple of years in the AOT Country Pleasure division. After not being successful due to her lack of 'peacock' conformation we decided to explore dressage which has complimented her conformation and disposition. In 2010 we began learning horsemanship together at La Riata Ranch. I have also shown her in the hunter division at our local county saddle club and have put her in the ring with my sister in the special needs division. Today we ride primarily Western Dressage.

The photo was taken this month at a Kip Fladland western horsemanship clinic that we attend regularly.  Kip teaches a type of horsemanship that originates from vaquero principles that he learned through his apprenticeship with Buck Brannaman. 

In 2013, I bought my farm and current home, June Evening Farm, named after June, the stable name of this mare.  June and I also live with a retired  lesson horse, and my Park horse, The New York Look.  I am a member of VERSA and an enthusiastic supporter of its mission!  ~ Carey Verschuure, Norwalk, Iowa