Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award -Rider Pam Hardin
Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award MakesAGDF10 CPEDI3* Rider Pam Hardin “Feel Like a Winner”
Wellington, FL (March 21, 2014) - Grade 4 para-equestrian Pamela Sue Hardin of Evans, GA, could have let the odds to beat her, but instead, after accepting the Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award for week ten at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, FL, she told CEO and founder, Heidi Zorn: “I feel like a winner.”
Hardin, who trains with Melanie Mitchell of Johnson, SC, was born in New York City but confesses to a lifelong love of horses. “Obviously, I was born with some health issues, but that never stopped me from wanting a horse. Only you really couldn't manage that,” she laughed, “from a six-floor walk-up apartment.”
Which, in comparison, made a few hurdles en route to Wellington nothing Hardin couldn't handle. “We had some issues over passports for Monty's owner in Germany, then we faced some bad weather, and then when we got here, there were forms my neurologist had to complete last-minute. To reach him, I had to message him on Facebook!” She laughed again. “WhoFacebooks their neurologist?”
The “Monty” she refers to is Freemont, a 15 year-old, 16.3 hand chestnut Hanoverian (Foxhunter x Andrea) gelding she has been leasing since January from owner Nadege Soubassis: “I've never been on a warmblood and certainly nothing as big as this. He's awesome!” Hardin said of her perfect partner to join her competing in her first-ever CPEDI3*.
“He has the most giving personality. When you ride as a para, there are things that go along with that for a horse, and he just goes with it. He tries. I don't always ask the right way but he hits it anyway. He's great! We just want to compete in our three classes and have a blast. This couldn't be more fun,” she said, referring to their FEI Para Grade IV Team, Individual and Freestyle tests.
As Zorn presented Monty with his tricolor neck ribbon, the Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award winner accepted her gift certificate and hardcover copy of Ask Walter, the classical dressage training bestseller by German Gold medalist, Walter Zettl, available through Premier Equestrian.
“Your smile and infectious enthusiasm have lit up the showgrounds all week,” Zorn praised Hardin. “Your joy for riding and being with horses is so obvious. You're everything this Sportsmanship Award is about!”
“How can I not be happy?” Hardin replied. “How can I not be thrilled every single minute, no matter what goes wrong? This is the culmination of everything I've ever wanted. Thank you for this award. I do feel like a winner.”
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