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Custom Saddlery’s “Most Valuable Rider” Award Goes to Oregon’s Laura Swenson during Dressage at DevonWood I and II

Custom Saddlery’s “Most Valuable Rider” Award Goes to Oregon’s Laura Swenson during Dressage at DevonWood I and II
Geschrieben auf: August 1, 2018

Dressage of DevonWood I and II in Sherwood, Oregon is one of the largest dressage events in the Pacific Northwest, bringing over 150 riders from across the United States. Custom Saddlery is a saddle-fitting company known for its quality and service. The Most Valuable Rider (MVR) Award has been given to outstanding riders who demonstrate excellent horsemanship and poise throughout the show.

Dressage of DevonWood I and II in Sherwood, Oregon is one of the largest dressage events in the Pacific Northwest, bringing over 150 riders from across the United States. Custom Saddlery is a saddle-fitting company known for its quality and service. The Most Valuable Rider (MVR) Award has been given to outstanding riders who demonstrate excellent horsemanship and poise throughout the show.

On July 22nd, the last day of Dressage at DevonWood I and II, Laura Swenson was awarded the MVR Award by show management based on her positive attitude, good sportsmanship and being an asset to the show for these qualities. From Bend, Oregon, Laura has been riding for almost twenty years. She has been riding her horse, Brooks, for the past two and a half years and this was his second time competing at the Prix St. George level.

The day before she was awarded, Laura and Brooks had an incident and she fell on her back. The ambulance came to take her to the Emergency Room to make sure she hadn’t received a concussion. “When I called my husband to tell him what happened, he told me he was coming to get me,” says Laura, “I told him, stay at your golf tournament, I’m riding tomorrow.” Laura was cleared by the doctors and rode the next day in a Custom Steffen’s Advantage. “The Steffen’s Advantage was very comfortable, but I normally ride in a Custom Revolution, which I absolutely love!”

When asked what it meant to receive the MVR Award from Custom Saddlery, Laura said, “Oh my God, it was overwhelming. I was in the stalls packing up when it was announced. It was definitely an honor and I was so overwhelmed, I was crying the whole time. I never expected anything like this and to be chosen is really special.”

Custom Saddlery is proud to recognize equestrians, like Swenson, who count on their saddles to deliver superior performance, balance and comfort in the competitive arena as well as when schooling at home. For earning the MVR Award, Swenson received a commemorative ribbon and embroidered saddle pad.

Based in Aiken, SC, Custom Saddlery is a premier manufacturer of world class dressage saddles with more than thirty innovative models and countless customizable options. It is a top choice of dressage riders around the world, providing equipment to Olympians, international Grand Prix riders, adult amateurs and even pony riders.

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