Flint Hill resident Bob Clements and his 21-year-old Hanoverian mare Golden Rosebud performed a musical freestyle dressage test at Homestead Farm in Catlett Sept. 21 to become the 126th team and the fifth team from Virginia to be inducted into the Dressage Foundation’s Century Club.
The membership ribbon was presented by Michael Matson, board member of the foundation, which established the Century Club in 1996 to honor senior dressage riders and horses that are still actively riding and competing. (To become a member of the Century Club, the ages of the rider and horse must add up to 100 or more years — Clements is 79, and began riding dressage in 2005 — and the team must ride any-level test at a show and be scored by a judge.)
Clements chose the Homestead Farm Musical Freestyle Challenge: Hoofbeats to Hope show, a benefit for ovarian cancer research, at which Rosebud and Clements rode a training-level test to music that Clements had selected for the event.
Entry was ridden to Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”; trot sequences featured Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “Never No More.” The walk sequence was ridden to John Denver’s “I Want to Live,” and the ride climaxed in the canter to Melissa Etheridge’s “I Run for Life.” The team secured a third-place finish.
Said “R” judge Nancy Lowey: “Some nice memories brought forth by your musical choices.” “Wonderful work with Rosebud! We are proud of you!” Homestead Farm’s comment: “[We are] particularly pleased that Bob and Rosebud [did] their Century Club ride here, as they have historically been strong supporters of the Homestead shows.”
Clements purchased Rosebud from Germany in September 2007. In February 2011, he acquired his second dressage horse, a Hanoverian gelding, Wrachmaninov Q (Wrocky).They currently train with Inga Janke of Warrenton.