Temple Earns USDF Bronze Medal with Retired Driving PonyBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · March 25, 2014
An update from Catalyst Driving Center, headquarters of KER-sponsored driver Shelly Temple, begins with a question: “What does a three-time national champion and two-time world team bronze medalist combined driver do when her pony semi-retires from competitive carriage driving?” Answer: She turns her former driving pony into a ridden dressage star, and together they meet the requirements to earn a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) bronze medal!
Shelly Temple and her Morgan gelding LR Ami B-Line (barn name Cooper) have concentrated on ridden dressage since the 16-year-old pony was retired from the sport of combined driving in 2013. Shelly explained, “Years ago, I began my equestrian career as a dressage competitor. This background has served me well in my combined driving career. Now, I’m excited to return to ridden dressage. Cooper has really taken to his ridden dressage program. He is a hard worker and enjoys a job.”
To earn a USDF bronze medal, a rider must score 60% or higher on two tests at First Level, two at Second Level, and two at Third Level. The scores at each level must be for separate rides in front of different judges. Shelly and Cooper earned the USDF bronze medal at the Low Country dressage show in Charleston, South Carolina, in March of 2014. They are now working toward a silver medal and have earned the required Fourth Level scores toward this award. They are presently schooling at the Prix St George Level with the help of coach Amy McElroy.
“Cooper has done all I could ask of him in combined driving; it is wonderful to obtain this goal as well,” Shelly said. In addition to training, coaching, and judging, Shelly is currently bringing along a young driving prospect, “Spark,” a Morgan pony mare.
To combat the stresses of training and performance in her ponies, Shelly has used RiteTrac and Nano-E, products designed by KER to keep the equine digestive tract healthy and support the horse’s immune, cardiovascular, circulatory, and neuromuscular systems.