Raleigh, NC — Carolyn Duncan and her 12-year-old Half-Arabian mare Skips Shady Lady (Lady Shahtina x Beau Skippy Gold) jumped to the win in multiple classes at the 2015 Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, held at the Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina. Named class champions in both the A/HA/AA Open Jumpers and A/HA/AA Speed Jumpers divisions, the pair won the speed jumping class with a time of five seconds faster than the Reserve Champion rider. Horses in the winners’ circle are horses that HORSE GYM USA®, a leading equine treadmill and therapeutic product company, is familiar with. HORSE GYM USA® is continuously helping equine athletes achieve impressive results in competition, and was happy to reward Duncan for sharing the company’s core values of peak performance with Skips Shady Lady.
Out of all of her accomplishments at the 2015 Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show with Skips Shady Lady, Duncan was most proud of being presented with The HORSE GYM USA® Top Equine Athlete Award. Her horse’s prime body condition and outstanding athleticism caught the eye of the judges and show committee, who chose the pair to receive the award. “That to me was such an honor,” said Duncan, a USHJA Certified Trainer and owner of Crooked Creek Farm LLC in Milton, Georgia. “Competing jumpers is so cut and dry, so to have the judges choose my horse for the HORSE GYM USA® Top Equine Athlete Award is a true testament to all the hard work we have been putting in.”
Newly established this year in celebration of HORSE GYM USA®’s tenth anniversary as an industry leader in equine treadmills and therapeutic equipment, the HORSE GYM USA® Top Equine Athlete Award is presented at several prestigious shows around the country to horses who exemplify true athletic ability and prime body condition. The judges were impressed with the high level of strength and endurance exhibited by Skips Shady Lady, as well as with Duncan’s attentiveness to the horse’s fitness and health.
HORSE GYM USA® was happy to present Duncan with a Top Equine Athlete ribbon, a trophy, and a Top Equine Athlete Award cooler to commemorate the achievement.
Like HORSE GYM USA® founders Henrik and Mikala Gundersen, Duncan has learned through experience that a customized conditioning program is indispensable for keeping competition horses in top form. “So many things go into the horses’ training and keeping them fit. It is very important to have a close relationship with your farrier and vet as well to help keep the horses in top condition,” Duncan said.
Duncan, who has been riding Arabians most of her life, competes mostly in hunter over fences and jumpers. Duncan purchased Skips Shady Lady with partner Erin Temples in 2007, and has been working with the horse since then— starting in the hunters and then moving on to jumpers. The pair has become more involved in competition over the past two years, and Duncan said she is looking forward to their upcoming events. “We are currently finishing up a local series for the Georgia Hunter Jumper Association that we have been attending to prepare for Sport Horse Nationals and plan to finish the season with it, as we are currently Champion in the .80m and .90m for the year as well as Reserve Champion in the 1.0m,” she said. “I plan to do more of the 1.10m so I can get in the top year-end placing for that for this year as well.”
Duncan added that after learning about all of the benefits of HORSE GYM USA®’s products, she would like to try them for Skips Shady Lady and the other horses at Crooked Creek Farm to take her horses’ fitness levels even further as the jumps become higher. With the company’s innovative equine treadmills and therapeutic equipment like the HORSE GYM USA® | WALK treadmill, the HORSE GYM USA® | WATER, the HORSE GYM USA® | SPA, and the HORSE GYM USA® | RELAX, riders like Duncan can perfectly complement the training and conditioning programs needed to reach the top levels of equestrian sports. Never miss a day of training due to poor weather or lack of space to ride in with HORSE GYM USA®. Learn more about the trusted quality and reputation behind HORSE GYM USA® products by visiting www.horsegym.com or follow the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/horsegym.
Carolyn Duncan and Skips Shady Lady jumped to the win in multiple classes at the 2015 Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show (photo courtesy of Don Stine Equine Sports Photography)