Gary Yeager with his son Ethan Yeager (Photo courtesy of Robert Hess Photography)
Lexington, Virginia (September 14, 2015) – Multiple Grand National Champion Gary Yeager demonstrated the athleticism and conformation of multiple baroque horses at the recent 2015 International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) National Championship Show at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia.
Yeager and Icaro XXIV, a Spanish/Portuguese gelding owned by Martha Ann Lott, notched the National Championship win in the Specialty Halter Spanish/Portuguese Gelding class. Yeager and Zerbino Interagro, a twelve-year-old Lusitano gelding bred by Interagro Lusitanos of Brazil and owned by Johnny Robb, placed in the top five in the USDF Dressage Sport Horse Prospects In-Hand class with a 70.600 percent and captured the Best Movement Award in the National Championship Senior Gelding 4 Years and Over class. Yeager also earned the Reserve National Championship title in the National Grand Championship Andalusian and Lusitano Sr. Stallions 5 Years and Over division, with 2007 PRE stallion Oleado, owned by Lena Davis. Yeager handled Oleado for the in-hand portion of the division, and Shelley Van den Neste of Sunrise Farms Sport Horses competed Oleado in the under saddle portion.
Yeager, a second-generation horseman and trainer, began showing Arabians at the age of five, and his six-year-old son Ethan Yeager is now following in his footsteps. Despite Gary Yeager’s impressive show record at the IALHA National Championships, his proudest moment overall throughout the competition was when his son was named National Champion in the Exhibition Leadline Riders 8 Years and Under class on Zerbino Interagro. “He had never even been on that horse before this show,” the elder Yeager said.
Gary Yeager has claimed hundreds of National Championship titles throughout his career while showing a variety of horse breeds. He trains and teaches out of Topsail Farm, located near the HITS show facility and The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center in Ocala, Florida.
Yeager owns Yeager Equine Services (YES) in Ocala, Florida. “We specialize in all forms of driving from competitive combined driving to the pleasure ring to the breed ring as well as three-day eventing and halter for the confirmation class,” said Yeager about his full-service training facility. “It has all been so rewarding, and Yeager Equine Services has garnished numerous Grand National champions in-hand and in driving, as well as coaching top amateurs and juniors to national titles.”
Yeager has served many clients from all breeds and disciplines who have “just said Y.E.S” to his training program and experience. Next, he will be heading to the Arabian Sport Horse National Championships on September 15-20 at the Governor James B. Hunt Sports Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina, and then on to Kentucky for The National Drive on October 6-11 at the Kentucky Horse Park. To learn more about Gary Yeager, like his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/gary.yeager.10.
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