For many years, the Arabian horse has been promoted as the ideal family horse. One can certainly say that about the Pitassi family whose two daughters, Brooke and Nicole, show along with their mother, Karen. Both Brooke and Nicole started riding about 13 years ago, beginning with an innocent riding lesson just for something to do during the summer. As you guessed, they were both hooked – attracted by the beauty and gentle ways of the Arabian lesson horses. Since that time, they have learned lots of riding skills from different trainers and have been at Becker Stables for the last four years.
While wtching the girls take their lessons, Karen renewed her childhood interest in horses. “It was just as much fun for me as for them,” says Karen. Equally fun was her 2009 National Reserve Championship in Western Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 and her 2008 Canadian National championship in Western Pleasure AAOTR 36-54. What a thrill it was with her two daughters cheering her on!
Dreams do come true as Nicole made her victory pass with the roses this year as the U.S. National Unanimous Champion Western Pleasure 18-35 and U.S. National reserve Champion Hunter Pleasure AAO Maturity. Nicole has also competed in Reining, Hunter Pleasure and Equitation over the years. She is now thinking of pursuing English riding as she balances college along with showing horses.
Brooke was the moral support for both mom and sister at this year’s National. A top horsewoman in her own right, Brokke was 2009 Region 2 Champion Open Half-Arabian Junior Horse with Vexxing. Having shown in reining and Hunter Pleasure, Brooke would also like to ride English in the future. She is returning to Oregon State next term to pursue a second degree in Elementary Education. Teaching is another passion outside of the horses and something that her students will definitely benefit from with her intuitive skills.
“What I think is the most fun of all is it truly was a family efford,” says Karen. “It took Brooke, Nicole and me to prepare and help each other. We never would have done it alone. I really love seeing my girls on the rail when I am showing, just to give me that extra help. I’m a lucky mom to have such great kids. It just doesn’t get any better than that!”
When it’s winter in Oregon, the horses come home for a six month break of showing. So it’s cleaning stalls and turning horses outside – something different from the show ring. “We love having our horses home and enjoy looking out the kitchen window to catch a glimpse of a National Champion running free in our pasture,” says Karen. “Arabians are beautiful just rolling in the grass. We are truly blessed with the gift of the horses!”
SHOW SEASON is thrilled to be dressing these three lovely ladies in very fashion forward attire. From intricate shirts and trimmed chaps to the hunt jackets and reining shirts, they trust Melissa and Patti to design and guide them to a winning look. “We talked mom into buying ‘just one more’ outfit,” teases Brooke. “The clothes only get better and better – getting dressed is half the fun!”
Scottsdale Entries Close On December 15th!
Sooooo, is your wardrobe ready for 2010? We can help! SHOW SEASON has custom tailored your clothying for 30 years, so now let us customize a PRICE PACKAGE for you! We are listening to you and we know you want choices, so here is something good for everyone.
Bring us your saddle suit, western attire or hunt coat and receive up to 30% off your new custom order for like items. It’s time to trade in those outrgrown items and update your show clothing. Clothing must be in excellent and clean condition and we will accept all custom clothing labels.
RECEIVE A DISCOUNT
If you have nothing to trade, ask us about our Incentive Discount on all custom orders for English, Western or Hunt attire. This is an attractive way to add to your purchase and receive more for your dollar in return.
Come in and talk with Melissa or Patti at the 2010 Scottsdale Show so we can tailor a package that works best for you in these tough economic times. As a professional, you need to look your best, so let us customize your new garments while making it easy on the pocketbook.
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LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT GIFT?
Consider giving a SHOW SEASON Gift Certificate to your trainer, rider or friend. Gift Certificates are always the right size and color for every equestrian on your list. Just give us a call at 480-998-7256 or contact Melissa or Patti today.
SHOW SEASON will be closed for the Christmas and New Year Holidays from December 23rd to January 4th, 2010.
Your SHOW SEASON staff …
Melissa, Patti, Sue, Steve, Daa, Pat, Sommai, Lek, and Tom