California member Polly Limond, who served as Region 2 Director in 2017 before accepting the nomination for her current position of President Elect for the 2018 year, jumped into the sport with a great deal of enthusiasm — and success — in 2017.
In addition to earning her WE United ‘r’ judge license, Polly rode three different horses to Regional Top Ten titles in 2017, also finishing the year on the National Leaderboard with one of her mounts.
Under Polly’s sage guidance, 7-year-old grade Andalusian Flying Tiger, owned by Patti Rust, earned recognition as #4 in National standings for horses competing at the Novice Level. The two also earned the highest combined Dressage and Ease of Handling scores of all competitors at all levels at the 2017 WE United National Championships, winning the top prize in Sweepstakes money at that event. Polly has been training Flying Tiger for the past two years.
In addition to her success on Tiger, Polly finished the year 6th place in her Region for Novice level horse/rider pairs on her 9-year-old Lusitano Prince of Peace (Lusitania ST.C x Tadesco Interagro), whom she has owned for 9 months now.
She also finished 6th place in Regional standings for Intermediate horse/rider pairs on a horse she has been riding for 9 years, Diva’s Lady (Diva x Pilgrim’s Red), a 15-year-old German Riding Pony owned by Barbara Luck.
“I saw a video of Pedro Torres on Facebook, went to an intro clinic at Barbara Price’s, then joined the Pedro Torres Academy and started riding with Nuno Matos,” Polly explained. “I went to my first show last April, Fiesta of the Spanish Horse, and was hooked!”
“I love the camaraderie between disciplines and breeds, love the technical challenge of doing something besides 20 meter circles! I still use all my dressage background and skills, but with a fun obstacle twist.”
Polly says she has several people to thank, chief among them “Barbara Price for introducing me to the sport and being so positive about my super spooky horse who was afraid of every obstacle, and Nuno Matos for his continued support and expertise with all my horses.”