Rosie Simoes and Licensed German Sport Horse Stallion “Rankrado”



One of the best parts of profiling Junior/Young Riders is seeing them grow into thriving Dressage careers!  Rosie Simoes was a previous Rider of the Month with Dressageforjuniors!  Here is a little bit about Rosie and Rankrado, a Licensed German Sport Horse Stallion.

Rankrado is a recently imported 2004 Licensed German Sport Horse Stallion (Ranko/Erato). He will be her mount for the Under 25 Grand Prix division and was recently purchased by the Rankrado LLC from Dressage LaReve in Holland with the help of Jan Brouwer.

Rosie is a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist and has won multiple regional championships,  along with other placings and year-end awards through USDF and local organization, IDCTA. Rosie has competed at the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships 3 times total, as a junior and a young rider. At her last NAJYRC in 2014, she finished 7th individually and 5th in the freestyle.

Rosie Simoes is based in Barrington, Illinois at Flying Dutchman Farm. Working along side her mother and trainer, Julie Julian, Rosie focuses on training horses and riders to accomplish their goals at all levels.

Rosie loves participating in educational programs and clinics. This year she was 1 of 4 up-and-coming professionals chosen for the Hannoveraner Verband’s Rider Exchange Program, where she spent two months as an assistant rider preparing young horses for the Verden Auction in Germany. In 2015 she was 1 of 4 riders chosen to participate in the Dressage Foundation’s International Dream Program, giving her the opportunity to travel to Aachen, Germany to observe the European Championships and speak with the top riders, trainers and judges of the sport.



Rider of the Month for December/January is Leah Tenney


Leah Tenney is a 16 year old dressage enthusiast from Yarmouth, Maine. Leah began riding at the age of 5 at a small summer camp in Vermont. Since then she rode hunter jumper for a few years and then began exploring with dressage. Leah’s first dressage horse was a 14 year old palomino/paint horse named Travis, who went with her to local schooling shows around Maine. At the age of 13 Leah and her family bought “What a Lady”, aka Wilma, who was a 15 year old Oldenburg mare. Wilma and Leah started to compete at rated shows in New England.
 At the end of the 2015 season Leah and Wilma qualified to go to Region 8 championships at first level. A year ago, the Tenney family bought “Weltino HW”, aka Tino”, a 9 year old Hanoverian who would hopefully help Leah achieve her goals in the future. In 2016 Leah and Tino got scores in the high 60’s and low 70’s and ended up 7th in the region for first level and Reserve in her region for year end awards. Leah rides at Vienna Farm in Gorham, Maine and trains with Tanya Rennie. Leah hopes to someday go to NAJYRC and of course the Olympics. 
Click here to go to Leah’s page to read our Interview with this talented young rider!