by Sarah Crampton
Jennifer Williams, of Summervale Farm in Roy, Washington, has enjoyed an incredibly successful show season with Millione, an 18-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Together they earned the 2020 Grand Prix National Championship, and rode in the US Dressage Shortlist Observation Event in Wellington, Florida, They recently returned home after winning the Grand Prix Special at Grote Brogel CDI in Belgium and scoring 71.7% in both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special in Aachen Germany.
Jennifer explains, “I was in Florida this past winter doing the Olympic qualifiers and then the trials that were held in June. We came home for a short break and then found out we were named to the Nations Cup team in Aachen, Germany, for September. I think having some really consistent tests this season and the availability of CDI’s in Florida made it possible for me to be named to a European Nation’s Cup team.”
She is currently back in Washington with Millione (aka Mickey), training out of Summervale through the fall and heading back to Florida in December. Jennifer comments, “Mickey just feels wonderful and has been taking things easy after our European tour and enjoying a lot of hack days out in the woods and fields. He loves going out with my young dog, Bentley, though the fields. We are both quite entertained watching Bentley run as fast as he can across the field while we stroll about. Mickey is feeling stronger and more fit than ever. We will keep enjoying our time together and see where it leads us for the upcoming year!
“I have some really lovely young horses in the pipeline,” she continues. “Joppe K (Rousseau x Santano x Flemmigh) a 7-year-old who made his small tour debut and even made it into the 4* at Aachen this year. Sandeman is a 9-year-old Sir Donnerhall I x Florencio I. I hope to complete a small tour and am schooling the Grand Prix along with our 11-year-old KWPN gelding, Fletcher. Both Sandmean and Joppe are owned by syndication. Francis HW, owned by Lisa Norling, is now 9 and also schooling Grand Prix. Many of these horses we have had since they were youngsters, like 4 and 5 years old.
“We have a lovely Jazz x Rhodium KWPN mare, Kariska, who is developing beautifully as a 6-year-old this year and who shows great promise and is owned by Gayle Atikins. I actually bought one of her foals a couple of years ago and he is now a beautiful stallion prospect, Oregon Chrome (DeNiro x Jazz).
“We have an incredibly talented Dutch Harness mare, Lora, owned by Thunderridge Sport Horses who is like riding an absolute Ferrari. She is so much fun to train for the future. It is so fun to have these wonderful partnerships with not only the horses but also supportive owners who are such a huge part of this journey. We are grateful for them and the lovely horses we spend our days with. It’s such an enjoyable process.”
About the transition to Florida for the winter, Jennifer comments, “I want to surround myself with the highest level of riding, training, and competitions possible. I want to be the best rider that I can be and learn all I can. I love our family time in Florida, and the quality time we spend together! I am a big fan of the warmer weather.”
What’s next? “I have my eye on Paris with the incredibly talented young horse, Joppe. He shows such talent for the Grand Prix. I’m excited for the future and so enjoy the journey on all my horses and wherever our journey’s take us. I am always ready for an adventure.”