Absolute Dream is a 2014 Westfalen gelding Jen found on a shopping trip in Holland when Dream was a barely-broke 2 1/2 year old. The first picture shows him as he was then. The other pictures show him as a strapping 5 year old who dazzles judges wherever he goes.
Jen has been careful to bring Dreamy along slowly in his training, because he's so athletic and so talented, it would be super easy to overdo it and mess up all the careful work she's put into him. For instance, the summer of 2019 (when he was 5), while he was showing Training 3 and First Level, he offered both flying changes and one tempis while training at home! Many riders would go "Whopeee!" and go with it, but Jen gently gets him back on task and just takes joy in his abilities. He really wants to do the fancy stuff, but he needs to get a lot stronger before he does them. She avoided the Four and Five Year Old tesst because they ask so much of a young horse. He has been growing so fast, it would be the wrong thing to do to push him for those tests.
Instead, in 2018, Jen showed him only three times, in Materiale classes so he would get used to working in a show arena while he had other horses for company and one outing at T-3. He wound up winning the USDF Materiale 4&5 Year Old Stallion/Gelding Championship with phenomenal scores, including two scores in the 80's!
2019 has been even more exciting, with Dreamy getting scores from the mid-70s into the 80's, all with amazing comments from the judges. His work ethic and willingness to try whatever Mommy asks him, in addition to his fabulous gaits, makes him a true Absolute Dream.
Despite his prowess in the show ring, Dreamy remains a baby-faced, goofy puppy-dog of a horse who is as sweet as he can be. He's a joy to be around, a joy to watch, and Jen says he's the most amazing ride she's ever sat on. High praise, considering all the horses she's ridden over the years!
2019 Show Results (just a sampling)
8/11/19 ODS Down Centerline 4, First 3, J.Hannon judge, 73.889%
7/19-20/19 Dressage at Lamplight July, Training 3, F. Pawlenko-Kranz judge, 75.172%
7/19-20/19 Dressage at Lamplight July, Training 3 AA/Open, A Cizadio judge, 76.897%
7/19-20/19 Dressage at Lamplight July, USEF TOC (First 3), J. Hannon judge, 75.417%
7/7/19 KDA Summer Classic II, 2019 USEF Training Level, Test 3, J. Foy judge, 81.552%
9/12-15/2019 USDF Region 2 Championships, 5th Place in FIRST LEVEL CHAMPIONSHIP, judged by Bill Warren and Lisa Schmidt, 70.6% in a very tight class.