During the German Oldenburg Verband (GOV) Breed Inspection hosted at Fairwind Farm this past August, Riana Porter earned a rider opportunity with Thomas Rhinow, marketing director of the Oldenburg Auctions and breeding inspector for the Verband der Züchter des Oldenburger Pferdes.
Riana was riding the FEI Hanoverian stallion Rubino Bellissimo in a lesson, with Sue Curry Shaffer the day after the GOV Breed Inspection at Sue's Fairwind Farm in Santa Rosa, when she caught the marketing director's eye. Riana shared her ambitions to become an elite high performance dressage rider for the United States and, seeing her potential, Thomas and Sue began arranging for Riana to make the journey to Germany. The trip will consist of a three week stint and a whirlwind of young horses to prepare and ultimately ride at the Vechta Mixed Sales day December 3. Riana will arrive in time to attend the Oldenburg Stallion Days, which will surely set the tone for an amazing time.
This experience with the young horses in Germany should prove to be invaluable for Riana. Sue positioned Riana as assistant trainer at Fairwind Farm earlier this year, awarding her the rides on several up-and-coming international quality competition horses: Dominus, owned by Janelle Frazer; Dax, owned by Kathy and Peter VanCamp; and Fairwind Farm's Delano.
Riana and Dominus earned the 2011 Adequan/USDF Reserve Champion title in the Junior/Young Rider division at 1st Level with a score of 70.593%. Dax won his Breed Class division receiving an 83.50% from the highly respected eye of Lilo Fore. And Delano will make his debut this season.
All three horses are all full brothers, sharing the same sire in Fairwind Farms' renowned Donnerschlag. Their dam, Paquita, is also of European descent and is one of several premium mares imported by Fairwind Farm in 2000.
At the FEI levels, Riana has been very successful on the Young Rider scene (California Riding Magazine, August 2011). She competes her own horse Romax Foldager, most recently finishing in the top 10 in the FEI Young Rider division at the 2011 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions and winning the FEI Junior Championship title at the 2009 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions. Aboard Rubino Bellissimo, Riana finished the 2011 season with the Adequan/USDF Reserve Champion title in the Junior/Young Rider division at the Intermediaire 1 level.