West Palm Beach, Florida – A formerly wild horse from Nevada has been named the US Equestrian National Horse of the Year. Cobra is a 14-year-old mustang owned and trained by Marsha Hartford-Sapp.
Since he was rounded up in Nevada at the age of six, Hartford-Sapp has been devoted to the gelding, training him with caution and respect for his instincts to create a deep bond. Their mutual trust has seen them through competitions in both classical and Western dressage, where Cobra’s versatility and talent for each
In 2018, Cobra and Hartford-Sapp won the Western Dressage Association of America’s Western Dressage World Championship Level 4 Test 3 Open, were reserve champions in the Level 3 Test 3 Open and the Western Dressage Musical Freestyle, and Cobra was named Western Dressage Level 4 Horse of the Year. Cobra was also the 2018 Adequan®/United States Dressage Federation All-Breeds American Mustang & Burro Association Prix St. Georges National Champion.
“Thank you so much for everyone that voted and believed in the same vision that I had for this horse,” said Hartford-Sapp. “Several years ago I stood in the middle of a round pen with a horse that was six-years-old when he was rounded up by helicopter and had never been touched by human hands. The horse took me to the FEI levels. I won my USDF silver medal riding this horse and two world championships. But more than that, when I first met this horse I made a promise that I would make sure that he got the training that would ensure that he got a good life.”
“…So winning this award is an honor that I fulfilled a promise to a horse that I would help to create a good life for him. So from wild to world champion, this horse’s heart is really what has led him through the years and I am so proud that he recieved this award.”
See the video honoring Cobra at the USEF Horse of the Year Awards presented by AON.