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ASR Diplomat of the Breed- Royal Crest's Granite Permission
We are pleased to announce the November 2019 ASR Diplomat of the Breed Sponsored by Freedman Harness is Royal Crest’s Granite Permission (113232G) from Harrisburg, Missouri. He is affectionately known as “Moose,” this 16-year-old gelding by Red Hot Lovin’ and out of Royal Crest Stone that has been taking the eventing scene by storm with his trusted partner Lily Callahan! This gentle giant was bred by Bruce and Rusty Rademann and was part of a group of yearlings donated by the Rademanns to a group of 4-Hers. Brianna Kingsley started Moose’s education, using him as her trail riding horse and then teaching him to jump. Moose was a star breed ambassador from the beginning attending many 4-H horse shows, where he competed successfully in the games classes, including barrels and poles.
In the fall of 2015 was a pivotal point in the life of Moose and would bring him to his calling as both an eventing champion and breed ambassador on the national level. Lily Callahan was a young American Saddlebred lover in search of a new horse that could jump in October 2015.
Lily began an online search for just such a horse. The first horse shopping expedition, to neighboring Iowa, did not produce “the one.” Then, a friend sent Lily a Facebook post about a horse in Wisconsin. Lily saw Moose’s picture, convinced her grandparents to lend her the purchase price, and she and her parents, with the horse trailer in tow, headed to Wisconsin.
While it was not a fairytale start, it has turned into the ride of a lifetime. In the past four years, Lily and Moose have not only succeeded themselves in eventing, working hunter, jumping, poles and barrel racing, but they have succeeded in changing people’s perception of the breed in each of those equestrian communities. Moose has multiple National Championships to his credit in the Working Hunter division and has qualified for the American Eventing Championships three years in a row, placing in the top five in the Novice Division each time out.
He also continues to compete in Barrel Racing and Pole Bending, also finishing in the top three at every competition. In addition to competing Moose and Lily attend public demonstrations to introduce people to horses and the breed. Moose will demonstrate jumping to show the athletic ability of the American Saddlebred and even will ride bareback and bitless around barrels to highlight the special bond he has with his young owner, trainer, rider, and best friend, Lily Callahan.
Above all the titles, changed public perspective and breed ambassador work Moose has fulfilled the highest calling one can ever ask of a horse he has changed his owner’s life for the better. Lily herself shares, “Moose was simply a blank piece that fit into the puzzle of my heart. [Initially], Moose temporarily took my mind off all of the bad things in my life, but, overtime, he became the missing piece I needed so desperately. Not only has Moose changed the minds of many ASB naysayers through jumping demonstrations, high level awards, and his personality, he has changed the way I view life. Now, after feeling Moose’s deep love and trust, I have gained the strength and courage to pursue my dreams and push past all of the haters.”
The American Saddlebred Registry is honored to have an individual like Royal Crest’s Granite Permission representing and promoting our breed in the world of eventing and beyond! It is our privilege to award him a customized halter from Freedman's as our next ASR Diplomat of the Breed and acknowledge him for the contributions to our breed and the horse lovers outside of our community!
If you have an American Saddlebred that should be the next ASR Diplomat of the Breed, nominate them today!