LANGLEY – When it comes to the Horse Council BC’s Horse of the Year award, there’s no beating Bug.
The Arabian mare captured the HCBC Horse of the Year -Competitive Division award at the horse council’s annual awards.
This award goes to a horse that was born and raised in B.C. and that has, over the year, achieved a high level of success in any provincial, national, or international sanctioned competition in a recognized discipline.
STLA Hey’s Dance Class, or Bug, as she is commonly known around the barn, was born and raised in Langley at Herman Steunenberg and Sandra Arabsky’s horse breeding farm, Sky’s The Limit Arabians.
In 2014, this little mare was the highest scoring horse that competed in the Sport Horse in Hand Division at the Scottsdale, AZ., Arabian Horse Show, and she also placed in the top 10 in her Open Liberty Class at the same show.
In May 2014, she took home 12 first place wins and championships with three second place finishes and Reserve Championships at the AAHABC Concurrent show at Thunderbird Show Park.
Bug’s owner is Sandra Nickolls of Armstrong, her trainer is Brenda Driediger of Aldergrove, and her breeders are Herman Steunenberg and Sandra Arabsky of Langley.
Horse Council BC board member Terre O’Brennan presented the HCBC 2014 Horse of the Year Award to STLA Hey’s Dance Class at the All Arabian Horse Association of BC award banquet, held in Abbotsford Jan. 17. The annual awards serve to honour outstanding achievement within B.C.’s equestrian community.