MANAKIN-SABOT – Addison Reed’s favorite thing is to just be with the horses.
“Competing is a plus,” she said. “If I couldn’t compete, I would still ride.”
Horse trainer and Addison’s mom Sulu Rose-Reed described how her daughter – who’s been riding since she was about 5 – has always really enjoyed horse showing.
“She rides one or two horses pretty much every day of her life,” Sulu said. “Time in the saddle is what it takes…”
…especially when it comes to winning the Deep Run Horse Show’s Bryan Trophy.
On Saturday, the 14-year-old Addison, who will be a sophomore at Hanover High School this fall, piloted Bridget Phillips’ horse Dreamland to victory in the 58th iteration of the prestigious, three-phase Bryan Trophy Horsemanship class at the Deep Run Hunt Club.
“It’s really cool that I could win that class because I know a lot of the people that are here and I’ve known a lot of them since I was really, really little,” Addison said. “It means a ton for everyone to be here, and to do it in front of this crowd, especially.”
Addison described winning the Bryan Trophy as “a big check mark” for the Reed family. She made tremendous strides from last year when she didn’t make the “test,” the third and final phase of the class with combined aspects of the event-opening jumping phase and the follow-up flat phase. Addison’s victory also succeeded a notable 3rd place finish with Dreamland in Friday evening’s USHJA National Hunter Derby Class, which featured 35 first-round competitors ranging from Massachusetts to Virginia to Florida.
For Dreamland – whom husband-and-wife trainers Sulu Rose-Reed and Derek Reed imported from Europe – years of training consistently and staying healthy led to his victory in the elite class.
“It’s the hours that you put in every day behind the scenes when people aren’t clapping for you that are what make a horse come up and be able to win a class like this,” Sulu said. “It’s making sure he’s happy and healthy and comfortable at home.”
And Addison – Sulu said – gives Dreamland a lot of confidence.
“He really believes in her, and she really believes in him,” Sulu said. “They make a great team.”
While Addison said that Dreamland is helping her – “I’m just along for the ride,” she noted – she added that the key thing she does to help him is to take a deep breath, “because that helps him take a breath.”
“Maybe I count my rhythm so that he has a rhythm,” she said. “It makes it easier for him to jump because his balance is better.”
The Deep Run Horse Show has extra meaning for the Reeds as Sulu not only is from Manakin-Sabot, but also grew up right down the street from the Deep Run Hunt Club.
“It’s really fun to have her come back and win here,” Sulu said of Addison. “It’s a nice trophy and it’s a great horse show and it’s a Heritage Competition, and we know most of the people here because there are a lot of people from the Virginia area. It’s just fun to come and show what she can do here, and at home.”