Dressage Training in Poolesville, MD and Loxahatchee, FL
Finesse Dressage Horses
Profiles of horses Jaralyn owns or has had the pleasure of working with extensively in recent years.
Sanford in Florida at White Fences. Sharon Packer photo.
2005 Hanoverian gelding by Stedinger out of Daalny (Donnerhall). Bred by Marefield Meadows and trained by Erin Sweeney for the first 5 years of his career, "Steny" joined the Finesse Dressage team in December, 2012. Jaralyn is looking forward to many fun years with this special horse. Currently in his third season competing Grand Prix, wins include 2017 and 2018 East Coast Riders Cup Grand Prix Champions at HITS on the Hudsons by Centerline events, and they twice competed at Dressage at Devon 2018 and 2019 in the CDI-W Grand Prix and Grand Prix Musical Freestyle.
Le Herbert at Dressage at Lexington 2016, 70% and First, Intermediare 2
2002 Oldenburg Gelding by Lagunitas
"Herbert" is a very wonderful if a little bit special horse. Jaralyn purchased him from her client in 2015, because his size was too much for her. They are currently showing in the Grand Prix.
Dahlia 2008 KWPN by Sir Sinclair. Bred by Bush Park Farm, VA. Dahlia was purchased by Jaralyn as a yearling filly at the Lexington Sport Horse Auction in 2009. After some ups and downs in her first two years undersaddle with minor injuries, Dahlia showed in Florida in 2014, proving herself to be fairly confident in the show ring, with many wins and scores in the 70's. She has competed through Third level and is schooling Fourth.
Tango and Jaralyn 2012 Region 1 GAIG championships. WNC Photography
Tango 2000 KWPN by Metall out of Contango dam. Owned by Jaralyn Finn purchased in 2008 with no show experience, a bit of a late bloomer. Bred by Loucky Hagens-Groosman. In 2012 Tango qualified for 3rd Level Regional Championships and was 13th with 66%, and debuted at 4th level. In 2012, Tango had a 7th place finish in the USDF Region 1 2nd Level Championships. Tango took Finesse Assistant Cricket Clayton from First to Fourth level from 2014-2016, Finesse client Claire Hodges and Tango qualifed for NAJYRC in 2017 in the juniors and in 2019 Tango and working student Jenna Sternberg earned all of her scores for her Bronze medal in just one season.
Sanford in Florida at White Fences. Sharon Packer photo.
1997 Hanoverian gelding previously owned by Cindy and Gary Cavell and now owned by Jaralyn, in training since 2009. Cindy earned her Bronze medal on "Beezles" in 2009, and Jaralyn earned her Gold medal in 2011 and her Gold Bar in 2012.
Darius 1992 Oldenburg gelding by Don Primero who has been in training with Jaralyn since 2006. Darius or "Tick" was Jaralyn's first FEI horse; the best teacher she could ever hope for. Imported from Germany in 1998 by owner Alexandra Dane of Ipswich, MA, Darius is now retired from FEI showing and maintained a busy teaching schedule into his 26th year. In 2015, Darius made a come back to the show arena for Finesse student Cindy Ingram, who completed earning her USDF Bronze Medal with him.
2010 USDF Region 1 Champion Intermediare Freestyle USDF Region 1 Reserve Champion Intermediare II BLM Champion Intermediare I Ranked 5th in the US for Intermediare Freestyle
2009 CBLM Reserve Champion Int. 1 and Int. Freestyle USDF Region 1 Reserve Champion Int. Freestyle
Brio 1997 Hanoverian gelding by Banter. Owned by Jaralyn, purchased in 2003. Brio has severe stage fright and really prefers not to compete. He remains actively in training at home and at clinics and is a joy to train. The first horse Jaralyn has personally owned.
2010 4th Region 1 Championships 4th level 2nd 4th/3 VadaNova Fall (67%) 2nd 4th/2 CDCTA Dressage (64.5%) 3rd 4th/2 Dressage at Lexington (65%) 3rd PSGHarvest Moon Open (63%) 4th PSG EEMI Summer Fling (60.2%)
1988 - 2014. Hanoverian gelding owned by Cindy Cavell, Jaralyn Finn, Mikki Boulin, Sheila O'Neil over the years. Magnum was trained and competed by Cathy Echernacht up through Intermediare 1 level. Magnum helped Finesse Dressage Assistant Trainer Julia Koehler earn her USDF Silver medal in 2010. He did the same for former owner Mikki Boulin. Magnum provided wonderful lessons for many students from 2010-2013, including Marti Anderson, who partially leased him throughout his time at Finesse Dressage. Finesse student Cindy Cavell purchased him in 2013, and in addition to taking many lessons, also took him to his final horse show in September of 2014. Magnum passed away from colic in December, 2014, sound, working and well-loved at the age of 26.
Querido Fidelio 1994 - 2011 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Feiner Stern. Owned by Jaralyn Finn purchased in 2008. Died of a stomach tumor in July 2011. Finny was the most stoic and hard-trying horse. He taught me so much, my first horse to compete Grand Prix. Thank you Finny.
2010 3rd Int II Dressage at Lexington 3rd Grand Prix Dressage at Lexington
2008 1st PSG CDCTA Dressage (74%) 1st PSG CDCTA Dressage (70%) 1st PSG PVDA Ride For Life (68%) 1st PSG Centerline Events @ HITS (65.5%) 2nd PSG Open CBLM Championships (69.5%) East Coast Riders Cup Champion PSG CBLM PSG Reserve Champion (65%)
2007 1st Prix St. Georges VADA Reg Champs (67.8%) 2nd Prix St. Georges VADA NOVA Autumn I (66.8%) 4th Prix St. Georges VADA Reg Champs (62.3%)
Filia De Florestan 2002 - 2011 Westphalen mare, owned by Lynne Miano, in training with Jaralyn since April, 2010. Shown in 2011 2nd level with Jaralyn and 1st level with Lynne. A delightful, honest horse who tried so hard to please, who we miss every day.
Coriolanus 1992 - 2010 Canadian WB/Holsteiner gelding owned by Heather Stone, trained and shown by Jaralyn Finn 2001-2006.
2006 Qualified USDF Region 8 Championships - 3rd level 1st - 3rd/3 NEDA Spring (70.2%) 3rd - 4th/1 CDA Spring (64.4%)
2005 1st - 3rd/2 Westbrook July (66.2%) 2nd - 3rd/1 Westbrook July (64.1%)