Jacksonville Equestrian Sportsmanship Award Winner Dane McIlvain is First Class All the Way

   At age 13, Wisconsin horseman Dane McIlvain seems already destined for greatness. In just his first year competing as an IFSHA Youth Exhibitor and — in his very first trip to the IFSHA World and Grand National Championship Horse Show — he’s coming home to parents Alicia and Doug McIlvain with the 2018 Jacksonville (FL) Equestrian Center Sportsmanship Award ready to go on the family’s mantle.
   McIlvain was at the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) World and Grand Nationals in Springfield, Ohio, October 2-7, showing Annette fan’e Hamsterheide for B & C Roberts and finishing Top 10 in the nation in the WC Friesian/Part Bred Friesian Showmanship Junior Exhibitor championship.
   McIlvain described the horse, trained by Gareth Selwood of Lorick Stables in New York, as, “A beautiful mare. I can’t thank Brenda and Charley enough for the privilege of showing her.” The mare was also Top 10 for Charley Roberts in WC Friesian Dressage SHIH Mares 6 & Over, WC Friesian Mares All Ages ATH, and WC Friesian Carriage Pleasure Driving Reinsmanship.
   The teen horseman thanked IFSHA Board director and DDP Performance Horses trainer, Danielle Barrasso, for instilling some ringside encouragement. “I was nervous at the World Show but Danielle helped me a lot and made me feel confident that I could show this big mare!”
   “The IFSHA Youth committee,” Danielle explained, “chose Dane as recipient of the Jacksonville Equestrian Center Sportsmanship Award because it is as important to be a supportive volunteer in your association as it is to be a competitor.”
   “Dane volunteered throughout the show in many different divisions,” she added, including as the VIP escort for longtime supporter and enthusiast, Mrs. Elizabeth Shatner. The 2018 IFSHA World and Grand National Championship Horse Show benefited The All Glory Project and All Glory Honor Ride, held Saturday evening with Mrs. Shatner in attendance. The Honor Ride draws dozens of exhibitors who may ride or lead their horse at a walk, or walk on foot in the arena, to honor veterans and their families. The $100 entry fee and all donations go to The All Glory Project.
   Upon accepting his JEC Sportsmanship Award award, McIlvain said he would like to return to the World and Grand National Show to “compete in its rail classes” and predicts it “would be awesome” to one day compete at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.
   Horse people of all breeds and disciplines enjoy showing at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is known for its extensive amenities and ideal location. The construction of a 300’ X 300’ covered arena and 130’ x 80’ livestock pavilion, will essentially double the covered area available for events. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is only a short drive to the city and beautiful beaches. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s 80-acre facility offers 422 stalls housed in four permanent barns, 78 full RV hook ups, indoor and outdoor vendor spaces and an adjacent Olympic sized swimming pool. For more information and to learn more about upcoming events, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call (904)-255-4254.
Photo: Jacksonville Equestrian Center Sportsmanship Award winner Dane McIlvain all smiles during his award presentation at the IFSHA World Championships. (Photo courtesy of Avalon Photography)