Reprinted from Horse and Pony, July 21, 1999.

In June, dressage trainer, Greta Wrigley, of Florida, was flown to the Midwest to the Region 11 Championships to take a final ride aboard Baltic Mariner, as he received his Legion of Supreme Honor from the International Arabian Horse Association.

In 1998, Wrigley dominate the upper levels at the IAHA Nationals, capturing the National Championship titles at Prix St. Georges and Fourth Level aboard Baltic Mariner. At the 1996 Nationals, the pair won the National Championship titles at Second and Third Level. These impressive wins earned Baltic Mariner both his Legion of Honor and his Legion of Supreme Honor. This past spring, Baltic Mariner was sold to James and Lynn Fleming for their daughter, Kate. But when it came time for the Legion presentation, trainer Alice Martin felt Wrigley should present the horse since she had trained him and rode him to his four National victories.

The presentation was quite dramatic. Wrigley, astride Mariner was escorted into the arena by two white horses. She performed a musical freestyle and then the Legion Awards were presented to loud applause. Next came the official hand-off of the champion when 15-year-old Kate Fleming came into the arena and mounted Mariner to perform a second short freestyle, complete with one-tempis. The crowd loved it.

Following the bittersweet ceremony, Wrigley attended a party at the show hosted by the Flemings outside their stalls. Champagne flowed and "Legion Cake" was shared by all who attended.

"I will miss this great champion," said Wrigley, "but I know he and Kate will be a fine pair."

Kate Fleming proved Wrigley's words to be true. At that same Regional Championship she and Mariner won Reserve Champion in the Third and Fourth levels. Under Alice Martin's tutelage, Fleming will compete Mariner in the Cosequin Young Riders program for the remainder of 1999 and the USDF Young Riders Program in 2000.

Note: Baltic Mariner is by Serr Maariner, Los Alamos Dressage Center's grand prix Arabian stallion, and out of the Premium A SWB mare, L.A. Rose of Sweden. "He was the first foal of Rose." says Gail, "She was bred to Serr Maariner on the year before L.A. Baltic Sun was approved. After that she was bred to Sun, Riverman or L.A. Baltic Inspiration. We are very proud of Baltic Mariner."

Los Alamos Dressage Center has a straight Egyptian daughter of Serr Maariner for sale in foal to L.A. Baltic Sunrise (L.A. Baltic Sun x L. A. Rose of Sweden), who is a half brother to Baltic Mariner. This is a rare opportunity to own these winning bloodlines. For more information, check our sales list.

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