34/ JULY 2019 THE RIDER On the Rise: Scarlett Hansen Packs a One-Two Pony Punch 15-year-old Scarlett Hansen ning.

of Outremont, QC, has been tak- ing the dressage world by storm, claiming win after win at the FEI Pony level across North America with her two pony pals. As dressage is all about the

rider’s connection with the horse, her success with 14-year-old Rêve de Glatigny (Vierzen x Dor-

“They were both born at

home to be sold,” said Scarlett. “Rêve was my first, so I kept him, and the second, Umour, broke his leg when he was a foal so I couldn’t sell him, and that turned out very good for me.” The ponies’ names are a re-

flection of their home breeding: the suffix “de Glatigny” refers to the family’s hometown in Nor- mandy, FRA, where both Scarlett and the ponies were born and raised. The names “Rêve” and “Umour” were chosen by the Hansen family, and also have sto- ries behind them. “‘Rêve’ in English is a

Scarlett and Umour with coach, Mary Ambrose. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ingrid Hansen

nick B) and 11-year-old Selle Français Pony, Umour de Glatigny (Doppelspiel x Viersen K) comes as no surprise since Scarlett has been partnered with the geldings since the very begin-

dream,” explained Scarlett. “In France, all the names start with a different letter each year. When Rêve was born it was the letter ‘r’, so we named him Rêve be- cause my sister wanted to call him that. Umour was born the year of the letter ‘u’. We called him [Umour, which means ‘hu- mour’ in English] because the first day we saw him, he came in a canter and lay down on us like a horse that’s been human for all his life, so he was really, really funny. And he was born on April 1!”

While Rêve and Umour grew up side-by-side, they could-

has been riding since the age of five, trained both ponies herself without soliciting help from an adult. The road to the winner’s circle has been long, but Scarlett has persevered through it all – even through Rêve’s first show, when the little black pony en- tered the ring, then immediately decided against staying there. Scarlett’s mother, Ingrid

Hansen, remembers with a laugh, “Rêve was in Paris, the show was on the Champs d’Élysées, and there was a lot of people and it was noisy. He was scared, so he jumped the fences and ran away!” But Scarlett didn’t despair.

She and Rêve returned to the ring, and were ultimately named the first level champions of Paris in 2015. Not long after, Scarlett

Scarlett Hansen of Outremont, QC, has been turning heads in the FEI dressage ring with her two home-

bred ponies, Rêve de Glatigny (left) and Umour de Glatigny (right).

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ingrid Hansen

n’t be more opposite in person- ality. Umour is anxious but al- ways wants to do his best, while Scarlett describes Rêve as happy-go-lucky and a bit lazy. “He is more like a pony

with his character; really friendly and always happy,” said Scarlett of Rêve. “He speaks all the time with his eyes and ears, and we really have a connection to- gether. I play with him all the time and we also work really hard. My ponies have been to- gether since they were born until now; they can stay in the same stall, field or trailer together. They are really friendly.” So friendly, in fact, that

Scarlett has even brought her ponies along to see friends or go on holiday, putting them up in gardens while she made her vis- its. But fun with the ponies is balanced with long hours of hard work. Amazingly, Scarlett, who

Both ponies were born at home – pictured is Umour de Glatigny

at one month old and Scarlett (in the pink shirt) at four years, less than a dozen years before they would conquer the FEI

leaderboards together. L to R: Ingrid, Ilana, Scarlett, and James Hansen. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ingrid Hansen

moved from France to Bromont, QC, bringing her ponies with her and quickly resuming their up- wards dressage trajectory under the Canadian flag. Since her FEI career began in 2018, Scarlett has only placed outside of the top three once out of 46 classes, and has a win rate of over 60%.

She earned her personal best scores with each pony at the 2018 Cedar Valley Children’s Division Championship, scoring 70.833% to win the Children’s Team Competition with Umour, and 70.095% to win the Pony Team Competition with Rêve. Additionally, the team has

amassed quite a few titles to- gether. Scarlett and Rêve were named the 2016 Children’s Divi- sion Canadian National Cham- pion, 2017 FEI Pony and Freestyle Canadian National Champions, and Pony Division Champion at the 2019 Florida International Youth Dressage Championships. Umour picked up a title of his own, winning Champion of the 2017 FEI Chil- dren’s division. While Scarlett’s record with

Rêve and Umour is truly excep- tional, perhaps even more re- markable is the strong bond the talented trio has maintained across countries and competi- tions. Scarlett added, “They al- ways live with me and I’m always outside with them; it re- ally is the best life.”

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