Arioso is a 2008, 16.1 h off the track Thoroughbred gelding purchased by Megan in fall 2012. After working through several trust and sensitivity issues stemming from abuse on the track, Megan and Arie made their show debut in the spring of 2013, moving quickly through a successful Beginner Novice and Novice career with several wins at each level. After winning a tough Novice division at River Glen Summer Horse Trials in 2013, the pair moved up to Training level, and placed in the top three at all of their shows in 2014. Arie is strong in all three phases of competition, scoring consistently well in dressage and rocking around the cross country courses. Megan plans to continue growing with Arie with hopes to take him to the upper levels.
In 2014, after a successful season, Arie suffered a freak injury to his hoof and had almost two years off from training and competition. Thankfully, with the help of a wonderful support team, he has made a full recovery and has had a wonderful 2016 season so far, moving up to Preliminary in August and winning his second Prelim event at the Kentucky Classique in early September. Arioso and Megan are now working toward qualifying for a CCI 1* they plan to complete in November, which will be followed by a move up to Intermediate level in the spring.
This is a horse that just keeps on giving. He owes nothing, and yet his lion hearted spirit continues to fly around cross country courses like they are just walks in the park.