SAB History

Ok, class, simmer down. Today we will be learning about history. Specifically the history of Shine-A-Bit Farm. The farm was founded by Chuck Grant many years ago. When Mr. Grant started Shine-A-Bit, he was already a very accomplished horseman. Chuck began training horses in 1934, when he was stationed with the 122ndField Artillery of the Army of the United States, Chicago, Illinois. At that time there was no civilian dressage in America. Dressage was only for exhibition purposes. Grant judged thefirst civilian dressage show held in the United States in 1948, in Morton Grove, Illinois.

In 1950, he left Chicago and moved to the Detroit area. His vocation at that time, was training hunters and jumpers - avocation dressage. In the course of his career Chuck trained 17 horses to the Grand Prix level of Dressage, a feat never accomplished by any other American; all of these horses have shown in recognized shows and ten of those have shown in national dressage trials.

Chuck Grant was a member of the American Horse Show Association, and a founding member of the United States Dressage Federation and the Midwest Dressage Federation, as well as authoring four books and numerous magazine articles.

Throughout his life Chuck Grant stressed the importance of teaching Americans to trainAmerican horses in hopes of one day fielding an American Dressage team with Americanhorses, however, this has to date not happened since prior to World War Two. Therefore,we stress the philosophy the late Chuck Grant had relayed in his teachings and pass this information on to those who are willing to learn to train horses.

Chuck Grant continued his work up until the time of his death in 1990. He left a richlegacy in the many fine horses he trained and those who were privileged enough to knowhim and work with him received an irreplaceable gift from him with the knowledge he shared.

A graduate of Duke University, Mari Monda Zdunic is a top dressagecompetitor having earned USDF gold, silver, and bronze medals, Olympic Sports Festival silver, bronze and team medals, along with numerous USDF top ten horseof the year honors from the United States Dressage Federation from Training through Grand Prix levels, open and all breed awards. Mari competed in the Olympic Trials in 1980,Gladstone, NJ; and the 1981 World Championship Trials. She is equally admired forher spectacular exhibition rides which have thrilled spectators from coast to coast.An associate of Mr. Chuck Grant for fourteen years, Mari is continuing his fine work since his death in 1990, as owner and trainer of Shine-A-BitFarm.

Mari Monda spends the summer months at her cattle ranch in western South Dakota, Shine-A-Bit West. She invites the interested to visit and share in this unique experience.

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