Piedmont Sundance
HB 597 XXXIX, born 6/22/00
16 h brown dun Connemara-TB gelding

Bred by FFC; owned by Zoe Schroeder, IL
(full sibling to Piedmont Harmony, Piedmont Powers and Piedmont Palmetto)

2019 Highest Placing YR at Champaign Run
2017 USEA Halfbred Training, 4th place
2017 Illinois DCTA - Champion Training Junior Rider and Reserve Eventing Young Rider of the Year
2016 USEA 5th place Halfbred Connemara Training Level HOTY
2016 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE in Eventing


Piedmont Sundance has had a busy and successful summer (2019)!




Balmullo's Beacon x Kitties & Cash (TB)

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Congratulations to Zoe Schroeder and her excellent finish at the 2018 Hagyard Mid-south Team Challenge event!!! She finished 3rd in her division of 28 starters on her dressage score of 29.3. She was bested only by a professional who took both the blue and red in her open division. Zoe earned a 1st place for the best Junior rider placing on her mount, Piedmont Sundance, an 18 yr old Conn-TB cross by Balmullo's Beacon. It was such a pleasure to be able to share the experience with the Schroeder ladies:-) October 2018


Wanted to show you a perpetual trophy we received yesterday. This is from Sunny's win (Piedmont Sundance) at the Fox River Valley Pony Club horse trials in June. He had the low score (ridden by Zoe Schroeder). Allison Springer's name appears on this trophy too -- so I am beaming with pride. I am going to have a photo of Zoe and Sunny with the trophy and will send it to you:) Happy Holidays!(Lisa S - Dec 2017)

Hagyard 2017

Pony Club C3 rating accomplished August 2017

Zoe, piloting Sunny, was 2016 Highest Scoring Junior, pictured below:

Zoe Schroeder on Sundance at the 2016 AEC's:


Owner, rider Cherly McClain finished in 4th place at the April 2011 Chattahoochee Hills H.T. in her Open Novice division of 13 starters)

Marty Whitehouse and Piedmont Sundance (Balmullo’s Beacon x TB mare) finished in 3rd on their dressage score at the Polpar Place USEA Horse Trials in February 2011.

2009-10-15 - Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team H.T. (KY) NoviceONF (Starters: 16): 5th place, double clear

2009-09-25 - Jump Start H.T. (KY) NoviceN(CH) (Starters: 18): 6th place, double clear

2009-06-19 - Midsouth Pony Club H.T. (KY) NoviceON4 (Starters: 19):
3rd place, double clear

2009-05-22 - May-Daze at the Park H.T. (KY) NoviceONA (Starters: 11),
3rd place, double clear

  AEC results  (9/08) Congratulation to Marion Caldwell (owner) and Marty Whitehouse (rider) on their 6th place finish in their Preliminary Division at the AEC, on Piedmont Sundance (TB cross by Balmullo's Beacon).  There were 35 in his division.  A few weeks earlier, Marion's 17 year old daughter, Laura Burns, rode Sundance to a 1st place finish in Prelim at a local CT, then on to a 7th place finish at the KY Classique HT.


2008 Wellpride USEA AEC qualified  (8/08) Piedmont Sundance / Marion Caldwell (KY)  Qualifying Rides for Preliminary (Horse Only Division)  

 2008-07-18 - Champagne Run at the Park H.T. H.T. Event Type: HT, Event Level: P, Event Division: YROP, Event Placement 5  
2008-05-23 - May-Daze at the Park HT, Event Level: P, Event Division: JYOP, Event Placement 9  
2007-10-05 - Jumpstart H.T. Event Type: Event Type: HT, Event Level: P, Event Division: OP1, Event Placement 11


New rider continues the success (7/08)   Marty Whitehouse rode Piedmont Sundance to a first place finish in Open Training (21 starters) at the Midsouth Pony Club Horse Trials in Kentucky the weekend of June 26. 


Successful move up to Preliminary (10/07)   Laura Burns and Piedmont Sundance won their first Preliminary CT at September in the Park (KY Horse Park) 2007! Their photos (12-26) can be viewed and purchased from PhotoReflect  They went on to do their first Preliminary Event (10/6-7/07) at the Horse Park and jumped clean.  Time penalities kept them out of the ribbons but it was a fabulous move-up experience for the young pair (16 yr old Laura and 7 yr old Sun).

Laura Burns and Piedmont Sundance won their first Preliminary CT at September in the Park (KY Horse Park) 2007!

Their photos (12-26) can be viewed and purchased from PhotoReflect

They went on to do their first Preliminary Event (10/6-7/07) at the Horse Park and jumped clean.  Time penalities kept them out of the ribbons but it was a fabulous move-up experience for the young pair (16 yr old Laura and 7 yr old Sun).


Laura finished 2nd at Gemwood this weekend so she met her goal for the season of qualifying for the 2007 American Eventing Championships at Training Level ;  I’m not sure that we will go, but at least she can if she wants and that is the main thing. 

photo below by Lesley Ward, July/August 2007 issue of Young Rider

Successful move to Training Level CT (4/07) : Hi Vanessa, Laura and Piedmont Sundance did their 1st training level recognized CT today (Sayre School) and brought home the blue ribbon, a saddle pad and a Julep Cup !  I'm about to have a mint julep in that cup to celebrate.  Thought you would want to know.  All send their love. Marion, Rob and Laura  

Jump Start HT 9/30-10/1/06 - 1st place Novice

below: after the hunt (2006)

Laura earns her C3 Pony Club Rating (7/06)

We survived the C3 rating. It was a three day ordeal and was grueling. Sundance was a good boy – the only six year old there that is for sure. Laura passed the rating, along with her club mates Kelsey and Khaki. Five out of 13 failed and there were lots of tears! I’m sooo glad that is over! No more pony club stress this year. Laura and Sun could go to Pony Club Nationals but she is just too tired and wants to take the rest of the summer off. He probably needs it too.

Laura took Sundance to Eventing Rally which was held during the Midsouth PC HT at the KHP On June 26th. He was a good green boy and Laura’s team was 1st in the novice pony club division and she and Sundance were 2nd in the open horse trial. We were really proud of him. Both Juniper and Sundance are qualified for the AEC novice division. Laura and Sundance have bonded and he is just cocky enough to keep her entertained without being dangerous. Thanks again for my ponies! Marion

above: Laura Burns on Piedmont Sundance - Novice Division, Springbay Horse Trials, April 2006

Laura and Sundance at the Wilderness Trace Pony Club Jumper Show May 20th 2006. Sun got lots of ribbons but Foothills Juniper brought home (a cash prize!). No one could beat her in the stakes class - rules were clear and fast wins!

Laura did Sayre School CT which is a USEA recognized show and did training level. You would have been proud. Juniper jumped great and didn't seem at all overfaced... Laura had fun and we rode up in style in our new trailer. Sundance got a ribbon. (5th place)...the course was in grass on a hill side and it was a challenge for him to keep his balance throughout. He seems to enjoy his job and was not nearly as overwhelmed by all the activity this time out.

 MidSouth Pony Club HT 6/24/05 - 1st place BN (32.00)

Laura and Sun placed 4th in their 16 horse novice division (RESULTS) at the Mayfest Horse Trials at the Kentucky Horse Park, May 27-28 weekend. Good progress for him this weekend in dressage and he did great in stadium and cross country. MayFest HT 5/27/05 - 6th place BN (41.5)

Piedmont Sundance (
Balmullo's Beacon x Kitties and Cash , TB) - May 2005, ridden by 14 yr old, Laura Burns

A fun day at the Jump Start Horse Trials (KY) (10/04)

Last weekend I got to watch 2 of my homebreds compete at one horse trails. Two of them are owned by Marian Caldwell:
Foothills Juniper was ridden by Khaki Lacy (photo above) and Piedmont Sundance (photo below) was ridden in his first horse trials by Jennifer Gray. Khaki and Juniper finished in 4th place and Jennifer and Sun finished in the middle of their large BNH division. Juniper finished on her dressage score, as is characteristic of her, and Sun finished with only time penalties added to his dressage score. Considering his age (4 y/o) and that this was his first jumping competition, we were all thrilled with his clear, confident jumping rounds.

    <-Vanessa on Sun (April 04)
Sundance is under saddle doing figure eights at the trot. His steering is improving. I don't get to ride him as much as I would like because of the weather. He is really a sweet guy, very friendly, as most foothills horses are. I have some video clips and a couple of pictures I will try to email soon. Marion (1/04)  

at age 3

at age 1