Wellington, FL (January 10, 2011) – The Wellington Classic Holiday Challenge ended the year on a good note for dressage rider Catherine Malone, who rode away the Everglades Dressage Overall High Score Adult Amateur Award at the show. Sponsored by Everglades Dressage Farm and Bethany Peslar, Malone won the High Score Award with a 66.026% in the USEF National Young Adult “Brentina Cup” Test of Choice.
Malone, the daughter of Mary Alice Malone of Iron Spring Farm in Pennsylvania, rode Iron Spring Farm’s Westfalen stallion Florianus 2. “It was our first show and it ended up going quite nicely,” Malone said. “I think we will have more confidence in the future.”
Malone, who rides with dressage trainer Todd Flettrich, said she was thrilled when her mother gave her the chance to ride Florianus 2, the first stallion fully approved by the KWPN outside of Holland. “He’s my first Grand Prix horse so I am very excited,” Malone said. “He carried me through the test where I wasn’t sure about things. It’s definitely a great privilege to ride a Grand Prix horse.”
Trainer Bethany Peslar, who operates Everglades Dressage Farm, congratulated Malone on winning the Overall High Score Adult Amateur Award. Malone was presented with a beautiful embroidered saddle pad, a leather sugar pouch, and a gift certificate for a free lesson with Peslar at her premier equestrian facility, Everglades Dressage, in the exclusive Grand Prix Village of Wellington.
“I am thrilled to be sponsoring the Overall High Score Adult Amateur Award,” Peslar said. “It’s always a great feeling to be competing in a class that is being sponsored because it is wonderful for riders to be recognized for all of their hard work.”
Peslar is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist, a two-time NAYRC Silver Medalist, and in 2006 she was Reserve Champion in the National Young Adult Grand Prix Championship “Brentina Cup” at Gladstone. Peslar’s impressive list of accomplishments also includes earning her USDF Gold Medal in 2003 at age 21. In 2007, she placed third in the Grand Prix Special at Dressage at Devon and second in the Grand Prix Special at CDI Saugerties. More recently, she came in second in the highly competitive Grand Prix Special at the CDI Palm Beach Dressage Derby.
For more information on Peslar and Everglades Dressage, visit her website at www.evergladesdressage.com.