Wellington, FL – April 5, 2012 – The thrilling and highly anticipated Dressage under the Stars Finals took place last night at Polo West in Wellington, FL. It was Bent Jensen who exhibited the stunning Liberty Light to the perfect score and emerged victorious with his rendition of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It.” The beautiful event drew out large crowds, feisty judges and a record number of sponsors.
The night began in a spectacular fashion with both horses and riders decked out in costumes. The music filled the night as top dressage riders vied for the prestigious honor of being named the Dressage under the Stars Grand Champion. Some may remember that only a few short weeks ago, Bent Jensen aboard Heather Boo’s Liberty Light made quite a spectacle of himself as he danced his way to LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” and into the audience and judges’ hearts. The crowd was blown away by his costume choice and especially his ‘wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.’ It came as no surprise than he was able to pull it off yet again.
Wellington, FL – March 27, 2012 – It is the penultimate week of Dressage under the Stars – the last week to qualify – and the competition promises to be fierce. Six horse and rider combinations have earned their place in the April 4th Finals, but Wednesday night’s competition will prove who else will vie for the championship.
Along with the excitement and rising anticipation, the crowd will be in for a spectacle as the esteemed Lusitano horse displays its elegance and beauty beneath the captivating ambiance of the night sky. The event’s producer Steve Williams is also pleased to announce Horze as the most recent sponsor of Dressage under the Stars.
Wellington, FL – February 23, 2012 – The lustrous lights shone brightly upon the costumed riders and their horses, illuminating the Palm Beach Polo and Hunt Club as Dressage under the Stars as it held its second night. Equestrians and non-equestrians alike filled the venue, and the anticipation was nearly tangible as the event got underway. It was Ruth Hogan Poulsen aboard Otelo who stole the show with her stunning musical selection and freestyle choreography.
Originally from Vermont, Poulsen has been traveling to Wellington, FL, with her husband and team for over 20 years. A veteran freestyle choreographer, Poulsen pulled out all the stops to impress the judges, using her moves and music to also astound the crowds. Poulsen is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist, and was one of the first riders to ever be awarded by the USDF for the Freestyle Gold Bar. Her numerous accolades also include creating the CD series “Riding with Soul,” which effectively helps train amateur riders to have fun while riding to music.
Wellington, FL – February 15, 2012 – The long-anticipated Dressage under the Stars will get underway in Wellington tonight, February 15, 2012. The prestigious event will take place at the Palm Beach Polo and Hunt Club located within Greenview Cove on South Shore Boulevard opening at 6:30 pm, where attendees will be able to enjoy cocktails and dinner while watching the musical freestyles of the top dressage riders.
Media personality Steve Williams is ecstatic to bring the event back to Wellington for its fourth season, and provide the opportunity for the equestrian and non-equestrian communities to come together to witness the beauty of freestyle Dressage beneath the night sky. With even larger prize money and thrilling themed nights, the crowds are sure to be blown away.
Wellington, FL – March 24, 2011 – Last night, the world famous Player’s Club hosted the grand finale of Dressage under the Stars, where at the end of the evening, Jim “Batman” Kofford was crowned the series champion. During the evening, the winners from the previous weeks returned to compete for the 2011 championship including Chris Von Martels, Jim Kofford, Marcia Kulak, Dottie Morkis, and Emily Kannenstine. Judges for this week included Todd Flettrich, Ashley Holzer and Kelly Klein and the event was sponsored by Carol Cohen’s Two Swans Farm, the Dutta Corp. and Phelps Media Group.
Jim Kofford rode his Grand Prix mount, Rhett, as “Batman,” to the $2,500 cash top prize after completing two thrilling performances. This is third year of the Wednesday night weekly event, held at the Players Club during the Palm Beach winter circuit.
“I am so excited to win,” Kofford stated after his performance still wearing his Batman mask. “This is a great horse who loved this rowdy crowd and really got into it. The second round was actually really fun to do and this whole event is great. This horse is 11 years old and I think it was great practice for him, in a fun and relaxing environment. Plus, under the lights adds another element for the horses and provided a great atmosphere to compete.”
Wellington, FL – March 15, 2011 – Join the crowd this Wednesday evening, March 16th, at the world famous Players Club for Dressage under the Stars, starting at 7:00pm. In its seventh week of competition, Dressage under the Stars will feature a breed competition this week, showcasing the US PRE and Lusitano horses. Two horses of each breed will perform musical freestyles showcasing the talent and history of these incredible breeds. Guests can enjoy delicious drinks and dinner patio side or upstairs on the balcony overlooking the dressage arena.
Nationally renowned trainer Mr. Vitor J. Silva and his students, Emily Kannenstine and Leah Winston from Sons of the Winds Farm, will represent the Lusitano breed. Kannenstine and Winston will both perform individual freestyles and midway through the evening, Mr. Silva and his riders will also be performing a rousing quadrille demonstration for guests to enjoy, showcasing this incredible breed and its history.
Riders representing the United States PRE Association are Rachel Chowanec and Summerville Harris, will each perform cultural and fun Freestyles at the FEI level.
“The US PRE Association works solely for the promotion of the breed and education of the public about the PRE,” noted US PRE President Kimberly Boyer. “We also strive to service breeders who are working to grow this specific breed. We are excited about Dressage under the Stars and this competition between the PREs and the Lusitanos. We thought it was a great opportunity to celebrate the similarities these breeds share, along with their neighborhood stud books! It should be a great evening!”
Palm City, FL – March 14, 2011 – Sons of the Wind Lusitanos is pleased to announce that they will be competing at Dressage under the Stars on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. The beautiful event is held at the world famous Players Club in Wellington, Florida. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m., with delicious drinks and fine dining available both patio-side, and the Lusitano/PRE competition will begin at 8 p.m.
Nationally renowned trainer Mr. Vitor J. Silva and his students, Emily Kannenstine and Leah Winston, who will be working for Sons of the Winds, will begin by competing in a dressage competition against a group of PRE horses, showcasing the talents of the different breeds. Midway through the evening, Mr. Silva and his riders will also be performing a rousing quadrille demonstration for guests to enjoy.
The Sons of the Wind and Mr. Silva are famous for exhilarating airs above the ground and their quadrilles have been featured at the Boston Portuguese Festival, Bear Spot Freestyle, PVDA “Ride for Life”, and many other locations. The Sons of the Wind School for the Equestrian Arts, based in Merrimac, Massachusetts and now for the winter Palm City, FL, were founded by Portuguese trainer Mr. Vitor Silva. With their dedication to classical training, these unique centers provide a venue for the starting and sales of the young Lusitanos, along with instruction to all levels of students by the Lusitano school masters developed by Mr. Silva for amateur enthusiasts, instructors and competitive riders from around the world.
Wellington, FL – March 9, 2011 – Tonight marks the sixth week for the exciting Dressage under the Stars, held at the world famous Players Club in Wellington, Florida. Festivities begin tonight 7:00pm, with delicious drinks and fine dining available both patio-side, upstairs on the porch and as always inside the Players Club. The beautiful event will continue for two more weeks and is held each Wednesday at the luxurious venue. This week’s performances will feature top international judge Anne Gribbons and choreographer Ruth Hogan-Poulsen.
Last week’s Dressage under the Stars was great event featuring three Eventing riders performing musical freestyles. Eventing riders do not usually perform freestyles, but their incredible efforts did not disappoint. Last week’s Dressage under the Stars, sponsored by PRO aligned with the Derby Cross event held Saturday night, March 5, during Nations Cup week. Riders from last week included Marsha Kulak, Sara Kozumplik and Ronald Zabala-Goetschel. Olympian Karen O’Connor served as one of the judges for the evening, alongside Mason Phelps, Jr.
“Tonight was a great event for our event riders,” noted O’Connor. “The evening was very interesting, exciting and enthusiastic. They do a wonderful job presenting different disciplines to the public and the music is just so much fun.”
Chris Von Martels Wins Dressage under the Stars Week 1
Wellington, FL (February 6, 2011) – For the third year in a row, Dressage under the Stars, held patio-side at The Players Club Bar & Grille, is the place to be on Wednesday nights in Wellington. This year will bring another eight weeks of exciting rider and horse combinations competing for weekly prizes and an opportunity for riders to return the final week to perform in the grand finale. Attendees were again guaranteed an enchanting night of FEI level musical freestyles, fine dining, cocktails, and new this year a VIP champagne tent.
Chris Von Martels stole the show with his winning performance on Don Darveen, a warmblood gelding by Donnerhall. Von Martels performed to music that included the Black Eyed Peas for a fun hip-hop combination musical freestyle. Don Darveen’s owner, Regina Sacha-Ujczo, drove all the way from Orlando to come see her horse perform.
Von Martels’ prizes included a custom Quantum Saddle, presented by Quantum Limited’s North American Representative Ted Rekal-Nuttall, 500 dollars cash, and VIP passes to the table service sponsorship tent. All competitors received a rider care package from The Wellington Institute, an American Express Gift Card donated by Jill Hoag of Keyes Company and a bundle of organic carrots for their horses.