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Atlanta Is Jumping in June

Lisa Goldman and Morocco jumping in Olympic style at the Georgia International Horse Park during the Fall Atlanta Classic. Flashpoint Photography.

Johns Island, South Carolina (March 5, 2013) – Have you ever wanted show your horse over fences to your own music? How about compete in a Nations Cup formatted class?  Or do you consider yourself an emerging athlete and ready to tackle the challenges of the USHJA program that is taking the industry by storm?  Look no further – the Atlanta Summer Classic has it all!

Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships

Classic Company is proud to announce that it will be offering the first USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships Week II at the Atlanta Summer Classic.  This is another creative addition from the USHJA and offers riders the opportunity to compete in a Nations Cup format, representing their states and zones.

There are four Regions:

  • North Region – representing all of the states within Zones 1, 2 and 5
  • South Region – representing all of the states within Zones 3 and 4
  • Central Region – representing all of the states within Zones 5 and 6
  • West Region – representing all of the states within Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
Jordan Siegel and Iceberg showing at the Atlanta Fall Classic
Jordan Siegel and Iceberg showing at the Atlanta Fall Classic

Regional Championships for the South Region will be held at the Atlanta Summer Classic, Week II at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia.

Riders must apply in order to have a chance to represent their state.  For more information, go to www.ushja.org. Riders only have until April 15 to apply for the 2013 year.  So, time is of the essence if you want to get in on this exciting new program!

USHJA Emerging Athletes Program at the Olympic Venue!

How fitting — the up and coming riders, many with sights on the Olympics, get the opportunity to participate this year in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program during the Summer Atlanta Classic shows at the Georgia International Horse Park, home of the 1996 Olympics.

The Classic Company welcomes the USHJA’s Emerging Athletes Program June 10 through 13.  Participants in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program arrive on Sunday, June 9 before Atlanta I and four days later it wraps up.  Participants work with expert riders on perfecting their jumping techniques in the shade of the covered arena.  “This is a very rigorous program and it is so well received by the up and coming riders, the future of our sport.  It is an honor to host it this year,” said Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.

Freestyle!

Megan Edrick and Cadence sailing over an oxer in the Olympic Stadium at the Georgia International Horse Park. Flashpoint Photography.
Megan Edrick and Cadence sailing over an oxer in the Olympic Stadium at the Georgia International Horse Park. Flashpoint Photography.

Ready for the most fun equitation class ever?  Classic Company introduces its Freestyle Equitation class, open to anyone.  Participants are given the course a week ahead of the show; it’s posted online and available in the office upon the riders’ arrival at the show.  Freestyle ‘equitators’ will have to jump 12 jumps in three minutes to the music of their choice.  Yes, music of their choice!  The class will run in the covered arena during the Outback Steakhouse Charity Dinner and the winner will receive a cooler and an Essex shirt.  With fences set at 3′, all are welcome to participate.  Don’t miss the fun!  Come for the Emerging Athletes Program and stay for the music!

The Atlanta Spring Classic kicks off March 20 and will run through March 31st.  After a short springtime break, the Atlanta Summer Classic commences June 12 and runs through June 23rd.  Don’t miss the opportunity to show in the Olympic Stadium and experience the Classic difference!

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest:  Classic Shows are FUN!  And, this year the fun continues at the Gulfport show with complimentary exhibitor parties, breakfasts, luncheons and office snacks to make your showing experience the best ever.

Classic Company never charges a scratch or add fee for those last minute adds and scratches, so if you haven’t entered yet, go to the prize list or simply click on Equestrian Connect to fill out your entry form and stabling requests.

Equestrian Connect is Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service. The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!

So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or a novice looking for a positive show experience, look to the Gulf Coast Classic shows in Gulfport, and let the good times roll!

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at www.ClassicCompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.

All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director at classicsponsorship@gmail.com.  All program advertising should be directed to Nate Poliquin, Program Sales Representative at classicshowads@yahoo.com.

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Bob Bell
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Audi, Piaget Begin Second 26-Goal Tournament USPA Piaget Gold Cup Thursday

8-goaler Nico Pieres.

WELLINGTON, FL – March 5, 2013 — With the C. V. Whitney Cup in the books, the second 26 high-goal tournament gets under way Thursday with three games in the USPA Piaget Gold Cup.

Grand Champions Polo Club-based pro teams Audi and Piaget are among favorites in the 11-team tournament, the second jewel of America’s Triple Crown of polo.

It is the sixth consecutive year, Piaget, the luxury Swiss watchmaker, will sponsor the tournament at International Polo Club Palm Beach.

There are three brackets of play with all eight of the world’s 10-goal players competing.

Audi opens play on Thursday against new team Zorzal at 2 p.m.

Audi features 10-goaler Gonzalito Pieres, 8-goaler Nico Pieres, 7-goaler Jeff Hall, one of the highest ranked U.S. players, and team captain Marc Ganzi, rated at one goal.

Zorzal, one of two new teams in the tournament, has 6-goaler Fred Mannix, 6-goaler Jason Crowder, 7-goaler Marianito Obregon and 7-goaler Mariano Gonzalez.

Audi’s tournament bracket includes Coca-Cola and Mt. Brilliant.

Other Thursday games are Valiente vs. Mt. Brilliant at 10 a.m. and Zacara vs. Coca-Cola at 4 p.m.

Piaget opens play on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Lechuza Caracas.

Piaget, one of only two teams with two 10-goalers, features 10-goalers Miguel Astrada and Sapo Caset, 6-goaler Nacho Badiola, making his 26-goal debut at IPC at age 23, and team captain Melissa Ganzi.

10-goaler Miguel Astrada
10-goaler Miguel Astrada

“Piaget is a very good team,” Caset said. “We know we are going to play better than we did in the Whitney Cup. We have a good bracket and we had a week to get ready for the Gold Cup. It’s going to be a great tournament.”

Said Piaget coach Joey Casey, “We got a really good draw, so we’re happy.”

Piaget’s tournament bracket includes Lechuza Caracas, ERG and Orchard Hill.

The other Saturday game is ERG against Orchard Hill at 4 p.m.

Last year’s Piaget Gold Cup champion Valiente II is not competing since team captain Robert Jornayvaz returned to his classes at University of Virginia this past fall. His father Bob Jornayvaz is fielding a team that includes 10-goalers Adolfo Cambiaso and Pelon Stirling, two members of last year’s champion team.

First played in 1974, the 26-goal USPA Gold Cup has been played at various polo clubs but found a home at IPC in 2007.

First introduced at Oakbrook Polo Club in Illinois, it then headed north to Milwaukee Polo Club in 1975 and remained there until 1978. After moving south in 1979, the Gold Cup continued a 17-year stretch at Palm Beach Polo and Country Club and moved to Boca Raton’s Royal Palm Polo & Sports Club in 1996. In 2002, the Gold Cup headed north to Greenwich Polo Club where play resumed until 2004. Aiken, S.C. then hosted the Gold Cup in 2005 and 2006.

When the USPA awarded IPC the Gold Cup in 2007, the International Polo Club Palm Beach, home of the 26-goal C. V. Whitney Cup Tournament and U.S. Open Championship, sealed its place in history as host of all three legs of the Triple Crown.

Piaget is saluting IPC’s tenth anniversary with the launch of its new luxury Polo FortyFive Black watch which will join their successful collection of polo watches first introduced in the late 1970s.

USPA PIAGET GOLD CUP AUDI/PIAGET SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 7: Zorzal vs. Audi, 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 9: Lechuza Caracas vs. Piaget, 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 10: Alegria vs. Audi, noon

Wednesday, March 13: Piaget vs. Orchard Hill, 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 14: Zacara vs. Audi, 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 17: Valiente vs. Audi, 10 a.m.; Piaget vs. ERG, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20: Piaget Gold Cup Semifinals, 2, 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 21: Butler Handicap Semifinals, Gold Cup subsidiary, 10 a.m., noon

Sunday, March 24: Butler Handicap Final, noon; USPA Piaget Gold Cup Final, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26: U.S. Open begins, schedule, pairings to be announced.

AUDI/PIAGET TOURNAMENT LINEUP

March 7 – March 24, USPA Piaget Gold Cup

March 26 – April 21, 109th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington.

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Piaget. Everyone is welcome to watch polo during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League Tournament.

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Sons of the Wind Farm Announces 2013 Tour Dates

Photo Courtesy of the Client.

Merrimac, MA – March 5, 2013 – Sons of the Wind School of Equestrian Arts will be showcasing the talent of their Lusitano mounts throughout the country during the month of April at multiple events. In additional to conducting informational clinics, Sons of the Wind will be performing a Quadrille and athletic movements including Airs Above the Ground for those in attendance.

The dates for the 2013 tour include:

  • April 5-7: Cornell University (hosted by CAYUGA-DCT)
  • April 11-14: Equine Affaire Ohio
  • April 18-21: Midwest Horse Fair, WI
  • April 26-28: Minnesota Horse Expo

The Lusitano was best known for its amazing athleticism as a loyal war horse, and then as a brave, bold mount in the bullring. Today, the modern Lusitano has found its way in to many disciplines including dressage. During the tour, Sons of the Wind will teach guests about the Lusitanos’ history, and also perform a traditional Quadrille. Using four talented Lusitano horses, the riders will perform a beautiful dressage test in sync with music and each horse. All of the horses and riders will be wearing traditional Portuguese attire and tack.

The clinics conducted at Cornell University and the Midwest Horse Fair will include how to develop the strength of your performance horse through the Pendulum of Elasticity, how simple exercises such as leg yield lead can lead to pirouettes and changes, and the importance of strength training.

During Equine Affair and the Minnesota Horse Expo, the clinics hosted by the Sons of the Wind will focus on long-lining, lateral work, and tempi changes, as well as how and why to introduce the piaffe/passage progression early in a horses training.

These clinics will give riders and trainers’ valuable insight and knowledge in classical dressage training that they can apply at home. Sons of the Wind will be able to answer questions and guide guests through the exercises at each event during the tour. These clinics will provide invaluable information that will assist horse and rider as they progress and expand their dressage knowledge.

About Sons of the Wind:

Sons of the Wind School of Equestrian Arts currently has locations in Merrimac, MA, and Palm City, FL. Founded by Portugal’s Vitor Silva, Sons of the Wind and its affiliated schools were incepted in response to the need for an establishment capable of providing the rider the opportunity to experience and understand the correctness of all the movements of dressage. These establishments offer the training and schooling to horses and riders of different backgrounds and levels. Sons of the Wind is also a full service breeding facility for the talented Lusitano breed as it is very important for the growth of the school to keep training horses that could be great mounts and prospects for lessons and for sale.

For more information about Sons of the Wind School of Equestrian Arts, please visit www.sonsofthewindfarm.com.

Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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Roffman and Uruguai Take Interagro Lusitanos High Score Award at Florida Dressage Classic CDI

Caroline Roffman and Uruguai at the Florida Dressage Classic CDI. (Photo courtesy of Al Guden)

Wellington, FL (March 4, 2013) – Caroline Roffman and the Lusitano stallion Uruguai were in the ribbons this weekend, as they scored an impressive 66.477% in the FEI Prix St. Georges to take the Interagro Lusitanos High Score Lusitano Award during the Florida Dressage Classic CDI, which is the second CDI of the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.  The pair was presented with a beautiful black halter with silver accents and an engraved plate for their prize.  The stunning black Lusitano stallion, known around the barn as Alejandro, is owned by Robinson Lusitanos of Louisiana.

The 11-year-old black stallion demonstrated the elegant assets of power and precision that have made the breed so popular for dressage.  “He is kind and willing, and always ready to take you down the centerline,” Roffman said of the stallion. “He is easy to ride, and a great match for any rider, of any level.”

Robinson Lusitanos, one of the largest Lusitano breeders in the United States, began its breeding operation that features mostly Interagro Lusitanos from Brazil, purchased and imported under the guidance of Interagro’s US Sales Director, Peter Van Borst.  Uruguai’s studmates include the notable Maverick Interagro and Pitagoras Interagro.

Interagro Lusitanos of Brazil sponsors the High Score Lusitano Award during the Florida dressage circuit, and is recognized as the largest breeder and exporter or Lusitano horses in the world.  “We are always looking to recognize exceptional Lusitanos competing on the dressage circuits,” said Cecilia Gonzaga, Managing Director of Interagro Lusitanos.  “Our horses and clients have had much success, and the Lusitano is becoming a favored mount for many sport horse disciplines.”

The Interagro horse is a modern Lusitano, a horse that excels in many disciplines, from dressage and driving to jumping and working equitation. Interagro horses can be seen driving, working, and training on the farm in Brazil every day.  Interagro is committed to preserving the pure bloodlines of the Lusitano breed, and Interagro bloodlines include some of the most respected bloodlines in the breed such as Farao (JHC), Nirvana Interagro, Ofensor (MV), Xique-Xique (CI) and Yacht (SA).

Interagro also offers guests and clients a unique way to truly immerse themselves in the Luistano breed and the equestrian culture of Interagro through Destination Lusitano. From riding an Interagro stallion across the rolling Brazilian countryside to enjoying Portuguese cuisine, Destination Lusitano caters to each guest’s needs and can be tailored to their interests.  In addition, the 600 Lusitanos that call Interagro home make Destination Lusitano the ultimate equestrian getaway.

Founded in 1975 by Dr. Paulo Gavião Gonzaga to preserve the Lusitano breed, Interagro Lusitanos is now recognized as the world’s largest breeder and exporter of Lusitano horses. Dr. Gonzaga started with a small band of four mares and one stallion imported to Brazil from the breed’s native Portugal. To date, over 600 horses populate the 1,200-acre ranch outside São Paulo. Today, Cecilia Gonzaga manages the farm and operations. Interagro Lusitanos are handled, prepared, and evaluated from birth, with a handful of the best stock presented at auction each year.

For more information on Destination Lusitano or to learn more about Interagro Lusitanos, visit their website at www.lusitano-interagro.com.

For more information contact:
Johnny Robb – JRPR, Inc.
561-753-4608
jrpr@mac.com

Devin Ryan and Calissandro Win the $35,000 CWD Grand Prix to Close Out Week IV in Gulfport

Devin Ryan and Calissandro tackle the CWD obstacle on a course designed by Olympic designer Steve Stephens. Flashpoint Photography.

Gulfport, Mississippi (March 4, 2013) – CWD sponsored rider Devin Ryan from Long Valley, New Jersey, aboard his own Calissandro, won the $35,000 CWD Grand Prix yesterday at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Calissandro is a nine year old American-bred Holsteiner by Conejo purchased as a two year old by Ryan.  Ryan has trained and shown the horse through the Young Jumper program and has developed Calissandro from the ground up.  “I think it is important that the horse trusts his rider, and Calissandro and all of my horses have a great trust of me.  I have done all of their training and showing and that gives them a lot of confidence.”

Twenty four horses attempted the grand prix course designed by internationally known designer Steve Stephens, but only five would return for the jump-off, of which two rides belonged to Ryan, two rides belonged to Theo Genn of Lebanon, Ohio, and one ride belonged to Bryn Sadler of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“The course was very technical,” said Stephens.  “I was hoping for six clean, so I’m happy that I got 5,” he added.  The 9 a and b combination had a liverpool on the back end and saw many dropping rails.  “I jump a lot of liverpools with my horses and use it in their training, so I didn’t have a problem with it,” commented Ryan.

Theo Genn riding Paradox, owned by Thomas Bruinsma, was the first to go clean with a time of 76.534 seconds.  Devin Ryan, aboard Roman Saluut ***, confirmed there would be a jump-off and turned in a clean first round effort in 78.340 seconds. Bryn Sadler of Santa Fe, New Mexico challenged the men and secured her ticket to jump off after turning in the fastest, clean first-round effort with a time of 72.479 seconds aboard Bon Giorno, owned by Showcase 81 LLC. Theo Genn then returned to the field, this time with Bridlebourne Stables LLC’s Winchester, to turn in a clean round of 75.347 seconds.  Ryan was last to go of the twenty four trips and returned with his fourth mount, Calissandro, riding the first round clean in a time of 78.575 seconds.

Genn, aboard Paradox, was first to go in the jump off and had one rail down at the first fence and the last leaving them with 8 faults in a time of 42.199 seconds.  The pair would finish in fifth overall.  Next to go was Ryan, in the irons on his own Roman Saluut***, but with a rail down on the final obstacle, would finish with four faults in a time of 42.926 seconds, placing them in fourth position overall.  Next to go was Sadler and Bon Giorno from New Mexico, who turned in a clear round in a time of 47.371 seconds to the cheers of the crowd.  Genn, rising to the challenge, returned to the ring, this time aboard Bridlebourne Stables LLC’s Winchester.  The pair went fast and clean in a time of 43.728 seconds and looked to take the class until Ryan returned to the ring on his own Calissandro. The pair went clean and beat Genn’s time by more than two seconds with his own 40.591 seconds, securing the win and leaving Genn and Winchester in second place and Sadler and Bon Giorno in third.

Obelix, owned and ridden by Alison Lindsay of Southlake, Texas, finished the first round in a time of 79.632 seconds and with one time fault, received sixth place honors.  Four faults and a time of 72.702 seconds would put Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio and his own Happy Z in seventh place.  Eighth place was awarded to Nepal, owned and ridden by Jay Land of Alpharetta Georgia.  The pair received four jump faults and a time of 72.866 seconds.  H.J. El Magnifico, owned and ridden by Eduardo Braun of Bend, Oregon, finished in ninth with a time of 73.700 seconds and four faults.  Tenth was awarded to Devin Ryan and Eagle Valley Partners, LLC’s Zosja after turning in a four fault first round effort in a time of 73.741 seconds. Eleventh went to Holly Shepherd of Great Bay, Alabama in the irons aboard Loretta Patterson’s Triompf after turning in a four fault first round effort in a time of 73.935 seconds.  Wilhelm Genn and his own Cookie Monster wrapped the class up with a time of 76.971 seconds and four faults.

The good times are rolling into the Gulfport Winter Classic’s Sunshine Week!  Big classes, bigger prize money and the Groom’s Class sponsored by Reflections & Brick Church Farms, to name a few of the highlights!

Friday’s feature event with be the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and will take place at 8 am on the beautiful grass grand prix field. The $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome will take over the field in the afternoon and will showcase some of the talent participating in Sunday’s $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix.  Don’t forget to reserve your table now for the grand finale weekend. At only $275 per table, you can’t beat the food and champagne! Individual tickets are also available, so make sure to book your table now and see Jennifer in the show office.

The Gulf Coast Winter Classic in Gulfport is where the fun has been all winter, and hopefully you haven’t missed it! Mardi Gras in neighboring New Orleans ended a few weeks ago, but its festive atmosphere spilled onto the show grounds. With its close proximity to the Gulf Coast beaches, class offerings, prize money, and social scene, the Gulf Coast Classic Company’s Gulfport shows are a must on everyone’s show list.  The show featured weekly $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies and the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Week is set to take center stage this week. The weekly grand prix schedule will wrap up Sunday with the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix scheduled for March 10.

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest:  Classic Shows are FUN!  And, this year the fun continues at the Gulfport show with complimentary exhibitor parties, breakfasts, luncheons and office snacks to make your showing experience the best ever.

Classic Company never charges a scratch or add fee for those last minute adds and scratches, so if you haven’t entered yet, go to the prize list or simply click on Equestrian Connect to fill out your entry form and stabling requests.

Equestrian Connect is Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service. The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!

So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or a novice looking for a positive show experience, look to the Gulf Coast Classic shows in Gulfport, and let the good times roll!

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at www.ClassicCompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.

All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director at classicsponsorship@gmail.com.  All program advertising should be directed to Nate Poliquin, Program Sales Representative at classicshowads@yahoo.com.

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Bob Bell
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The 30th Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W Delights Competitors and Crowd

Lars Petersen and Mariett.

Loxahatchee, FL – March 5, 2013 – Sunny skies, a convivial atmosphere and top-notch dressage performance highlighted the 30th anniversary of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W February 28 – March 3. Seasoned international competitors and young rising stars alike came out to vie for victory at the historic event.

An enthusiastic crowd came out to cheer riders on at the International Horse Sport (IHS) Champions Park at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee, FL. While battling it out in the show ring, riders kept the mood light between tests, enjoying the support of the crowd and applauding their fellow competitors as they entered the ring. Entertaining interludes, including a Macarena tribute to retiring FEI Judge Axel Steiner and a stick horse appearance in the Grand Prix Freestyle awards ceremony, offset the fierce competition at the Derby.

Lars Petersen and Mariett distanced themselves from the field in the FEI Grand Prix classes, winning both Friday’s Grand Prix and Sunday’s Grand Prix Freestyle by convincing margins. They began the weekend by scoring 72.745% to take the Grand Prix, besting second-place finishers Shelly Francis and Doktor by three percentage points. David Marcus and Don Kontes took third in the competitive class of 15 entrants.

Lars Petersen and Mariett
Lars Petersen and Mariett

The Grand Prix Freestyle on Sunday featured standout musical performances by an elite group of riders, several of whom were coming off top finishes on the South Florida winter dressage circuit. Petersen and Mariett looked like they had the win wrapped up as they coasted through their circus-music themed routine, though their victory was briefly in question when they strayed from their set choreography in the middle of their ride. Petersen stayed cool under pressure and improvised a way to get back on track.

“I was very happy with the horse,” Petersen said after his ride. “I had a little mistake in my choreography, and I did a little bit of taking my own line in the middle of it. I thought about the jumping riders, but otherwise I was very happy with my horse today.”

Marcia Pepper, who co-owns Mariett with Petersen, explained that they are giving the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare the time she needs to mature and progress. “We’ll see how it develops,” she said. “There has never been a plan. Ever. We’re just taking it slowly.”

Shelly Francis and Doktor repeated their second-place effort in the Grand Prix to take the red ribbon in the Freestyle, while Mikala Gundersen and My Lady placed third.

Mette Rosencrantz and Finally put together a fluid, consistent test to lock up the title in Saturday’s Grand Prix Special, improving markedly after their 14th place in the Grand Prix. Evi Strasser rode Action Tyme to a second-place finish in the Special, while Cheryl Meisner and Tango took third.

“I think I did a helluva good job!” Rosencrantz exclaimed after her win. “The other day I had a problem from the warm-up to the ring, but today I thought, ‘I’ve got nothing to lose.’ I think there’s a lot of things I could do better, but it was a good test and I was really proud of him.”

Kim Herslow and Rosmarin
Kim Herslow and Rosmarin

Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin established themselves over the course of the weekend as ones to watch in the small tour division. They posted three over-70 scores to rack up two wins and a second place against a tough field of accomplished riders. They scored 70.789% for the win in what was only their third Prix St. Georges to date and earned 71.650% to take home victory in Sunday’s Intermediaire I Freestyle, their debut freestyle in competition. Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O edged them out in Saturday’s Intermediaire I, scoring 71.211% to Herslow’s 70.868%.

Sunday’s program featured the presentation of The Dressage Foundation’s Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize to Sharon McCusker. Adrienne Lyle, the other recipient of the award, was competing in California and could not be present. Carol Lavell, husband Tom Lavell, Show Manager Noreen O’Sullivan, and The Dressage Foundation Board of Directors members Michael Poulin and Karin Reid Offield were on hand to congratulate McCusker on the Prize.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to go and train and compete in Europe and now that dream has come true,” McCusker commented. “I cannot thank the Foundation enough for this opportunity.”

Lavell noted that her own challenges during her competitive career, and the support she received that allowed her to train and compete at the highest level, inspired her to found the Prize. “The Award is a way for me to follow my philosophy, which is ‘What goes around should come back around,'” she explained.

The Palm Beach Dressage Derby marked the last FEI show of Judge Axel Steiner’s illustrious career. Steiner received his first national judges’ license in 1968 and attained Official (FEI-O, now designated as FEI 5*) status in 1988. He has judged at the Olympic Games, Pan American Games and World Cup Finals, as well as other world-class competitions. Steiner is a faculty member of USDF’s “L” program, serves as a judge instructor and examiner, and is on the USEF Dressage Committee.

A group of competitors, owners and spectators staged a flash mob to celebrate Steiner’s retirement from FEI judging. They danced and sang to the Macarena, changing the lyrics to “Hey, Axel Steiner!” Steiner was initially surprised and then joined in with a smile, accepting congratulations for his long years of distinguished service.

The Palm Beach Dressage Derby was a fitting stage for Steiner’s swan song as an FEI judge, as it played a crucial role in the development of his judging career. Over his decades of involvement with the Derby, he benefited from collaboration with other eminent international judges.

“It was my first exposure to judging with European judges,” Steiner recalled. “This year is very important for me. I have many, many memories.”

“The Derby was the premier show in Florida and even today it probably is still one of the most influential,” he added. “What Devon is in the fall, the Derby is in the spring.”

Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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Update on Atlanta Spring Classic Health Protocol

Chase Boggio and Hennessy tackle a jump in the Olympic Grand Prix Stadium. Flashpoint Photography.

Johns Island, South Carolina (March 4, 2013) – Classic Company is heading to Conyers, Georgia and the Georgia International Horse Park to kick off its Atlanta Spring Classic March 20 through the 30th.

“We have been talking with the State Veterinarians in Mississippi, Florida and Georgia so that our protocol is appropriate for the horses competing in our upcoming show in Conyers,” said Classic Company President Bob Bell.  “At this point, our procedure will be to meet all participants at the only entrance to the Park.  Exhibitors must provide their horses’ health papers and those health papers must have been drawn within seven days from the date of arrival at Conyers,” Bell said.  “Our procedure continues to be full cooperation with the state veterinarians,” he added. Dr. Juan Gamboa, Official Veterinarian of the Classic Company and avid exhibitor, said, “With the protocols we have in place, I am definitely going to show my horses at the Atlanta Spring shows.”

All exhibitors at the Atlanta Spring Classic will be stabled in the permanent stalls, complete with stall mats, wide aisles and easy drive-up access.  For more information on the Atlanta shows and the health protocols, please contact the Gulfport office until March 10th at 228.832.2745 or the Corporate Office on Johns Island after March 12 at 843.768.5503.  Or, email the Classic Company at info@classiccompany.com any time.  Remember, make sure to email your shavings and feed orders to queensalesgihp@gmail.com or contact Avery Harper at 770.722.2311 for information.

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest:  Classic Shows are FUN!  And, this year the fun continues at the Gulfport show with complimentary exhibitor parties, breakfasts, luncheons and office snacks to make your showing experience the best ever.

Classic Company never charges a scratch or add fee for those last minute adds and scratches, so if you haven’t entered yet, go to the prize list or simply click on Equestrian Connect to fill out your entry form and stabling requests.

Equestrian Connect is Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service. The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!

So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or a novice looking for a positive show experience, look to the Gulf Coast Classic shows in Gulfport, and let the good times roll!

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at www.ClassicCompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.

All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director at classicsponsorship@gmail.com.  All program advertising should be directed to Nate Poliquin, Program Sales Representative at classicshowads@yahoo.com.

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Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
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Updated Information on Biosecurity Protocols at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

Wellington, FL – March 4, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) announces that they have updated information regarding biosecurity protocols for the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). ESP would also like to reaffirm that there are currently no new or suspected cases of EHV-1 associated with or on PBIEC property. ESP would like to thank the State of Florida Veterinarians and exhibitors for their efforts to prevent disease outbreak. ESP looks forward to a successful remainder of the show season for the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

“We would like to thank everyone for their diligence,” said ESP President Michael Stone. “It has so far proved to be an effective way to keep all of the horses at PBIEC healthy and safe. We encourage everyone to continue their biosecurity precautions, including regular daily temperature charts for their horses. We will continue our efforts as well to make sure that everyone can focus on great competition with healthy horses.”

ESP will continue to work closely with local treating veterinarians and State Veterinarians to ensure that we are doing everything possible to prevent EHV-1 disease at PBIEC.

Biosecurity protocols for PBIEC (both WEF and GDF show grounds) have been updated. Please see the letter below to see what will be required of horses shipping into the PBIEC show grounds.

Any horses shipping onto the property will still require a 48-hour health certificate or statement on official licensed veterinarian letterhead.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information on EHV-1 in Florida, please visit the State of Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Industry website at www.freshfromflorida.com/ai.

LETTER TO ACCOMPANY NEW ENTRIES AT PBIEC

Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC
14440 Pierson Road
Wellington, Florida 33414
Phone: (561) 793-5867
Fax: (561) 753-0394

By signing this letter I hereby certify that none of the horses in my care have been in direct contact or stabled with any horses that have received a positive test for the EHV-1 virus. I also certify that none of the horses in my care have been housed (after February 21st) in any current quarantined facility. The list of quarantined facilities can be found here: www.freshfromflorida.com/ai. Once facilities are released from state mandated quarantine, horses that have been stabled at these facilities will be cleared to enter the show grounds on a case by case basis with consultation with state and treating vets advisement.

I also certify that I will continue to follow all biosecurity precautions set forth by ESP and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Print Name __________________________________ Date ____/____/_____

Signature ____________________________________

Name of Barn _________________________________

Arrival Date __________________________________

Address of horses’ origin prior to coming to WEF ____________________________________________

In effect until further notice, no horses will be allowed to ship onto the PBIEC property (both WEF and GDF grounds at The Stadium) without a health certificate within 48 hours of arriving. It is mandatory that all horses shipping into the PBIEC (both WEF and GDF grounds at The Stadium) arrive during daylight hours. Unfortunately, we will not be able accept any horses arriving from the HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, other quarantined farms in Ocala, FL, or other quarantined farms onto the property (outside of the dates specified above) at this time.

Those arriving at the PBIEC who need health certificates can either call Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC) at 561-793-1599 to receive a current health certificate or can get one from the PBEC veterinarian on the grounds.

ESP is asking all equestrians, especially those stabling off PBIEC property, to enact biosecurity protocols and be proactive and responsible for their horses, including daily temperature charts. Do not bring any horses that come from the HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala or other quarantined farms onto PBIEC property (outside of the dates specified above) until further notice.

ESP management has contacted all major shippers to inform them of the situation and for them to increase their biosecurity as well. There is currently no restriction on horses leaving the property.

An integral part of a showing environment includes healthy horses. Exhibitors, especially those traveling long distances, can contribute to that healthy environment by following some basic recommendations listed below. Please monitor our web site at www.equestriansport.com for any additional and possibly mandatory requirements.

  1. A current negative coggins test. Please renew before it expires, and not just before it is necessary to leave the state. It is strongly recommended that all horses be vaccinated for Equine EHV-1 (either modified live or killed vaccine) no sooner than 7 days prior and no later than 90 days prior to entering the show grounds. Most EHV-1 vaccines are only considered effective for 90 days.  Check with your veterinarian about which vaccine you use.
  2. A health certificate or statement on licensed veterinarian letterhead within 48 hours is required for all horses shipping onto the property. All horses should be able to produce proof of vaccine, preferably labeled on these health certificates. Those who need health certificates when they arrive can contact Palm Beach Equine Clinic at 561-793-1599 or contact PBEC vets on the show grounds.
  3. You should be able to document your horses’ normal temperature before arrival. Please do not ship horses with elevated temperatures. It is recommended that you establish a log of temperatures taken at least twice daily. If there is an elevated temperature for more than a 24 hour period, please consult your local Veterinarian immediately.
  4. Every effort should be made to minimize stress and commingling of horses shipped long distances. Extra hours on a horse van, or moving from stable to stable, is the fastest way to compromise your horses’ and your neighbors’ horses’ health.
  5. Any horse on the show grounds with a fever of unknown origin or of suspicious origin must be reported to ESP, LLC Management. It is always better to err on the side of safety. Isolation stalls will either be available on the grounds or at a local veterinary practice if the need arises.
  6. Please take the time to review equine good hygiene practices and express its importance to your groom in everyday care.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
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March 8 Fete Cheval Etoile to Feature International Artist Josee Nadeau

Let’s Go Riding by Josee Nadeau.

WESTPORT, CT – March 4, 2013 – Artist Josee Nadeau will create an original painting live at the Fete Cheval Etoile on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Nadeau will perform to the musical tribute by Ki-Juan Minors to celebrate the unveiling of the Horse Stars Hall of Fame, and will donate the painting to be auctioned off later in the evening.

“I am honored to support the EQUUS Foundation which helps so many equine organizations,” said Nadeau. Nadeau’s amazing equine paintings are on display at the Gallery at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center through the end of March. “I was enthralled with Nadeau’s work when I viewed it first hand,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President. “Her images of horses truly capture their spirit and the bond between horses and people. We are so thrilled that she will perform live at our event.”

Nadeau was inspired to combine her art with music after a 2000 encounter at the private home of Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil, where George Harrison sang to her for 4 hours.

Josee Nadeau painting live to the Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra
Josee Nadeau painting live to the Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra

In October Nadeau was invited to paint live on stage to the 95-piece Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra. In December she painted live to Dionne Warwick at her 50th anniversary performance. She has also been invited to paint the Royal Family of Serbia, Harry Belafonte while he was giving a Humanitarian speech, and many other amazing and special events. This past fall Nadeau was the featured artist at two Ralph Lauren stores in the Hamptons, South Hampton and East Hampton.

Nadeau, born in Montreal, and now residing in Utah was the guest painter of esteemed curator Gerald Van der Kemp on the grounds of Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s gardens for a period of 10 years defining her unique artistic skills.

Learn more about the art of Josee Nadeau at http://www.joseenadeau.com.

The Fete Cheval Etoile, which will be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida, will celebrate the launch of the Horse Stars Hall of Fame, a joint effort of the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to honor the contributions of amazing horses that have excelled in sport and in careers serving the public by sharing the stories of their athletic and humanitarian feats.

Azur by Josee Nadeau
Azur by Josee Nadeau

In addition to Nadeau’s performance art and the musical tribute by Ki-Juan Minors, the star-studded evening includes cocktails, dinner, a sensational show by Cirque Vertigo, and dancing to the sounds of UKI Productions. To attend this “first of its kind” event, visit www.equusfoundation.org/fete or contact Lynn Coakley at equus@equusfoundation.org or (203) 259-1550.

Fete Cheval Etoile Fast Facts

Date/Time:
Friday, March 8, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Location:
The Gallery/Wellington Club, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, 3400 Equestrian Club Road, Wellington, Florida 33414

Co-Chairs:
Jenny Belknap Kees, Ellen Crown & Elizabeth Press

Honorary Committee:
Jenny Belknap Kees & Tim Kees, Katharine & Mark Bellisimo, Bobbie Braun, Flavia Callari, Carolyn & Tim Carlson, Mary & Mike Carpenter, Jane Forbes Clark, Ellen & Dan Crown, Gregory W. Gingery, Becky & David Gochman, Catherine & Steven Herman, Stephanie & John Ingram, Elizabeth Johnson, Patricia Keenan & Lawrence D’Addario, Marylou D’Addario & Sean Kennedy, Lisa & Robert Lourie, Victoria Lowell, Julie & Rick Mitchell, Caroline Moran, Celene & Marc Oken, Angela & Chris Paradysz, Dr. Betsee Parker, Elizabeth & Clifford Press, Kathryn L. Quirk & Denise P. Quirk, Juliet & Sam Reid, Jennifer & Eric Ross, Clea & Kurt Soderlund, Joan & John Toffolon, Visse Wedell & Thomas Schweizer.

Reservations:
Tables of six start at $2,500. A limited number of individual seats will be available at $250 per person on request. Visit www.equusfoundation.org/fete.

PRESENTING SPONSORS
Dr. Betsee Parker – Huntland, Spy Coast Farm, The Crown Family

PLATINUM SPONSORS
Split Rock Farm, Visse Wedell

GOLD MEDAL SPONSORS
Mary & Michael Carpenter, Equestrian Sport Productions, Becky & David Gochman, Bruce Hlavacek & Dr. Jen Hlavacek, Stephanie & John Ingram, Louisburg Farm, Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Press

SILVER MEDAL SPONSORS
Jane Forbes Clark, The Carlson Family, Marylou D’Addario Kennedy & Sean Kennedy, Patricia Keenan & Lawrence D’Addario, Mr. & Mrs. Walter T. Kees

BRONZE MEDAL SPONSORS
Fairfield Equine Associates, Gregory W. Gingery, Sydney Keith, P. F. Farm, Quiet Corner Farm, Jennifer & Eric Ross, Juliet & Sam Reid, William & Shirley Reilich, The Toffolon Family, Wrenwood Farms

CORPORATE PARTNERS
Animal Planet, Ariat International, Nestle Waters North America

Contact: Lynn Coakley at equus@equusfoundation.org, (203) 259-1550, or visit www.equusfoundation.org/fete for information on sponsorships, auction donations, and table reservations.

About The EQUUS Foundation

The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, advancing the use of horses to enrich the lives of people in need and educating the public about the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal. What started as a local effort is now a nationwide campaign on behalf of horses. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by providing financial support to horse-related charities across the United States; connecting a network of equine organizations to equine enthusiasts; providing scholarships to reward volunteer service on behalf of horses, and conducting information outreach to educate the public about horses. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: equus@equusfoundation.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.

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Lars Petersen and Mariett Collect Second Win at Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W

Lars Petersen and Mariett.

Loxahatchee, FL – March 3, 2013 – Lars Petersen of Denmark scored a personal best for the season aboard Mariett to win the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W against a field of tough competition on a chilly and windy South Florida day.

Petersen and Mariett earned a 76.400% with the judge at C, Axel Steiner, awarding them a 77.875%. The victory capped an impressive weekend for the pair at the 30th anniversary of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, set at the International Horse Sport (IHS) Champions Park at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee, FL. They won the opening day Grand Prix with a score of 72.745%.

Lars Petersen and Mariett
Lars Petersen and Mariett

Their freestyle success made it four wins in a row for Petersen and Mariett, who captured the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special in their last outing at the Wellington Classic Dressage Spring Challenge CDI3* (Feb. 7-10). The duo performed today’s freestyle with gusto to a routine set to energetic circus music. Although they went slightly off the prescribed choreography, their poise and precision made up for any change of course.

“I was very happy with the horse,” Petersen said. “I had a little mistake in my choreography, and I did a little bit of taking my own line in the middle of it. I thought about the jumping riders, but otherwise I was very happy with my horse today.”

When asked if the wind had anything to do with the change of course, he replied that it was all him. “There is nobody else to blame but this one,” he laughed, tapping himself on the head.

USA’s Shelly Francis and Doktor came in second with a 73.625%, mirroring their No. 2 spot from Friday’s Grand Prix when they scored a 69.391%. An enthusiastic crowd of supporters cheered on Francis, a local favorite who lives in White Fences at a neighboring property and has had great success this season with the rapidly improving Doktor.

Shelly Francis and Doktor
Shelly Francis and Doktor

“That was a lot of fun,” she said with a grin. “He was so good. He tries so hard. He’s awesome. I think I’ll keep him.”

Mikala Gundersen, also from Denmark, came away with the third place spot aboard My Lady with a 72.775%. They moved up the ranks from Friday’s fifth place finish in the Grand Prix with a freestyle featuring well-timed canter half-pass zig-zags to “Always on My Mind.”

“There’s some Elvis and some Bee Gees and some fun stuff in there,” Gundersen said. “I like my music to be fun and to sing along a little bit while I ride. It makes me more relaxed.”

Diane Creech from Canada rode to dramatic music that highlighted Devon L’s extensions. Their 70.950% placed them in fourth place, also moving them up from a ninth place finish on Friday in the Grand Prix.

“Devon was really good,” Creech said.  “He really did his best.  I was able to make sure he focused and stayed with me, and I was very happy.”

She added that the strong wind sometimes caught the music, changing the volume. “It makes it sound a little wild,” she explained. “That’s why he was a little distracted.  Sometimes the wind would bring the music in, and then it would take it away and then bring it back again. But I am so happy that he dealt with it.”

Jaimey Irwin, also from Canada, placed fifth with a 70.725% riding Lindor’s Finest. The pair demonstrated well-timed passage to “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon, and “Happy Birthday” played over the loudspeakers as they exited the ring to celebrate Irwin’s birthday.

“It had a lot of very good parts,” Irwin said. “Some little mistakes, but I’m very happy with him in the things we’ve been working on.”

Fellow Canadian, Jacqueline Brooks, rode D Niro to music from Canadian artists including double pirouettes to “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell. They scored a 70.325% to take the sixth place spot. Brooks was pleased with her ride and kept repeating “You’re such a good boy” to D Niro on the way out of the arena. “It was a nice windy day,” she grinned. “He had lots of energy and I’m really proud of him.”

James Koford and Rhett’s ground-covering changes to American-Indian themed freestyle music scored a 69.950% to take the seventh place spot.  “I’m riding to a new freestyle for me,” he said. “It’s the 40th anniversary of the Battle at Wounded Knee, so it’s fun to actually ride it on the anniversary of that.”

David Marcus and Don Kontes earned eighth place with 69.100%. Their freestyle choreography meshed seamlessly with the dramatic music. “Overall, I was happy with him,” Marcus said. “He always tries his hardest.  We had some communication errors and he was a little bit tired today, but he keeps rising to the occasion every time. Each show he gets a little stronger and a little more confident. Now it’s just all fine-tuning.”

Jodie Stevens Kelly rounded out the Grand Prix Freestyle field in ninth place with 66.800%. Kelly, who lives in Destin, FL, adopted the Auburn University football music theme as her freestyle music. “That’s my music and I love it,” she said. “I have so much fun with it.”

Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin
Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin

Petersen was not the only rider to pick up two wins at the Dressage Derby. Kim Herslow and Rosmarin added to Friday’s Intermediaire I victory by collecting first place in Sunday’s Intermediaire I Freestyle with a 71.650%. Herslow and Rosmarin, who were each making their debut in freestyle competition, looked like seasoned professionals as they coasted to the win.

“Terry Gallo did my music and she did a super job,” Herslow said. “She came out to help me do the choreography and get the timing. We used ‘Moves Like Jagger’ for our trot music and ‘Alessandro’ for our walk music and ‘Faith’ by George Michael for our canter music. It was really fun and Reno felt like he was really into it when he was in the ring. He moves like Jagger, so it fits him really well.”

Herslow, of Stockton, NJ, plans to compete Rosmarin once more in Florida before heading home, where they will prepare for summer competitions. Herslow is hoping to qualify Rosmarin for August’s Markel/USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championships, and she was encouraged by their Dressage Derby results.

“I’m thrilled that he went in there really trying hard and really doing it for the first time with me,” Herslow said. “The music fits him so well, so he brought that presence into the ring with us today.”

RESULTS

FEI Grand Prix Freestyle

  1. Lars Petersen (DEN) – Mariett – 76.400%
  2. Shelly Francis (USA) – Doktor – 73.625%
  3. Mikala Gundersen (DEN) – My Lady – 72.775%
  4. Diane Creech (CAN) – Devon L – 70.950%
  5. Jaimey Irwin (CAN) – Lindor’s Finest – 70.725%
  6. Jacqueline Brooks (CAN) – D Niro – 70.325%
  7. James Koford (USA) – Rhett – 69.950%
  8. David Marcus (CAN) – Don Kontes – 69.100%
  9. Jodie Stevens Kelly (USA) – Manhattan – 66.800%

FEI Junior Rider Freestyle

  1. Mattie Zepernick (USA) – Wencenza – 66.475%

FEI Young Rider Freestyle

  1. Tanya Strasser-Shostak (CAN) – Dancing Tyme – 65.725%

FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle

  1. Kimberly Herslow (USA) – Rosmarin – 71.650%
  2. Evi Strasser (CAN) – Rigaudon Tyme – 69.150%
  3. Kristy Truebenbach Lund (USA) – Reel Adventure – 63.450%
  4. Melissa Taylor (USA) – Chicco Roslev – 61.475%

Palm Beach Dressage Derby Presented by Blue Hors of Denmark Fast Facts

USEF High Performance Qualifying Competition for the 2013 World Cup
Over $20,000 in Cash and Prizes
2013 USEF National Grand Prix & Intermediaire I Championship
2013 Massy Ferguson/USEF North American Junior & Young Riders’ Championship
USEF National Pony Rider Championships, USEF Developing Horse Championships
Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships, USEF National Brentina Cup Championships
USEF Level 5 Competition – USDF Musical Freestyles; USEF First thru Fourth Levels; FEI PSG thru Grand Prix, including FEI Musical Freestyles, JY/YR, FEI Five & Six Year Old Tests

Where:
IHS Champions Park – Equestrian Estates
3700 Hanover Circle
Loxahatchee, FL
Directions: www.pbderby.com/directions.html

When:
Feb. 28 – March 3

Show organizer:
Noreen O’Sullivan, Show Manager
561-227-1570
nosullivan@wellingtonclassicdressage.com

John Flanagan
Advertising & Sponsorship Director
561-714-9058
jflanagan@wellingtonclassicdressage.com

Lars Petersen
Managing Partner
lpetersen@ihspb.com

Ed Borresen
Managing Partner
ebborresen@ihspb.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/International-Horse-Sport-Palm-Beach/119102038188011?ref=hl.

For class schedule, day sheets and riders’ report, visit www.pbderby.com/derby.html.

For results, visit www.pbderby.com/results-derby.html.

For more about the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, go to www.pbderby.com. For more about International Horse Sport Palm Beach, go to www.ihspb.com.

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