Wellington, FL (April 18, 2012) – Rebecca Cohen and Downtown, affectionately known as ‘Daddy,’ recently put in excellent tests during the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup National Show, riding to success with top scores. Cohen, who rides and trains with coaches like Robert Dover and Steffen Peters, has her sights set on competing in Kentucky at the Junior/Young Rider Championships this summer and the National Championships at Gladstone. Cohen rode in the Junior Team Test with a score of 70.209% and Junior Individual test with a score of 69.671%.
Downtown, aka Daddy, is a 17.2 hand Westphalian gelding that she has been riding and working with for three years, and recently her scores have been climbing slowly higher as the pair strives for excellence in the arena. “Daddy is perfect,” said Cohen. “I am so excited to continue competing him. My favorite thing about him is his personality. He is extremely funny and always makes everyone in the barn laugh.”
Cohen went on to say that the highlight of her show was the 70% she scored on the team test ride. “I just had the feeling that Daddy was saying, “Yes, I’m giving you my attention” before I went in the ring. The trot tour was the best it has ever been.”
Wellington, FL – April 14, 2012 – David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital led the Canadians in a sweep of the top three places in the FEI Intermediaire 1 at the WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO-3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) Stadium show grounds on Saturday afternoon.
Marcus’ score of 69.211% was followed closely by that of fellow Canadians Chris Von Martels aboard Udon P with a 67.974% and Diane Creech on Hallmark with a score of 66.132%.
“My horse was more confident and relaxed today,” said Marcus. “The test rode better; I was very happy with him. Yesterday was not his best day, I think it was because of Friday the 13, so for him to come back and be so great today really pleased me.”
Wellington, FL – April 13, 2012 – Caroline Roffman proved to all that Friday the 13th was not an unlucky day, as she rode Pie to victory in the FEI Prix St. Georges at the $35,000 WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO-3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, on Friday. Thirty horse and rider combinations from thirteen nations on eight teams were on hand to vie for the top award in the GDF’s large Stadium. At the completion of the class, Roffman and Pie were the clear winners with a score of 70.500%, the only pair to break into the seventies.
Roffman, 23, who rides and trains out of Lion Share in Wellington, FL, rose up through the ranks of the Dressage Young Riders program and has become a top contender in the FEI small tour at the GDF this season. Her scores with Pie, (Hanoverian by Worldly, out of WorldLady) have been in the upper 60s for the last two CDIs, and she was very excited to receive a score of 70%.
Wellington, FL – April 12, 2012 – All the horses passed the veterinary inspection for the $35,000 WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, on Thursday afternoon. Team spirit overflowed as the dressage riders representing eight teams from thirteen nations presented their horses for the prestigious competition that takes place April 13-14 at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF).
The Veterinary Commission, which consisted of three international veterinarians, inspected the horses in the stable and in the “trot-up” to ensure the welfare and health of all the horses competing in the CDIO. Dr. Shana Chase of the Veterinary Commission said, “The Horse inspection went quite well, as planned.”
The WEF Wellington Nations Cup is the first non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere. All of the CDIO competitors will participate in the FEI Prix St. Georges on Friday morning at 9:00 AM in GDF International Arena. The top five placed teams will move forward to the FEI Intermediaire Freestyle in two sessions on Saturday. The first session takes place in the afternoon, at 4:00 PM. The second session, which includes the GDF Parade of Champions for National High Score Circuit Winners, will be in the evening at 7:00 PM. The remaining riders will compete in the FEI Intermediaire I on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM.
Wellington, FL (April 11, 2012) – Following successful rides at the $120,000 5* West Palm Beach show at the Global Dressage Festival, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Cohen is well on her way to accomplishing her goals of competing in Kentucky this summer and at the National Championships at Gladstone. Cohen rode in the FEI Junior Individual and Junior Team classes at the world-class show, riding away with a first in the Individual and a second in the Team class.
“I competed Downtown, who I call Daddy, a 17.2 hand Westphalen gelding. I’ve been riding him for three years and our scores get higher and higher at every show,” Cohen said. “On the second day of the show we won the FEI Junior Individual Test and one of the judges gave us a score of 70% which was really exciting.”
Wellington, FL – April 4, 2012 – Christopher Hickey of Colora, MD rode Balissa HTF to the highest score of the day at the Global Dressage Festival National 2 Horse Show on Wednesday. The pair scored 75.323% in the USEF First Level Test 3 – Open at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF). Mary Ambrose of Canada and Ming Dynasty were reserve high score receiving 71.757% in the USEF Fourth Level Test 2 – Open.
Balissa HTF is a Hanoverian owned and bred by Jane MacElree of Hilltop Farm in Colora, MD. MacElree and Hickey were pleased with the five-year-old mare’s performance.
“Jane and I are really excited that Balissa is doing so well,” said Hickey. “Morten Thomsen, my trainer from Denmark, was here for nine days and he helped me with my all my horses including Balissa. I think it really made a difference in her performance. Morten knows her so well because I spent four months training in Denmark prior to my arrival in Florida. I am really happy that she showed so well today.”
Wellington, FL (April 4, 2012) – Dressage rider Caroline Roffman took home top honors at the $50,000 Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W at the Global Dressage Festival with her National Champion Pie, sweeping the small tour with wins in the FEI Intermediaire I with a score of 69.158% and the Prix St. Georges with a score of 68.737%. Roffman also rode away with the World Development Group Award for her small tour success, presented to her by the World Development Group, a premier developer responsible for building the Global Dressage Festival.
Roffman and Pie are no strangers to the winner’s circle, having finished 2011 by winning 3 Reserve Championships at the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. During the Global Dressage Festival, Roffman decided to step it up a notch with Pie, and the results proved to be positive. “We rode more forward and it paid off in the end. We had a few mistakes but Pie really stepped up to the task and showed me that he is brave, and that I can ride him more bravely,” Roffman said.
Wellington, FL – April 1, 2012 – Rick Rockefeller-Silvia, a USDF Gold Medalist, scored the highest on the final day of the West Palm Beach National Show on Sunday. Riding Sakramenter, an Oldenburg gelding, the pair earned 79.595% in the USEF First Level Test 2 – Open at the at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF).
The reserve high score winner was Tom Dvorak of Canada with Rubinio receiving 74.615% in the USEF Third Level Test 3 – Open. Megan Lane and Lucky Lemon scored 73.125% in the FEI Young Rider Freestyle and Aylin Corapcioglu and Ruhman earned 70.500% in the same class. Lisa Wilcox scored 72.125% on Sandro Welt in the USEF Fourth Level Test 3 – Open and she rode Pikko del Cerro HU in the USEF Developing Grand Prix to a score of 71.000%. Laurie Moore scored 71.667% on Rolero in the USEF Second Level Test 3 – Open, George Williams and Riccidoff received 71.486% in the USEF Fourth Level Test 2 – Open and Devon Kane scored 70.515% on Destiny in the USEF Developing Prix St. George.
Wellington, FL – March 31, 2012 – Adrienne Lyle and Wizard returned to the stadium spotlight and danced away with the win in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle during the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) at the $120,000 5* West Palm Beach, presented by Diamante Farms on Friday evening. Their score of 77.275% placed them well above the competition and earned prize money totaling $25,200. Ashley Holzer of Canada on Breaking Dawn was second with 74.000% and collectd $15,360. Anja Plonzke of Germany on Le Mont d’Or received 73.600% and $12,000 for third.
Lyle, 27, an assistant trainer for Debbie McDonald at Peggy and Parry Thomas’ River Grove Farm, has the daily riding and training of Wizard (Weltmeyer-Pica, Classiker) and is very pleased with the way her charge is progressing.
Wellington, FL – March 30, 2012 – Pierre St Jacques and his mount Lucky Tiger won the FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special in the $120,000 5* West Palm Beach, presented by Diamante Farms on Friday. St Jacques, who hails from Anthony, FL, took the blue ribbon with a score of 67.311% at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF). David Marcus, of Campbellville, Ontario, was second with Chrevi’s Capital scoring 67.022% and Christopher Hickey was third aboard Douglas Hilltop with 65.378%.
Lucky Tiger, a 1995 Danish Warmblood gelding, is both owned and ridden by St Jacques. They have been a team since 2000 when St Jacques found Lucky Tiger in Denmark as a five-year-old.