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Custom Saddlery MVR Mette Rosencrantz Competes in Florida with European Dreams

Mette Rosencrantz and her Grand Prix mount Marron (Photo courtesy of Anna Blomdahl)

Wellington, Florida (January 19, 2016) – International dressage rider Mette Rosencrantz has traveled cross-country to compete two talented horses in South Florida during the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, with the goal of posting scores high enough to earn her the chance to compete in the European circuit next summer. While in Wellington, Florida, the California-based rider is showing her own primary competition horse, Marron. Rosencrantz has owned the 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Michellino x Manoela, Woernitz) for just over a year, and has competed him successfully in CDIs in California. She is also showing Acilla, Anne Solbraekke’s Small Tour horse, in Florida. Rosencrantz and Acilla, a 2005 Dutch Warmblood mare (Florencio x Callas), won the Intermediaire I class at the Dressage Holiday Special in California before traveling to Florida for the season. Custom Saddlery, the Official Saddle of the U.S. Dressage Team and Rosencrantz’s sponsor, is excited to cheer her on throughout this season’s celebrated competition series.

“I’m hoping to ride well enough to have good scores and a good feel to my rides. I especially hope to score high enough to travel to Europe,” Rosencrantz said. “In Europe, there are so many good options for high performance riders, whether you’re aiming for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio or not. With so many options available, you can’t just sit home and not get out there and try it!”

Rosencrantz traveled to Florida to compete because of the number of CDIs offered during the winter show season there. “I think it’s fun to come out here to Florida,” she said. “The competition has grown and there are a lot of great riders. There are so many coming to Florida from other parts of America or in Europe, and the footing is really good at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds. I think it’s fun to be here, and inspiring. You have the top of the game here – a lot of nice people, good horses, good riders, and many great trainers.”

As Rosencrantz and Marron are going down centerline in the Grand Prix against a strong field of some of the world’s top international competitors at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, they will be in a Custom Saddlery saddle every step of the way.

“I always ride in Custom Saddles and have done so for many, many years,” Rosencrantz said, adding that she rides Marron in the Icon Flight model and Acilla in the Icon Star model. “I think that over the years, Custom Saddlery has made things better by developing new models of different types with different leather. With Custom Saddles, you can always find something that works for you. Instead of being exactly the same, you can find a saddle that fits each human body and each horse. I’m really a big fan of Custom Saddles.”

As one of Custom Saddlery’s Most Valuable Riders (MVRs), Rosencrantz believes in the brand and knows that quality tack and equipment are essential to her sport. So do other top dressage riders who seek the best in fit and comfort for themselves and their horses. Steffen Peters, Patrik Kittel, Juan Matute Guimon, and Heather Blitz are just a few of the many other Custom Saddlery MVRs from around the world. Custom Saddlery provides professional saddle fitting services with expert saddle fitters located across the United States and internationally, and the company manufactures other top-quality accessories including stirrup leathers, girths and saddle pads, as well.

For more information about Custom Saddlery, visit www.mysaddle.com or call 1-800-235-3865.

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First Round of 2014 Championship Titles Are Awarded at US Dressage Finals

Mette Rosencrantz.

The first championship honors were awarded today at the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. This spectacular competition being held from November 6-9, 2014 in four championship arenas has brought together the top dressage riders and horses from across the nation to ultimately honor a new generation of Adult Amateur and Open division champions from Training Level to Grand Prix.

Mette Rosencrantz of Topanga, Cal. was grinning from ear to ear as she accepted congratulations for becoming the first Finals champion crowned in 2014. Her long journey all the way from the West Coast ultimately proved worthwhile as she guided Anne Solbraekke’s elegant black Hanoverian gelding De Noir 3 (De Niro x Maharani by Matcho) to a resounding victory in the Open Intermediate I Championship, earning the unanimous win under all three judges for a total score of 72.632%. “I saw all the other riders warming up, and I thought, ‘Uh oh, I’m going to have to go for it because everyone’s really really good,'” said Rosencrantz. “But my horse was great in the ring and handled the atmosphere with no problem. It’s a long way and a long time away from home, but everyone has gone out of their way to make us feel welcome here. The setting is great, and it’s really fun to come ride at a show like this.” Finishing in Reserve was Susanne Benne aboard Zonnerhall (Dutch Warmblood [by Gribaldi] owned by Toni Pastermack) with on a score of 68.816%. Benne recently obtained her U.S. citizenship and became eligible to come to the Finals, and happily traveled from Satellite Beach, Fla. (Region 3) to participate. “I definitely think it’s worthwhile to come here, even from a long distance,” Benne noted. “Having so many excellent riders and horses here makes it all even more special.”

Patti Blackmore (Louisiana, Mo., Region 4) placed third at last year’s Finals in the First Level Adult Amateur division, and this year she improved upon that performance to claim the Second Level Adult Amateur Championship aboard her own Hanoverian gelding Rubico (by Rotspon). As the only combination to break seventy percent, they earned a decisive win with a total score of 71.905%. “I breathed a sigh of relief after our counter canter portion of the test,” laughed Blackmore, who is a small animal veterinarian and mother of twin 12-year-old girls. “My family is so supportive; in fact, my daughters are helping to clean stalls for the horses at home so that I could be here.” Reserve Champion with 68.810% was Jessica Iorio (Region 8), who is also a busy mom with three young boys at home in Foxboro, Mass. She and her warmblood mare Roulette (by Loerke) are former die-hard eventing competitors, but an injury forced a change in career. “It’s worked out well and competing in dressage has been more exciting than I expected,” said Iorio, who drove all night Monday to come to Kentucky. “Roulette did the best she could despite the chilly weather and I was thrilled with how she held it together in the ring.”

Two talented five-year-olds ruled the day in the morning’s Training Level Open Championship. Champion Patricia Becker (Wadsworth, Ill., qualified in Region 2) rode Joan Pecora’s five-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Edward to a strong performance and a winning score of 77.933%. “He warmed up so well despite the cold and the wind, and I think it was the best test we’ve had all year,” noted Pecora. “It’s such a great experience coming here, and is so important for a young horse’s future to get exposed to a big venue like this.” Mike Suchanek of Cambridge, Minn. (Region 4) and Douglas Leatherdale’s Hanoverian mare Fleur De Lis L may both be newcomers to the dressage ring, but they did not let the fact that this was their first show season keep them from earning the Reserve Championship with 74.667%. “She didn’t put a foot wrong today, and I’m honored to be here,” said Suchanek.

Heather Blitz of Medfield, Mass. is no stranger to international dressage competition in the U.S. and Europe, but the Region 8 rider made it a point to add the Finals to her calendar this year. Her decision paid off as she won today’s hard-fought Third Level Open Championship with Oak Hill Ranch LLC’s young Danish Warmblood stallion Ripline on a score of 71.239%. Despite Ripline’s long 24-hour trip to Kentucky, Blitz was thrilled with both her young star and the Finals. “I’m really happy with my horse and how he’s handled everything here,” Blitz said. “I’m also very impressed with this event, and it was incredibly worthwhile to come here. The facility is of such a high quality, and the indoor looks like a top-notch European show. I will definitely come back.” Reserve Champion Debbie Hill of Gurley, Ala. (qualified in Region 2) was a big winner at last year’s inaugural Finals, and returned to Lexington this year to claim even more honors despite currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. She and her partner, Marchella Richardson’s charming Hanoverian gelding Boccaccio IOF (Bugatti Hilltop x Roxette by Rubinstein), didn’t even let a broken bridle in warm-up shake their concentration, earning a total second-place score of 69.872%. “He was pretty fresh out there this morning,” she said. “I had a few little bobbles but overall he was so good. I’m just so happy to be here.”

The afternoon’s Fourth Level Adult Amateur Championship was dominated by Region 2’s Rachael Hicks of Prospect, Ky. as she claimed both the Champion and Reserve Champion honors with her two mounts, Fabio Bellini (Westfalen gelding [Furst Heinrich x Dakota by Davignon I]) on 71.750%, to edge out stablemate Don Cartier (Rheinlander stallion [Don Schufro x Carmina by Cartier]) with 70.458%. “Today the sun came out and we enjoyed the brisk weather, and I think it energized them a little bit. They’re both so different and so I have to ride them very differently,” said Hicks of her mounts, both of which she’s had since they were four years old and brought through the levels. As a busy mom, Hicks works hard to find time to be in the saddle. “I have three young kids, and every morning I get them to school, and then I have few precious hours with the horses on the farm before 3pm when the kids come home and I become a mom again.”

Region 2’s Jacqueline Beasley may have only had a 15-minute drive from her home in Lexington to the Finals, but her journey to winning today’s Intermediate I Adult Amateur Championship has been much longer. She purchased her now 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding Winston (by Worldly) as a three-year-old in Germany and together the pair has risen through the levels, culminating in today’s winning ride with a score of 67.632%. “I never thought we’d come so far,” said Winston. “Even though I live here and I’ve shown at the Horse Park before, I’ve never had the opportunity to show in the Alltech Arena. During yesterday’s schooling session, he was very impressed by the atmosphere so I was concerned going in the arena today. But he rose to the occasion, was so perfect and answered all my questions. He gave me a lovely ride today and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. ” Lauren Thornlow and her Oldenburg gelding Royal Konig had to trek 2500 miles with friends and their seven horses from Monroe, Wash. (Region 6) to earn Reserve Championship honors (67.193%), but she was happy to have made the trip. “I’ve never hauled this far for a show before, but it’s been a great experience for all of us,” she said. “I had a great ride today with my horse – he’s put the right foot forward every step of the way on this journey.”

Despite being only seven years old, the talented Oldenburg mare Elfenfeuer carried owner/rider Alice Tarjan of Frenchtown, N.J. (Region 8) to victory in the Grand Prix Adult Amateur Championship with 68.133% “We still have a lot to learn, but I think this level suits her and she’s a good girl and tries hard,” said Tarjan. “I haven’t been here at the Horse Park since coming for a Pony Club event about 20 years ago, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. These Finals are such a big event, and it’s exciting and inspiring to be here.” Janne Rumbough’s gray PRE gelding Junior (by Gaucho III x La Nina by Brioso VI) literally bucked for joy during the victory lap in celebration of his Reserve Championship honors after earning a score of 65.000%. Rumbough returned to the Finals from Palm Beach, Fla. (Region 3) after earning the same title last year. “I had a wonderful time in there. I’ve brought him through every level, and he’s proof that the test system works,” she said of her longtime partner. “I thought he was even better than last year, and I’m just happy and feel lucky to be here.”

A huge crowd gathered at the Alltech Arena for a “Taste of the Bluegrass” dinner and evening festivities including opening ceremonies and special presentations followed by Grand Prix championship competition. Topping 20 other competitors for the nation’s top honors in the Open division, Diamante Farm’s black Danish Warmblood gelding Destiny lived up to his name as he carried Wellington, Fla.’s Devon Kane (Region 3) to victory with an impressive score of 72.000%. “It’s very exciting, especially since I didn’t even expect to come here,” explained Kane. “But after we won at Regionals we said, ‘why not’. It’s a wonderful opportunity to ride with great competition and fantastic judges in a tremendous venue, and it’s really fun to see everyone from all over the country. We had a great ride and he was so ‘on’ tonight.” Last year’s Intermediate I Open Champions Emily Miles (La Cygne, Kan., Region 4) and her American Warmblood stallion WakeUp (Wagnis x Maiden Montreal by Macho) successfully made the jump up to the Grand Prix level, earning Reserve Championship honors on a score of 69.067%. “This is just our fifth Grand Prix test together, and I couldn’t be happier with him,” said Miles of her partner. “He handled the electric atmosphere like it was no problem – he was just a rock star through the whole thing, so solid and easy.”

Competition resumes Saturday at 8:00am ET as 12 new Finals champions will be crowned throughout the day. Follow the action through updates on the USDF Facebook page and the US Dressage Finals website, as well as watch live online streaming of classes from the Alltech Arena on the popular USEF Network (http://www.usefnetwork.com).

To learn more about the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, download competition information, review entry lists, purchase tickets to special events, and sign up to receive news and updates, visit the official event website at http://www.usdressagefinals.com.

Mette Rosencrantz and Finally Cinch Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W Grand Prix Special

Mette Rosencrantz and Finally.

Loxahatchee, FL – March 2, 2013 – Mette Rosencrantz, of Topanga, CA, and Finally, a 12-year-old chestnut Hanoverian gelding, snared the win in the Grand Prix Special on a blustery Saturday at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W.

The pair placed 14th in the Grand Prix Friday afternoon, and Rosencrantz was pleased with today’s winning ride down centerline at the International Horse Sport (IHS) Champions Park at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee, FL. She and Finally, owned by Finally Partners, LLC, scored a 67.875% for the win.

“I think I did a helluva good job!” she exclaimed. “Just one mistake in the ones. Otherwise, I could take anything else. 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.”

Evi Strasser, who came in second on Action Tyme with a 67.750%, exited the arena chuckling that she had trouble remembering the test but was pleased with her horse’s performance.  “He was amazing, like always, and he gave it his all,” she said.

Strasser, from Ste-Adele, Quebec, and Action Tyme, a 13-year-old chestnut Oldenburg stallion, were seventh in Friday’s Grand Prix.

Cheryl Meisner, also from Canada, came in third with a 65.000% aboard Tango, a 13-year-old bay KWPN gelding.  The pair placed eighth in the Grand Prix on Friday. “There were a couple little mistakes in there,” she said of today’s test. “He was a little bit tired but I was happy.”

Fellow countryman Lee Tubman of Dunnville, Ontario, was also happier with his ride on Delight. He placed fourth in the Special with a 64.313% after a disappointing 15th in Friday’s Grand Prix.  “It went better than yesterday,” he said. “There were a couple small problems, but it definitely went better than yesterday.”  When asked why he thought there was improvement he answered, “Motivation. Mine and his.”

USA’s Barbara Strawson finished fifth aboard Amicelli, a 17-year-old chestnut Holsteiner gelding, scoring a 61.875%.  The pair placed eighth in Friday’s Grand Prix. Strawson smiled as she left the arena.  “It’s getting better every day and every time,” she said.

Tanya Strasser-Shostak and Dancing Tyme, Mattie Zepernick and Wencenza, and Paula Matute and Gasper take their victory lap
Tanya Strasser-Shostak and Dancing Tyme, Mattie Zepernick and Wencenza, and Paula Matute and Gasper take their victory lap

In the FEI Young Rider Individual Test, Evi Strasser’s daughter Tanya Strasser-Shostak came out the winner on Dancing Tyme, a 10-year old black Oldenburg gelding, with a 65.447%.

“He was really trying hard,” she said. “He was better overall, I think, in the frame and in the rhythm. I think if we can keep going at this pace, I can hopefully get into the 67s and that would be nice to have as a result.”

Mattie Zepernick from the U.S. cinched first place in the FEI Junior Individual Rider Test with a 65.553% aboard Wencenza. She smiled as she arranged the cooler she won emblazoned with the words “Palm Beach Dressage Derby” before the presentation ceremony.
“We are slowly and surely getting better,” she explained. “I’m getting a better feel for having more expression in all my gaits and it comes from taking risks.”

Sunday features crowd-pleasing freestyle dressage to wrap up the 30th anniversary of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W.  Classes include FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle, Young Rider Freestyle, Junior Rider Freestyle and the Grand Prix Freestyle.  As always, parking and admission are free at the beautiful showgrounds in Loxahatchee.


FEI Grand Prix Special
1.  Mette Rosencrantz (USA) – Finally – 67.875%
2.  Evi Strasser (CAN) – Action Tyme – 67.750%
3.  Cheryl Meisner (CAN) – Tango – 65.000%
4.  William Lee Tubman (CAN) – Delight – 64.313%
5.  Barbara Strawson (USA) – Amicelli – 61.875%

FEI Intermediaire I
1.  Caroline V. Roffman (USA) – Her Highness O – 71.211
2.  Kimberly Herslow (USA) – Rosmarin – 70.868%
3.  Silva Martin (USA) – Rosa Cha W – 69.158%
4.  Justin Hardin (USA) – Wyatt Star – 68.158%
5.  William Lee Tubman (CAN) – De Las Rosa – 68.132%
6.  Susan Dutta (USA) – Lumberjack – 67.579%
7.  George Williams (USA) – Cleopatra – 66.053%
8.  Evi Strasser (CAN) – Rigaudon Tyme – 65.737%
9.  Melissa Taylor (USA) – Chicco Roslev – 65.026%
10. Pamela Goodrich (USA) – Wyvern – 64.447%

FEI Junior Rider Individual Test
1.  Mattie Zepernick – Wencenza – 65.553%
2.  Paula Matute (ESP) – Gasper – 64.974%

FEI Young Rider Individual Test
1.  Tanya Strasser-Shostak (CAN) – Dancing Tyme – 65.447%
2.  Ally Dunlop (CAN) – Danero – 62.283%

FEI Young Rider Grand Prix (16-25)
1.  Ali Potasky (USA) – Lamborghini – 65.465%
2.  Cassandra Hummert-Johnson (USA) – Plato Carlos – 63.628%

FEI Pony Individual Test
1.  Hanna Benne (USA) – Helluva Dream Maker – 57.537%
2.  Melanie Doughty (USA) – Command Performance – 55.122%

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

IHS Champions Park – Equestrian Estates
3700 Hanover Circle
Loxahatchee, FL
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Feb. 28 – March 3

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Mette Rosencrantz Conducts Outstanding Clinic for Para-Equestrians

Holly Bergay aboard Rubino Bellissimo with Mette Rosencrantz. Photos © Lindsay Y McCall

Del Mar, CA – March 13, 2012 – As the Del Mar Horse Park began to clear of flower boxes and white arena borders, Para-Equestrian Dressage riders prepared for a hands-on clinic with Mette Rosencrantz. Each rider was given 45 minutes with Mette allowing a large amount of time to work on short-term and long-term goals. During each session riders demonstrated specific parts of their tests that they performed during the 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*. With only three months until the 2012 London Paralympic Selection Trials Mette gave insight on what types of goals an athlete should start to focus on.

Clinic duos included: Holly Bergay and Rubino Bellissimo (owned by Violet Jen); Mary Jordan and the Knabbstrupper Stallion VPRH Pegasus vom Niehaus-Hof (owners Patrick and Diane Truxillo); Sydney Collier and VPRH Pegasus vom Niehaus-Hof; Laura Goldman and VPRH Pegasus vom Niehaus-Hof; Barbara Adside and 1999 Pan Am Gold Medal Winner, Jazzman (owned by Donna Richardson); Allyson Gagnon with her Fresian Stallion Kobi; and Iana Gonzalez and Kobi.

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