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Tanya Strasser-Shostak Wins Florida International Youth Dressage Championships

Tanya Strasser-Shostak and Action Tyme. Photos © SusanJStickle.com.

Sadis, Davis, and Montagano Earn Division Honors; Karin Pavicic Enjoys Another Blue Ribbon Ride in FEI Grand Prix Special; Lisa Wilcox and Galant Continue Winning Ways in FEI Intermediaire-1

Wellington, FL – February 22, 2014 – CDI 3* competition continued at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) on Saturday with the FEI Grand Prix Special, presented by Stillpoint Farm, and the FEI Intermediaire-1, presented by Peacock Ridge. In addition to professional competition, the sport’s brightest young stars were recognized in the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships, presented by Dressage4Kids, to wrap up the evening.

Competition for the AGDF 7 CDIO/CDI 3* concludes on Sunday with the FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, beginning at approximately 10:15 a.m. at The Stadium at PBIEC.

Tanya Strasser-Shostak, 18, was crowned Overall Champion of the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships, presented by Dressage4Kids, for her total high score of 136.403% in the FEI Young Rider division with her own Action Tyme, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

Of her victory, Strasser-Shostak said, “I’m very happy. Obviously, I had a really good weekend and my horse was always as the same page as me. He’s always trying, so it’s just great to have such a successful weekend.”

Action Tyme has been the perfect schoolmaster for Strasser-Shostak after spending plenty of time in the Grand Prix ring with Strasser-Shostak’s mother, Evi Strasser.

“[He’s taught me] so much. I’m so lucky that one day he can let me do the grand prix stuff, the next day we can go back to Young Riders, and the next day we can go hacking. Nothing fazes him, so he’s taught me everything,” Strasser-Shostak remarked.

Strasser-Shostak, who has competed at the AGDF since its inception in 2012, credited her experience at the show as a large part of her success. “There’s so many things that we can’t as young riders normally have, with the big rings, the atmosphere. It’s just nice that we can have this experience here. It’s very convenient, and the facility is great,” Strasser-Shostak commented.

She continued, “It’s prepared me. Last year, I showed here with a different horse in Young Riders and also with Action a bit. It’s definitely prepared me for the Young Rider Championships and the Canadian championships. I don’t know if I would have won the bronze medal if I hadn’t had the same experience. I may not have had the same success. It’s nice that everything can come into one place.”

Katrina Sadis, 15, was champion of the FEI Pony division, finishing with an overall score of 133.992% aboard Poldy 10, an 18-year-old German Riding Pony gelding owned by Kristen Verhey.

Katrina Sadis and Poldy 10
Katrina Sadis and Poldy 10

“[This win] means so much,” Sadis beamed. “I never thought I’d be here five months ago. Our tests were really good. He was really with me today. The first test, it was kind of the Poldy show, but he let me have a little piece of it today, and it really paid off in my scores. It was really fun.”

Sadis is currently enrolled in Dressage4Kids’ Winter Intensive Training (WIT) program with trainer Lendon Grey. “WIT is amazing. Lendon’s a really amazing instructor. It’s so great because we learn so much more than just riding. We have lectures from different people, and it’s such a great experience,” Sadis explained.

Champion of the FEI Junior division was Bebe Davis and her horse Fievel Mousekewitz for their score of 134.029%. Fievel Mouskewitz is a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Apex Stables International.

Davis, 16, had the ride on Sadis’ mount last year in the pony divisions and was happy to see him take another rider to the winner’s circle.

“It’s any rider’s dream to be able to see their horse going well with a new rider and still out there winning, being his usual wonderful self. It’s great to see him here in Florida. She’s having a great time with him and they’re getting great scores, and I couldn’t ask for anything better for him,” Davis smiled.
Davis’ winning mount is still relatively new to her, but she’s enjoying the process of getting to know the gelding. “It’s going really well. He won today and he was second on Thursday, so I couldn’t be happier. We’re just improving, and our partnership is getting better. He’s just such a fun horse. I couldn’t ask for a better horse,” she described.

Like her fellow young riders, Davis has figured out a way to continue her education while remaining competitive on the show circuit. She currently attends Palm Beach International Academy (PBIA), where she has enjoyed the unique experience of having all-equestrian classmates. Her teachers have started to get the equestrian bug as well.

“I’ve been with them for the past two years, and they’ve started to follow dressage now. My teachers are really interested in it, which is really cool. It’s a great experience. It’s a lot of fun,” Davis smiled.

Melanie Montagano took home the Brentina Trophy for her victory in the FEI Intermediaire B 16-25, presented by Diamante Farms. Montagano finished on a 116.06% aboard Ga Deva, her own 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare.

Montagano recently earned her USDF Gold Medal with Ga Deva, which prompted her to reflect on their seven year journey together.

“I’ve gotten my Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medal on her now. I’ve trained her from First Level to Grand Prix,” Montagano detailed. “[Bringing her up through the levels has been] so special. I guess I didn’t really think about it until I finally got the Gold Medal, but in seven years to bring a horse from First Level to Grand Prix – and I was not an experienced rider – she’s just beared along with me and we’ve done it together. It’s a really special journey for me.”

Montagano currently trains with grand prix rider Jacqueline Brooks (CAN) and credited her trainer with much of their success, describing her program as doing “complete wonders” for her riding. Competing each weekend of the AGDF under Brooks’ tutelage has been an important ingredient to her progress.

“I’ve been here probably every weekend since January, just doing the National classes and doing the Under-25 to ride it as much as I can,” she described. “I’ve gotten to the point where my warm-up is really solid here. Sometimes I turn out a really good test and sometimes it’s not so good, but every time I come here and show it, it’s an improvement. I fixed something that I didn’t have last time and it’s never regressing.”

Montagano, 23, recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a pre-veterinary degree. While she has decided to delay applying to veterinary school for the time being, she strongly believes in the value of getting an education. “I’m a big believer in education. It’s a vital part of any successful rider. To be able to connect with people on a different level beyond horses [is really important],” Montagano expressed.

Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri
Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri

Karin Pavicic (CAN) and Don Daiquiri, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding co-owned by Jayne Essig and Pavicic, picked up their second win of the week in the FEI Grand Prix Special on Saturday afternoon. The pair topped the class with a score of 70.000%. American Laura Graves rode her own Verdades to second place, finishing with a score of 68.706%. Jill Irving (CAN) completed the top three with Degas 12 and a score of 68.667%.

Pavicic was hoping to reach 70% with Saturday’s test and was very excited to have achieved that benchmark. “That’s what I was hoping for and I met my goal. I’m so thrilled. I couldn’t be happier with my horse. I love my horse, he was fantastic,” Pavicic beamed.

Pavicic was pleased to see Don Daiquiri come out of the barn a little fresher than the previous day after carefully managing his warm-up time in the Florida heat. After an over-rotated canter pirouette on Friday, Pavicic was happy to improve on that portion of the test in particular.

“The pirouette to the one tempis to the pirouette is difficult, one of the more challenging parts of the test, and I feel we rode that quite well today. I over-rotated on my first canter pirouette yesterday, and that almost happened again today, but I caught it in time and was able to ride the one tempis out. I thought my second pirouette was especially good. In general, he was just super obedient and super rideable,” Pavicic commented.

Pavicic traveled to the AGDF all the way from Vancouver and was incredibly grateful to have her best friend, Carmen Barber, by her side in Wellington. Pavicic’s family has been following along via livestream, but she acknowledged it’s been difficult to be away from them. Her double victories this week have made the hardship worth it.

“It’s a dream come true!” Pavicic said of winning both FEI Grand Prix classes during AGDF 7. “Absolutely. It’s unbelievable.”

Saturday was the first time contesting the FEI Grand Prix Special for second place finisher Graves and her mount Verdades. She’s owned the gelding since he was just six months old and was thrilled with their performance.

“It’s been almost 12 years that I’ve had him. It’s been a really long road for us. Obviously, we really have a great partnership. I would even call it co-dependent! It’s nice to reach this point and to have success,” Graves explained.

Graves’ greatest priority in the test was simply to make sure she stayed on course, making her second place finish in good company even more meaningful. “I’m just glad that we got through it. I was really proud that we did our pirouettes to the one (tempis) clean and another pirouette. He’s an incredibly emotional horse, so to hit something difficult where things happen really fast for him and he kept his cool, I was really proud of him for that. That’s been a real ‘proud mommy’ moment for me,” Graves smiled.

Lisa Wilcox (USA) and Galant, an eight-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Jacqueline Shear, topped the FEI Intermediaire-1 on Saturday morning with a score of 69.649%. Second place went to Neve Myburgh (GER) and Lexington Star for their score of 68.421%. Catherine Malone (USA) rounded out the top three with Uno Don Diego and a score of 66.798%.

Wilcox was surprised to see that Galant was actually spookier during the daytime after competing under the lights of The Stadium earlier week for the FEI Prix St. Georges.

“Interestingly enough, he was more looky in the daylight,” she confirmed. “It was like all of a sudden he saw flowers that he didn’t see at night and so I had a few more things to work through when I was in there, but otherwise he was very confident in the movements besides the lookiness. Other than that, I’m very pleased. He’s very confident. It’s his first CDI, so very good!”

For Wilcox, the highlight of their test was their canter work. After a small bobble in the extended trot that Wilcox acknowledged was her fault, she was pleased with Galant’s solid canter zig-zags and pirouettes.

Like Wilcox, Myburgh acknowledged her horse was actually more lit up during the day time competition, but she was pleased that Lexington Star also held it together despite being relatively inexperienced.

“He’s only been doing Prix St. Georges and I-1 for the last three months and this is his second CDI, so I’m really happy with him. He’s a generally very spooky horse, so hats off to him for getting past the flowerpots!” Myburgh smiled.

Myburgh is still getting to know the gelding; she’s only had the ride for the last five months. She looks forward to getting his owner back on at some point in the future, but will also continue to compete him herself as their relationship continues to develop.

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Talented Mother-Daughter Pair Prepares Pas de Deux for Challenge of the Americas

Wellington, FL – February 25, 2013 – The Challenge of the Americas unfailingly draws top riders from around the world, and this year’s duo from Canada is no exception. The accomplished mother-daughter pair of Evi Strasser, an Olympian dressage rider and a longtime Canadian National Team member, and Tanya Strasser-Shostak, an up-and-coming Young Rider, will perform a pas de deux at the March 9 event.

Both mother and daughter support the Challenge of the Americas in its effort to raise funds for breast cancer research. “It’s for a very good cause, for breast cancer fundraising,” Strasser said. “I want to support that and be part of it.”

“It’s such a good cause and it’s something that’s affected everybody, or someone that we’ve known,” Strasser-Shostak added.

The pair is choreographing a test that will showcase the best qualities of the two horses they choose for the event. Strasser plans to ride her Grand Prix horse, Action Tyme, while 17-year-old Strasser-Shostak has yet to decide between Dancing Tyme and the Karen Soupcoff-owned Ruby Tyme. Strasser-Shostak, who will take on the challenging task of fitting music to the test, is enjoying her involvement in all aspects of the planning and preparation.

“I’m looking forward to riding whatever horse I’m going to be riding,” she said. “I’m excited to be working on the choreography with my mom, and I’m looking forward to hopefully making the music properly, because it’s something that really interests me. I just think the whole experience is really good.”

Tanya Strasser-Shostak and Dancing Tyme at the 2013 Wellington Classic Dressage Spring Challenge
Tanya Strasser-Shostak and Dancing Tyme at the 2013 Wellington Classic Dressage Spring Challenge

With their extensive competitive experience, the mother-daughter duo fit right in among the renowned international riders who gather at Challenge of the Americas to support breast cancer research and put on a show for spectators. Evi Strasser has been among Canada’s top dressage competitors for the past two decades. Born in Germany, she moved to Canada in 1988 and founded Good Tyme Stables in 1994. She represented Canada at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, riding Lavinia.

In 2003, Strasser helped secure a team Silver Medal for Canada at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, where she also finished eighth individually with Quantum Tyme. She and Quantum Tyme earned the highest result for a Canadian pair at the 2006 World Equestrian Games and also competed at the 2005 and 2007 World Cup Finals. Strasser has often been selected as the alternate for Canada’s teams at such major events as the Olympics and World Equestrian Games. She continues to compete at the highest levels of the sport and collected many top results on the international circuit in 2011 and 2012.

Strasser’s influence on the dressage world extends beyond her own impressive competitive results. She specializes in training young horses up to the Grand Prix level, and several of the horses she’s worked with have gone on to make their marks on the international dressage scene. Hiscox Artemis was the most recent of a number of graduates of Strasser’s program to compete at the Olympic Games. Strasser trained Hiscox Artemis through to the World Cup before selling him, and, with rider Richard Davison, he was chosen as the British team’s individual entry for the 2012 Olympics in London. He also finished fourth in the 2012 World Cup Final.

Strasser-Shostak has already compiled an impressive record and appears poised for another successful show season in 2013. She was the youngest competitor in the Young Rider division at the 2012 FEI North American Young Rider Dressage Championships (NAYRC), where she collected a team Bronze Medal and finished eighth individually on Dancing Tyme. She also rode Dancing Tyme to several top-three finishes in the Young Rider divisions. With Ruby Tyme, she earned top placings in the Junior divisions, including several wins at CDI competitions in West Palm Beach.

Strasser and Strasser-Shostak are in South Florida for the winter competitive season, training and campaigning several of their horses. Strasser-Shostak hopes to return to NAYRC and will try to qualify for the Young Rider World Cup in Europe, while Strasser is taking her time preparing new Grand Prix mount Action Tyme for the international scene.

Strasser-Shostak is looking forward to making her Challenge of the Americas debut after watching her mother perform previously. “I think it’s pretty neat that we can do this one together,” she said. “I used to watch it when I was younger, and my mom participated a couple of years ago in it. It’s something I grew up watching and now I get to be a part of it, and it’s great.”

“Most of the time, you see older people do it and it’s good, I think, that there’s someone a bit younger also in it,” she continued, noting that breast cancer research is an important cause for her generation to support as well.

Strasser, who has ridden at The Challenge of the Americas in previous years, enjoys the event’s electric atmosphere and devotion to the cause. “It’s always amazing,” she said. “It’s always a great turnout. They always do a fantastic job organizing it and really emphasize the reason for why it’s done. Lots and lots of people are supporting it.”

“It’s always a lot of fun to do this with your daughter, and it is always a lot of excitement,” Strasser added. “We really enjoy working together and figuring out what we’re going to do with this and how we’re going to present it. (Show organizers) thought it was a good routine because it’s mother and daughter, and we’re doing this for breast cancer.”

“I think it’s just a fantastic job by all,” Strasser concluded. “I really enjoy doing it.”

For more information about the Strassers, visit their website at www.goodtymestables.com.

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The Challenge of The Americas Fast Facts


The Challenge of The Americas (COTA) presented by SSG Gloves, known throughout the equestrian world for its spectacular performances on horseback, returns for its 11th anniversary to continue its fight against breast cancer. This annual fundraiser is a one-of-a-kind affair that highlights the equestrian sport of dressage. Competing riders include the “Who’s Who” of top equestrian competitors in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe.

There are few, if any, places throughout the world where an audience can delight in the performances of such a large and distinguished group of riders and their magnificent equine partners. The Challenge of The Americas’ teams of international riders compete in quadrilles to world-class music and choreography in an effort to raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K.


Saturday, March 9, 2013
5:30 p.m.        Cocktails and hors d’Oeuvres
6:15 p.m.        Opening Ceremonies
6:25 p.m.        Reining Freestyles and Pas de Deux
6:45 p.m.        Quadrille Team Challenge
7:30 p.m.        Award Presentation
7:45 p.m.        The Challenge Gala: Dinner and Dancing


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Play for P.I.N.K.

Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate diagnosis, New technology, Knowledge) is a grassroots organization dedicated to raising funds to fight breast cancer, by creating and promoting awareness of breast cancer through sporting and lifestyle events including men’s and women’s golf tournaments, tennis, swimming, card games, equestrian events, and shopping benefits.  Our commitment is to contribute 100% of all funds raised to our beneficiary, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In 2012, PFP donated $4 million to BCRF for a cumulative total of $29.75 million. For more information about PFP, visit playforpink.org.

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