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United States Victorious in Wellington Nations Cup CDIO 3* presented by Stillpoint Farm

April 15, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – April 13, 2013 – The highlight event of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) crowned its victors Friday afternoon at The Stadium of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Ten teams competed in the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO 3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, including two from both the United States and Canada. Team USA 1 finished first with a total of 219.313 points. Team USA 2 was second with 208.675 points and Team Canada 1 rounded out the top three teams with 205.346 points.

 

The Nations Cup podium

The Nations Cup podium

 

Following the close of yesterday’s Nations Cup competition, a protest was filed by the Chef d’Equipe for Team Europe with the Appeals Committee for Mikala Munter Gundersen (DEN) of Team Europe on the judging of her ride. There was a meeting on Saturday morning at 9:30 am with the FEI Representative, The President of the Ground Jury, the FEI steward, the three members of the Appeals Committee – Lorraine MacDonald (CAN), Marian Cunningham (PER), and Sandy Hotz (USA) – the Team Europe Chef d’Equipe, and Mikala Munter Gundersen.

 

Lorraine MacDonald of the Appeals Committee stated, “We agreed that it was handled in a rider-friendly manner. It was an unfortunate situation, but the appeal was a non-appealable situation. The final decision rested with the President of the Ground Jury, Linda Zang. It ended in an amicable situation where everyone was clear with what happened, and the judges’ final decision was upheld.”

 

Judges for both classes yesterday were: Anne Gribbons at E, Joan Macartney at H, Linda Zang at C, Evi Eisenhardt at M, and Mirabel Alonso at B.

 

Watch an interview with Kim Herslow and Heather Blitz! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5PJr5g8IGI&feature=youtu.be

 

Team USA 1 included Prix St. Georges competitors Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin and Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O, in addition to Grand Prix competitors Heather Blitz and Paragon and Shelly Francis and Doktor. The team put in remarkably high scores throughout Friday’s competition, including the high scores for both classes of the Nations Cup competition. Herslow and Rosmarin earned the top score of the FEI Prix St. Georges CDIO 3* class with an impressive 72.079%. Blitz and Paragon finished first in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-O 3* with a 71.021%. Blitz had another 3% added to her grand prix score with the new format of this Nations Cup competition to contribute a total score of 74.021% for the team competition.

 

Team USA 1: Kim Herslow, Heather Blitz, Caroline Roffman, and Shelly Francis

Team USA 1: Kim Herslow, Heather Blitz, Caroline Roffman, and Shelly Francis

 

For Herslow, it was an emotional experience to earn such high marks in her first senior team competition. “Everything’s been an exciting season for me down here [in Wellington]. First time on a team, first time doing CDIs, there’s been a lot of first times this season. I’m really proud that we were able to come down and be chosen on the team. My horse is eight and he’s got very little experience and it’s been a wonderful experience for both of us,” Herslow said. “For me to come in and be the first ride for the team and lay down a score like that…I was in tears when I walked out of the ring. It was really exciting for me. I was happy I was able to help the team in such a positive way.”

 

Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin

Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin

 

Blitz’s mount, Paragon, also developed substantially this season in Wellington. “Now that’s he’s just turned ten years old, I think that he’s just coming into his own as a Grand Prix horse. I was really happy with how he was in the ring. He’s getting a lot more connected and more confident,” Blitz commented.

 

Blitz is eager to see where Paragon’s newfound confidence will take them, as she’s certain this is only the beginning of the Danish Warmblood gelding’s success. “I think in general it was one of my favorite tests I’ve had on him so far in the Grand Prix, and it’s still not anywhere where he’s going to be. There’s a lot left and I can’t wait to keep training him,” Blitz beamed.

 

Heather Blitz and Paragon

Heather Blitz and Paragon

 

Francis and her mount Doktor, a nine-year-old Oldenberg gelding owned by Patricia Stempel, are on an equally fortuitous path to success in their first year of Grand Prix competition together. Doktor had top finishes during the AGDF Wellington 5* and contributed a total score of 73.213% (with the 3% addition for a grand prix score) to the team.

 

“I really was very pleased with him today. He was really there and wanted to do everything really well. The pirouettes were better, his piaffe-passage was steadier, I was very happy with him,” Francis described.

 

Shelly Francis and Doktor

Shelly Francis and Doktor

 

For the first time in Nations Cup history, teams consisted of both Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix level horse and rider combinations as a precursor to raising the level of competition at the Pan American Games. While Friday’s competition served as a test for the newly formatted mixed teams, riders across the board agreed it was a success while working through the growing pains of new rules.

 

Roffman, who competed at the Prix St. Georges level for Team USA 1 and had a score of 69.684%, was eager to take part in team competition again and was pleased with the outcome of the new format. “I think it’s a great experience to be on a team and get that experience in such a fun atmosphere and at a great showgrounds. It’s wonderful to do and I think it’ll make a great format, however they end up working it out. It certainly worked well, I think,” she commented.

 

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O

 

Roffman’s fellow Americans on Team USA 2 echoed her sentiments, crediting the AGDF with fostering a great competition for the development of the sport.

 

Christopher Hickey credited the unique opportunity for international competition during the winter in Wellington. “There’s probably not very many other places in the world that a show could get ten teams to compete and I think that’s pretty special. I think dressage in Florida in the winter is a place that it is possible to get a number of teams like that and I think that’s a wonderful thing,” Hickey described.

 

Team USA 2: Susan Dutta, Justin Hardin, Christopher Hickey, Cesar Parra, with Leah Oliveto of the USEF

Team USA 2: Susan Dutta, Justin Hardin, Christopher Hickey, Cesar Parra, with Leah Oliveto of the USEF

 

Hickey also applauded the show management’s efforts to include competitor feedback in the process of bringing in a new format of competition. “The office and the management team [for the show] understand and know this is the first time this format has been done and everybody from the beginning wanted the competitors’ opinions on things. I think that shows competitors that [they] want it to be successful. I think that’s pretty special to this place,” Hickey acknowledged.

 

Team USA 2 consisted of Cesar Parra and Van the Man (total 72.043% grand prix score), Susan Dutta and Currency DC (total 65.915% grand prix score), Justin Hardin and Wyatt Star (68.395% Prix St. Georges score), and Christopher Hickey and Witness Hilltop (68.237% Prix St. Georges score).

 

Cesar Parra and Van the Man

Cesar Parra and Van the Man

 

Parra pointed out, “To make the team for your nation is fantastic. I think it ran very smoothly today. It really changed the atmosphere in the showgrounds. The place is fantastic and we’ve all been at CDIs throughout the season, but I think we can all say it was different today.”

 

Team Canada 1 was thrilled with their team’s top three finish and was eager to be a part of developing the sport in the Americas. Their team consisted of Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio (70.395% Prix St. Georges score), Brittany Fraser and All In (66.079% Prix St. Georges score), David Marcus and Don Kontes (total 68.872% Grand Prix score), and Evi Strasser and Action Tyme (64.021% Grand Prix score).

 

Team Canada 1: Chef d'Equipe Gina Smith, Christilot Boylen, Evi Strasser, David Marcus, Brittany Fraser

Team Canada 1: Chef d’Equipe Gina Smith, Christilot Boylen, Evi Strasser, David Marcus, Brittany Fraser

 

“I’m probably the only one here that can actually remember when the Pan American Games were all Grand Prix and also when it changed to Prix St. Georges,” Christilot Boylen commented. “I think this is a wonderful start and I think after some discussion, this format could be wonderfully conducive to developing dressage in the Americas.”

 

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio

 

Veteran competitor Evi Strasser summed up the team’s sentiments best. “It was a great time having the strong team we had for Canada and for the young riders we had coming up too. Everything was just perfect,” Strasser described.

 

Wellington Equestrian Realty sponsored the CDI 3* classes hosted in the Van Kampen Arena of The Stadium throughout Friday afternoon. Caroline Roffman (USA) and Sagacious HF finished first in the FEI Intermediare-II 16-25 with a final score of 71.930%. Bebe Davis (USA) and Rotano clinched victory in the FEI Junior Team class after scoring a 65.811%. Madison Lawson (CAN) and Mcguire won the FEI Young Rider Team class with a score of 61.535%. The FEI Prix St. Georges class awarded top honors to Christilot Boylen (CAN) and Hudson 18, who scored a 68.421% to finish first.

 

The top 50% of Friday’s competitors will move forward to compete in their respective Freestyle classes. The FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle CDIO 3* will start at 3:35 pm this afternoon and continue until 5:30 pm. After a dinner break, the last group of riders will compete at 7:30 pm. The FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO 3* will start at 8:30 pm.

 

Out of the ten original riders, the five moving on to Saturday evening’s competition will be Heather Blitz and Paragon (USA), Shelly Francis (USA) and Doktor, Cesar Parra (USA) and Van the Man, Susan Dutta (USA) and Currency DC, and David Marcus (CAN) and Don Kontes.

 

Final Results: FEI Prix St. Georges CDIO 3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm

Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total%

1 Kimberly Herslow, USA, Rosmarin: 74.342%, 71.316%, 71.184%, 71.184%, 72.368%, 72.079%

2 Lars Petersen, DEN, Chicco Roslev: 68.947%, 71.053%, 69.079%, 73.553%, 69.605%, 70.447%

3 Christislot Boylen, CAN, Dio Mio: 70.623%, 72.632%, 71.711%, 68.553%, 68.816%, 70.395%

4 Caroline Roffman, USA, Her Highness O: 68.026%, 69.868%, 72.500%, 69.474%, 68.553%, 69.684%

5 Carlos Munoz, ESP, Klouseau: 65.789%, 67.368%, 69.342%, 71.316%, 71.447%, 69.053%

6 Justin Hardin, USA, Wyatt Star: 68.158%, 69.079%, 70.000%, 68.947%, 65.789%, 68.395%

 

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix CDIO 3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm

Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total

1 Heather Blitz, USA, Paragon: 70.319%, 72.447%, 68.617%, 71.809%, 71.915%, 71.021%

2 Shelly Francis, USA, Doktor: 69.894%, 69.894%, 71.489%, 68.085%, 71.702%, 71.702%, 70.213%

3 Cesar Parra, USA, Van the Man: 69.362%, 68.298%, 67.340%, 68.894%, 70.319%, 69.043%

4 Susan Dutta, USA, Currency DC: 66.596%, 65.957%, 64.787%, 66.489%, 65.745%, 65.915%

5 David Marcus, CAN, Don Knotes: 63.830%, 67.979%, 65.426%, 65.745%, 66.383%, 65.872%

6 Mikala Munter Gundersen, DEN, My Lady: 65.352%, 65.638%, 64.787%, 64.043%, 66.383%, 65.277%

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For full results and more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © SusanJStickle.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

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About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (GDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring five CDIs, including a 5*, the first non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and nine U.S. national events.The Adequan GDF is offering more than $275,000 in prize money for the five international competitions making it one of the richest circuits in the world. In addition to the CDIs with national competitions, the Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds. The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

 

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; William Pearson and Janet Richardson-Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association

 

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

 

Corporate Sponsors

Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Everglades Farm Equipment, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, World Equestrian Brands

 

Please visit

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or call 561-793-5867 for more information

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2013 World Dressage Masters Wrap-Up

January 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

By Kim MacMillan, MacMillan Photography & Media Services

 

Grand Prix Freestyle CDI5*

Sweden ruled the in the headliner Exquis CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle class at the 2013 World Dressage Masters (WDM) presented by the Axel Johnson Group on Saturday night, January 26. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven riding Lovsta Stuteri’s  Hanoverian gelding Don Auriello won the class turning the tables on her countryman Patrik Kittel riding his Dutch Warmblood stallion Watermill Scandic H B C, who had taken first in the Grand Prix CDI5* the day before.

 

Vilhelmson-Silfven scored a personal best with Don Auriello with an 84.075%, with Kittel and Scandic close behind with 82.525% for second and U.S. rider Steffen Peters and his new star Legolas 92, a Westphalian gelding owned by Four Winds Farm, finishing third with an 80.175%.

 

It was a fun night for the crowd who enjoyed the freestyles immensely. Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello’s routine was powerful and flowing. They performed to music by The Who in a freestyle designed for the London Olympics. Kittel and Scandic’s freestyle was performed to songs by Billy Idol. “It’s such an honor to ride a horse like Don Auriello; he was great,” said Vilhelmson-Silfven. “It was a great crowd – great people. Everything fell on the right place.”

 

Peters is enjoying the 11-year-old Legolas who came to him at Christmas time in 2011. “This was a huge step-up for sure, first time in the limelight,” said three-time Olympian Peters. “The atmosphere was a lot for him. To finish with an 80% here is amazing.” 

 

 

World Dressage Masters judge at C for the Freestyle, Stephen Clarke from Great Britain, commented on Vilhelmson-Silfven’s and Don Auriello’s performance, “Theirs was absolutely what dressage should be about. He was uphill, in balance and harmonious with his rider.”

 

 

Clarke shared his thoughts about Kittel’s horse Watermill Scandic H B C, “The power and elasticity this horse can show – you don’t need to understand the technical side of dressage to appreciate it.”

 

 

After winning the 2011 and 2012 World Dressage Masters with his long-time partner Ravel, U.S. rider Steffen Peters on his new mount Legolas 92, also owned by Akiko Yamazaki and Four Winds Farm, finished third in both the 5* Grand Prix and the Freestyle. Clarke also commented on Legolas’ potential, “Steffen’s horse is not so experienced yet, but there were true moments of brilliance [in his test]. This is how it can and will be for him. He is a world-class horse.”

 

Grand Prix Special CDI5*

 

Other winners on Saturday at the 2013 WDM included Mikala Gundersen riding the Janne Rumbough’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare My Lady in the CDI5* Grand Prix Special. James Koford of the U.S. on Shirley McQuillan’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Rhett took second with a 67.333% and third going to Canadian Olympian Jacqueline Brooks on her 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding D-Niro who scored 66.833%.

 

Drama & Disappointment

 

The WDM also brought some drama and disappointment for several competitors as well as for the spectators who missed seeing some of their favorite horse and rider combos. In the CDI5* division current World Champion Edward Gal of the Netherlands stepped off the plane feeling ill, was diagnosed with the flu and was unable to compete. Later in the final jog before the CDI5* Freestyle, Hans Peter Minderhoud’s horse Withney van t Genthof was not passed by the Ground Jury and was eliminated. Another rider expected to compete, Nicholas Fyffe of Australia who was expected to compete at the WDM, had to stay home because his horse was being treated for a skin condition and was not eligible due to the FEI drugs and medication rules.

 

 

In the CDI3* division of the WDM Dr. Cesar Parra’s horse Van the Man, owned by Michael and Sarah Davis, was asked by the Ground Jury to jog twice during the first horse inspection and then was sent back to the barn with the request for him to represent the next day. They did not end up competing.

 

 

Tina Konyot of the U.S., who rode her 15-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion Calecto V in the CDI5* Grand Prix, was eliminated by the Ground Jury after completion of their test. The official statement issued by the show management regarding Tina Konyot’s elimination:  Upon review of the process and after consultation with the FEI, it has been confirmed that the current rules regarding the elimination process were followed to the letter. Before she left the official equipment check area ringside, the rider was informed by the FEI Chief Steward that the Judge at C had made the decision based on Article 428.8 and Article 430.7.6 that the horse must be eliminated due to the evidence of fresh blood.

 

 

Canada’s Diane Creech had a nice ride going on Devon L in the Grand Prix Special CDI5*, but she had mistakenly begun performing the Olympic Grand Prix Special created for last year’s London Games and was eliminated. The Olympic Special test had been scrapped after the Olympics because most riders and judges agreed that it was not a good test. It was replaced by the previously used 2009 version of FEI Grand Prix Special test. After some deliberation as to whether or not to allow her to come leave the arena, study the 2009 test and come back to perform again, the Ground Jury decided to let her elimination stand.

 

On demand video of both classes will be available at http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2013WorldDressageMasters/

 

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Sweden's Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Lovsta Stuteri's Don Auriello took the top prize in the 70,000 Euro World Dressage Masters Exquis Freestyle on Saturday evening  Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Lovsta Stuteri’s Don Auriello took the top prize in the 70,000 Euro World Dressage Masters Exquis Freestyle on Saturday evening Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

 

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Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven of Sweden and Don Auriello won the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Freestyle competition   Photo by Allen MacMillan

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven of Sweden and Don Auriello won the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Freestyle competition Photo by Allen MacMillan

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello in the 70,000 Euro Exquis 2013 World Dressage Masters Freestyle award ceremony  Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello in the 70,000 Euro Exquis 2013 World Dressage Masters Freestyle award ceremony Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

 

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Swedish rider Patrik Kittel riding the stallion Watermill Scandic H B C took second place in the 2013 World Dressage Masters 70,000 Euro Exquis CDI5* Freestyle   Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Swedish rider Patrik Kittel riding the stallion Watermill Scandic H B C took second place in the 2013 World Dressage Masters 70,000 Euro Exquis CDI5* Freestyle Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

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Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic H B C of Sweden took first in the CDI5* Grand Prix on Friday and second in the CDI5* Freestyle on Saturday at the 2013 World Dressage Masters in West Palm Beach, Florida last weekend.   Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic H B C of Sweden took first in the CDI5* Grand Prix on Friday and second in the CDI5* Freestyle on Saturday at the 2013 World Dressage Masters in West Palm Beach, Florida last weekend. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

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U.S. rider Steffen Peters and Four Wind Farm's Legolas 92 took third in the CDI5* Grand Prix and the CDI5* Freestyle at the 2013 World Dressage Masters.   Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

U.S. rider Steffen Peters and Four Wind Farm’s Legolas 92 took third in the CDI5* Grand Prix and the CDI5* Freestyle at the 2013 World Dressage Masters. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

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Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 from the U.S.A. showed much promise for the future taking third place in both the CDI5* Grand Prix and Freestyle classes.  Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 from the U.S.A. showed much promise for the future taking third place in both the CDI5* Grand Prix and Freestyle classes. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

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Top three riders from the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Exquis Freestyle which offered 70,000 Euros in prize money, Left to right:  Patrik Kittel from Sweden, second; Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven of Sweden, first, and Steffen Peters of the U.S.A., third.    Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Top three riders from the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Exquis Freestyle which offered 70,000 Euros in prize money, Left to right: Patrik Kittel from Sweden, second; Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven of Sweden, first, and Steffen Peters of the U.S.A., third. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Mikala Gundersen riding My Lady won the CDI5* Grand Prix Special at the 2013 World Dressage Masters in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday.   Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Mikala Gundersen riding My Lady won the CDI5* Grand Prix Special at the 2013 World Dressage Masters in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

 

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James Koford of the U.S. riding Rhett finished second in the CDI5* Grand Prix Special on Saturday afternoon at the 2013 World Dressage Masters.    Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

James Koford of the U.S. riding Rhett finished second in the CDI5* Grand Prix Special on Saturday afternoon at the 2013 World Dressage Masters. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

 

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Canada's Jacqueline Brooks and her Olympic partner D-Niro captured third in the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Grand Prix Special.   Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Canada’s Jacqueline Brooks and her Olympic partner D-Niro captured third in the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Grand Prix Special. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

The CDI5* Grand Prix Special top three riders from Saturday afternoon at the 2013 World Dressage Masters, left to right: Anthony Kies, organizer of the World Dressage Masters; Jacqueline Brooks of Canada, third; Mikala Gundersen, first, and James Koford of the U.S.A, second.    Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

The CDI5* Grand Prix Special top three riders from Saturday afternoon at the 2013 World Dressage Masters, left to right: Anthony Kies, organizer of the World Dressage Masters; Jacqueline Brooks of Canada, third; Mikala Gundersen, first, and James Koford of the U.S.A, second. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

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Trainers Converge on Florida for 2013 Dressage Season

January 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

They’re Back

Trainers Converge on Florida for 2013 Dressage Season

Wellington, FL (January 7, 2013) – Every year Wellington, Florida becomes a mecca for the who’s who in the world of dressage, the new year kicks off with the arrival of hundreds of riders and trainers, their horses and dreams for the season. We caught up with four riders who just settled in for a season of one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits. We caught up with George Williams, Chris von Martels, JJ Tate, and Cesar Parra. In between unpacking we got them to share their plans with us.

USDF President, George Williams who leads the charge at Elizabeth B. Juliano (Betsy’s) Havensafe Farm (Middlefield, Ohio and Wellington, Florida), shared with us his plans for the 2013 show season, “We arrived (in Florida for the winter) in November with eight horses. The four horses we plan to compete are Cleopatra, a 10-year-old Hanoverian slated for the small tour, and the amazing Big Tyme, Betsy’s 11-year-old Belgian warmblood. They will continue their small tour success. We also have Riccidoff, a 7-year-old Hanoverian who is just starting small tour, and our youngster, Horizon, a 5-year-old Oldenburg who is competing at second level. Coming from Northern Ohio, the best thing about Florida has to be the weather! We really like the proximity of the shows to the farm and the variety of dates and venues. It will also be wonderful to watch competitions, conferences, forums, etc. This year, our goal is to work toward confirming all of the horses at their appropriate level.”

Meanwhile, Canadian Grand Prix rider and trainer Chris von Martels knows what it means to escape the cold. Chris runs Von Martels Dressage in Ridgetown, Ontario and escapes to Wellington each year. “We are very fortunate to have a great group of really talented horses with us for the 2013 season. There are ten in our barn at the moment, and that number fluctuates up or down by a few at any given moment as a result of the sales success and new prospects coming into the stable. However, we have a consistent group that is made up of a few client horses, and some competition horses. This year I will be fortunate to compete Udon P in the Grand Prix. He is a 12 yr old gelding owned by Whistle Jacket Farm. It’s his first year in the Grand Prix, so we are looking forward to seeing what that brings. I also have my own horse Tiesto, who is a 13 yr old KWPN by Jazz, that will be competing in the small tour,” Von Martels shared.“We spend just over six months in Florida, and my wife works from here full time – so it’s really become a home for us”, he added, “Through our affiliated business, European Dressage Connection, we are delighted to be sponsors of the 2013 Global Dressage Festival and would like to thank the GDF title sponsor Adequan as well as all of the founding partners that have made this facility possible. It’s an amazing opportunity for dressage internationally, and we are excited to be a part of it.”

 

Dr. Cesar Parra and his Grand Prix mount, Van the Man, arrive in Florida for the winter dressage season.
(Photo courtesy of Dr. Cesar Parra)

 

J.J. Tate is another nomad who splits her time between Team Tate Dressage based in Riveredge West in Chesapeake City, Maryland in the summer and Yellowbird Farm in Wellington, Florida, in the winter. As always JJ has a full house. “I have over 20 horses in training. We bring everyone from my semi-retired Grand Prix horse, Cambay, who is now a lesson horse to some of my top competition horses. I have many students who also hope to compete during the winter, which is so easy because of so many shows. I will have quite a few horses to compete this winter so I am really excited about that. Everything from my exciting coming 5 year old, Damiana, to Faberge, who will do the CDIs this year. I’m so happy to be able to get Rosall back in the ring as well after an injury side lined him last year. My young riders, Katie Hiller and Kaitlin Blythe, will be competing at the Intermediare 1 and maybe the Intermediaire II as well. But not all my students compete, they come to learn and be part of a fun and dedicated team. I’m also thrilled to be helping some young talented trainers this winter as well, Ashley Parsons and Sara Spofford-Bilinski Team Tate also is happy to announce their involvement with the Dressage Summit, Feb 9-11. A number of our riders have been selected to be demo riders in this never before held Classical Dressage event! After the Summit, we will be hosting an Instructor’s Seminar with Charles de Kunffy, my 20 + year mentor.”

Last but never least on our tour, was a chat with the ever upbeat, Cesar Parra. Located at Performance Farm, in Whitehouse Station, NJ during the summer and Jupiter/Wellington, Florida, during the winter, Cesar Parra shared his plans for the 2013 season. “We arrived in Florida for the winter with the horses December 14th. I am very excited with the horses for this Florida show season as they have developed well over the past year. I am looking forward to the great weather, super show grounds and to having a fun and successful season.” Parra went on to say, “we have riders and horses of all levels with individual goals. We have talented juniors and young riders that will be looking to qualify for championships, adult amateurs with great goals and I have a talented group of riders from Colombia with us this season. Personally I have a couple of young horses that we will be aiming for the Young Horse Championships. My Grand Prix horse, Van the Man is doing great, so I want to continue with him gaining confidence at the shows. It will be another fun season for sure!” In addition, Parra’s Piaffe Performance Farm is sponsoring the Adult Amateur High Score Award at the Global Dressage Festival. “Amateurs give so much to our dressage sport and they deserve to be recognized with awards such as these.”

With 16 weeks of dressage shows, the 2013 Wellington dressage winter season gives these riders and the hundreds of others who have converged on Florida for the winter circuit a chance to compete with some of the best dressage riders in the world and all spectators a chance to see the impressive sport of dressage at the highest level. Scheduled are great competitions with huge prize money, invitations for top international riders, spectacular educational events, and sweet tropical evenings to attend the melodious musical freestyles. So we kick off the New Year with a salute to dressage 2013 –Florida style!!

 

 

Simply Nymphenburg Named Grand Champion FEI 6 Year Old in Young Horse Finals with an 80.02% During Dressage at Devon

September 28, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Dr. Cesar Parra and Simply Nymphenburg won the Five-Year-Old division of the FEI Young Horse Finals at Dressage at Devon with an impressive 80.60%.

Devon, PA (September 28, 2012) – Simply Nymphenburg, a striking 17.2 Hanoverian gelding, outshone the competition in the 6-Year-Old division in the FEI Young Horse Finals at Dressage at Devon, taking the Grand Champion title with an impressive score of 80.60%.  Ridden and trained by Dr. Cesar Parra of Piaffe Performance Farm and owned by Michael and Sarah Davis, Simply Nymphenburg (Sir Donnerhall I x Weltmeyer) is fresh off a Reserve Championship finish in the 6-Year-Old division at the Young Horse Dressage Championships, and his improvement was evident in his performance at Dressage at Devon. Reserve Champion in the 6-Year-Old division went to Lars Petersen and Rohannah with a 78.2% and in third was Inga Hamilton and Fabregas with a 76.6%.

“Simply was fantastic,” said Dr. Parra.  “He has improved so much since the Young Horse Championships; he was a bit nervous as it was his first time under the lights, but he was always listening and always on the aids.  We are thrilled to have received such an excellent score from a judge of Stephan Clark’s caliber and in such a competitive class.”  Simply and Dr. Parra received an 8.5 for their trot and an 8 for their walk, for an overall total of 80.60%.  Simply Nymphenburg is no stranger to top placings against stiff competition as he took the bronze in the 5-Year-Old division during the 2011 Bundeschampionate in Germany.  “Simply is maturing well and improving everyday,” said Parra.  “I look forward to the future with him, to continuing to advance his training and hopefully take him to the FEI level.”

Michael Davis, owner of Simply Nymphenburg, was thrilled with their performance.  “Simply was spectacular, and we are lucky to have the knowledge and expertise of coach Volker Moritz,” said Davis.  “His understanding of dressage and years of experience are a huge help to our team.  Even before I saw the score I knew the horse had performed to the best of his ability and we are so thrilled with the results.  Simply was absolutely floating, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this talented young horse.”

For more information on Parra or Piaffe-Performance visit their website at www.piaffe-performance.com.