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Clean Sweep for Jenny Karazissis at the $25,000 Franktown Meadows International Hunter Derby

August 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Carson City, NV – August 5, 2013 – Historically, the number 21 is related to celebration, whether it is for a 21st birthday or dealing blackjack at a casino. At the $25,000 Franktown Meadows International Hunter Derby, located just outside Reno, NV, it was fitting to have 21 fabulous horse and rider combinations. Course designer and show manager Phil Devita exclaimed, “This was a perfect number for a standalone derby of this magnitude.” Each horse and rider combination attempted round one of 13 fences and 4 options set at 4’3″. Round two would bring 12 of the top equestrians back for their second trip, rewarding riders for showcasing their horse’s athletic abilities. The judging was “tough” noted one of the riders and the proximity of the scores kept the audience, of over 300 people, on the edge of their seats. As the last rider to gallop onto the field, Jenny Karazissis and Kelly Straeter’s Undeniable had to maintain their lead over Hope Glynn and C.R. Haribo, owned by Emma Townsend. Karazissis would take a risk only taking one option fence in the final round, while her competitor Glynn and the Wurttemburg gelding had grabbed three options just moments prior. Karazissis’ efforts were rewarded winning the $25,000 Franktown Meadows USHJA International Hunter Derby on August 3. This would give Karazissis a clean sweep with the Dutch Warmblood who also won the $2,500 National Hunter Derby on August 2, 2013. The entire weekend was in benefit of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Undeniable and Jenny Karazissis. Photo by Lindsay McCall- PhotoLyte.com

Undeniable and Jenny Karazissis. Photo by Lindsay McCall- Photolyte.com

Under judges Keith Hastings, Robert Crandall, Linda Hough and Tammy Provost, Jenny Karazissis used her late spot in the order to her advantage. She noted, “I couldn’t be happier; Everything was so much fun this weekend. It was hard to top my national round but I did want to do well in the international derby. I fortunately went late enough in the order during the international to feel that I didn’t have to take the chance of doing a higher option fence. Going into the handy round I was only leading by one point and Hope Glynn is extremely handy. The risk of taking a higher option fence may result in hitting a rail.

Karazissis came off a right hand turn during the handy round and was the first horse to catch her trot immediately for the trot fence. “He is like butter,” said Karazissis. “He came right back. He does not rush trot fences at the slightest. As a rider, it’s hard to not want to goose him to leave. Undeniable trots and flows right over it . He is such an amazing horse.”

With the National Hunter Derby used as a separate horse show, the riders agreed that having that prior show was beneficial to their following day rides. However, “It was a different atmosphere for the international than national,” explained Karazissis. “Undeniable perked up a little bit more but his expression did not concern me. He settled in and did great.”

Undeniable and Jenny Karazissis. Photo by Lindsay McCall- PhotoLyte.com

Undeniable and Jenny Karazissis. Photo by Lindsay McCall – Photolyte.com

 

She continued, “I feel really really lucky to be riding this horse. Our next competition will be Menlo, then Saugerties, then on to Capital Challenge. We may get to do Derby Finals next year but we will wait and see. This will be a good confidence boost going into these following events.”

“I love this derby, said Karazissis. “I always have so much fun; I just have to thank The MacLean family, Phil DeVita, Kelly Straeter, Mary Gatti, and of course my husband who is very supportive of me.”

Hope Glynn has consistently supported the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby for years. This year, she had 6 different horses to ride. Glynn commented, “I am very happy to have that many horses to ride but it’s hard to ride that many horses in a class. People think it’s glamourous to have that many. It’s really hard to ride one and it’s really hard to ride six. I think the right number is two or three but I was thankful that I had so many good horses.”

C.R. Haribo and Hope Glynn. Photo by Lindsay McCall- PhotoLyte.com

C.R. Haribo and Hope Glynn. Photo by Lindsay McCall- Photolyte.com

Glynn agreed with Karazissis, “The international course was great. I was thrilled I did the national a day prior because I felt more relaxed on the field, I knew how the grass rode, and you seem to get to the jumps easier on the field. I knew I would have to try and take the higher option because that was going to be my best way to beat Jenny. You have to try it, you have to gamble a little to win. Do you take the smaller option but don’t get the point, or take the high? I was two points behind so I needed to go for it. I don’t sleep well at night if I don’t push it.”

Woodstock and Hope Glynn. Photo by Lindsay McCall- PhotoLyte.com

Woodstock and Hope Glynn. Photo by Lindsay McCall – Photolyte.com

King's Peak and Hope Glynn Photo by Lindsay McCall -PhotoLyte.com

King’s Peak and Hope Glynn Photo by Lindsay McCall – Photolyte.com

Hope Glynn is appreciative for the assistance she had during the weekend. Paul Bennett drove her horses to Carson City, while Ned Glynn and her assistant Heather stayed home to train riders in Sonoma. Glynn acknowledged, “I feel lucky to have a great group of owners who will send horses up here for this great event. This is single handedly the nicest derby we have and the nicest derby I do all year, so I am happy to support it. Kudos to the staff and everybody that worked so hard the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby really is a special event.”

Two-time winner Jessie Lang and stallion C. Quito made the journey to Franktown Meadows for her third year. “The course was great,” smiled Lang. “I love the course. I think my horse would have been better if I had more time on the show grounds. Quito was great, he just wasn’t exceptionally great. With this group you have to be exceptionally great. To go back in the handy and have none of the top horses have errors is rare. Usually there is something but there was such quality this year.  Truly those horses should be there.”

C. Quito and Jessie Lang Photo by Lindsay McCall PhotoLyte.com

C. Quito and Jessie Lang Photo by Lindsay McCall Photolyte.com

Each year Lang comes back to Franktown, “I like the standalone format,” explained Lang. “I like the people who put on the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby and I like the setting of it.”

Lang has been on the road over the 2013 year but her focus continues to be her future. With C. Quito’s offspring getting older, a continuos crop of babies, and Lang finishing her hunter judging license. The future will bring some changes.

The 4th Annual $25,000 Franktown Meadows International Hunter Derby and $2,500 National Hunter Derby was once again a brilliant example of the hunter industry. As a standalone event, this derby has set itself apart from the horse show schedule.

Franktown Meadows would like to thank everyone involved with the event including Phil DeVita, Rush Weeden, the sponsors, the officials, the volunteers, The Food Bank of Northern Nevada, the riders, owners, and each person that made the derby a success.

For more information please go to www. FMHunterDerby.com. For photographs please go to www.PHOTOLYTE.com. For press information or results please contact LindsayYMcCall@gmail.com.

Final Results:

Placing, #, Horse’s Name, Rider’s Name, J1,R1, J1, R1 bonus, J1, R1 options, J2,R1, J2, R1 bonus, J2, R1 options, J1, R2, J1, R2 HANDY, J1,R2 options, J2, R2 , J2, R2 HANDY, J2,R2 options, Total score

1, 68, Undeniable, Jenny Karazissis, 88, 0, 1, 87, 0, 1, 88, 7, 1, 88, 8, 1, 370

2, 65, C.R. Haribo, Hope Glynn, 83, 0, 3, 83, 0, 3, 84, 8, 3, 86, 8, 3, 364

3, 61, Woodstock, Hope Glynn, 85, 0, 3, 85, 0, 3, 81, 6, 3, 82, 6, 3, 357

4, 63, King’s Peak, Hope Glynn, 86, 0, 1, 84, 0, 1, 82.5, 7, 3, 84, 4, 3, 355.5

5, 75, C. Quito, Jessie Lang, 79, 0, 4, 75, 0, 4, 83, 7, 4, 84, 6, 4, 350

6, 64, Crusader, Hope Glynn, 78, 0, 1, 82, 0, 1, 82, 8, 2, 82, 8, 2, 346

7, 57, SVS Caremunde Z, Hope Glynn, 71, 0, 3, 76, 0, 3, 86, 8, 3, 85, 8, 3, 346

8, 66, Maillisko, Marisa Metzger, 73, 0, 3, 78, 0, 3, 82, 8, 2, 82, 8, 2, 341

9, 81, Seamless, Conner Hinckley, 74, 0, 1, 71, 0, 1, 74, 1, 2, 77, 2, 2, 305

10, 59, Nigel, Eleanor Hellman, 69, 0, 1, 68, 0, 1, 78, 6, 0, 76, 6, 0, 305

11, 56, Leon, Taylor Dawson, 65, 0, 2, 69, 0, 2, 68, 4, 1, 64, 2, 1, 278

12, 58, Weatherly, Erin Bland, 60, 0, 2, 64, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 128

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FAST FACTS

 

Where:

Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility, Carson City, NV

 

When:

National Hunter Derby is Friday, August 2nd

International Hunter Derby is Saturday, August 3rd

 

Website:

www.FMHunterDerby.com

 

Questions:

fmhunterderby@gmail.com

(775) 722-1699

 

The Charitable Cause – FOOD BANK OF NORTHERN NEVADA:

Hunger is a big problem, and we need everyone’s help to solve the issue. In our area, one in five people do not have access to adequate nutrition and one in four children are food insecure. The Food Bank provides assistance to more than 97,000 people each month, half of those are children and seniors.

 

Did you know?

  • Half of the people served by the Food Bank are working
  • More than 80% of people served are not homeless
  • Food Bank of Northern Nevada serves 20 counties in northern Nevada and the eastern slope of the Sierra in California
  • The Food Bank uses less than 8% of our budget on administrative costs

For press information or for photographs please contact Lindsay McCall at Lindsay@photolyte.com or call 330-720-0246.


Photo Credit
: Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall (PhotoLyte.com) for the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby 2013.

Susan Treabess (USA) and Kamiakin Top Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*

June 17, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

 

Susan Treabess (USA) and Kamiakin Top Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*

  

Developing Riders Earn Their Qualifying Scores for the 2014 World Equestrian Games   

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  Rancho Murieta, CA-June 16, 2013-

As the Pura Raza Espanol, Kamiakin, made its way down to X on the centerline, Susan Treabess (USA) cracked a smile. The Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* crowd erupted in cheering for the stallion and his Grade IV rider who had just completed an outstanding freestyle. After three days of Para-Dressage competition in front of judges Alison King (HK) FEI 4*, David Schmutz (USA) FEI 4* and Lorraine Stubbs (CAN) FEI 4*, Susan knew she was ready and excited for the years to follow. In 2010, Treabess represented the USA at the World Equestrian Games (WEG). In 2014, she hopes to have this opportunity again. During the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* multiple riders both developing and veterans achieved their qualifying scores for WEG. Those riders include Angela Peavy and two-time Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer, both in Grade III. Grade II rider Ashleigh Flores-Simmons and Grade Ib Roxanne Trunnel. From Canada, Paralympian Jody Schloss of GradeIa executed exceptional tests while Robyn Andrews followed with her outstanding test scores. After three days of international team, individual, and freestyle tests riders can now reflect and build upon this learning experience for the next major competition year in 2014.

 

 

Susan Treabess (USA) and Kamiakin photo by Lindsay McCall

Susan Treabess (USA) and Kamiakin photo by Lindsay McCall

Susan Treabess was unsure of what to expect when she entered her 8 year-old into his first international competition. “What I am taking away from this show is that Kamiakin is a super horse,” smiled Treabess.” He has to get more experience but he is THE horse for me. He is going to be my partner for a very long time. I am happy with my overall performance this weekend. Of course there were mistakes but I know that in the future I can surpass 70% on this horse. If I don’t, it’s going to be my fault. I know that now; I have my work cut out for me but I have the right team of people ready to help me get there.”

 

After a conservative team test ride, Treabess pushed Kamiakin during the individual test. That extra push resulted in more expression and a higher percentage score however, it also created a little tension that will be polished out as they gain experience together. During the freestyle test, Treabess executed a well-choreographed and artistic test. Treabess noted, “That was our first clean-run of our freestyle. The music lit Kamiakin up a little bit but that will disappear as he gains experience. With the freestyle being 25% of the final selection score, any rider knows they can gain some major points with a great freestyle. However, you can’t have that as your major focus. As I work with Kamiakin over the next year, I plan on perfecting our technique giving this horse more experience along the way.”

 

For an international rider like Treabess, getting to the top takes a team. That includes, trainers, farriers, veterinarians, therapists, and so many more supporters. “We have a strong support team,” added Treabess. “I want to thank Denny Callin of Holland for giving me his time this week, Ellen Eckstein, and I have to thank Katie and Scott Hill. I would not be in this position without Kamiakin’s owners Scott and Katie Hill. They have entrusted me with this horse and chose not to sell him when they could have. I am so thankful I have this opportunity and I am excited for the future.”

 

Both Treabess and Grade III two-time Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer (USA) have been on the international stage. They have experienced what it is like to compete against the best Para-Dressage riders in the world. For developing riders like Roxanne Trunnell (USA), Ashleigh Flores-Simmons (USA), Angela Peavy (USA), and Katie Passerotti (USA) the excitement of what the future will hold is what drives them to succeed.

Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall

Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall

“This CPEDI3* has been an amazing experience,” commented Grade Ib rider Roxanne Trunnell. “I learned what it takes to compete at an international show including the paperwork and process for this level of competition. Even the jog was a new experience and it reminded me of my pony club days but with added pressure. This was our first international show for my girl, Nice Touch and me. I rode two solid rides and we earned our qualifying score. I learned a lot from the judge’s remarks and they were right about what I need to work on. Now it’s time to go home and train.”

Roxanne Trunnell and Nice Touch photo by Lindsay McCall

Roxanne Trunnell and Nice Touch photo by Lindsay McCall

 

Grade Ib young rider, Ashleigh Flores-Simmons agreed, ” This weekend has been a really good experience, very educational, and positive because I got out there in front of FEI judges. This is a really great starting point.”

 

She continued, “I was happy with my tests over the weekend. I nailed down the geometry and saw consistencies within the remarks that the judges made. Many of the comments were things I knew I had to work on but they also pointed out details that made me realize I had performed certain moves better than I had originally thought. It makes me feel like I am on the right track and the hard work payed off. I still have a lot to learn and a lot of work ahead. I am willing to do it, I want to do it, and I do this because I love it.”

Ashleigh Flores Simmons and Athena photo by Lindsay McCall

Ashleigh Flores Simmons and Athena photo by Lindsay McCall

 

 

Competitive as a national rider, the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* was the first Para-Equestrian Dressage competition Flores-Simmons had ever entered. “I was excited to be around other people with disabilities because I have been so mainstreamed.” said Flores-Simmons. “I am eternally grateful for my experience. It’s exciting to have the ability to ride against able-bodied people and still be successful but it’s really cool to see other people, like myself, get out there and not let their disabilities stop them but let their ability speak.”

 

For Connecticut rider Angela Peavy and her new horse Leandro, the 2013-2014 competition year will be full of excitement. Peavy has gained notable status as a Young Rider and is quickly developing as an international rider. With her talented Westphalian, a strong support team, a WEG qualifying score, and the desire to work to the top, Angela has combined the pieces to create the ultimate product.

Angela Peavy and Leandro photo by Lindsay McCall

Angela Peavy and Leandro photo by Lindsay McCall

 

Continued interest in the sport of Para-Equestrian Dressage, more Para-Dressage classifications, and new developing riders promises the United States of America that Para-Dressage is holding it’s own in the high-performance world. When riders like Katie Passerotti of Pennsylvania travel across the United States to accomplish a dream, shows what the equestrian sport as a whole does for lovers of the horse.

 

Katie Passerotti and Luck Dragon photo by Lindsay McCall

Katie Passerotti and Luck Dragon photo by Lindsay McCall

 

For more information about the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* please visit http://www.goldenstatedressage.com or contact Connie Davenport at davenport@saber.net.

 

For questions about the 2013-2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage season please contact the USEF High Performance Director of the Para-Equestrian Discipline Laureen K. Johnson at (908) 326 – 1155 or e-mail lkjohnson@usef.org

 

For more questions about Para-Equestrian Dressage please contact Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org or (610) 356-6481.

 

RESULTS:

 

FREESTYLE TEST COMPETITION June 16, 2013

Judges H: Stubbs (CAN) C: King (HK) B: Schmutz (USA)

 

Placing, Name of Rider, Country, Name of Horse, H, C, B, Total %

 

Grade Ia:

1. Jody Schloss, CAN, Inspector Rebus, 68.000%, 68.250%, 66.750%, 67.667%

2. Robyn Andrews, CAN, Fancianna, 63.500%, 64.000%, 70.750%, 66.083%

 

Grade II:

1. Ashleigh Flores-Simmons, USA, Athena, 68.000%, 60.500%, 64.750%, 64.417%

 

Grade III:

1. Angela Peavy, USA, Leandro, 65.500%, 65.0%, 66.750%, 65.750%

2. Barbara Grassmyer, USA, Mibis, 65.250%, 64.750%, 60.000% 63.333%

 

Grade IV:

  1. Susan Treabess, USA, Kamiakin 69.250%, 71.000%, 73.750%, 71.333%
  2. Katie Passerotti, USA, Luck Dragon, 61.250%, 60.250%, 60.500%, 60.667%

 

RESULTS:

 

INDIVIDUAL TEST COMPETITION June 15, 2013

Judges H: Schmutz (USA) C: Stubbs (CAN) B: King (HK)

 

Placing, Name of Rider, Country, Name of Horse, H, C, B, Total %

 

Grade Ia:

1. Jody Schloss, CAN, Inspector Rebus, 70.870%, 66.522%, 66.957%, 68.116%

2. Robyn Andrews, CAN, Fancianna, 66.957%, 66.087%, 63.478%, 65.507%

 

Grade Ib:

1. Roxanne Trunnell, USA, Nice Touch, 64.483%, 64.138%, 63.621%, 64.080%

 

Grade II:

1. Ashleigh Flores-Simmons, USA, Athena, 59.571%, 60.714%, 58.571%, 59.619%

 

Grade III:

1. Angela Peavy, USA, Leandro, 60.122%, 65.488%, 65.488%, 63.699%

2. Barbara Grassmyer, USA, Mibis, 60.122%, 59.390%, 57.561% 59.024%

 

Grade IV:

  1. Susan Treabess, USA, Kamiakin, 69.643%, 65.952%, 66.786%, 67.460%
  2. Katie Passerotti, USA, Luck Dragon, 53.929%, 55.238%, 50.238%, 53.135%

 

 

TEAM TEST COMPETITION: Judges H: King (HK) C: Schmutz (USA) B: Stubbs (CAN)

Placing, Name of Rider, Country, Name of Horse, H, C, B, Total %

 

Grade Ia:

1. Jody Schloss, CAN, Inspector Rebus, 71.087%, 67.826%, 72.391%, 70.435%

2. Robyn Andrews, CAN, Fancianna, 66.739%, 68.261%,71.087%, 68.696%

 

Grade Ib:

1. Roxanne Trunnell, USA, Nice Touch, 64.6%, 61.6%, 63.6%, 63.267%

 

Grade II:

1. Ashleigh Flores-Simmons, USA, Athena, 56.765%, 62.059%, 63.676%, 60.833%

 

Grade III:

1. Angela Peavy, USA, Leandro, 63.158%, 62.632%, 65.263%, 63.684%

2. Barbara Grassmyer, USA, Mibis, 56.579%, 64.868%, 61.579% 61.009%

 

Grade IV:

1. Susan Treabess, USA, Kamiakin, 66.190%, 67.024%, 69.048%, 67.421%

2. Katie Passerotti, USA, Luck Dragon, 56.190%, 57.619%, 64.405%, 59.405%

 

Photo Credit: All photographs ©Lindsay McCall and may be used in relation to this press release.

 

 

 

Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus photo by Lindsay McCall

Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus photo by Lindsay McCall

 Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus photo by Lindsay McCall


Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus photo by Lindsay McCall

 

 

Angela Peavy photo by Lindsay McCall

Angela Peavy photo by Lindsay McCall

 

Canada Team with Judge Lorraine Stubbs photo by Lindsay McCall

Canada Team with Judge Lorraine Stubbs photo by Lindsay McCall

 

Robyn Andrews and Fancianna photo by Lindsay McCall

Robyn Andrews and Fancianna photo by Lindsay McCall

 

Robyn Andrews and Fancianna photo by Lindsay McCall

Robyn Andrews and Fancianna photo by Lindsay McCall

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Rancho Murieta Cowboys photo by Lindsay McCall

Rancho Murieta Cowboys photo by Lindsay McCall

 

 

 

 

 

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

 

The USPEA is a network of riders, trainers, judges, sponsors, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF).

 

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

 

To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O Are Regal in FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle at WEF Dressage Classic, CDI 3* presented by Today’s Equestrian & Fellows

March 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 17, 2013 – The WEF Dressage Classic, CDI 3* presented by Today’s Equestrian & Fellows wrapped up competition today at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The highlight class was the FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle, with Caroline Roffman (USA) and Her Highness O taking the top prize. The Florida Youth Championships presented by Dressage4kids and sponsored by PanaCavallo wrapped up with awards in four divisions, and the Para-Equestrian competition had their presentations to honor the top teams and individuals. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival continues next with the Wellington CDI 5* presented by Diamante Farms on April 4-7, 2013.

 

For the FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle, there were seven entries. Winning the class with a score of 75.125% was Roffman and Her Highness O, a 10-year-old Hanoverian mare by Hohenstein x Weltmeyer. Second place went to Christilot Boylen (CAN) and Dio Mio with a score of 74.650%, while Kimberly Herslow (USA) and Rosmarin were third with 73.125%.

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O.  Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O.
Photo © SusanJStickle.com

 

Roffman, who owns and runs Lionshare Dressage in Wellington, FL, with Endel Ots, has owned Her Highness O for three years. She found the mare after her career as a broodmare. Despite little knowledge under saddle, she thought the mare was “pretty special,” and developed her with then co-owner Jennifer Lind. She purchased her outright this past August. “I have to thank Jennifer Lind for letting me do that. She made it possible,” Roffman said. The pair won the Developing Horse championship last year. This is only their third CDI international small tour and it was their first freestyle together.

 

Roffman remarked, “I have to say thank you to Terri Gallo because that freestyle is five years old and it works with every horse. All my stars fell and aligned today because it was not exactly the most well-prepared test! It’s a really great mare and I’m very lucky to have her.”

 

Despite her small stature at 16 hands and Roffman’s height at six feet, they work well together when Her Highness O enters the show ring. “She’s very small, (but) she will never let you know that. She is true to her name. She thinks she’s queen and everyone should bow to her. When you tack her up, it’s like she has an alter ego. She has a lot of pride. I think she’s happy not be a brood mare anymore. I think she really likes being a show horse and wants to be treated a certain way. Her character is awesome,” Roffman described.

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Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O with judge Ulrike Nivelle, and Dr. Diane Fellows. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

While the canter is noted as a slight weakness for Her Highness O by Roffman, today’s freestyle helped. “It’s not a bad canter, but she gets a little tense. Teaching her changes was difficult because she was so hot. Surprisingly today, the changes on a bent line actually helped. I think she was wondering where we were going. It was really a freestyle today!” Roffman smiled.

 

Roffman believes that Her Highness O has the capability to do the Large Tour test. “Her best qualities are piaffe and passage. I believe in her a lot. What she may not have in talent, she’ll make up for in heart,” she explained. “She wants it as much as I do. She doesn’t like being second in the awards ceremony.”

 

Inaugural Florida Youth Championships Help Young Riders

 

The Florida Youth Championships presented by Dressage4kids and sponsored by PanaCavallo were a great success with winners in four divisions. The program is to help young dressage riders gain experience and education for the high performance levels.

 

The winner of the Brentina Cup class was Julie McKean of Camden, ME. She and Stelina had a total of 64.617. McKean has been riding Stelina for a year and a half, and they have had success in the Brentina Cup at the national championships, placing sixth. “I’m really excited because our partnership has come a long way. We’re riding with a new level of consistency,” she said.

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Julie McKean with Kim Boyer, Lendon Gray, and Michael Davis. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

McKean looked forward to competing in the classes at the AGDF. “I was really motivated to be in this particular CDI because I hadn’t ridden in front of a full panel of judges since Devon. I need to get my feet back in international waters! It was a confidence builder for me because we went in and put in a really steady test, pretty clean. We have to work on maintaining uphill balance and I feel that we did that.”

 

Fifteen-year-old Bebe Davis of Bedminster, NJ, captured two top prizes. She and Poldy 10 won the FEI Pony Division with a total of 67.763, while Rotano was tops in the FEI Junior Division on a total of 66.009. Davis and Poldy 10, who is 17 years old, are in their second season together in Florida. They won the national championship title in 2012 and were champions at Devon. “He’s my favorite pony; I love him so much. I brought him last minute and I’m really glad I did. I was nailing everything and it’s all coming along so well. My hard work is paying off. He’s just the best.”

 

This is Davis’ first season in the junior division and showing with Rotano. “I’m just starting to get to know him and how to warm him up,” she said.

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Bebe Davis and Rotano. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Davis was excited to participate in the Championships. “In dressage, the young riders is not as big of a program. To see people care about what we do and appreciate it for all the hard work we put in, it’s really great. This weekend was about learning for me,” she related. “I’m learning to keep riding every single show like it’s no big deal. If you show your horse to the best of their ability and ride to the best of your ability, it’s really going to pay off. You end up being happy with yourself because you’ve done the best that you can do, regardless of the score.”

 

Alexa Derr, who is 18 and from Reinholds, PA, won the FEI Young Riders division with Just Livingston with a total of 63.991. They have only been together since November. Derr noted, “My goal was to have a clean test and to really work on some of the areas that I have been having difficulty with, like canter pirouettes and lateral work. It’s his strong point, but not always mine. I was really wanting to have a nice, polished, expressive test.”

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Alexa Derr with Kim Boyer, Lendon Gray and Michael Davis. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Derr is a participant in the Winter Intensive Training Program with Lendon Gray, who heads the Dressage4kids program. What Derr enjoyed most about the program and today’s championship was the support from all of her fellow competitors. “For me, that was really such a cool feeling to have all the support and be able to support everybody else. I felt like everyone was there for each other,” she said. “It didn’t feel like a championship; it felt like everybody was out there to do their personal best and have fun with it as well.”

 

Para-Equestrian CPEDI Helps Riders Qualify for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

 

The CPEDI competition finished up today and had awards ceremonies for the grade winners as well as the team competition and overall high point. Canada won the team competition with a total of 399.598 from riders Lauren Barwick on Off to Paris, Jody Schloss with Inspector Rebus, Ashley Gowanlock and Ferdonia 2, and Lynne Poole with Vasco E.

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The Canadian Para-Equestrian Team. Photo © Lindsay McCall

In today’s Freestyle classes, the winners were:

Grade Ia – Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus, 69.000%

Grade Ib – Ashley Gowanlock and Ferdonia 2, 68.417%

Grade II – Lauren Barwick and Off to Paris, 68.667%

Grade III – Eleanor Brimmer and Carino H, 64.333%

Grade IV – Mary Jordan and Sebastian, 70.583%

 

Mary Jordan, of Wells, ME, was named the High Point Rider with Sebastian, a horse owned by Deecie Denison that she has been riding for two years. “I needed a horse with world-class gaits. We had an instant chemistry,” she recalled. “She’s been very supportive of letting me ride him and train him. We campaigned heavily leading up to the London Paralympics.”

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Mary Jordan and Sebastian. Photo © Lindsay McCall

While the pair just missed competing as they were the alternates for the Paralympics, Jordan has learned and grown with Sebastian and her trainers, Jessica and Missy Ransehousen. In addition to working full-time as a feed representative for Cavalor in New England and raising a 16-year-old, she has competed in Para-Equestrian since 2009.

 

“I had been competing in dressage and three-day eventing my whole life. Eleven years ago I was the third person in my family diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. My father was a quadriplegic that I never saw stand or walk. I had some challenging times when I was first diagnosed, but I got really proactive about my health,” Jordan explained. “Then I found out about Para-Equestrian. It was always my goal to ride for my country, like every other little girl that ever lived! But it was a new door that opened to me. It’s been so much fun. I’ve been blown away by the Para experience.”

 

The U.S. team of Laureen Johnson, USEF Para-Equestrian High Performance Manager, team coach Missy Ransehousen, Mary Jordan, Eleanor Brimmer, Laurietta Oakleaf, and Judge Bo Ahman. Not pictured: Sydney Collier. Photo © Lindsay McCall

The U.S. team of Laureen Johnson, USEF Para-Equestrian High Performance Manager, team coach Missy Ransehousen, Mary Jordan, Eleanor Brimmer, Laurietta Oakleaf, and Judge Bo Ahman. Not pictured: Sydney Collier. Photo © Lindsay McCall

 

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Laureen Johnson and Chef d’Equipe Hope Hand.
Photo © Lindsay McCall.

 

Jordan rode her own homebred horse at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), and her goal is to compete at the 2014 WEG. Showing at the AGDF has helped her get a qualifying score. “It’s such an amazing facility and the footing was wonderful,” she expressed. “We can’t thank everyone enough for opening the doors to US Para. It’s our first qualifier for the WEG. We have so few three-stars in the country, so we’re extremely grateful as riders to have a facility to come to and have a feeling of European competition here with some of the best riders in the world.”

 

Full results and more information can be found at www.globaldressagefestival.com.

 

Final Results: FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle

1 Caroline Roffman (USA), Her Highness O: 71.125, 77.000, 75.500, 76.125, 75.875, 75.125

2 Christilot Boylen (CAN), Dio Mio: 75.125, 75.500, 75.000, 71.750, 75.875, 74.650

3 Kimberly Herslow (USA), Rosmarin: 71.375, 73.875, 72.250, 74.875, 73.250, 73.125

4 Carlos Munoz (ESP), Klouseau: 66.000, 69.375, 69.000, 67.625, 67.250, 67.850

5 Evi Strasser (CAN), Rigaudon Tyme: 66.750, 69.125, 68.750, 66.500, 65.625, 67.350

6 Katharina Stumpf (AUT), Nymphenburg’s Love: 65.625, 67.750, 67.500, 69.000, 66.750, 67.325

7 Kathy W. Priest (USA), Wild Dancer: 63.375, 67.250, 64.125, 69.625, 68.500, 66.575

 

Photo Credit: Photos © SusanJStickle.com and Lindsay McCall. 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

www.globaldressagefestival.com

www.equestriansport.com

or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

 

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at

13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414