Palm Beach Dressage Derby Series Kickoff Highlights
Exciting New Duos
FL - January 19, 2004 - More than 100 spectators gathered around
Ring 1 both days to watch the FEI classes at the Palm Beach Dressage
Derby Series Kickoff, the first show of the 2004 dressage season
in Florida, January 17-18, hosted by The Horse Park at Equestrian
Estates, in Loxahatchee. Robert Dover aboard his new mount FBW Kennedy
won the Grand Prix on Saturday, scoring 73.750% and followed that
with a win on Sunday in the Grand Prix Special, earning 70.867%.
"I'm just loving riding him," said Dover, a five-time
Olympian who is aiming for a berth on the US Team bound for the
2004 Athens Olympic Games. Dover was showing the 14-year-old Baden-Wurttemberger
chestnut gelding owned by Jane Clark in their second competition
Barisone and Meruda, an eight-year-old Dutch gelding, scored 67.292%
for second place in the Grand Prix - only the second outing for
this new duo. Owner Jane Suwalsky trained Menuda at home from age
3-1/2, and then gave the ride to Barisone two years ago. Meruda
competed in a Six Year Old FEI class, and won the Championship at
Devon, then did not compete again until his Grand Prix debut at
the October 2003 BLM Championships. Barisone, who now owns a share
in Meruda, will show him in Olympic Selection Trial Qualifiers this
season. "He's not a Prix St. Georges/Intermediaire I horse.
He's a Grand Prix horse. It's just written all over him," said
Harding saddled up four new mounts for the Kickoff and took the
High Score of the show with Sitni, one of three owned by Bruno Schmitter.
The six-year-old Oldenburg gelding was imported from Denmark in
December. The Kickoff marked this pair's show debut. They clinched
the high score with 77.222% in Third Level Test 1 on Saturday, which
proved unbeatable for the weekend. Harding said Sitni was rewarded
for his consistency and earned 9s on gaits and his walk tour. On
Sunday, they contested Third Level 2 and again earned the blue ribbon,
scoring 74.524%. "He's a lot of fun to ride. He's real easy,
super easy to ride," said Harding.
Savoie debuted her new mount for the Florida season - Menno, a seven-year-old,
Friesian owned by Proud Meadows Farm in Texas. Savoie has had 'Moshie'
in training for a year and showed him in New England twice prior
to the Kickoff. On Saturday in Second Level Test 1, they earned
66.579% for second place behind Bill Warren and Romantic who won
with 71.842%, but then came back on Sunday to take the victory in
Second Level Test 2, earning 62.973%. "Right now that's what
we're schooling and it's often hard to show at the level that you're
schooling," said Savoie, "but I couldn't be more pleased.
He did as well as I do at home, if not, in some cases better."
She calls the Friesian breed's temperament "the perfect amateur's
horse - so uncomplicated." Her long-term plan is to train Menno
to Grand Prix.
a 30% increase in exhibitors this year over last, the 2004 Derby
Series Kickoff added a fourth ring, accommodating approximately
170 horses. Judging were Carol Lavell, Gary Rockwell, Betsy Berrey,
and Jeanne McDonald. The Kickoff featured qualifying classes for
both the Great American Insurance Group (GAIG)/USDF Regional Championships
and the Colonel Bengt Ljungquist Memorial Championships, a new addition
"The show went very well and we had good reports from exhibitors
and spectators," said Mary Anne McPhail. "They want us
to continue the shows here."
complete show results, visit www.pbderby.com.
in the 2004 series in Loxahatchee is the Palm Beach Dressage Derby,
CDI***/Y, March 5-7, followed by Dressage at Equestrian Estates,
April 2-4. For more information on the shows, contact Evelyn O'Sullivan,
Manager Palm Beach Dressage Derby Series, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone/fax: (561) 955-9116.