Later and Alexis-D Win USET Prix St. Georges
Susan Dutta and Romeo DC Win FEI Prix St. Georges A
Shannon Dueck and KRS Pegasus Win FEI Prix St. Georges B
FL - February 5, 2004 - Wellington Dressage, the first of three
dressage shows at the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington,
Florida, kicked off today at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
Wellington Dressage is a four-day show, February 5-8, featuring
qualifiers for the Olympic Games Selection Trials, USET national
championships, and the GAIG/USDF Regional Championships.
Later riding her own Alexis-D won the $1,000 USET Prix St. Georges,
a Qualifying Competition for the USET Intermediaire I Championship
with a score of 68.250%, topping a class of 14 entries. The judges
were all tightly in agreement; scores were: 271 from Joan MaCartney
at H; 271 from Jessica Ransehousen at C; and 277 from Lorraine McDonald
at B. In second place, Patricia Becker riding Tsunami earned 66.917%.
Third place went to Catherine Morelli riding BeSe with a score of
was really excited because she was concentrating on her work and
focused on me through the whole test," said Later, 40, of Wellington,
FL. With the Bayer/USET Gold Coast Jumper Classic CSI*** taking
place at the same time as the dressage show, Later said the atmosphere
was the hardest element the mare had to cope with. "The fact
that she was being herself in a place like that, with the big ring
that she hadn't seen before, I was thrilled. She went to work with
me and stayed with me even with all the busy-ness and windiness.
It was so much fun to ride that test. It was really great."
is an 11-year-old, 16.1-hand, bay Oldenburg by Archipel (also the
sire of today's second placed mare, Tsunami) out of a Guerdelain
II mare. Later purchased the Grand Prix mare in Germany in March
2003. The two have been in training with Diederik Wigmans in Holland
since June and returned to Florida in November. Later believes Alexis-D
has what it takes to represent the US as a team horse. "She
for sure has the talent. She has super grand prix movement. Every
day that I'm on her is the most fun I ever had riding," said
Later. "She's so light on her feet. She has super pirouettes."
In today's class, Later pinpointed those pirouettes as the best
part of her performance. "It was fun to have the time to go
in, to make the canter really little, to turn, to go out when I
wanted - that was a time when I was really having fun."
this morning's $1,000 FEI Prix St. Georges, Section A, Susan Dutta,
35, of Wellington, FL, took the win aboard her Romeo DC, owned by
The Dutta Corporation, topping a class of 17 entries. The judges
awarded her 66.50 % and were consistent in their scoring - Maryal
Barnett at E awarded 264 points; Brenda Minor at C scored 271; and
Sarah Geikie at M gave 263. Ashley Holzer riding Gambol placed second
with 65.750%. Marco Bernal aboard Monopoly placed third, earning
was very happy with my young horse," said Dutta, who is showing
Romeo DC in his first season in the small tour. She has owned and
ridden the seven-year-old bay, 17-hand gelding by Rubenstein since
he was three - a gift from husband Tim Dutta on their fifth wedding
anniversary. "He concentrated and listened to me the entire
test. I was worried about the distractions with all that's going
on here, but he was fine."
to her test, Dutta warmed up with Klaus Balkenhol, Coach for the
US Dressage team, who has worked with her in Germany and the US,
but was helping her for the first time at a show. Overall, Dutta
said she was pleased with the ride, noting she had only one mistake
in the three's. "It was conservative but steady. These rides
are building blocks to spectacular," said Dutta.
the afternoon class, Canadian Shannon Dueck, 41, now of Wellington,
FL, riding KRS Pegasus won the $1,000 FEI Prix St. Georges, Section
B. The duo topped 18 entries with a score of 68.917%. The judges'
scores varied - 264 at E from Maryal Barnett; 275 at C from Brenda
Minor; and 288 at M from Sarah Geikie. Dueck's student Cheryl Meisner
placed second aboard Chimon, scoring 65.750%. Marco Bernal riding
La Spezia placed third, earning 64.417%.
was so thrilled with my horse," said Dueck, who is a part owner
with The Pegasus Group. "This was the first Prix St. Georges
where I've actually tried to ride him for what he can give me rather
than just steer him around like a green baby, and he gave me more
because of that. We got tighter pirouettes and he was a little more
on from behind." Dueck said that the best part of Pegasus's
performance was that he maintained a high degree of collection throughout
the test. "I got a bunch of 8s, so I'm pretty happy with that,"
Pegasus is a six-year-old (turning seven in April), 17.3-hand, Dutch
warmblood gelding by Havidoff out of a Bismarck mare that Dueck
has been riding since he was four. His markings make him a standout.
"He's bay with four white sox and a big white stripe, he's
actually pinto," said Dueck. She purchased Pegasus from Bert
Rutten of Holland and also trains there with him.
Dueck foresees Pegasus as her future mount to represent Canada.
"I've got one grand prix horse (Korona) and I would love Pegasus
to be a second horse for me to pick from for 2006 and certainly
2008 for the Olympics."
WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
Show days for the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival are Wednesday
through Sunday. Gates open at 8:00 am. Ticket Prices: Wednesdays
are free to everyone; Children 12 and under are admitted free every
day; Young Adults 13 to 18 and Seniors are $5 on Thursday through
Sunday; Adults are $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and
$15 on Sunday. The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is located on
Pierson Road off South Shore Boulevard. For additional information,
visit www.stadiumjumping.com or call 561-793-5867.
WEF SCHEDULE OF COMPETITIONS
February 4 - 8 Bayer/USET Foundation Gold Coast Jumper Classic CSI***
February 5 - 8 Wellington Dressage (Qualifier for Olympic Selection
February 11 - 15 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale CSI***
February 18 - 22 Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch
February 19 - 22 Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
February 25 - 29 PDP Capital Wellington Masters CSI***
March 3 - 7 CN Wellington Open CSI-W
March 10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
March 18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
March 24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)
March 30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian
April 3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)
WEF MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
February 8 $50,000 Bayer/USET Foundation Wellington Cup, CSI***
February 15 $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI***
February 22 $60,000 Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post,
February 29 $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
March 7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of Wellington
March 12 $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
March 14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO****
March 28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH,
April 3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The