Robert Dover And Rainier Win USET Grand Prix Freestyle
Morelli And BeSe Win USET Intermediaire I Freestyle
FL - February 8, 2004 - Starting off with a brassy "If My Friends
Could See Me Now," Robert Dover and Rainier owned by Jane Forbes
Clark wowed a standing room only crowd at the FEI ring today as
they danced their way to victory in the $2,000 USET Grand Prix Freestyle,
a Qualifying Competition for the USET Grand Prix Championship and
the 2004 Olympic Selection Trials. The judges were tightly in unison
on their marks: Lorraine MacDonald at H, 15.4; Maryall Barnett at
C, 15.7; and Joan MaCartney at B, 15.65, for a score of 77.917%.
13-year-old gray Oldenburg gelding showed powerful transitions including
piaffe to extended trot directly back to piaffe on the centerline
to start off the test. "That's a difficult thing for most horses
to do," said Dover. "The work in the canter is also quite
difficult because the way the rules are now you can't just develop
a pirouette out of a half-pass, so I had to go half-pass in canter
to two straight strides directly into double pirouettes, directly
into flying change at every other stride or every stride. I did
one of each. The final pirouette in piaffe on the centerline is
also a difficult movement."
majority of Dover's freestyle music was from "Breakfast At
Tiffany's" and featured "Hubcaps And Taillights"
for the piaffe/passage tour. Dover choreographed the ride. "Marlene
Whitaker had done the music for it," said Dover. "It is
a re-make basically off of music that I've had for 25 years."
Horns dominated the all-instrumental tracks, with one vocal, a charming,
"That's All!" - which ended right on time to the final
salute for a big finish.
scored three wins in the USET/Olympic Grand Prix qualifiers this
weekend aboard his two mounts, Rainier and FBW Kennedy. "I'm
just totally elated with the whole weekend," he said. "I'm
really thrilled with the way the horses are going and the quality
level of the two horses. I'm very thankful to Jane Clark for giving
me the chance to have these great horses."
sole competitor in the USET Grand Prix Freestyle was Ruth Hogan-Poulsen
of Plainfield, VT, riding her own Armando. The duo scored 63.958%
for second place.
the $1,500 USET Intermediaire Freestyle, a Qualifying Competition
for the USET Intermediaire I Championship, Catherine Morelli riding
BeSe for owner Diane Rosenberg took the victory. The judges' scores
were 13.95 at H, 13.625 at C, and 13.52 at B, for a total of 68.167%.
said Morelli, when she heard her score. BeSe is an 11-year-old Dutch
gelding by Flemmingh that Morelli has been partnered with for three
was very happy with my ride, considering that when I went in he
was squealing and trying to buck because I had hacked up with his
barn mate and all of sudden they got attached," said Morelli,
60, of Bedminster, NJ, and Wellington, Florida. "I thought
it was going to be a disaster, but then when he went in the ring
he settled down and listened to me."
noted that the only mistakes were a miss in the three's and one
pirouette was not as fluid as she would have liked. "Overall
I was very happy that he stayed with me and kept his attention on
me, despite the crowd. A year or two ago that would have really
sent him," she said with a laugh. "His whole attitude
is getting more trusting and more relaxed and he's working harder."
and BeSe have scored well throughout the qualifiers for the USET
I-I Championship. In the Prix St. Georges on Thursday they placed
third with 66.583% and in Friday's I-I, they placed second on 67.833%.
Morelli attributed the second place finish to 'pilot error'. "I
was so mad at myself because it felt like it was one of the best
tests he's ever done and then I put the Prix St. Georges test on
the end. Instead of extended canter I was supposed to trot and do
extended trot." Morelli noted that not only did she lose points
for going off course, but also BeSe thought he was finished after
the salute. "I had to go back and do it right," explained
Morelli - she picked up the test again from the point of error.
"It wasn't that good. I was thrilled that he still got such
a good score, which means the judges thought it was as good as I
felt it was."
win and the good ribbons are a tribute to Morelli's work with a
horse that was a challenge for her in the beginning. "When
I first got him he bucked me off. I had to start from scratch getting
him to trust me. He's very much a one-person horse," said Morelli.
"When he trusts you, he'll work for you. I didn't know if I
could deal with his temperament, but then there was so much that
I liked about him. Sometimes he tries too hard and then I have to
show him that it's okay just to be normal and not try so hard, because
then he gets all in a frazzle. He's getting more sensitive but he
also relaxes once he trusts you and he gets calm. That's a good
quality, a good combination."
is headed for Grand Prix under Morelli's guidance. He has started
the ones, piaffe and passage. Morelli plans to move up to I-II at
the end of the season.
competing in today's USET I-I, Hokan Thorn riding Karaat placed
second with 66.292%. Ruth Hogan-Poulsen aboard Mon Cheri earned
third place on a score of 64.183%. Angel Ozer riding Loki completed
the class with her score of 61.625% for fourth place.
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WEF SCHEDULE OF COMPETITIONS
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 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