2008 Palm Beach Dressage Derby

This summer we gave our readers a small taste of our trip to Alaska with Dressage trainer Sue Kolstad. She shared with us her love of this exciting state and best of all her friendships across the state with her students who she visits and trains on a regular basis. Kolstad, and FEI rider and trainer lives in Kentucky and can often be seen in Florida in the winter. With her background in education and her mid-western sensibility, Sue not only conveys her knowledge to her students adjusting to their level and the level of their horses, but also shares the vast knowledge she has learned from her training, clinics, books and symposiums with many of the great dressage trainers of our time.

We only shared a “taste” this summer of our trip on DressageDaily, because we have been planning on this feature ever since. We deliberately waited until the Alaskan sun moved into the 24 hour winter darkness, because in the summer where the sky is light for 24 hours Alaskans take advantage of every moment they can to fill their days up with summer activity. We wanted to be sure we could sit them down in front of their computers long enough to read our account!

Mary and JJ overlooking "The Spit" in Homer, AlaskaHungry for knowledge, and passionate about equestrian sport, the winter months are spent having group get togethers reviewing videos, training on line, and squeezing in daily riding in the few indoor arenas available to them. We saw some wonderful horses, well bred, talented for both the serious amateur and professional. Every new friend had an interesting and rich life. All were happy to share the country they love so much making sure we saw as much of Alaska as we could.

This feature is meant to share more of our journey, and illustrate how even to the end of the continent of North America, equestrian sport is alive and well. Sue gives her account, and we add our version (In the colored box) along with lots of photos!

Tune in tomorrow Sunday, December 30, for the first segment of our week long feature on our journey through this amazing state.

Enjoy – Mary Phelps-Hathaway

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Jane Hannigan and Maksymilian Earn a Trip to the 2008 Dressage World Cup on Score Earned at 2008 Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y

Jane Hannigan is off to the 2008 Dressage World Cup following her win Sunday in the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y. Hannigan and Maksymilian scored a 72.85 percent putting them on the U.S. World Cup team. That score also earned them a second place in the Grand Prix Freestyle behind Canadian Ashley Holzer with Pop Art and their score of 77.45 percent.

Hannigan was beaming. "I'm so happy. The horse felt great today." Hannigan was rather astounded by her high freestyle score considering that she admitted to being out of sync with her music at some points in her ride. She's working on a new freestyle that is more technically difficult but opted not to change for the qualifying class. Read More....

Shawna Harding and Susan Jaccoma Battle Once Again at the 25th Annual Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y
By Lynndee Kemmet for DressageDaily.com

Loxahatchee, Florida – Shawna Harding and Come On III continued their winning ways at the 25th Annual Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y taking the blue in Friday's CDI Prix St. Georges competition with a score of 68.05 percent. And right on their heels again were Sue Jaccoma and Wadamur in second place with a score of 67.60 percent. Third went to Patricia Becker and Sandor with a score of 66.05 percent. While Jacomma felt that she and Wadamur, an eight-year-old Hanoverian sired by Weltmeyer, were also having fabulous rides, she said youth may be all that's keeping Wadamur from consistent wins. "Shawna's horse is a year older and maybe he has 365 days of gaining more confidence and 365 days of more strength. Read More....

DressageDaily's Mary Phelps-Hathaway – Markel Equine Insurance Specialist Hosts the 5th Annual "Palm beach Dressage Derby Inspection Reception"

DressageDaily's Mary Phelps-Hathaway, a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist will start off the weekend's festivities at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby Thursday afternoon after the CDI Horse Inspection hosting her Fifth Annual "Inspection Reception" catered by Jim and Terry Toomey's Paradise Café. Mary Phelps, a longtime equine insurance agent celebrates her 5th year with Markel at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby.Be sure to stop by the HorsesDaily RV at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby for applications and more information. And if you see Mary also the official photogrpaher for the Derby out and about taking photos, don't be afraid to approach her with any questions you might have. Read More....

Mushroom Matrix Celebrates 1st Anniversary at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby
Stop by The HorsesDaily RV for the Palm Beach Derby Show Special!

Golden Gourmet Mushrooms Inc has sent a load of their finest gourmet mushrooms for the Palm Beach Dressage Derby "Inspection Reception" February 28, to be included in an Asian themed menu presented by Jim and Terry Toomey's Paradise Café.

On hand throughout the weekend will be Vice president Keith Manfred available to explain the research and benefits if this product, not just for equines but humans too. Read More....

Shop Till You Drop at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby - Party With the Vendors March 2 for "A Taste of the Derby"

An unprecedented number of vendors have signed on as exhibitors at the 2008 Palm Beach Dressage Derby adding to the all 'round experience for both spectators and competitors. On Saturday, March 2 afternoon as the competition winds down, be ready to party along vendor's row as each shop will have their own "Taste of the Derby" reception. The DressageDaily.com RV, sponsored by RV Sales of Broward will head up the experience with a celebrity chef and wine tasting, brought to you by The Mushroom Matrix.
Here are the Vendors for the 2008 Palm Beach Dressage Derby

On the Scene

* Laura Noyes Blocks Julie McKean from Hat Trick in Young Rider Competition
* Everyone's a Winner in DressageDaily/PhelpsPhotos Lead Line Class
* Canadian Jackie Brooks Earns Her First Derby Win In the Grand Prix Special
* Kassandra Barteau Kicks Off Six Weeks on the Florida Circuit With a Bang
* Ashley Holzer Earns Highest Score of Her Show Career In the Grand Prix Freestyle
* Jane Hannigan and Maksymilian Earn a Trip to the 2008 Dressage World Cup
* Young Vaulters Impress Lunch Crowd
* Day Three of the 2008 Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y is Good for Some American Olympic Contenders and Not So Good for Others
* Canadians Ashley Holzer and Jacqueline Brooks One Step Closer to Hong Kong Olympics
* Shop Till You Drop at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby - Party With the Vendors March 2 for "A Taste of the Derby"
* A Day of Mall Shopping Pays off for Mystere Moyes in Best-Dressed Contest
* Five-Year-Old Wencenza Scores High with Jodie Stevens Kelly
* Julie McKean Takes Blue in Young Rider Team Competition
* Another Blue for Shawna Harding and Come On III In the Prix St Georges
* Shawna Harding and Susan Jaccoma Neck and Neck in the PSG-II
* Shop Till You Drop at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby - Party With the Vendors March 2 for "A Taste of the Derby"
* Mushroom Matrix Celebrates 1st Anniversary at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby - Stop by The HorsesDaily RV for the Palm Beach Derby Show Special!
* DressageDaily's Mary Phelps-Hathaway – Markel Equine Insurance Specialist Hosts the 5th Annual "Palm beach Dressage Derby Inspection Reception"
* Calling All Dressage Kids! Enter the PhelpsPhotos Palm Beach Dressage Derby Lead-Line Class Sunday March 2
* Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y

Results

* Sunday, March 2, 2008, CDN Results
* Sunday, March 2, 2008, Intermediaire Freestyle CDI
* Sunday, March 2, 2008, Young Rider Freestyle CDI
* Sunday, March 2, 2008, Grand Prix Special CDI
* Sunday, March 2, 2008, Grand Prix Freestyle CDI
* Saturday, March 1, 2008, Grand Prix CDI
* Saturday, March 1, 2008, Intermediaire I
* Saturday, March 1, 2008, Young Riders
* Saturday, March 1, 2008, CDN Results
* Friday, February 29, 2008 - Intermediaire II
* Friday, February 29, 2008 - Young Rider Team Test
* Friday, February 29, 2008 - Prix St Georges
* Friday, February 29, 2008 - CDN Results
* Thursday, February 28, 2008 - CDN Results

Archived Coverage

* 2007 Palm Beach Dressage Derby
* 2006 Palm Beach Dressage Derby
* 2005 Palm Beach Dressage Derby
* 2004 Palm Beach Dressage Derby
* 2003 Palm Beach Dressage Derby
* 2002 Palm Beach Dressage Derby




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