Wellington, FL – Competing in their second rated dressage show ever, Kelly Jennings and her American Warmblood mare Lexington captured the Adult Amateur High Score at the Wellington Classic Dressage Fall Challenge I Show. Thanks to their high score, Jennings also rode away with the Everglades Dressage Adult Amateur High Score Award sponsored by Everglades Dressage and Bethany Peslar. “I am really thrilled to be here and thrilled that we won the Everglades High Score Award. I have had my mare since she was two-and-a-half years old. She is five now and my trainer decided it was time for us to move up,” Jennings said, adding that she is from Cocoa, Florida.
Jennings and Lexington scored a 68.966% in the First Level Test 1. Jennings, who is a former three-day eventer, was excited that her mare’s sire, Herr Peronte, was also at the show and even competed in the same class. “I am pleased that my trainer decided it was time we move up. I train with Maureen Farenholz, who was originally from Ohio but now lives in Cocoa. We are really lucky to have her in Cocoa and we aren’t letting her go,” she said.
Jennings said she enjoyed showing at the Wellington Classic show and was thrilled that she won the award from Everglades, which included a beautiful embroidered saddle pad and a certificate for a training session with Peslar. “I want to congratulate Kelly and her mare on a great ride at the Wellington show,” Peslar said. “Kelly really did great, especially considering it was only her second time to compete at a rated show. I hope Kelly continues to compete in Wellington and I also look forward to working with her.”
Peslar, an accomplished dressage rider and trainer, is a sought after clinician and spent much of the summer teaching clinics. “I love teaching clinics because I love spending several days with the same people and getting the chance to really watch them progress. Plus, there is a bonding that takes place within the group and I always love knowing that I have made friends that will last a long time,” Peslar said. “I also love teaching individual lessons, however, which includes setting goals for each student and working with their specific needs.”
Peslar is a strong supporter of equestrian programs in the United States and earlier this year Peslar, and her mother Rosalie, were honored at a reception for being Gold Medal Club (GMC) members of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation. Peslar is dedicated to teaching and training up-and-coming horses and riders in addition to supporting the equestrian community by sponsoring classes and awards during the Florida Dressage season.
For more information on Peslar, visit her website at www.evergladesdressage.com.