Devon, PA – Back to back wins at two of the most prestigious shows on the US dressage circuit has Israeli dressage rider Sahar Daniel Hirosh and Lisa Grossi’s chestnut Hanoverian mare D’Espirit Joli on a two week winning streak. With judges awarding the mare an 8.6 for rideability and total scores up to 79.8%, Hirosh and D’Espirit Joli have proven themselves as one of the top young horse combinations in the nation. Hirosh first demonstrated the mare’s talent and athleticism at the 2014 Northeast Dressage Association (NEDA) Fall Festival, held September 19-21 in Saugerties, New York. On Thursday the pair rode to an impressive score of 79.8% in the USEF 4-Year-Old test, securing the win with comments from the judges on the mare’s correct training and talent, exceptional type, and harmony between horse and rider. They followed that performance with another win in the same class on Saturday.
Showing maturity beyond her age and a high level of trust in Hirosh, D’Espirit Joli (Decaprio x Donna Schufro) turned in another round of high scores the following weekend during the prestigious Dressage at Devon CDI-W, held September 26-29 in Devon, Pennsylvania. She and Hirosh took first with a score of 78.0% on Thursday, and the mare was also awarded the Highest Performing four-year-old US-bred Hanoverian.
The aptly named D’Espirit Joli, whose name translates roughly to ‘beautiful spirit,’ (bred by Barbara Schmidt, DVM of Bridlewood Farm) is a successful addition to the breeding program of her owner, Lisa Grossi. Grossi’s selective and successful US program has yielded a number of successful young warmbloods, including Hirosh’s other competitive mount, the 7-year-old bay stallion Classy Sinclair (Sir Sinclair x Sacro Santa, Sandro Hit).
“This mare is exceptional in so many ways,” says Hirosh. “From her talent and ability to her trainability and work ethic, she brings everything to the table each time I get in the saddle. I am thrilled with our results at both Saugerties and Devon.”
Grossi’s breeding program and Hirosh’s careful, correct training are yielding brilliant results and distinguished performances from their young horses at some of the most prominent events in American dressage. With the Florida season on the horizon, Hirosh plans to take his team of horses to Wellington with the intention to continue their success against the crème de la crème of the dressage crop.