Wellington, FL - Rising young equestrian Bebe Davis finished out a wonderful season competing in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, January 8-March 30, 2014. Davis, 16, lives in Wellington, Florida during the winter, and Bedminster, New Jersey, during the spring and summer. She competed two horses, both owned by her parents, Michael and Sarah Davis. Bebe’s been showing Rotano, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding, for a little over a year. Fievel Mousekewitz, also a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding, is brand new. Bebe‘s been riding him since February, only two weeks before their first show and CDI together! “He is an amazing teacher, and I am so grateful to be able to ride him,” she says. “This season’s been a huge learning opportunity for me,” Davis says. “There were so many high points that it’s impossible to name only one. I won the Florida Youth Dressage Championships on Mouse, and came in second on Rotano. I also won the FEI Junior Freestyle with Mouse with a score of 73.333%, the FEI Junior Individual with Mouse during week 10 with a score of 68.202%, and the FEI Junior Freestyle with Rotano during week 12 with a 72124%.
“I still think that another one of my biggest accomplishments was in the FEI Junior Individual test during week 12 of the Global Dressage Festival. I broke 70 with Mouse, which was a huge accomplishment.”
Davis is focusing on defending her title at the 2014 Festival of Champions at Gladstone. Last year she and Rotano won the Junior division, and she looks forward to again competing for the Junior National Championship title in June. Her success during the Florida winter season has set the stage for the rest of the year. Davis is also concentrating on preparing for the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, which will be held July 15-20. Young equestrians vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance.
Davis is no stranger to success in the arena, as she was the Junior National Champion in 2013 and won multiple titles in the Pony divisions, including Champion and Reserve in the FEI Pony Divisions at Gladstone. “This year I’ve worked on being an accurate rider and riding an accurate test. In my Freestyle with Mouse I really slowed down and took my time through the entire test. I focused on being synchronized with my music. This season definitely yielded a number of breakthroughs for us as a team.
“With Rotano’s Freestyle, I focused on keeping a steady tempo and frame, two things I’ve been working on with him. I think that it was definitely one of our best rides of the season. The highlight was the last centerline in extended trot - it felt like a dream!
Another high point for Davis was the opportunity to present her and Mouse’s freestyle under the lights after the CDI 5* Freestyles. Following her exhibition ride, Davis was personally invited by Mark Bellissimo of Equestrian Sport Productions to perform the freestyle at the Celebration of the Horse, which will be held in Central Park this fall.
For the past four years she’s been trained full time by Dr. Cesar Parra and Katie Riley of Performance Farms. In her free time, Davis enjoys volunteering at Mane Stream, a farm that specializes in therapeutic riding for children and adults. She is also an active member of JustWorld International, an organization that works with the international equestrian community to raise awareness and fund programs that help children around the world.
To follow Bebe Davis’ continued success and learn more about dressage training, please visit www.bebedavisdressage.com.