Wellington, FL - Benjamin Pfabe and Walberto WOR danced to victory and The Horse of Course High Score Award at the 2015 AGDF 10 National competition, scoring an impressive 78.676% in the First Level Test 3. In only their third time down centerline, the pair left quite an impression and scored higher than any other competitor of the week had yet achieved. Pfabe, a German rider now based in the U.S., was very happy with the winning ride and felt that his horse was, too. “Walberto is really proud of going into the show ring,” he smiled. Walberto, owned and bred by Jackie Nixon-Fulton, is a six-year-old Hanoverian (Wamberto x Rosentanz x Rosenthal) gelding.
Nixon-Fulton said, “I knew from the beginning he was a very special colt. It is pretty special to have a U.S. born horse do extremely well. I’d like to hope that more people would buy U.S. born horses and know that they can get good ones here.”
Walberto certainly looks poised to have a bright future. Nixon-Fulton remarked, “The ultimate goal is the FEI.” In the short-term, Pfabe says he is working on his flying changes with Walberto and may try to compete in the FEI Dressage Test for 6-Year-Old Horses later this year. German rider Michael Klimke has been providing coaching assistance while the pair is in Florida, which Nixon-Fulton says has been a tremendous help to the team.
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival competition circuit has attracted top horse and rider combinations from all over the world, including Pfabe and Walberto who made the trip from Paradise, Texas. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival is the world's largest international and national dressage circuit featuring 8 CDIs, the only non-championship CDIO Nations' Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and weekly U.S. National events.
Horse of Course, a mobile tack shop on-site at the competition circuit, awarded Pfabe with a beautiful cooler and ribbon for achieving such a lofty score. Known as one of the country’s premiere tack shops specializing in dressage tack, clothing, and supplies, The Horse of Course supplies riders across the nation with the high-quality gear they need to succeed.
Accessible through their Oklahoma tack shop, online, and in their mobile store at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, The Horse of Course carries popular brands such as König, Pikeur, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passler, and Sommer and features everything an equestrian needs — from tack to apparel.
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