Bent Jensen and the 10-year old Dutch gelding, Liberty Light, (by Livingstone out of Don Joviana) won the Grand Prix with an impressive score of 67.9%. A notable score for any Grand Prix ride, but this is especially exciting as this season begins “Bert’s” full Grand Prix experience. Bent and Liberty’s debut at the Grand Prix test was at the Hot Summer Nights show in Tampa in June with winning scores of 63.3% and 65.2%.
Riding in the covered arena of the new Palm Beach County Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, Jensen helped kick off the Dressage in Florida season at the first of four recognized shows to be held at the 111 acre facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Imported as a young horse from Holland by Lynda Alicki, Bent started riding Liberty Light in the spring of 2003 shortly before he was sold to current owner, Randi Barenholtz that fall. According to Randi Bent has made Bert. “When I bought him he had been introduced to everything but was confirmed at nothing. As a young horse he lacked confidence – Bent allowed him the time to develop and gave him the confidence to learn his job.”
Bent and Liberty Light have a legacy of wins. The pair won both the Fourth level test 2 and test 3 at Devon in 2005. The Florida season provided an impressive series of scores at Prix St. Georges, I1 and the I1 freestyle. “Bert has always held his own against some amazing competition, he is like the little engine that could”, says his owner. Bent will introduce Bert to the Grand Prix Special and the Freestyle at this year’s National next month. “I am especially excited about this horse; he tries to do everything I ask of him. He just gets better and better.
"This is going to be a great year" continued Jensen – Wellington has a beautiful new show facility at the Palm Beach County Equestrian Center, designed for the horse’s safety, the rider’s convenience, and the spectator’s ease. We are so lucky to have this so close to home.”
“Bert is really special – fancy enough for the Grand Prix ring with Bent and straight forward enough me to ride. You can’t get better than that! It has been a delight to watch the horse develop under Bent’s training program; his feel for the right moment, the right movement and the right amount is amazing to watch”, says the owner.