On their way back to Bremen Germany after a successful but short lived reign in America the elegant and graceful combination of Carrie Schopf and Ikhtisas, ten-year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred mare of unknown heritage, owned by Gisela Chatterjee, won their second USET qualifier at The Palm Beach Dressage Derby. While Robert Dover and Rainier topped the class in The Grand Prix Special, it is only the scores from the Grand Prix which count in the selection process. "I am so excited to get home and see my cats." Schopf declared while gathering up her passport and preparing for the flight home on Monday, with Dutta Horse Transport.
Carrie's and husband Bernd Schopf stabled with Cathy Connelly in Wellington during their brief stay in Florida, which was dictated by the quarantine restrictions for mares. Along with "Ikhty" was Bernd's horse, Connelly's former mount Beethoven, whom he purchased from her several years ago. Beethoven is the sire of Kathleen Raine's mare Fidelia currently the highest scoring competitor in the 2000 USET Selection Trials held on the west coast.