Wellington, FL - Kassie Barteau was going to have just one day off from work to show Aramo, the nine year-old bay gelding she had bought for a dollar, and she made it count, winning their Fourth Level Test 2 with a final score of 74.459% and earning The Horse of Course, Inc. High Score Award on Saturday for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival GDF3 CDIW series.
Barteau, who works at Al Marah Arabians in Clermont, FL and is headed from Wellington for Scottsdale to show at the one of the most spectacular breed shows in the world, keeps her 17-hand Dutch (United x Triancacara) warmblood at the Arabian farm.
“We have a good bond,” Barteau says of the horse that, she confesses, she indeed did get for a dollar. “We just moved up to Fourth Level last week, so I'm really happy with how things went. He's an impressive horse. We've been working together for three and a half years."
With her ticket already reserved for a spectator's seat in Normandy for the World Equestrian Games, Barteau isn't in a hurry with Aramo's progress. “I only get to show him on my own time, which is one or two days a week. Hopefully next year we can look at making a Small Tour.”
While Barteau had only chance to make a great first impression, The Horse of Course apparel and tack are showing up again and again at the AGDF, including during some of the most popular events on the program. During the GDF3 series Friday Night Under the Lights FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, the top two dressage riders were dapper in Horse of Course wear.
FEI Grand Prix Freestyle winner (77.450%). Lars Petersen of Denmark, was clad in tailored softshell Kentucky shadbelly from Horse of Course, as well as competing 16.3-hand Danish mare, Mariette, in a Sohmer Saddle provided and fitted by Horse of Course and saddlefitter, Marty Haist. The Freestyle's reserve (73.175%) finalist, Diane Creech on Hanoverian, Devon L, also looked fabulous in a new Horse of Course shadbelly, and saddle fitted by Haist.
“We'd have to call this week an all-around win for The Horse of Course,” said a pleased Beth Haist. This is the third consecutive season that The Horse of Course has presented High Score Awards as part of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the world's largest international and national dressage circuit, and featuring eight CDIs - including five CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5* - the Western Hemisphere's only non-championship CDIO Nations' Cup, and weekly U.S. National events.
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