By Amber Heintzberger
The Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, February 1-4, 2001 offered four days of dressage in the midst of the Showjumping action. With the generous sponsorship of Zada Enterprises LLC and Windsome Farms, there was $21,000 in prize money that was offered at the FEI levels and $25,000 in prizes for the dressage-showjumping spectacular. The show was as rewarding to its competitors as it was for spectators who filled the stands for the Freestyle classes on Sunday.
Beginning Thursday with lower level rides, the show culminated with the crowd-pleasing Grand Prix Musical Freestyle, won by German rider Hubertus Schmidt, riding for Windsome Farms on the 11-year-old Danish Gelding, Extream, (by Midt West Ibi Light) who is pictured right . Schmidt was in the sixth place slot for the German Dressage Team selected for the 2001 Sydney Olympic Games last year.
Winner of the Grand Prix Special was Israeli rider Oded Shimoni, riding his Dutch gelding Glenstern (by Kaisterstern, out of a Saluut mare.) Their test showed consistency and fluidity combined with the precision necessary for a score of 68.667%. Shimoni, who owns Glenstern, said that "This is the beginning of the season and he feels stronger and more confirmed in the movements than last year." The pair also won the Grand Prix at the Gold Coast Classic, January 19-21.
Oded Shimoni Wins Wellington Grand Prix
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