A big score of 76.316% for 18-year-old dressage rider Emily Smith and Dublin (Desperados x Weltgiest) in the Young Rider Individual Prix St George, February 22, at the Carousel Connection Dressage Show, Longwood Farm South, Ocala, Florida marked an exciting start for the new pair who have only been together for 3 months. Emily felt an immediate connection the with the 2007 Hannoverian gelding the first time she rode him. "I knew he would make a special partner. In the past month I made some big changes, moving from Wellington to Ocala where I began working with Pat Eidel Schmoll and Barend Heilbron. Emily and Dublin plan to return to Wellington for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 12, where they will make their CDI debut in the Young Riders' Division. Photo: Joanna Jodko.
Emily’s very successful show career began when she was only 12 years old. Riding in international competition, she earned both her USDF Bronze and Silver medals on one horse in just two years, all by the time she was 16 years old.
"I understand that behind every successful ride is a team of many people who are passionate about this sport. I acknowledge and appreciate all of the support and guidance from my coaches, parents and sponsor, TackNRider. They all give Dublin and me confidence for a very successful future.”
Pat Eidel Schmoll, one of Emily’s coaches and the owner of Broad Meadow Farm, said, “Watching Emily, Barend and I were very pleased with the test, but when we got the score, this became a very special day.”
Emily and her team's goal is to qualify for the Festival of Champions, at Lamplight Equestrian Center in August followed by the North American Junior Young Rider Championships for Region 8 at the Kentucky Horse Park.