Wellington, FL - With two mounts ready to take the plunge into the Prix St. George and a talented young mare winning the FEI 5-Year-Old Division, Israeli dressage rider Sahar Daniel Hirosh is building on strong basics and a sensitivity to the needs of the developing horse to guide them to success on the international stage. During the 2015 Palm Beach Dressage Derby, Hirosh and Classy Sinclair, a 7 1/2-year-old Oldenburg stallion owned and bred by Lisa Grossi of Thunderball Ranch, breeders of international caliber American bred warmbloods, made their debut in the Prix St. George, scoring 8’s and 9’s throughout the test. Scamp, as Classy Sinclair is known around the barn, stepped into the FEI arena with the grace of a seasoned competitor, using the strong framework built by Hirosh to successfully enter the international division.
Scoring 8’s for their half-passes and pirouettes and a 9 for their centerline, Hirosh aspires to compete Scamp in Europe this summer. However, Scamp will soon have a challenger from within his own barn, as Hirosh plans to debut a second rising talent in the Prix St. George next month.
Sakramenter, an Oldenburg gelding by Samarant (Sandro Hit) and out of Weiha Cara (Westminster), put in a strong performance at the Derby with a score of 70.9% in Fourth Level Test 1. Owned by KCR Dressage LLC, owned and operated by trainer and former Grand Prix rider Karen Ramsing-Bixler, the elegant dark bay gelding executed the test with confidence and consistency, earning 8’s in the collective marks for freedom and regularity of the gaits as well as multiple 8’s throughout the test for his trot work, counter canter, and flying changes. The impressive fluid performance prompted Hirosh and his owner to aim him for the Prix St. George in April 2015.
Hirosh’s string also includes the talented young Hanoverian mare, D’esprit Joli, owned by Lisa Grossi and bred by Barbara Schmidt DVM of Bridlewood Farm, who added another win to her repertoire by scoring a 76% in FEI 5-year-old test at the Derby. The liver chestnut Hanoverian mare (Decaprio and out of Donna Schufro) continues to progress up the FEI ladder with Hirosh at the reins.
“Preparing horses for the FEI levels requires patience, attention to detail, and a sensitivity to the horse,” said Hirosh. “Great care must be taken not to rush or ask more than the horse can give, otherwise that trust will be broken. It’s a fine line to walk, and a process that includes trial and error and letting the horse make mistakes. I could not be more pleased with my horses’ performance at the Derby, and the support of my clients, owners, staff, and team has made our success possible.”
Hirosh continued, “And I want to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors Charlie Tota of The Dressage Connection, Harry Knapp of IDA Farm, Choice of Champions International and Dressage Sport Boots for keeping the horses in top form and well outfitted.”
At SDH Dressage, headed by Sahar Daniel Hirosh and based out of Wellington, FL and New Hope, PA, the welfare of the horse comes first and foremost. Currently, Hirosh is campaigning the string of talented horses on the Florida winter dressage circuit and plans to campaign in Europe this summer.
For more information, visit www.sdhdressage.com or call 516-448-3430
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