The FEI level classes were exceptionally large on day two of the Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic. The $1500 FEI Grand Prix class ran over three and half hours while 20 riders competed in the largest Grand Prix class of the season at the Winter Equestrian Festival. The victor was Leslie Morse riding the ever-dynamic, Kingston. Morse’s brilliant ride turned heads and despite a few mistakes, earned her a score of 72.014%.
“Because it was not a CDI, I took a few risks and went for more scope,” said Leslie. “Kingston is so strong and confident at home and he gets even more electric here at the show grounds. His piaffe and passage were really super. Now I just need to contain the brilliance and that’s really a lot of fun.”
Second place rider, Michael Barisone on Neruda also had fun and wowed the judges for a score of 68.125%. Third place in the large Grand Prix went to George Williams who rode Joann Smith’s powerful Dutch gelding, Marnix to a score of 67.292%.
Silke Rembacz Takes Two
In the $1000 FEI Intermediaire-I, Silke Rembacz and Millenium were as smooth as silk, winning the class with an impressive 71.750% a nice encore after their win in the Prix St. Georges yesterday. Mirja Block and her Prince Charming took second place with a very forward and well presented ride that earned them a score of 67.375%. Nancy Polozker and Day Dream 51 finished third in the field of 17 competitors with a score of 65.000%.
Silke Rembacz also had a nice win today in the Fourth Level Test One class riding Sheila Buchbinder’s striking Hanoverian gelding, DeCapo. The pair took the blue with a score of 68.682%. Second place went to Jason Canton and Navignon with a score of 66.899%, followed closely by Annelieses Vogt-Harber and Alexis, who finished third with a score of 66.047%.
Gibson Back in the Winner's Circle
Olympian, Michelle Gibson was also back in the winner’s circle this week with Lex Barker. Gibson piloted the giant chestnut gelding to score of 69.000% to win the $1000 FEI Prix St. Georges. Second in the class of 18 horses, was Alison Sader Larson on Legretto with a score of 64.625%. And third went to Ashley Holzer on Aegis Ommen with a score of 63.125%.
In the lower levels, Debra Schoder and her lovely mare, Ilona had a repeat performance of yesterday’s victory, today winning Third Level Test Two with a score of 69.048%. “It’s exciting to be winning,” explained Schoder. “Ilona was sick last Fall and it’s nice to be back. It’s really a team effort. Julie (referring to trainer Julie Lyons) really knows how to get us psyched up in the warm-up and it’s really a mental game”.
And the rider who is the authority on the power of the mental game, author and equestrian, Jane Savoie also used her mental prowess to take a big win in the Open Third Level Test Two class. Jane rode her Friesian, Menno to the win with a score of 76.905%. “It was particularly exciting to get that kind of score from judge, Carol Lavell, who I respect so much,” said Savoie. “We got really high marks on harmony and that means a lot to me.”
Brooks and Balmoral In Shape
In the Second Level Test Two class the happy winner was Jacqueline Brooks who rode Balmoral to a score of 67.838%. “I am preparing him for the FEI Six Year Old classes and this is only his second show at WEF. He is really settling in quickly,” said Brooks. “He’s a quick study , in fact his barn name is Smartie!”
Classes for day three of the Florida Dressage Classic kick-off at 9:00 Am Saturday morning with the FEI Intermediaire-I class.
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