Loxahatchee, Florida – In their first outing together, Lisa Wilcox and Queba HM earned a blue ribbon for their win in FEI Open Intermediaire II competition at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI. The pair scored a 66.316 percent for their win. Placing second was James Koford with the Hanoverian stallion Don Principe and a score of 63.158. Third was Bill Warren with Romantic and a score of 62.368. Wilcox was thrilled, especially considering that neither Queba nor she has been in the show ring for some months. "The last time for me was June in California and it's been over a year for him," she said. "I'm very, very happy. I consider that a great score considering that we're both a bit rusty. I'm still dusting myself off and there were some things in the test that could have been more accurate, but some things were super. His one tempis were beautiful and straight and expressive. He received an 8 for canter work. It'll just be a matter of shaping and forming things toward perfection." Wilcox said Thursday's Intermediaire II ride was only the second time she and Queba had ridden through the whole test. What they need to improve is simply to become smoother in putting all the test movements together. Wilcox said Queba just needs time for his body to become more elastic and supple enough to flow from movement to movement.
Wilcox and Queba are on the wait list to compete again on Sunday in the Test of Choice class and she believes that with a bit more mileage in the ring, the Lusitano stallion, owned by Ingred Lin of White Fences Equestrian Center, will easily reach scores over 70 percent. "This is a world-class horse with huge potential," Wilcox said. When asked of future plans with Queba, Wilcox said that she and Lin are taking it one day at a time. Much depends on when Lin is ready to take back the ride. She turned the reins over to Wilcox while she recovers from cancer treatment.
"The horse loves to show and I'm in no condition at the moment to do it and Lisa is the right person. I think the two of them together will be really competitive," Lin said. She said the decision to have Wilcox compete the horse, made just two weeks ago, now means that she'll have more time to focus on her Grand Prix horse, the Lusitano stallion Quemacho. "Who knows, maybe Quemacho and I will compete against them one day," Lin said with a laugh. For her part, Wilcox is clearly having fun with Queba.
"Right now, I'm just enjoying this opportunity to be back in the ring again and I'm blessed that Ingred gave me the opportunity to ride this fabulous horse. She had asked me if I wanted to show him and I said, 'Heck, yes.' After our win, we all went around the corner to Ingred's house to celebrate," Wilcox said.
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