Golden Sun Shines On The Gold Coast Dressage Association’s Summer Solstice

Heather Bender and Zairo Interagro canter down centerline ready for success during the Gold Coast Dressage Summer Solstice Show. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Jodko)

Heather Bender and Zairo Interagro canter down centerline ready for success during the Gold Coast Dressage Summer Solstice Show. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Jodko)

With golden rays of sunshine beaming down, the Gold Coast Dressage Association’s Summer Solstice show was destined for success. The Gold Coast Dressage Association (GCDA) has been running dressage shows in Wellington, Florida, for more than 35 years. And the GCDA’s popular summer series hosted together with Wellington Classic Dressage has shows running every month during the summer months for the sport’s year round residents. According to long time dressage supporter, Michele Hundt owner of the Show Chic dressage boutique more than 55 dressage trainers live in South Florida year round. Those trainers and their students support the GCDA summer events and take advantage of competing during the less hectic summer season. May of those year round riders turned out for The Summer Solstice Show June 16-17 held at the Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex.

The show run by long time GCDA, President Noreen O’Sullivan had more than eighty entries, filled two rings over the two days of competition which where judged by Sue Mandas, USDF “S”, Agnieszka Majewski, FEI 3*, and William Tubman, FEI 4*. Riders ranged in all levels, ages, and goals; with riders competing in the last qualifier for the Caribbean Games, and riders competing to qualify for the Pony Club Nationals. The high score of the show was awarded to King Santacruz riding Kristy Lund’s, Sake Shooter for an eye popping 72.727% at Training Level Test 3. O’Sullivan had this to say about the show, “We have a great team of show staff and volunteers who we couldn't do this without. It’s great to have these types of shows and qualifiers here because we listen to what the riders need and make sure we provide the opportunities they need to qualify and meet their goals”.

Complete Summer Solstice show results

Amanda Lopez and Quantum dancing in the sunshine during the Gold Coast Dressage Summer Solstice Show.

Amanda Lopez and Quantum dancing in the sunshine during the Gold Coast Dressage Summer Solstice Show. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Jodko)

Show participant and trainer Heather Bender brought several students to show and also competed her own horse during the busy weekend. “It's a great show; I enjoyed the facility as always. The people that work here and run the show do such a good job scheduling and the way they set it up is very smooth” said Bender. Bender had students show from third level to the FEI, and showed in the Grand Prix winning the class with her own horse, Zairo Interagro.

Up next for Gold Coast Dressage is a USDF educational seminar on July 18, held at the Palm Beach Equine Clinic. The topic of this seminar is “Making Success Simple” and will begin at 6:30pm, the event is free to Gold Coast members, and non-members can pay a nominal fee to attend.

The Gold Coast Dressage Association enjoys support from its many members and sponsors including Diamante Farms, Palm Beach Equine Clinic and Sports Complex, Custom Saddlery, MDC Stirrups, TheraPlate -the official therapy plate of US Equestrian, Florida Community Bank, Finish Line Products, Noreen O’Sullivan’s Prudential Advisors, John McGinty Financial Partners, Mary Phelps of Markel Insurance, JRPR Public Relations Equine News Room and Triple Crown Nutrition, the official feed sponsor of the US show jumping, eventing and dressage teams.

The Gold Coast Dressage Association’s purpose is to organize and operate educational activities and to foster local and national amateur dressage competition. The Gold Coast Dressage Association is committed to education and promoting good sportsmanship along with high ethical and moral standards in horsemanship and the equestrian sports.

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