West Palm Beach, FL (February 18, 2010) – It was only his second time in the show ring, but Heather Blitz’s seven-year-old Danish Warmblood, Paragon, performed like a seasoned star at the Wellington Classic Dressage Spring Challenge CDI. Paragon not only rode into the winner’s circle, but also took home the Highlife Cup for earning the highest score by a Warmblood at the show. “We earned a 76.842 in the FEI Prix St. Georges Open and I am just ecstatic about it,” said Blitz, who raised and trained the 17.3 hand Paragon from the time he was a foal. “I am pretty happy with my guy. This was only his second time in the show ring.”
The Highlife Cup, sponsored by Highlife Farms is awarded to the highest scoring Warmblood at select dressage shows in South Florida during the 2010 winter circuit. Highlife Farms, owned by Kenny and Joan Sims and located in Orlando, Florida, is home to world-class sport horses and is one of the country’s most prominent breeding farms. Highlife Farms offers equestrians the opportunity to buy European quality sport horses born and bred in the United States.
“Paragon was bred in Louisiana and his sire is Don Schufro. I know Highlife Farms also has Don Schufro bloodlines, so that is really nice,” Blitz said, adding that she rode Paragon’s dam and planned the breeding to Don Schufro with the hopes of producing a horse tall enough to fit her six-foot frame. “Two weeks ago was his first time in the show ring and I think he is ahead of the game. Paragon is really stepping up to center stage and it is very exciting.”
Highlife Farms well known Don Schufro offspring, shown by Highlife’s head trainer Olympian Lisa Wilcox, includes Der Euro OLD, a 1998 Oldenburg gelding (Don Schufro/Waldroeschen/Wanderer), famous winner of the 2002 Bundeschampionate and who is currently schooling Grand Prix, and his full brother, Der Dollar, a 2003 Oldenburg stallion. Der Dollar was honored in 2006 as USDF Southeast Breeders’ Champion and is currently winning at fourth level and schooling Prix St. Georges. Highlife Farms has many wonderful stallions including Diamond Stud out of the famous stallion Diamond Hit and elite mare Loretta.
“Kenny and I want to congratulate Heather and Paragon on a fantastic show,” said Joan Sims. “Thanks to our success with Der Euro and Der Dollar, we are well aware of the quality of Don Schufro’s bloodlines. Heather has an amazing horse in Paragon and we look forward to watching him as his career blossoms.”
As head trainer at Highlife Farms, Wilcox is excited by the quality of horses the Sims produce. “By combining dressage and jumping lines, Highlife Farms has produced offspring with exceptional movement and a strong bone structure, as well as the sensitivity I look for in my competition horses,” Wilcox said. “Joan realizes that the key to her success has been her selection of top quality sport horses with exceptional pedigrees for her foundation mares. Bloodlines are from Oldenburger, Holsteiner, Hannoverian and Westphalen, many of which have earned elite status with the German Oldenburg Verband.”
The Highlife Cup will also be presented at the Palm Beach Derby, March 4-7; the Wellington Classic Dressage II USEF Qualifier, March 12-14; and the Gold Coast Finale, April 17-18. For more information on Highlife Farms, visit their website at www.highlifefarms.com.