Highlights of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI****/CDIY

The Palm Beach Dressage Derby, the flagship show of the annual three-event Palm Beach Dressage Derby Series hosted by The Horse Park At Equestrian Estates, drew a stellar roster of competitors for the prestigious show, held March 5-7, 2004, in Loxahatchee, Florida. Walter and Mary Anne McPhail and their Fair Weather Properties, Inc. developed White Fences Equestrian Estates and the Horse Park. A full roster of top international judges, got the royal treatment for their services being chauffeured daily to the show grounds by Dav El. Chauffeured Transportation Network.

The four-day ‘Derby’ presented 10 competitions in the CDI, which featured qualifying classes for the Dressage Team Selection Trials for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the USET Foundation Intermediaire I Championship and the USET Foundation Grand Prix Championship. The show also offered USEF recognized classes from Training Level through Grand Prix, including qualifying competitions for the GAIG/USDF Regional Championships and the BLM Championships.

Highlights of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI****/CDIY

Ashley Holzer and Gambol Dominate PSG/ I1 Division

Kicking off the competition on Friday, March 5, in the CDI, Ashley Holzer of Palm Beach, FL, riding Gambol the KWPN Stallion by Gabor, for Canada topped a roster of 23 entries in the Prix St. Georges, scoring 71.350%.

Shannon Dueck of Wellington, FL, riding for Canada won the Intermediaire II with Korona, besting the class of three entries with her score of 66.667%. The Canadian contingent continues to thrive in the warm winter weather of Florida, much to the delight of the newly renovated Canadian Federation.

Competition in the CDI continued on Saturday, March 6, with four classes contested. Ashley Holzer riding Gambol won the Intermediaire I scoring 72.167%, heading up a class of 24 horses.

Highlights of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI****/CDIY

Dover Does it Again In Olympic Qualifier

Seventeen horses competed in the Grand Prix B. Robert Dover of Wellington, FL, and Southampton, NY, dominated the class, taking the win with Jane Clark's FBW Kennedy the Baden Württemberger gelding by Tiro, on a score of 71.333%, and placed second with the Oldenburg, Rainier by Rolando, who earned 69.500%. Ashley Holzer showed Imperioso to third place after Dover, receiving marks totaling 67.00%.

Wrapping up the CDI on Sunday, March 7, four classes were contested. Catherine Morelli of Wellington, FL, and Bedminster, New Jersey, aboard Diane Rosenburg's Be Se, a KWPN by Flemmingh, won the Intermediaire I Freestyle, earning 70.300%, topping a field of nine entries. Nine horses contested the Grand Prix Special, and Robert Dover rode FBW Kennedy to the victory, scoring 70.880%. Michael Barisone of Loxahatchee, FL, and Long Meadow, NJ, aboard Neruda earned second place on a score of 65.240%. Mirja Block of Lake Worth, FL, riding for Germany aboard Asharhaddon took third place, scoring 64.760%.

In the Grand Prix Freestyle, nine horses performed kurs, with Robert Dover and Rainier earning the win on the high score of the CDI, 75.550%. Ashley Holzer aboard Imperioso earned second place with 71.300%. Evi Strasser of Quebec riding Quantum Tyme for Canada placed third with 70.400%. And completing her hat-trick, Jodie Kelly and Weltkaar won the Young Rider Freestyle, scoring 66.050%.

Highlights of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI****/CDIY

Carol Lavell and Much Ado Moving Up and On Top

In addition to the CDI in Ring 1, three other rings were in action showcasing the USEF-recognized classes. The most consistent winner in the FEI level classes was Olympic and Pan Am Games medallist Carol Lavell of Loxahatchee, FL. She had a standout show, winning all three of her Intermediaire I classes with Much Ado, a KWPN gelding by Quattro B, her 2003 Pan Am Games mount.

Lavell and Much Ado earned 67.642% in the Intermediaire II; scored 72.250% in the Intermediaire I; and wrapped up the weekend with a 66.475% in the FEI Freestyle Test of Choice at I-I. Showing his ability in the Grand Prix movements, judges and spectators alike got a peek of what's to come during the Intermediaire II passage movements.

Highlights of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI****/CDIY

Bill Warren High Score in USEF Classes

Bill Warren of Loxahatchee, FL, and North Smithfield, RI, also had a winning weekend, claiming a blue ribbon every day. He was also a busy trainer throughout the weekend, working with several students.

He showed Brighella, a six-year-old Hannoverian gelding by Brentano II, owned by Eliza Collins, to the win in the First Level Test I Open, earning 74.074% on Friday; he won the Second Level Test 2 Open on Saturday with Pineland Farm Inc.'s Romantic, a six-year-old Oldenburg by Rohdiamant, on a score of 73.514%; and then wrapped up his weekend with another win in Second Level Test 4 aboard Romantic, earning 72.549%.

Highlights of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI****/CDIY

Jodie Kelly's Young Rider Weekend

Jodie Kelly of Destin Florida, is passing on a trip to watch the Olympic Games in Athens this summer, to compete in her last year at the North American Young Rider's Championships in her quest for an individual medal.

In Wellington for the winter with eight horses, Kelly is training with Betsy Steiner. Aboard her Weltkaar, whom she co-owns with her mother, Laurie Kelly, won the Young Rider Team Test, earning 63.467% to top the class of 10.

Kelly later claimed her second win in the Young Riders, besting a field of 11 horses with Weltkaar a 13-year-old Hannoverian gelding by Weltmeyer, on a score of 67.250%.

Jodie Kelly was also successful in the lower levels, showing on another mount.

She won the First Level Test 1 AA & Jr/YR aboard her mare On Broadway, earning 70.741%.

On Sunday, she won First Level Test 4 AA Jr/YR, on a score of 74.815% – which was the High Score of the show.

Perhaps even more meaningful to her, than her CDI Young Rider success, Jodie has a special affection for the beautiful mare by Juventus she has owned since purchasing her as a foal in Holland.