Wellington, FL - As any competitor knows, a good attitude can go a long way toward creating a positive experience. This is especially true at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, which recently hosted the biggest CDI competition in Adequan Global Dressage Festival history. The high spirits and friendliness of competitors like Ilse Schwartz helped contribute to an overall positive atmosphere, despite the high stakes of the international competition. Premier Equestrian, an official sponsor and partner of the show series, presented the company’s Sportsmanship Award to Australian competitor Schwartz to reward her positive energy. Schwartz’s award included a tri-colored Sportsmanship Award ribbon, an embroidered Premier Equestrian towel, and a copy of “The Horse Angels” (a novel by Premier Equestrian’s CEO Mark Neihart).
Premier Equestrian hopes that presenting the Sportsmanship Award will let competitors like Schwartz know that their outstanding attitudes are noticed and appreciated, and will encourage all riders to enter the show ring in winning spirits.
Premier Equestrian noticed that, even during the stress of competition, Schwartz was unfailingly kind, patient, and friendly to other competitors and her horses. “If people are nice to me it changes my day, and I figure I can help people that way too. I was born an optimist. I just find it keeps me happy in this industry,” Schwartz explained. The successful rider and trainer is based out of her own twelve-stall dressage farm, Magnolia Farm, in Wellington, Florida.
Schwartz remained modest about her achievements during week three of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. She competed the Oldenburg gelding Don Joseph (Don Kennedy x Calmera), a young horse with whom she has already achieved impressive accomplishments in the show ring. “It went very well,” she said. “It was my horse’s first time doing the Prix St. Georges, and we did a nice conservative test, and he finished up in the ribbons.” Schwartz and Don Joseph placed second in the Prix St. Georges with a score of 67.237 percent.
Schwartz, who says she prescribes to the Steffen Peters training system, takes pride in training horses from lower levels to Grand Prix. She is known to be a regular “shopper” in Europe for young sales horses and accomplished horses for clients. She has been giving regular clinics in Australia since 2006, and in Florida since 2010. Her students have been successful at both State and National Championships, as well as the World Young Riders Finals in Frankfurt, Germany. Schwartz has also achieved her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals.
Her plans for the upcoming season include advancing Don Joseph, and competing a young mare she bought as a three-year-old. “She finally got her one-tempi, so hopefully there’s a Grand Prix starting in there for her because she does everything else,” said Schwartz. “And then there’s a super special five-year-old who hopefully will show up fairly soon with the five-year-old class. His name is First Count, but we call him Nemo at times because he’s sort of got a goldfish brain!” She laughs.
“I’ve also just leased my Grand Prix horse (that I bred) to a client of mine whose horse had a bad accident,” said Schwartz. “We’re hoping that she can get some of her medals this season— that’s the other big goal for the barn this year.” Yet another example of Schwartz’s exemplary sportsmanship and generosity, though lending her Grand Prix mount wasn’t something she even thought twice about. “I kind of had to do it,” she explained. “It just felt right.”
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