By Lynndee Kemmet for DressageDaily.com
Jan Brons started off day one of this year's Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener Festival with double wins in CDI competition. Brons took the blue in the Friday's FEI Prix St. Georges competition with Teutobod and in the FEI Grand Prix de Dressage with Jourdan. Winners of the Grand Prix for the Freestyle were Ashley Holzer and Pop Art with a score of 70.298.
"It's been a good day. We won both classes," Brons said after his wins. His Grand Prix win came with a score of 63.404 percent. Second in the class was Shelly Francis with Dominion and a score of 62.043 percent. His Prix St. Georges win was with a score of 71.211 percent. Francis was second to him again, but with Wig Wam and a score of 67.263.
Brons and Teutobod, a nine-year-old KWPN gelding by Lord Sinclair out of Touch of Class owned by Carlene Blunt, were second to last in the Prix St. Georges competition and Brons said that he was at his home barn most of the day before his ride. "So I hadn't really followed the class," he said. But one thing he knew was that Teutobod would be reliable. "He always is in the sense that whatever you have in the schooling ring is what you have in the show ring."
Teutobod has been in training with Brons for nearly three years and so he's taken him essentially from the lower levels to FEI. The pair is currently working on the Grand Prix with hopes of competing at that level before the end of the 2009 show year. "It's always easier when you've brought a horse along," Brons said. "When you get them a bit older and with issues they always fall back to old habits if there's a problem. When it's a horse that you've put most of the work into, then you're already aware of what he'll do when things go wrong."
Brons said he's aiming Teutobod for the National Dressage Championships but also said that "we'll just go through the next six months and see where he ends up. I've been around too long to say that anything is certain. There are no guarantees in this game." It helps, he said, that Blunt, Teutobod's owner, is extremely supportive. "Right from the start she said that whatever I feel is best is what we'll do. She's great."
It's early in the 2009 show season, but Brons and Jourdan have already collected a few blue ribbons. It's been a bit of a road back for the pair. Jourdan, an 18-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Elmshorn out of Signorita and owned by Brons, had been out of competition for the past two years due to injury. "He has an old injury on his right front suspensory and two years ago if flared up," Brons said. "It's taken awhile to get him back."
Despite how well Jourdan is performing, Brons said he has no set goal for the gelding other than to enjoy the ride. He is, he said, "neurotic about his management," which includes regular icing, poultice, chiropractic and massages. "And after a show like this, I have my regular vet come by and check him out just to make sure everything's okay. He's older, but he feels great and is having fun. He comes out and wants to go to work each day. But, we're just doing one show at a time. I don't want to overwork him or give him any added pressure."
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