It wasn’t just the first-placed amateur winners who were excited about the Markel/Wellington Classic Dressage 2008 Winter Amateur Championships, most amateurs were extremely appreciative that the championships were honoring them. Jane Springer, who finished second in the Prix St. Georges level with an average score of 62.50 with her eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Talent said that it was nice to see that “amateurs are getting the support that we so badly need. We try hard at it and spend a lot of time trying to get the best we can out of our horses and it’s great when we get recognized.”
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Springer, who rides with Robert Dover, was winner of the Sho Clothes Signature Whip for her Prix St. Georges high score of 66.00 percent at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II. This was Jane's winter, as she devoted herself to her training in Wellington. "I knew this could be Robert's last season, since he has announced he will retire, so I wanted to work with him as much as I could this year.
A mother of three, Springer has had to fit in her riding between running a business with her husband. “I’m glad to see the amateurs get the recognition they deserve. Awards such as this help to keep us motivated,” she said. Springer will be returning to Long Island after the Gold Coast Grand Finale, but not Talent. "He'll stay here in Florida with Robert, as he continues to develop the Grand Prix. I'm going to miss him the next two months, but am excited about the progress we made in Florida this winter.