West Palm Beach, Florida – With 33 blue ribbons under her belt this from this year's Florida winter circuit, Janne Rumbough earned the right to become a multiple champion in this year's [#26523 override="Markel Amateur Winter Dressage Championships" title="Markel Amateur Winter Dressage Championships"]. Last year, Rumbough captured the First Level championships with JR. This year, she was crowned champion during the April 11-12 Gold Coast Dressage Association Finale I and II for Training and First levels with Winnie Too and crowned champion for Second and Third levels with JR. "I'm thrilled. What a great honor," Rumbough said. She really worked for her championship awards saying that after every show she studied her tests and videos of her rides to learn how she could improve for the next show.
Rumbough also said she's not missed a day of riding this season, other than the Mondays her horses have off. Her training system has clearly paid off for her. In addition to the 33 wins she's had since December, she also earned several red ribbons and frequently earns scores in the 70s.
While the ribbons are nice, Rumbough said they are not the most important thing. "What really matters is that my horses have gone through the season and they are healthy, happy and not lame and they have shown a lot," she said. Both JR, a seven-year-old PRE gelding, and Winnie Too, a six-year-old American Warmblood mare, are sired by Rumbough's PRE stallion Gaucho. She's hoping her success with the two will get more people out showing with Gaucho's offspring, of which there are more than 100.
"And I don't even have the best ones. Gaucho has some fabulous babies and now everyone can see that these Gaucho babies can really get out there and do it," Rumbough said. "I won all those ribbons with just these two horses and now the championships. It's really great that Markel offers this for amateurs."
DressageDaily’s [#26523 override="Mary Phelps-Hathaway a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist " title="Mary Phelps-Hathaway a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist "]created the championships in cooperation with John and Noreen Flanagan, of Wellington Classic Dressage and managers of the Gold Coast Series. “We wanted to do something special for the dressage shows which are held at the Jim Brandon Palm Beach County Equestrian Center in recognition of the amateur riders who compete here throughout the winter season.” said Phelps-Hathaway. “It is a special award for us, as we always present it on the anniversary of my joining Markel.” An equine insurance specialist with Markel for 6 years, Phelps-Hathaway has been in the equine insurance business for 18 years. “Markel is a great company with real horse people working at every level of the business. They recognized our contribution to the dressage world through our work on the scene, and also through DressageDaily. Markel has contributed to the growth of our website and helped to make it possible for us to expand on our coverage and travels. ” Phelps-Hathaway adds. “In my father’s hometown in rural Kentucky, where we now live half of the year, your insurance agent was a friend, and a member of the community who you would see at local events and in church on Sunday. Markel which has been in this business for over 40 years still has that hometown flavor and spirit of service, and we are continuously inspired in our work with all involved in carrying that spirit of service to the sport.”
It’s a relationship which clicked from the very beginning and continues to thrive.” John and Noreen have created a separate division for the Amateurs who come to Florida and compete among many of the top dressage professionals in the world. With the additional support of Italian Rose Garlic Company, separate ribbons and classes for amateurs are the norm.
Stay tuned to DressageDaily this week to see who the other winners are.