Show Manager, Klaus Fraessdorf has created an exciting competition supported by several sponsors, which offers some of the biggest prize money in the Dressage in Florida Circuit with his creative competition, the Heidelberg Cup, named after the hometown of wife and co-manager Maria. Competitors on three different levels can compete for the grand prize, by maintaining the best average throughout the designated classes.
With the highest average scored in her Prix St George/Intermediare I division, Karen Lipp and Lori Bell's Douwe led the way throughout the competition. Arlene "Tuni" Page came within .5% of her score, on her KWPN mare, Claire. As the final class, the Grand Prix occurred, Lipp and her long time coach, 1996 Olympic Team Bronze Medallist, Michelle Gibson, watched intently hoping to hold the lead. But show announcer Sandra Trussel announced a score of 70% and both Lipp and Gibson, who had momentarily not been paying attention, were not quite sure who it was, only that they had lost the lead.
Knowing she would probably get second place, Lipp tried not to show her disappointment as she prepared for the award ceremony. It was then that Klaus Fraessdorf walked up to her with the Championship blanket, and said "Here, Karen, your horse looks a bit chilly, perhaps you should put this on." Fraessdorf, well know for his lighthearted antics, had "staged" the phantom score announcement, just to add a final touch to the excitement of the day.
DressageDaily congratulates Karen on their victory, and welcome her as the latest member of HorsesDaily's Who's Who - Karen Lipp.