West Palm Beach, FL – Pam Am Gold Medalist Lauren Sammis piloted High Field’s Casimirov, a 14-year-old Westfalen owned by Paula Runnells, into the winner’s circle during the Wellington Classic Dressage Spring Challenge CDI. Sammis and Casimirov won the FEI Test of Choice, sponsored by The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center in Ocala, and were awarded a $250 gift certificate to the world-class center. “I have been riding Casimirov for about six months and this is just the beginning of my experience with him in the show ring,” Sammis said. “He is just coming into himself. At this show he earned a 69.035 and in his extensions he scored 9’s. He has a beautiful presence, it is just the beginning for him.”
Runnels, who is from New Jersey, said she bought Casimirov in Germany. “He a loving horse, very casual and easy,” she added.
Sammis is no stranger to the winner’s circle. As a member of the 2007 United States Pan American Dressage team, Sammis lead the team to a Gold medal with the highest score in the Prix. St. Georges class. She also won a Silver medal in the individual competition for the Intermediaire I and Freestyle classes.
“We are thrilled that Lauren and Casimirov won the FEI Test of Choice, the class The Sanctuary was sponsoring,” said Brenda McDuffee, General Manager of The Sanctuary. “Lauren is certainly an accomplished dressage rider and we look forward to watching her partnership with Casimirov as it progresses. We also look forward to assisting Lauren with any dressage horses she may bring to The Sanctuary. We are well aware of the physical demands put on dressage horses and we have the technology to keep dressage horses competing at their peak.”
The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center is a multi-million dollar facility dedicated to the healing, conditioning and well being of all equine athletes. “The Sanctuary features some of the most advanced conditioning and rehab equipment in the world,” McDuffee said. “Our conditioning and rehab equipment helps equine athletes in all disciplines stay fit, avoid injury, and recover faster and more completely from injuries they might experience when competing in intense and physically demanding sports.”
The Sanctuary is home to an Equine Hyperbaric Chamber with box stall type freedom of movement, as well as an Aqua Pacer Water Treadmill, the safest, most effective water treadmill available. The Sanctuary also features: a Cold Saltwater Leg Spa featuring 34 degree, highly salinated water for all types of leg therapy; an Equine Swimming Pool – a 110 foot long, 14 foot deep inline pool with therapeutic water; a 5/8 mile race track; two Eurocisers with therapeutic tracking surface - one under cover and one outdoors; Solariums; Temperature-controlled veterinary inspection area with semi-surgical lighting, and rubberized surfaces in most areas.
For more information on The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, visit their website at www.sanctuaryequinerehab.com.
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Pan Am Gold medalist Lauren Sammis, left, won the FEI Test of Choice aboard High Field’s Casimirov, owned by Paula Runnells, at the Wellington Classic Dressage Spring Challenge CDI at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. The class was sponsored by The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, a world-class facility in Ocala dedicated to helping horses that compete in physically demanding sports. (Photo courtesy JRPR – no photo credit necessary)