Winning the Grand Prix Special on Kingston at the CDI Gold Coast Opener in Wellington, FL, was for Leslie Morse just one way of showing what a powerful, ahtletic dressage stallion she has. The 13-year old KWPN branded Kingston is by the legendary Voltaire out of Gisnette and he is one of the most successful American based dressage stallions in the world.
Leslie's other star, the Swedish warmblood Tip Top 962 (by Master) is following in the footsteps of Kingston, equalling him in quality as an international calibre Grand Prix dressage horse. Tip Top 962 is the triple Swedish Young Horse Champion. In 2004 he won the Festival of Champions USEF Intermediaire I Championships and competed at international dressage shows such as the CDIO Aachen and CDI Hagen.
Dutch warmblood gelding, Alternate for the 2004 American Olympic Dressage Team. USET Champion at Intermediaire I level (2001) and Grand Prix level (2003). Winning at shows in Europe such as Intermediaire II class at Aachen and double win at Hagen.
- Tip Top
Swedish warmblood gelding. Triple Swedish Young Horse Champion under Kyra Kyrklund. USET Intermediaire I level champion of 2004. Made his Grand Prix Debut in Europe.
Both stallions will be competing in the Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival dressage shows in Floridathis season. Tip Top is the impressive Swedish Warmblood stallion that Morse acquired from Kyra Kyrklund while training in Europe. At the WEF shows, Leslie’s goal is to get Tip Top confirmed in the Grand Prix in preparation the Freestyle Championships and possibly World Cup.
Morse’s other Grand Prix stallion, Kingston needs little introduction after winning the 2004 US League Freestyle Championships and countless Grand Prix Championships both in California and Europe last season. Leslie hopes to use the WEF circuit to prepare Kingston for the 2005 Freestyle Championships and push toward retuning to the World Cup .
Prior to this season, Morse had not competed in Florida for over 10 years. Morse said she felt that the WEF circuit was comparable to showing in Europe. “The last time I came to Florida I was amazed how many spectators came”, said Morse. Morse also noted that she decided to participate on the WEF circuit because it offered a number of advantages, including good judges, easy proximity to the shows so the horses traveled less, superb competition and a number of CDI level shows to compete at.
Morse wasn’t the only one who was excited about her coming to show on Florida’s WEF Dressage circuit, USEF Dressage Director, Marilyn Adams had this to say about Morse’s decision to come from California to Florida, “We are very excited that Leslie Morse has decided to trek to Florida to compete. We hope other dressage rider’s will follow her lead.”.
Morse will be stabling in Wellington with 7-time US Olympic Dressage Team Member, Robert Dover. Along with her horses, Morse was able to bring along her dog, Pari for her two and half month stay in Florida. In addition to participating at the WEF shows, Morse hopes to take in a little shopping and a few of the area’s restaurants. “Of course, I want to enjoy Florida like every tourist”, says Morse. At the same time Morse may do so conservatively, as her Dressage Assistant, Michel Deluna informed us that Leslie personally funded the trip from California and is seeking sponsorship for her future dressage endeavors both in the US and Europe.