Former USET team rider Lisa Wilcox can dream again of competing at premier league international dressage competitions now that she has come to ride a new FEI star, the Dutch warmblood mare Passionelle.
After twelve years living, training and competing in Europe, Wilcox returned home to U.S.A. in 2006 and has been building her dream in Florida with a supportive team backing her up at a happy and harmonious barn close to family and friends. However, that’s not enough to satisfy this dressage rider, the first American to crack the top ten ranking of the FEI/BMC World Ranking who reached #2 in the world. Competing in the major league international championships and becoming a member of the U.S. Team again remains a goal of Lisa’s. Now, Lisa has taken a step towards that goal with a new horse, Passionelle.
Lisa and her trusted California friend, Gigi Cunliffe, recently purchased Passionelle, a 10-year old mare by Jazz, imported by Queenswood Stables in Ottawa, Canada. Passionelle, who is bred by Mr Muilwijk from Groot Ammers, Netherlands, has the spark and fire Jazz offspring are known for. Lisa knew this the first time she sat on her and that’s one of the things she loves about her.
Passionelle, who has been successfully shown at Fourth Level this winter, is smart and learns very quickly, as was evidenced by her first training session with Lisa’s longtime trainer, Ernst Hoyos. Hoyos and Wilcox reunited to train horses and with Passionelle they schooled half steps and introduced the piaffe. Ernst Hoyos was recently in Florida and will continue to come every few months to train Lisa and Passionelle, as well as occasionally extend a few lessons to Lisa’s students.
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