Wellington, FL – Melissa Fladland did it again— scoring the highest dressage score of the week at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Fladland received the highest score of the entire week at the show twice in a row, on two different horses. The Horse of Course, Inc., a popular tack shop and sponsor of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, awarded Fladland with The Horse of Course High Score Award both weeks. Most recently, Fladland won the award on Sholitaire, a four-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Makenzie Rath.
Since Fladland had already received The Horse of Course High Score Award embroidered cooler and tri-colored ribbon for her performance the prior week, this week she decided to pass on the prize to Sholitaire’s owner, Makenzie Rath. The Horse of Course’s CEO Beth Haist was happy to present the two with the award at The Horse of Course mobile tack shop on the show grounds.
Fladland and Sholitaire’s impressive score of 79.773 percent in their open training level class earned them first place. The Horse of Course High Score Award suggests that young Sholitaire is off to a promising start with his show career. “I bought him in 2012,” Rath said. “He was about four weeks old. Mo Swanson bred him out of Rolling Stone Farm.”
Rath rode Sholitaire in four amateur training level classes in addition to Fladland’s rides. Each test Sholitaire performed earned a first place ribbon. The Horse of Course, Rath, and Fladland were all impressed by Sholitaire’s performances — especially considering this was his very first show ever. “You could really feel him mentally kick in and just listen to my aids,” Fladland said. “He stayed really up with me in my hands and said ‘This is my job; I know what I’m supposed to do,’ and he went right to work.”
“I think his temperament is the best,” Rath said when asked what her favorite thing about Sholitaire is. “He’s very sweet, but he’s curious and he’s a very kind horse.”
The Horse of Course is proud to recognize the achievements of great riders and horses during the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, in addition to offering riders’ favorite tack and equipment brands. Fladland and Rath are true fans of The Horse of Course’s wide selection of equine products.
“We have bought a lot of stuff from The Horse of Course,” Fladland said. “A coat, boots, and another pair of boots coming up, too!” Fladland feels that high-quality tack and riding gear aid in helping riders be their best on their talented mounts, like Sholitaire.
The Horse of Course proudly supports the equine community by traveling around the U.S. and sponsoring and attending horse shows with it’s large selection of top-quality, fairly priced merchandse for equestrians. Popular brands that The Horse of Course carries include Konig, Pikeur, Kentucky, Eskadron, Grand Prix, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passler, Redbarn, Schockemohle, Romfh, USG, Neue Schule, Montar, Eurostar, Dyon, and Sommer. Equestrians can find sought-after products at The Horse of Course including full seat breeches, belts, boots, men’s apparel, and horse care supplies. Additionally, saddle-fitting services are available.
During each week of CDI competition throughout the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, The Horse of Course will continue to present the highest scoring horse and rider team with The Horse of Course High Score Award.
To learn more about 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival sponsor The Horse of Course, visit www.thehorseofcourse.com or call 888-494-6773.