Miami Dade Winter Dressage - A Tropical Oasis

The Tropical Park Equestrian Center is an oasis in the midst of the Miami hustle and bustle. Formerly a thoroughbred race track, it was converted years ago into a county park featuring bike trails, a stadium, lakes complete with alligators, iguana's, and flocks of green parrots watching the competition from the treetops. The Equestrian Center is the permanent home of the Miami Dade Mounted Police force, with roomy stabling left over from it's racing days.

The intimate two-day show, held February 24-25 offers a more affordable and peaceful alternative to the rigors of the four-day four-ring marathon, which dominates the Florida winter dressage circuit. A welcome break from the intensity of the Wellington show scene was enjoyed by many top competitors as well as local dressage riders whose limelight is often overshadowed. The warm hospitality of the Miami-Dade Dressage Club featured a competitor's party Saturday evening hosted by Pele and Lena Wedemark, of Swedish Exclusive Dressage. Competitors and club volunteers enjoyed good food and drink, and a beautiful Miami evening under the stars.

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Saturday, March 3, 2001

The Steiner Women Tune Up in Miami

"I have always heard about this show, but have never been here." said Betsy Steiner who came with daughter Jesse and student/partner Tami Hoag. "What a pleasant experience and who would have thought in the middle of Miami you would find such a peaceful spot!"

Also a good opportunity for tuning up for the upcoming Palm Beach Dressage Derby, Florida's only CDI for 2001, Steiner rode her stallion, the 13-year-old KWPN Dutch Warmblood, Hilltop's Giotto, (by Joost) in the PSG/Intermediare 1 division. Jessie shared the division with Crimson Cavalier who Jessie co-owns with Dorothy Chappell. Sunday's Intermediare 1 was their best class, as mother and daughter finished third (64.250) and sixth (63.000) respectively.

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Sunday, March 4, 2001

Tami Hoag and the Marvelous Feliki

Steiner's student/partner/friend, Tami Hoag gained more mileage in the 2001 Miami Dade Winter Dressage Grand Prix on her elegant KWPN mare Feliki (Aktion x Joost), to place second (61.000) and in the Grand Prix Special (61.000).

Hoag, a best selling novelist (Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust) is working on her latest novel between shows, which she has revealed is set in the Wellington horsy scene, and will offer much mystery and intrigue. Hoag who dedicated her last best seller, "Dust to Dust", to Betsy and Jessie, will be moving to Los Angeles after this winter, and is currently looking for a facility near her new home.

Riding dressage for only two years Hoag has applied the same discipline and focus it must take to continue to produce her novels, to excel in dressage. Hoag and Steiner purchased Feliki just half a year ago through the partnership of Toin Hoefs and Cathy Connelly. "All this mare wants to do is her best." Said Steiner as we watched Tami's Grand Prix Special, which looked like an effortless ride. "I'm afraid Tami will now think that it is always this easy, which we all know it is not, but with Feliki, it truly is.

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Monday, March 5, 2001

A Winning Weekend for Kingsclere Stables

Miami has been on Shimoni and partner Nancy Later's, winter tour since first competing in Florida. Oded Shimoni who rides for Israel is focusing on qualifying for the European Championships and the 2001 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. Even when their truck was stolen from a Miami hotel parking lot, Shimoni and Later have continued to return, bringing most of their barn with them. Together the couple won top honors with each horse and at each level they competed. The 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood, Glenstern, who continues to gain strength, confidence, and blue ribbons with each outing, dominated the Grand Prix, winning the class with a 65.600.

In the Prix St George/Intermediare 1 division Shimoni and Mistral, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood owned by Christine Von Gartzen placed second in the Prix St George (66.500) to Tuni Page and Claire (69.000). In the Intermediare 1, Tuni (who Shimoni is currently coaching) and Oded switched places. Mistral winning with a 66.750, to Claire's 66.500.

Shimoni is set to move his newer mount, James Bond into the FEI Levels. James Bond a nine-year-old KWPN Dutch Warmblood, is a huge (17.2 h) and impressive animal who is coming into his own. Winning fourth level test 2 with a 67.250, "Bond" is co-owned by Saddlewood Farms. The same partnership that owns the talented six-year-old KWPN Dutch Warmblood, Noway, ridden by Nancy Later who peaked at 70.000 in First Level Test 2. Later also won reserve champion at fouth level with Susanne McCarthy's Manster.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2001

Tuni Page and Charlotte Ann!

Last year at Miami- Dade Winter Dressage 2000, a 6 month pregnant Arlene (Tuni) Page rode and won the Prix St George and Intermediare 1 on her exceptional KWPN mare, Claire, (by the Holsteiner Stallion Cassini out of the mare Umaica sired by the KWPN Dutch stallion, Appleking xx.) It was to be her last competition before the birth of her daughter, Charlotte Ann. This year, there was a repeat performance with husband David looking on, and 8-month-old Charlotte available to carry her blue ribbon, as her Mom led the field with a large class with a 69.000.

Clearly one of the leading candidates for The USET Festival of Champions and the 2001 Prix St George/Intermediare Championships, Tuni Page and Claire are picking up right where they left off, with plans to begin working on the Grand Prix this summer in Europe. " I have been working with Oded Shimoni, and he has been very helpful, clearly on the same path, training wise." Shimoni and Page both have worked with Conrad Schumacher in Germany where Page plans to return after the Festival of Champions in June.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2001

Barisone Barn Represented in Miami

The Barisone Barn made their first appearance of the season at Miami Dade Winter Dressage coming in from their winter headquarters in Loxahatchee, Florida. Barisone who finished 5th in the 2000 USET Olympic Selection Trials with the brilliant and sensitive Danish mare Safir (Diamond x May Sharif), owned by Sue Thomas had a rocky weekend, but took in stride.

Barisone's diesel tractor truck was spotted getting towed after it stopped in the middle of a busy downtown Miami intersection, requiring a trip back to Loxahatchee to get another truck to take the horses home after the show. Anyone who ventures to ask him about his beloved truck will get an instant lesson on how the Ford Power Stroke engine works, and then some!

Safir's Grand Prix was not her best day, but she rebounded in Sunday's Grand Prix Special to win with a 64.418. Related Links
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