After just a few short weeks together, the new combination of Elite European Sporthorse Inc.'s Chimon and Olympian Michelle Gibson, passed the magic mark of the 70% in the Prix St Georges (71.500) at the greater Atlanta Dressage Southern, at the Georgia Horse Park May 18-19.
In their respectable debut the week before at Dressage in the Sandhills the new team eased into third place in the FEI Prix St George (66.667). The immediate goal is to qualify for The USET Festival of Champions Intermediaire Championships June 20 - 23, in Gladstone, New Jersey, and they are well on their way.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to work with these quality horses, and Mike Denneny and Scott Zahner have been an absolute pleasure to work with." said Gibson. "The horses came well trained and conditioned, a credit to Yvonne who did excellent work with them."
Until recently, Yvonne Barteau had campaigned the Swedish Warmblood gelding by Amiral, for the owners of Elite European Sporthorse Inc. As a small but exclusive company who purchases and develops quality dressage horses, it became in their best interest to move their horses to Applewood Farm, in Alpharetta, Georgia. "We appreciate the work that Yvonne did with our horses. She is a talented and qualified rider. The proximity and traffic of quality horse shoppers to Applewood Farm, and Michelle's ability to add depth to our program, are what influenced our decision." stated Mike Denneny, of Elite European Sport Horse Inc.
San Remo, the high scoring Hanoverian gelding shown on the Florida circuit by Barteau, also made the move along with Lex Barker, the Hanoverian High score winner at the 2002 Palm Beach Dressage Derby, and another 4-year-old, Wendal.