Nancy Later Wins FEI Intermediaire I and Intermediaire II
Wellington, FL - December 3, 2005 – Five FEI classes were contested today at the 4th Annual Zada Enterprises, LLC Dressage at the National held in conjunction with the 122nd National Horse Show and Family Festival in Wellington, Florida. For the second consecutive day, Katherine Bateson-Chandler riding FBW Kennedy for owner Jane Forbes Clark topped the highest level class, winning the Grand Prix Special on a score of 70.70%. Arlene Page aboard Wild One placed second, scoring 67.00%. Lisette Milner and Eminence earned third place with 66.800%. Judging the FEI classes were Gary Rockwell at C and Col. A. R. Kitts at B.
Nancy Pugh Later of Wellington won both the FEI Intermediaire I and the FEI Intermediaire II.
In the Intermediaire II class, Later aboard her 13-year-old Oldenburg mare Alexis-D earned a score of 65.244% for the win. Marco Bernal riding Diamore placed second with 64.024%. Bent Jensen and Columbo were third scoring 61.341%.
“She’s a very special mare,” said Later of Alexis-D. “She’s very pretty and she has super gaits and a lot of this work is physically easier for her than for a lot of other horses, but mentally she can be stressed in the show atmosphere. Today she was focused on me and feeling confident in the ring to do what she can do easily. That was the fun part.”
Today’s win was the first time in the show ring for the pair since May. Later admitted that Alexis-D had some mistakes in her one-tempis and that she lost her footing in the extended trot, but in general the mare was focused and working. “It’s really my mistake not to get her attention better to make it possible for her to do the movements,” confessed Later. “In the extended trot I should have told her ‘not so much!’” In today’s test, Later assessed that her mare’s best movements were her passage, extended trot, and pirouettes.
The 16-hand bay mare by Archipel was previously trained and shown to Grand Prix in Germany by Kattrin Bettenworth. Later has owned Alexis-D for two-and-a-half years and has previously shown her at the Grand Prix level. Later plans to move the mare back up to Grand Prix in the future, but is currently logging experience at I-II in order to keep up her confidence in the ring. “I’m taking it step by step,” Later explained. She appreciated the judges’ marks that awarded her the win, but noted, “With that horse, it’s more important to me that she feels confident in the ring, and that she is going through everything in a relaxed way.”
In her second victory of the day, Later topped a field of 12 horses in the Intermediare I class, earning a score of 66.500% aboard Rubinski. Ingred Pollak placed second, scoring 64.500% with Que Ba Hm. Bent Jensen was third earning 64.375% with Liberty Light.
Later has participated in the annual Zada Enterprises, LLC Dressage at the National in previous years and noted, “They do a great job. It’s really fun to have the dressage with the jumpers, and we appreciate them making room for us. I think it’s really great for our sport that they are able to put it together,” she said. “Thank-you to Joe Zada for his sponsorship!”