Wellington, FL - Less than 60 days training together didn't stop Natalie Pai and Way Not from debuting with a score of more than 66% and pinning in the top ten in the FEI Junior Team 2009 test during Week Five of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI 4*/3* National series in Wellington, FL. “He's really trusting and always good,” said a modest Pai. The 14-year-old, chestnut Hanoverian son of Weltmeyer, whose flaxen rock star looks support his barn moniker, 'Bon Jovi,' was imported from Germany seven years ago and is owned by Marcella Speranza. Their official final score, 66.757%, put them sixth overall in Junior Team, and they delivered a consistent 66.579% the next afternoon in the FEI Junior Individual test.
“Staying consistent is how you become a champion,” said Choice of Champions, International president, Allyn Maix. “We encourage young, new combinations like Way Not and Natalie to reach for that next, better ride.”
The COC Performance Awards recognize the exemplary performances of horses and/or riders during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Each award winner gets a COC tricolor and embroidered saddle pad commemorating their exceptional performance.
“They did a fantastic job for their very first ride together,” said trainer Kevin Kohmann of OS Dressage, who added with an optimistic smile, “Next this year? Why, Young Riders, of course!” Kohmann has been setting a solid example, finishing third in the FEI Prix St George that same week riding Barry Giske's Sir Savoy 3.
In 2006, Choice of Champions, International was started by Allyn Maix, whose 30 years of experience in the horse industry stands behind specialized equine supplements dedicated to making a difference.
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