After a record number of over 100 horses were presented at the horse inspection, The Palm Beach Dressage Derby started a weekend of nightly parties with the Markel “Inspection Reception” Hosted by Mary Phelps, of Markel and DressageDaily, and Cindy Snowden, in honor of Lisa and Stephanie Wilcox, who have just returned to America. With a spread of food, wine and champagne, organized by JJ’s Café, judges, riders, owners and grooms awaited their ride times in the Palm Beach Derby official’s tent, and had a chance to visit with each other, and welcome Lisa home. Klaus and Judith Balkenhol were on had to greet the Olympian and World Equestrian Games USET Team member, who has for the last 12 years been training, showing, and competing in Europe representing the United States.
Photo: L-R - Mary Phelps, Lisa Wilcox, JJ. Hathaway,Stephanie Wilcox, Elizabeth Lower, and Shirley Johnson finish up the Welcome Party at the Derby.
“I am taking my time,” said Lisa, “but am looking forward to getting back in the ring, and having my own horses and those of a few clients, using the system I have been working with in Europe.” Undoubtedly the inquiries have begun to come flowing in, and with Lisa’s longtime friend and manager Cindy Snowden who has managed Lisa’s clinic schedule in the US, plans are in the works for establishing a small select training stable in South Florida. But for this weekend, Lisa will be enjoying being a spectator at the Derby, and has accepted the very important task of judging the PhelpsPhotos.com Palm Beach Derby Leadline Class Sunday, 11:15 prior to the USET Luncheon and CDI Grand Prix Freestyle.