Rebecca Cohen made a splash at Dressage at Equestrian Estates where she began her quest to qualify as a Junior for the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships this year with her new horse Downtown purchased from DressageDaily’s Horsemarket. Cohen won the Junior Team Teat with a 64.865%. Cohen’s mother Carol is owner of the Dressage facility Two Swans Farm in Wellington, and is partners in the Danish stallion Come Back II with John Bryialsen in Denmark. She was unable to make her usual trip to Europe, but it didn’t matter. Searching for the “suitable first horse” horse for Rebecca, a seasoned competitor with her FEI Ponies led Carol to DressageDaily. “We seriously considered two horses that were for sale on DressageDaily and fluctuated between both of them.” said Carol. “We made the decision to buy Downtown, from Cecile Von Martels in Canada.”
Downtown, originally known as Daddy’s Dream is Westphalen by Del Mar a Pilot line, was started as a jumper, but Cecile Von Martels bought him as a dressage horse and successfully competed Downtown for the Young Rider Canadian Team. Young Rebecca was able to reel off Downtown’s bloodlines when asked, a clear example she is taking her riding career seriously. Rebecca was first introduced to Dressage at the tender age of three when Lendon Gray introduced Mom and daughter to the sport while they watched Courtney King riding Idocus in Bedford, NY.
Rebecca who rides year round in Florida with long time trainer John Zopatti, has been one of a very few young Dressage riders competing the FEI Ponies, something her mother Carol has supported both with her daughter, and the program as well. “John Zopatti has been a huge influence in preparing me for shows,” said Rebecca. “He is a tough task master, but kind, and extremely supportive.”
“Rebecca will continue riding her ponies at FEI Pony level until she is sixteen, ” explained Carol, who owns; Dornroschen, (Sleeping Beauty), out of Dressman, Day of Diva, out of FS Don't Worry, and the stallion, “sweetest ever” Tai Calido. “Then we hope that there will be other young girls that have the passion for Dressage that Rebecca has had.”
With plans in the works for North American Pony Championships, and a great start to her Junior Young Rider quest, Rebecca knows she’s a lucky girl, and is working hard to do her best to ride her ponies and her horse to the best of her ability.