The 2nd Annual Zada Enterprises, LLC Dressage at the National, held in conjunction with the 120th National Horse Show Outdoor Championships, will host riders from November 28-30, 2003, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds in Wellington, FL.
Five-time Olympian Robert Dover has two mounts entered in the Grand Prix on Friday, November 28. Dover will ride Rainier (his mount at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games) and FBW Kennedy, the former mount of Olympian Lone Jorgenssen of Denmark, recently imported for Dover’s bid for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Jane Clark owns both horses. "Kennedy and I have become very happy as a team and I feel ready to go into the ring with him," Dover said.
Opening Day Grand Prix
The opening day Grand Prix will feature 15 rides, highlighted by Dover and a host of international stars and medallists including Dr. Cesar Parra of Colombia with two new mounts – Galant du Serein and Leonberg; Lars Petersen of Denmark aboard Dansko’s Success; Mirja Block of Germany with her flashy Asarhaddon; and Marco Bernal of Colombia with Koenraad. A stellar roster of U.S. riders rounds out the Grand Prix with Heather Bender riding her longtime partner Mikhail; Arlene Page on the spectacular mare Claire; Lynda Alicki introducing Kratu; and Janne Rumbough on her elegant Andalusian stallion Triunfador XVIII.
Prior to the afternoon Grand Prix competition, opening day kicks off with the Prix St. Georges starting at 8am. Competing in a class of 18 entries are professionals as well as top amateurs including the defending champion of the class Bethany Peslar aboard her Flinstone, and Melissa Taylor Yee with her award-winning mount Ike and her newest horse Schumacker.
On Saturday, November 29, Dressage at the National features three FEI classes – the Intermediaire I, Intermediaire II and the Grand Prix Special – for a total of 29 rides scheduled from 9am until 4:30pm. The most hotly contested class will be the I-I with 16 entries. Competing in the I-II will be Katherine Bateson aboard Ramazon, a horse owned and ridden by the show’s sponsor, Joe Zada. The main event, the Grand Prix Special will be highlighted by rides from top amateurs including Emmy Adwers with two mounts, PF Robinson 94 and Ali Baba 92, as well as professionals and USET members Heather Bender with two mounts, Bona Sera and Mikhail, and Lynda Alicki aboard Kratu.