Robert Dover, 47, of Long Island, NY, and Wellington, FL, rode FBW Kennedy to victory in the Grand Prix Special at the 2nd Annual Zada Enterprises, LLC Dressage at the National on Saturday, November 29, with a score of 69.700%. The dressage show runs from November 28-30 in conjunction with the 120th National Horse Show at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds in Wellington, FL.
“The horse is absolutely fabulous,” said five-time Olympian Dover. “I learned an awful lot today.” This was Dover’s first trip down centerline with Kennedy and also his first competitive ride since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Dover said he was so pleased with the first part of his test that he was “a little over-zealous into the ones on the centerline. I got ahead of his movement for a second and instead of sitting down I let him get too free. I probably let him get too free with my hands in several places instead of just keeping steady contact. Those are things we learn as we go along and now I’ll watch the video 25 times, ad nauseum.”