Wellington, FL - During a beautiful weekend at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI, Sahar Daniel Hirosh and the 10-year-old Rhinelander mare Sacro Santa rode to the win in the FEI Intermediate B. With a score of 69.048% and 8’s on their passage and trot work, Hirosh and Prima, as she is known around the barn, made an impressive debut in both the mare’s first national show and their first attempt at the Intermediate B. Using the Intermediate B as a stepping stone towards Grand Prix, Hirosh is carefully bringing Prima along, and the Sandro Hit mare more than rose to the occasion at the Palm Beach Derby. She first arrived at Hirosh’s barn six years ago with a month old foal by her side and only 60 days under saddle.
After years of patient and correct schooling, Prima is now blossoming under Hirosh’s guidance in the competition arena. In fact, Prima’s foal, now a 6-year-old stallion named Classy Sinclair, is also succeeding under Hirosh with scores breaking into the seventies at Fourth Level.
“I could not be more pleased with Prima,” said Hirosh, who rides for Israel. “It has been a long road to develop a very special relationship with her and to bring her to this level. Her talent is undeniable, and I have been truly fortunate that her owners Dr. Phillip and Lisa Grossi gave me the opportunity to ride this mare and to have the patience and trust in me to give her the time she needed to mature.”
Hirosh’s long term goals are to continue to progress with Prima into the international Grand Prix arena and to qualify for the European Championships. “When we met, Prima was just 60 days under saddle, and at the Derby she completed her first baby Grand Prix and won the class. I couldn’t be more proud of her, and I loved every minute of working with her,” said Hirosh. “I also couldn’t have done it without my amazing team and the support of her owners Lisa and Phillip Grossi, Allyn Maix from Choice of Champions, and Alex and Lily Zilo for allowing me to spend the winters at their incredible facility, Windsor Stables in Wellington.”
Hirosh operates SDH Dressage out of Ringoes, New Jersey in the summer, where the welfare of the horse comes first and foremost. In addition, he is a top competitor on the international level and aspires to ride for a future Israeli Dressage Team.
“It’s not about only working with the physical body, but also working with the soul of the horse,” he said, summing up his philosophy.
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