Bedminster, NJ - A new partnership began with a bang during the Dressage at the Ranch National show in Bedminster, New Jersey, where Grand Prix rider and trainer Sahar Daniel Hirosh and Sakramenter put in their debut performance as a team. The 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Samarant (Sandro Hit) and out of Weiha Cara (Westminster) received an 8 for gaits and Hirosh received an 8 for the rider’s correct an effective use of the aids to boost them to an even 70% in Fourth Level Test 1. Owned by KCR Dressage, LLC, the 17.2 dark bay gelding only arrived at Hiorsh’s barn a few weeks ago, and he couldn’t be happier with their first outing. The judge praised Sakramenter, awarding him 8’s for overall gaits as well as specific movements, and calling him an “impressive horse with much talent for the higher levels.” And that is just where Hirosh is aiming him.
“I am very excited about working with this horse,” said Hirosh, who rides for Israel. “My goal is to channel his willingness to work and exceptional talent into the international arena.” Hirosh just finished off a successful winter season at the 2014 Adeqan Global Dressage Festival, where he finished with impressive scores and top placings across a wide variety of classes, from the USEF 4-Year-Old Division to the Intermediate B and Fourth Level with his string of up and coming dressage horses.
Following Florida’s winter circuit, Hirosh and his horses returned to their summer base in Pennsylvania, and continued their winter winning ways in the spring. In May he and Lisa Grossi’s Hanoverian mare D’Esprit Joli finished with an impressive overall score of 80.4% at the Bucks County Horse Park Dressage show in the USEF 4-Year-Old class, and he also rode Francis Murphy’s 8-year-old warmblood Aragon to a 71.8% in the Prix St. Georges. Aragon’s score also secured them the FEI high score of the show.
With a history of bringing young horses to the FEI levels, Hirosh now will aim to repeat that success by guiding Sakramenter into the international show arena. USDF Gold and Silver Medalist and owner of KCR Dressage, LLC, Karen Ramsing-Bixler was thrilled with the new team’s success in New Jersey. Sakramenter is one of four quality dressage horses currently owned by KCR Dressage, which is dedicated to importing and training European sporthorses for the American market and international competition. With over 20 years of competing in the FEI arena, Ramsing-Bixler will often be seen ringside acting as eyes on the ground and sometimes co-trainer for her horses. Early in her dressage career, Ramsing-Bixler apprenticed for seven years with Jessica Ransehousen in all phases of dressage: competing, teaching and judging.
“Working with Jessica gave me a unique insight and sharp vision for the future of dressage and the necessity of developing horses for the American rider,” said Ramsing-Bixler. “My goal is to play a part in this and I am very happy to be an owner and share in someone else’s dream.”
Pairing Sakramenter with Hirosh’s proven system of bringing horses up the levels meshes well with KCR’s goal of taking European sporthorses into international competition. “The plan now is to continue to build Sakramener's strength and confidence in the arena,” said Hirosh. “He has so much potential and I could not be more grateful to Karen and KCR Dressage for entrusting his training to me. I’m very excited for what the future holds for us.”
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