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Absorbine® Myoplast® Recognizes Dressage Champions Jason Canton and Shawna Harding


Jason Canton receives the Myoplast saddle pad from show manager, Noreen O’Sullivan at the GCDA CDI Opener for a winning score of 70.930% on Grandioso in the 4th Level TOC. Harding and Come On III received a score of 75.300% in the FEI Freestyle at the GCDA CDI Opener.In an effort to introduce their new amino acid muscle supplement, Myoplast, to U.S. competitors, Absorbine is supporting and sponsoring a number of dressage competitions on the prestigious Florida Winter Dressage circuit. [#26977 override="Read More....." title="Read More....."]

Lily Zilo Hopes to Be Hong Kong’s Olympic Dressage Rider


In an effort to ensure that the 2008 Olympic host nation is represented, the Hong Kong Jockey Club is putting up the money to help Chinese dressage and jumper riders prepare and qualify to compete in this summer’s Olympic Games and U.S.-based Chinese rider Lily Zilo is one of the riders benefitting from the Club’s financial support.

Lily who has been training with Michelle Gibson started her quest with a warm up at the Gold Coast Opener.

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Anne Gribbons Successfully Juggles Careers as Both Competitor and Judge



A native of Sweden, Anne Gribbons has successfully represented the U.S. in numerous international competitions. She has trained many horses to Grand Prix and helped her students achieve tremendous competitive success. Yet, many know of her for her career as an FEI “O” judge. Gribbons is rare among international judges in that while she judges at the highest levels – and indeed this year she is judging the U.S. Olympic Dressage Selection Trials – she also actively competes. At the recent Gold Coast Opener CDI-W/Y, Gribbons competed with her 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding Alazan at the Grand Prix level. During the show, Gribbons graciously set aside a few minutes to discuss the challenges of being both a top-level judge and competitor. [#26974 override="Read more questions and answers" title="Read more questions and answers"]

Dance Fever Takes Hold at Gold Coast Dressage CDI


It will go down as the best Exhibitor’s Party yet. Getting down was the theme. Janne Rumbough hosted her annual dinner at the Gold Coast CDI. One again the food was catered by our own, John Flanagan, and this time he raised the bar. Bobby Flay is lucky he didn’t stop by for a throw down because to John’s fare his wouldn’t compare! During dinner, Sho Clothes hosted the Dance Your Breeches Off Dance Contest and ooh the joint was jumping. Celebrity judges included 6-time Olympian and TV host, Robert Dover, NY Times Best selling author and Grand Prix dressage diva, Tami Hoag and the lovely, Pam Wallace from Dance Connection. The MC for the evening festivities was (wow he can sing)- Rick Silvia and the amazing recording star, Christina Wallace. They entertained the audience with top shelf singing while the judges marked their ballots. [#26981 override="Read More...." title="Read More...."]

Illness Doesn’t Slow Down Courtney King - Harding Pulls Hattrick


Being sick hasn’t kept Courtney King down. Although battling a cold, the Olympic contender managed to ride through three days of the 2008 Gold Coast Opener CDI-W/Y and topped off the weekend with the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W Freestyle win with Idocus. King gave credit to her partner for helping to carry her through."Sometimes I feel like I’m making up for him a little bit, but this time he definitely carried his weight big time," she said. The pair took the win with a score of 76.30 percent, edging out second-place finishers Lars Petersen and Succes with a score of 75.20 percent. Coming in third was Michael Barisone with Neruda and a score of 72.95 percent. [#26986 title="something"]

Susan Jaccoma’s Prix St Georges Partner at 2008 Gold Coast Opener CDI-W/Y is a Change of Pace


In the Intermediaire I CDI competition at the 2008 Gold Coast Opener CDI-W/Y, the technical marks were needed to break a tie between Shawna Harding and Susan Jaccoma. Both scored a 70.10 percent, but the technical marks gave Harding the win. Although Saturday’s Intermediaire competition went to Harding, Jaccoma was nonetheless thrilled with Wadamur. “I loved my ride today and I want to have another just like it, like tomorrow and the next day and into the future. He was wonderful. He was right there. It felt harmonious to me. I asked him questions in the corner, he listened, he came back. I was thrilled with it,” she said. [#26990 override="Read More...." title="Read More...."]

Shawna Harding and Come On III Continue their Winning Streak at Gold Coast Opener CDI-W


Coming off of their Prix St. Georges win at the Wellington Dressage Classic I, Shawna Harding and Come On III, a nine-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, continued their winning streak at the Gold Coast Opener CDI-W by taking the win in the Prix St. Georges CDI-W competition and she was certainly pleased.

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Ashley Holzer and Shawna Harding Kick Off Gold Coast Opener CDI-W/Y with Big CDI Wins


Beautiful Florida weather greeted competitors on the opening day of the Gold Coast Opener CDI-WY and in CDI competition, Ashley Holzer took the win in Grand Prix with her partner Pop Art. In Prix St. Georges CDI competition, the winner of that large class was Shawna Harding and Come On III with a score of 69.05 percent. Holzer, who riders for Canada, edged out Courtney King, who finished both second and third in CDI Grand Prix competition. Holzer and the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Pop Art scored a 72.042 percent. King took second with Harmony’s Mythilus and a score of 71.125 percent and third with Idocus and a score of 70.750 percent. Coming in fourth was Lars Petersen and Succes with 69.917 percent. [#26992 override="Read More...." title="Read More...."]

Up and Coming Talent on Hand for 2008 Gold Coast Opener CDI-W/Y


The 2008 Gold Coast Opener CDI-W/Y opens today at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center and a couple of future stars from the barn of Cesar Parra may be visible. Two weeks ago at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge I, Parra earned one of those rare 10s with the five-year-old sibling of Furst Fabio, the fabulous Ferragmo. Ferragamo sort of slipped under the radar until his results appeared on the scoreboard. Then his First Level ride was the last of the day on Sunday after a brief but substantial rainfall made some puddles in ring four. Totally undaunted the young horse moved confidently under the guidance of his rider, Claudia Arnold. [#25930 override="Read More...." title="Read More...."]

On the Scene 2008

  • Watch This! A video posted of Ashley Holzer and Pop Art
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  • [#26664 override="Lily Zilo Hopes to Be Hong Kong’s Olympic Dressage Rider" title="Lily Zilo Hopes to Be Hong Kong’s Olympic Dressage Rider"]
  • [#26974 override="Anne Gribbons Successfully Juggles Careers as Both Competitor and Judge" title="Anne Gribbons Successfully Juggles Careers as Both Competitor and Judge"]
  • [#26981 override="Dance Fever Takes Hold at Gold Coast Dressage CDI" title="Dance Fever Takes Hold at Gold Coast Dressage CDI"]
  • [#26985 override="Highlights from the 2008 Gold Coast Opener CDI-W/Y" title="Highlights from the 2008 Gold Coast Opener CDI-W/Y"]
  • [#26987 override="It’s Three in a Row for Shawna Harding and Come On III" title="It’s Three in a Row for Shawna Harding and Come On III"]
  • [#26986 override="Illness Doesn’t Slow Down Courtney King as Idocus Nurses Her Along" title="Illness Doesn’t Slow Down Courtney King as Idocus Nurses Her Along"]
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  • Shawna Harding and Susan Jaccoma Square Off in Intermediaire I
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  • [#26992 override="Ashley Holzer and Shawna Harding Kick Off Gold Coast Opener CDI-W/Y with Big CDI Wins" title="Ashley Holzer and Shawna Harding Kick Off Gold Coast Opener CDI-W/Y with Big CDI Wins"]
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Results

April 12-13 - GCDA Grand Finale I & II Dressage

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Jim Brandon Equestrian Center

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