Dozens of riders turned out for a Prix St. Georges class at a recent Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge January show, but it was Shelley Francis and Shannon Dueck who rode away the winners. The class, sponsored by The Oaks of Lake City, was divided into two divisions due to the overwhelming turnout.
Shelley Francis (right) was the winner of a Wellington Classic Dressage Prix St. Georges class sponsored by The Oaks of Lake City. Francis is joined by Wig Wam, his owner Patricia Stempel (center) and Show Manager Noreen O’Sullivan. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)
The Oaks of Lake City awarded prizes to both Francis and Dueck, the winners of each Prix St Georges section. In section one, Francis, of Loxahatchee, had a winning score of 74.737% aboard Wig Wam. The 17.2 hand Oldenburg gelding, owned by Patricia Stempel of Oxford, Michigan, has dominated the division lately. “He was wicked good in that ride,” Francis said, following the class.
Stempel was equally proud of her bay gelding who trains at Francis’s farm during the winter show season. Stempel also talked about the show held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. “They put on a great show and I love this show ground. Its a nice environment and very well managed," she said.
Francis and Dueck were both presented with beautiful coolers from The Oaks of Lake City, a residential community in Northern Florida designed to enhance the equestrian lifestyle. The community is home to The Oaks Equestrian Center, the inaugural O’Connor Signature equestrian facility. The community and its Equestrian Center cater to a variety of equestrian disciplines and is committed to supporting the equestrian community through sponsorships and clinics.
Shannon Dueck (left) and Ringo Starr won a Prix St. Georges class at a recent Wellington Classic Dressage show. The class was sponsored by The Oaks of Lake City. Show Manager Noreen O’Sullivan presented Dueck with her beautiful cooler from The Oaks of Lake City. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)
Olympians Karen and David O’Connor have designed and put their stamp on the community, whose standards reflect their commitment to an equestrian facility designed to offer residents the finest in equestrian lifestyles. Professionally managed by Equestrian Services, LLC, the facility offers a 33-stall barn, a 122’ x 225’ covered riding arena, a 60 foot covered round pen with world-class footing, 15 miles of looped trails and the O’Connor designed 11 acre cross-country jumping course.
For more information on The Oaks of Lake City, visit their website at www.theoakslakecity.com.