Winning the first Highlife Cup competition was Silke Rembacz, on Millennium, owned by Tim and Joanne Rothwell, of Winterage Stable, in Stockton, NJ, a nine-year-old Dutch warmblood by Nimmerdor. The handsome white faced gelding had the highest scores in the Prix St. George, with a 67.5%, and Intermediare I, with a 67.375%. Rembacz also rides Highlife Farm’s stallion Connecticut, and the recently imported 2002 Bundeschampionat winner, Der Euro. Photos by Rhett Savoie
“I am so lucky.” said a humble Rembacz. “I have the greatest owners, and both the Rothwell’s and the Sim’s root for each other, even when their horses are in the same division.”
But is also a result of Rembacz’s talent as a rider, and professionalism as a trainer that earned her the opportunity to have a top horse vying for the PSG/I1 USET Championships.
A native of Germany, Rembacz earned her US citizenship two years ago. She trains with Cathy Connelly who found Millennium with her partner Toin Hoefs in Holland. Given to Rembacz to sell, Silke “fell in love, and had to have him” and Kim and Joanne Rothwell stepped up to the plate to make sure the pair stayed together.
Reserve Champions was Sabine Schutt-Kerry on Proud Meadow's Friesan Stallion Tinius. Schutt-Kerry is competeing the stallion in Florida for the first part of the winter season, and then will be headed to California, for the remainder of the winter.
Silke Rembacz and Millennium Win Highlife Cup
Highlife Cup Adds Prize Money and Style to Orlando Dressage
Together with show manager Klaus Fraessdorf, Joan and Kenny Sims of Highlife Farms created the Highlife Cup, awarded to the top average scores in the FEI Level divisions. Held on January 31, and February 1, Highlife Farms hosted a Competitor’s Party Saturday evening with a catered dinner and band. Participants had the opportunity to see first hand the facilities which also has a breeding and quarantine facility, while enjoying good food, drink, music and company.
Joan and Kenny Sims are just around the corner from the Clarcona Horseman’s Park, where their beautiful Highlife Farms, with imported sport horses and facilities rival all others in both the United States and Europe. Bringing their expertise in construction and business management, together with a team of horse specialists, they have made their mark in the Dressage world in record time.
“I love competing in Orlando.” said Jules Nyssen, who dominated the Grand Prix division with his Dutch warmblood Good Times. Nyssen comes to Orlando from his Southern Pines, NC headquarters with Jennifer Brinkley, every winter. “I love the parties.” Nyssen added. Between the Highlife weekend and the upcoming Heidelberg Cup party hosted by Kathryn Groves, Orlando Dressage offers a rare opportunity for dressage competitors in Florida to get together after the show and have a good time. Brinkley brought her husband and son, who visited Disney World while she competed.