Wellington, FL - Staying connected is essential to good riding, especially when you’re an amateur pursuing your passion like Gardy Bloemers, of Charlottesville, Virginia, who was recognized with the GK Elite Sport Adult Amateur Achievement Award during the twelfth and final week of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida.
“This award is so wonderful, thank you,” said Bloemers. “Four years ago I came to Wellington and was star struck by its rings. It takes blood, sweat and tears, and a lot of hours in the saddle to get to this place. I really appreciate this.”
Bloemers is campaigning small tour horses Chios KK, an 18.1 hand grey Dutch-bred gelding on whom she took reserve in the FEI Prix St Georges test for Adult Amateurs, and Crusedor (aka ‘Cruise’), a 16.3 hand chestnut Dutch-bred (Zilver-Ster PB x Prisca x Jetset-D) gelding she hopes to bring to Intermediare-II CDI level by this summer.
“Cruise is a stable-perfect horse,” she warmly said. “He’s great for getting me into riding the way you need to ride at the Small Tour level. He’s bomb-proof in every way.” She’s also optimistic about her goals with Chios: “We’ve had a good start and hopefully we’ll qualify for National Finals at the PSG and I-1 level.”
As important as it is to stay connected through the reins, the GK Elite Sport Adult Amateur Achievement Award rider says she also works to stay connected to her working life. Holding up her smartphone, she said, “I’m always connected to my job, plus I have a great support team. The key is staying organized. I try to do everything at the barn first thing in the morning, then head to the office.”
The Amateur division award-winner added with a grin, “I think we have to work more… and harder… than people who aren’t trying to do something ‘crazy’ like I’m doing!”
“That’s what makes this award wonderful,” she told trainer and Pan American Games Dressage Team Gold medalist, Dr. Cesar Parra, who partners with GK Elite Sport president, Nicolette Ghribi, to recognize outstanding adult amateur riders, “and I thank its sponsors very, very much.” To see more follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCVOnG22NTo
Dr. Cesar Parra had his own success in the ring this weekend competing Fashion Designer OLD in the Developing Grand Prix, and Don Cesar in the Developing PSG. Scoring a 70.5% and 70.4% to win both classes in the final week of the twelve week Adequan Global Dressage Festival.
GK Elite Sport operates exceptional horse and rider training facilities in Wellington and Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, and has been proud to salute outstanding amateur competitors throughout the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival series. Learn more about the GK equestrian team and horses at www.gk-horses.com.