The Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic got under way today with a nice mix of winners. Many of the tried and true topped the score board and few upcoming young horses made their way to the top today.
Arlene (Tuny) Page’s Danish Hanoverian gelding, Wild One, won the $1250 FEI Intermediaire II class this morning with a solid score of 68.130%. Tuny told us she schooled the fancy 9-year-old gelding thoroughly the day before the class. “He was a little tired today, but stayed focused and on the aids. He has a lot more brilliance, but he needs more mileage. I’d say he is about three months away from being able to perform to his full potential in the show ring, but I was really proud of him. I just love this horse,” gushed Page. The judges seemed to love Wild One today, too. Second went to Marco Bernal on Scorpio with a 67.236%, followed by Nancy Later on Alexis-D with a score of 66.911%.
Rembacz and Millennium Show Their Color
The $1000 Open Prix St. Georges was won by a horse of different color! That is the 11-year-old Dutch gelding, Millenium ridden by Silke Rembacz and owned by Winterage Stables, Inc.
Millenium is a striking horse with a big white blaze and white socks, but he is literally an undeterminable color. “Sometimes he’s a black bay, other times he is almost gray or even a grulla color,” explained Rembacz describing the handsome gelding’s rather unique coat color. One thing is for certain, he is hard to miss. And when the judges saw him today color aside, his bold gaits and accurately executed test clearly made him the winner with a score of 69.750%. “I was very excited about the ride,” added Rembacz, “And I am looking forward to his performance tomorrow in the Intermediaire II.”
Emily Gershberg and Pancratius finished second with a 65.250%, followed closely by Ashley Holzer on Maximillian with a 65%.
Elizabeth Poulin and Cacique Score
A standout in the lower levels was Elizabeth Poulin riding Cacique. The pair won the Second Level test one class with a handy 68.158%. “He went better than ever,” said Poulin. “He’s only 5-years-old and we always seem to place second or third to the older horses. Now I want to keep on winning with him,” she added with enthusiasm. “No more second places!”
Classes for day two of the Florida Dressage Classic start tomorrow at 9:00 AM and run through 5:00 PM.
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