WEF Dressage Classic: Extrem and Impressario Do the Grand Prix

Suzanne Ericsson's Extrem, a 12-year-old Danish gelding ridden by Hubertus Schmidt, won the Grand Prix Freestyle with 69.38%. They also placed third in the Grand Prix de Dressage with a 62.93%. Schmidt flew in from Germany and had a few days to ride before the show, but said, "It was difficult that I only had three days before the show to prepare him," said Schmidt. "In Germany we would have had scores in the seventies. I can't say that we should have had higher scores today, because we didn't have the preparation."

Schmidt , from a small town near Warendorf, has been coming to America to train Ericsson, and showed Extrem for her this weekend. He also showed the horse at the last Zada show, winning his class then as well. Schmidt rode Extrem for four years, taking him from training level to Grand Prix, and the pair won numerous big shows in Germany. Extrem came to America last October and Ericsson has been riding him since then, with Schmidt showing him to give him some experience in America. In March Ericsson and her horses will move to Virginia.

Lynda Alicki-Gilchrist of Wellington rode Impressario, an impressive dark brown KWPN gelding by Darwin out of Elina, to win the Grand Prix with 67% and place third in the GP Freestyle. The pair have had a successful season, winning the USET Grand Prix qualifier at the last Zada show with a 63%.

Text by Amber Heintzberger for Dressagedaily.com

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Tuesday, March 20, 2001

WEF Dressage Classic: Paxton and Lavell Reign Supreme

Young rider Jackie Paxton and Cinbad, (Cellebrio x Duellinde) won the Young Riders Team and Individual tests, and Paxton also placed third behind Courtney Raiser in both tests with Fly Over, (Fruehlingsrausch x Pia). She has been accepted to ride at Karen Rehbein's barn in Germany this summer, and also hopes to ride at the North American Young Riders Championships representing Region 2. She has earned enough points in Region 3, but has to go to one competition in her own region to qualify.

Carol Lavell and Much Ado won third level test two and were second in third level test one but had to scratch from their last ride, third level test three, when the horse developed and abscess in his hoof. "We were all braided and ready to go," said Lavell, "and we were warming up. Suddenly he was off to the left." She said that he got better and better in his work as the show went on; if his scored keep improving, that exponentially, the competition better look out!

Text by Amber Heintzberger for Dressagedaily.com

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Saturday, March 24, 2001

WEF Dressage Classic: Lipp Scores with Douwe and Aragonis

Karen Lipp and Douwe won the Intermediaire -1 Freestyle with 69.63% despite that the sky opened up and poured rain during their test. They also continued to collect points for going to Gladstone, placing third in the Intermediaire I USET qualifier with 65.5. The pair was third at Gladstone last year and Lipp says she would like to do well with him this year before she moves him up.

Lipp also placed second on Aragonis in Fourth level test one with 67%. He is a 16.1h Oldenburg that she says is "really green. I'm pleased with him because he was steady and light and I'm riding him for his very small owner." Aragonis was imported from Germany as an approved stallion but they gelded him because his owner is an amateur.

Text by Amber Heintzberger for Dressagedaily.com