Dover and Morse Continue Grand Prix Domination
Splish, splash, they were taking a bath! Competitive dressage is often referred to as riding in a sandbox, but Thursday's tour at the Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic, CDI was more like a riding in a bathtub. But the soggy, soaking conditions didn’t dampen competitor’s spirits and accurately executed rides were rewarded by generous scores- making the first day of the Florida season’s final CDI a success despite the weather.
While there was a noticeable lack of sunshine, many horse and rider combinations did shine. The day’s brightest star was Olympian, Robert Dover on his Olympic partner, FBW Kennedy. Dover and Jane Forbes Clark’s handsome chestnut gelding dominated the large $1500 Grand Prix class with a score of 74.875%. Dover and Kennedy rode the Grand Prix with a level of ease and accuracy that actually made riding a Grand Prix test look easy. They certainly made the judge’s job easy.
The next two places in the 20 horse class, went to Leslie Morse. Morse and her massive Dutch stallion, Kingston, took second place with an impressive score of 72.542%. And Morse and Tip Top 962 claimed the third place spot with a score of 69.333%. American, Michael Barisone and Neruda slipped between the Canadians placed fourth through seventh, into sixth place with a score of 68.292%. This large and competitive Grand Prix class ended just as another wave of rain showers blew in, forcing management to cancel the Grand Prix awards ceremony for the day.
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Holzer and Brons Riding Multiple Horses Increase Their Leader Board Titles
Other shining winners in the show included Ashley Holzer who rode her Dutch gelding, Jornello, to first place in the $1000 Prix St.Georges with a score of 67.125%. Oded Shimoni and Wasmut finished second to Holzer with an even 65.000%, followed by Linda Todenhagen riding Molly Fine’s big bay gelding, Sir Rocco with a score of 64.875%.
Jan Brons had an outstanding group of young horses that left their mark in the First Level Test One class. Brons won the class on Elizabeth Schaffner’s 5-year-old Dutch gelding, Tornado, with a score of 74.444%. Brons also placed third in the class riding Cherise Gasper’s 4-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Sando Wein, with a score of 72.593%. And then Brons finished fourth on Pieter Ruig’s 4-year-old Dutch gelding, Up To Date, with a score of 71.481%. Only Linda Smith, riding her handsome Krack C son, Romme, could give Brons’ band of bad boys a run for their money. Smith finished second in the class with a 74.074%.
Severe weather late in the afternoon forced a number of scratches, but not before several superb performances rewarded those who braved the weather to see them shine. Day two of the Zada WEF Dressage Classic begins tomorrow with the Prix St. Georges CDI class scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM in ring one.