Wellington, FL - Ali Potasky and Flash Dance put together two brilliant rides over the weekend during week seven of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. Potasky and the 5-year-old, 16.2-hand bay Oldenburg mare (Furstenball x Eclipse x Sir Donnerhall I) rode First Level Test 3 on Friday to place first with a score of 70.882 percent.
Not willing to rest on their laurels, Potasky and Flash Dance returned on Saturday to again ride First Level Test 3, this time winning with a spectacular score of 76.618. In recognition of their excellent score, The Horse of Course awarded them their High Score Award for week seven at the most prestigious dressage competitions in North America.
Potasky first came to work with trainer Kathy Priest of Windsong Farm in Versailles, Kentucky in May. Flash Dance, owned by Priest, was imported from Germany in November and is just starting her dressage career. Potasky has been working with her ever since she arrived. “She is so nice to have around, so sensible and easy, says Potasky. “I’m very fortunate to ride great horses.”
Priest is quick to give credit for Flash Dance’s talent to breeder Nancy Holowesko of Crosiadore Farm in Trappe, Maryland. “It’s not always that you get beautiful movement, three good gaits and a mind just as great,” said Priest. “Sometimes one piece is missing or the lack of the mental part. But this mare is like a focused ballerina.” Though Flash Dance was imported from Germany, both Priest and Potasky like the fact that her breeder is American.
Always looking to improve, a few years ago Potasky was hoping to take a few lessons with Morten Thomsen, a Danish Olympian and popular clinician. However, she wasn’t anticipating what came next - a job offer to travel to Denmark to work for Thomsen. After working in Denmark for four years, Potasky returned to the United States to participate in her first US Dressage Finals to reserve honors with 70.244 percent.
This year, the plan for Flash Dance, who is for sale, is to keep training with the goal to compete in the Five-Year-Old Championships. As she continues her journey, she’ll be showing her off her The Horse of Course High Score Award cooler and beautiful tri-color ribbon.
The Horse of Course, based in Claremore, Oklahoma, recognizes high score horses and riders at AGDF weekly through March 27. They have a mobile boutique onsite at the event where riders can find top fashion and brands for men and women, including KEP Italia, Ronner, IAGO, Dobert, LotusRomeo, EGO7, Micklem, Style Stock, Passier, Pikeur, Neue Schule, König and Grand Prix, as well as customized saddle and bit fitting. Learn more about its quality tack and apparel, and mobile boutique on Facebook, Instagram, and www.thehorseofcourse.com, or call 888-494-6773.