Loxahatchee, Florida - The Florida winter dressage season is in full swing and White Fences Equestrian Center is gearing up for the launch of its popular series of shows. It all begins on Feb. 5 with the White Fences Super Bowl Schooling show, which combines dressage competition with a Super Bowl party. The traditional Welcome Back to White Fences series kicks off with the first show on Feb. 24-26. The White Fences show series has been a regular feature of the Florida dressage show scene since it was created by Ingred Lin. An avid dressage rider and competitor, Ingred sought to put the fun back into showing by creating a dressage series that is part serious competition and part social party that included free food and drinks – and all at an affordable rate.
After a long battle with breast cancer, Ingred passed away in the fall of 2009 and her son, Adam Pollak, took over the Welcome Back to White Fences show series and kept it alive. Adam has not only continued the tradition, he’s also been working to improve it.
"People have told me many times that they love the more-relaxed atmosphere, the free food and having no haul-in fee for White Fences shows,” he said. The only suggestion riders had for improvements was footing that wasn’t so deep, Adam said. “So, we consulted with many people on different solutions and decided that GGT footing was the best solution for us.”
Competitors in the 2012 show series will enjoy new footing placed in all four rings by Discount Dirtworks. "In addition, we literally buried the mirrored warm-up ring and are using it for a sub-grade for a completely new ring on top, also with GGT," Adam said. More stalls for competitors have also been added to the show grounds.
Ingred’s memory remains a part of the show series. A portion of all fees are donated in her name to the Hospice of Palm Beach County. And created in her memory is the Ingred Lin Perpetual Trophy, which is given to an adult amateur rider with the four highest combined percentage scores during the White Fences show series. The 2011 recipient will be honored at the first show of the series in February.
Horses were Ingred’s life and love. The two great loves in the last years of her life were her fabulous Lusitano stallions Quemacho HI and Que Ba. It was her dream that the two would serve as ambassadors for the breed in the U.S. and she sought to showcase their talent and that of their breed at every opportunity. She rode them up until nearly the end of her life and when too weak to compete, had Olympian Lisa Wilcox take them into the show ring. She competed both stallions in FEI competition with much success.
Later, after Ingred’s death, Sue Jaccoma showed the stallions and under her saddle, Que Ba earned the USDF IALHA All Breed Award for 2011 in three categories – Grand Prix, Grand Prix Freestyle and Grand Prix Vintage Cup.
Both stallions are now in training with Bettina Drummond at her PSL breeding farm in Connecticut to perfect their passage and piaffe. Que Ba and Quemacho are both also available for breedings and both are available for sale. In the meantime, as the stallions await their next person, Bettina is enjoying serving as “temporary godmother.”
“I had enjoyed throughout the six-year period prior to her passing, helping Ingred with her own riding on these two special horse friends. They are lovely mannered stallions, very eager to respond under saddle and very adaptable in their lifestyle. Both seem to be enjoying the interaction with the colts and although their first reaction was disbelief, they seem to not be too horrified by living and playing in the occasional snow!,” Bettina said.
Those interested in possible purchase or breedings to the stallions should feel free to contact Bettina at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Welcome Back to White Fences show series visit www.WhiteFencesFlorida.com.