Winter Equestrian Festival Dressage at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

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Zada Dressage at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
March 20-23, 2008

Grand Prix Special Win at Winter Equestrian Festival Zada Dressage is Extra Special for Cathy Morelli
By Lynndee Kemmet for

Cathy Morelli was sidelined with cancer during much of last year’s Florida winter season, which included having to miss out on the 2007 WEF Zada Dressage competition. But this year, for the 2008 competition, she not only made it to the show, but also took the blue in the CDI Grand Prix Special with BeSe, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Flemmingh.

“It was very emotional because last year I couldn’t go to the show because I was having a double mastectomy for breast cancer,” Morelli said. “Last year, I also missed riding in the Challenge for the Americas. But this year, I was able to do it with BeSe. I was on the International Team and it was very exciting to be able to do that.” Read more....

Canada Dominates Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle - Fans Celebrate With Mimosas & Easter Eggs - By Kenneth J. Braddick

Canada filled the top two places in the CDI Grand Prix Musical Freestyle on Easter Sunday after 5 1/2 inches of torrential rain forced cancelation of a celebration under lights at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The stars of the Zada Enterprises CDI show were Ashley Holzer and Pop Art who wrapped up their weekend with all five judges placing them first for a score of 76.80 per cent. Holzer, a 44-year-old mother of two who is seeking to represent Canada in her third Oympics, lives in New York and Wellington. Fellow Canadian Jacqueline Brooks and Gran Gesto, were second with 72.20 per cent while Todd Fletrich of the U.S. on Amadeus was third with 70.70 per cent. Read More....

With the “Surprising” Dominion, Shelly Frances Nabs Wins in Both Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I at Winter Equestrian Festival Zada Dressage
By Lynndee Kemmet for

When Shelly Francis and Pat Stempel went horse hunting in Europe four years ago, it was to find Francis a new horse. What they found was Dominion and when Francis tried him out, she said to Stempel, “This isn’t the horse for me but he’d be wonderful for you.”

Francis felt he was the perfect horse for an adult amateur, but not for a competitive rider aiming for the international levels. At this weekend’s Winter Equestrian Festival Zada Dressage, Dominion once again proved that he is a CDI horse winning both the CDI Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I. Read More....

Denmark's Mikala Gundersen & Leonberg Win CDI Intermediaire II
Winter Equestrian Festival Zada Dressage

By Kenneth J Braddick

Denmark's Mikala Gundersen and the Horses Unlimited stallion Leonberg won the Intermediaire II Friday at the Zada WEF Dressage CDI 3*, the first competition for the pair. The pair scored 64.959 per cent, with Canada's Jacqueline Brooks and Balmoral second with 61.626 per cent and Australia's Jules Anderson and Narobi third with 57.886 per cent.

"This ring is so phenomenal. The footing is excellent. It's so much fun to show in this big stadium. "I hope everyone who loves dressage will come out Saturday night for the freestyle so see how amazing this facility is." Read more......

Ashley Holzer & Pop Art Win Grand Prix First Dressage Competition in PBIEC's International Arena
by Kenneth J. Braddick

When Ashley Holzer's nine-year-old son, Harry, heard that the Canadian rider was seeking a berth in her third Olympics, he said, "You'd better give it your all, Mom. It may be your last chance." Although she's 44 years of age--definitely not "old" for Olympic equestrians but she admits to a nine-year-old it may seem that way--Holzer and her 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Pop Art gave it their all on Thursday in the Grand Prix at the Zada WEF Dressage CDI 3* at the CN Winter Equestrian Festival presented by Zimmerman Advertising. They posted a score of 73.042 per cent for the victory. All five judges placed her first with Axel Steiner at E giving her 75.208 per cent. Read More....


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