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Saturday March 19, 2005

Michelle Gibson and Lex Barker Top Competitive Field in the CDI Prix St Georges

Thursday’s sloppy wet weather was a distant memory as the sun shone brightly for day three, Saturday March 19, of the Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic CDI. The drama was high in the intensely competitive $1000 Intermediaire-I that ran from mid-morning throughout the day in Ring 1. The victor was Olympian, Michelle Gibson riding Elite European Sport Horse, Inc.’s, Lex Barker. This was only Gibson and Lex Barker’s fifth Intermediaire-I class and they looked stronger and more confident than ever as they circled the arena.

Despite a few mistakes in the ride, the judges were in agreement that Gibson and Lex Barker deserved big rewards for their effort. Their combined score of 71.300% put them at the top of the leader board, where they remained unchallenged. Preparing for her victory gallop in the awards ceremony, Gibson had this to say about Lex Barker, “He’s a star. This is his first year on the small tour and I couldn’t ask for anything more of him!” Gibson has her sights set on Gladstone for the Intermediaire Championships in June with the big gelding and at this point dressage followers would be surprised not to see them there this summer.

Second in the class was yesterday’s Prix St. Georges winner, Ashley Holzer and her amazing, Pop Art with a score of 70.650%. Third place was bittersweet for good-natured Michael Shondel riding Wallaby. The pair put in a spectacular performance, and would have had the winning score had they not lost 2 points when they went off course in the walk work. The deduction cost them and they ended up in third place with a score of 70.400%. Shondel took the error in stride and said with humor, “I simply don’t know the alphabet”.

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Saturday March 19, 2005

Catherine Morelli and BeSe Win Grand Prix Open

In Ring 2, the $1000 Grand Prix Special was a repeat performance of yesterday’s Grand Prix, with Catherine Morelli and BeSe winning the blue ribbon, this time with 66.200%.

This is the handsome Dutch gelding’s first season competing at the Grand Prix and Morelli told us, “He keeps getting stronger and he’s starting to relax at the level.” When asked about BeSe’s double Grand Prix wins, Morelli said, “He’s just amazing to ride. He has a big heart and it’s an honor to be able to ride him.”

Morelli who lives near Gladstone at her farm in Bedminster, New Jersey, in the summer, and has her training facility in Little Ranches, near Wellington in the winter has been a top contender consistently getting into the Championship divisions throughout her riding carreer.

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Saturday March 19, 2005

Melissa Taylor Yee's Dacardo Gets Another Win with Lars Peterson

Another awesome repeat win today, was Lars Petersen and Dacardo, today winning the Fourth Level Test Two class with a score of 70.465%. Excited owner, Melissa Taylor Yee, said, “He did it again. He did it again.” Both Yee and Petersen are pleased with the young gelding’s ability to focus and show off his talents in the show ring.

Second to Petersen was Catherine Morelli, this time riding Sitni to a score of 70.233%. Third and fourth place reversed today between John Zopatti riding Mitchell and Julia Vysniauskas riding Papillion. Like yesterday, these two had tied scores, today with a score of 69.302%. In today’s repeat tie, the order of finish was reversed with Zopatti finishing third and Vysniauskas finishing fourth.

Meanwhile in the lower levels, Zopatti’s student Carla Morrison racked up her fourth victory of the show. Morrison and her young stallion, Le Savant won the AA Training Level Test Three today with a score of 68.333%, just shy of Friday's 70.000% that gave them the win in Training Level Test Two. Morrison also won the AA Third Level Test Three riding her Dutch gelding, Lanzier to a score of 67.111%. Morrison, a former jumper rider who “caught the dressage bug big time,” is competing three of her dressage horses this weekend.

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