Caroline Roffman Comes Out on Top in Young Rider Competition Today

Sunday, September 27, 2009

In Saturday’s young rider competition, Caroline Roffman took the win with Bulgari 5 in Saturday’s FEI Young Rider Individual Test at the 2009 Dressage at Devon CDI-W/J/Y. She took the win with a score of 68.263. Coming in second was Kevin Kohmann with Dancing Queen and a score of 67.842. Third was Meagan Davis riding Bentley to a score of 67.158. Roffman, 21, just came off of triple victories at the New England Dressage Association’s Fall Festival CDI in young rider competition. At Devon, she restated her amazement that Bulgari 5, a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Roffman, was back in the show ring, let alone winning. Bulgari severed a tendon two years ago and spent more than a year idle in a pasture.

Noticing that he cantered sound in the field, Roffman decided to try a comeback with him. With the help of her long-time coach Silke Rembacz and Lars Petersen, she carefully put him back to work.  “Silke made me believe the horse could be brought back,” said Roffman, of Wellington, Florida.

Devon is only the third show for Bulgari since his return to the ring and Roffman was thrilled with another win. “I was very happy with my ride today. I went for a little bit more than I did yesterday,” she said. “I’m so lucky to have him back and every time I get on him, whether I’m trail riding or whatever, I am so happy. I may never, ever have a chance on this horse again. Every day is a gift.” Roffman said that when Bulgari was first injured she tried every remedy and therapy to heal him, none worked, except one. “The only thing that fixed him was old-fashioned time. I guess they call it Dr. Greener – the pasture.” Having lost him once, Roffman admits she is now very careful of how he is ridden and where.

Of her own future, Roffman, who has completed some college work, said she is thinking of finishing her college degree and thinks she’d like to focus much of her riding career on the development of young horses. But at the moment, her focus is on Sunday’s Young Rider Freestyle in which she says she’s ready for the competition, which she believes is likely to come from Kassie Barteau who finished fourth today, but is known to excell in the freestyle. “Kassie is an amazing rider. I’m happy even to be giving her a run for her money. I know my horse can do it, whether it’s our day tomorrow, I can’t tell you.”