Jennifer Baumert and Don Principe Headed For Germany
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Posted by bossmare
Buoyed by their recent Grand Prix sweep all four days of the Kentucky Dressage Association Spring CDI, Jennifer Baumert and Marydell Farm’s Hanoverian Stallion Don Principe (1999 by Donnerhall out of SPS daughter of Prince Thatch xx) are heading for Europe to train Klaus Balkenhol for two months before returning to the United States in time for Dressage at Devon. Don Principe had been competing with Baumert’s close friend Courtney King Dye in 2010 prior to Dye’s accident in March. In the fall of 2010 it was a natural transition to move the stallion to Cloverlea Dressage located at Cross Creek Farm the heart of the Tryon Horse Country, Columbus, North Carolina, where Baumert a new mom was ramping up her training and competitive schedule. "I couldn't choose a rider I would be happier with for Prince," Courtney told DressageDaily. Hoping to also bring her own horse DeWert, the many friends of Jennifer are planning a fun filled fundraiser July 10, at Cross Creek Farm, to help finance their goal.
Baumert knows she has a good thing in the talented stallion who has been adding to the value of American bred Dressage horses through his breeding program at Marydell. Inheriting his father Donnerhall’s great mind and easy going personality Baumert has enjoyed the fairly easy transition to her mount crediting the solid foundation developed by his former riders Jim Koford and Courtney Dye. “Prince is an amazing horse to work with every day. I would definitely have to say that my favorite thing about Prince is his work ethic. He literally does not have a bad day,” said Baumert. “He absolutely loves to work. Of course, he loves to hack and play around outside the ring too! We do plenty of that.”
Baumert and Don Principe enjoyed the long weekend at the Kentucky Dressage Association Spring CDI, at the Kentucky Horse Park, location of the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games, winning all their classes over the four days of competition; Thursday May 26 – FEI Grand Prix – 67.234 – Judge - Janet (Dolly) Hannon
May 27 – FEI Grand Prix - 66.596 judge Joan MacCartney (CAN)
May 28 – FEI Freestyle – Judges Joan MacCartney, (CAN) and Liselotte Fore (USA) 69.375
May 29 – FEI Grand Prix – Lois Yukins – 67.872
With her close proximity to Marydell Farm Baumert has had several of Don Principe’s offspring come to her for training and marvels at their traits consistent with their father. “He certainly throws his temperament! The typical Prince baby has that same quiet demeanor but also the sensitivity that make training easy, or easier! I am really looking forward to working with more of them.”
Baumert, who worked with her mother Beth Baumert’s help when Cloverlea was located in Connecticut, has also trained with Conrad Schumacher, and done clinics with Bo Jena and Henk van Bergen. In the United States she also works with Scott Hassler whenever possible, but admits she is lacking in consistent training which every high performance rider/trainer needs. “Prince and I have been together long enough that our partnership is solid. I am looking forward to working with someone for a concentrated period of time that can really help us to reach our potential.”
Baumert was recently accepted into the Medal Equestrian Foundation a 501C3 corporation that assists Dressage Riders in their mission to compete nationally and internationally with the ultimate goal of achieving Olympic glory. Tax deductible donations for members of this 501C3 helps with the enormous expense of the necessary effort to train and compete in Europe which all American dressage athletes knows is needed to raise the bar. With the fundraiser organized by friends and clients for July 10 in North Carolina, Baumert and Haymon have set their sights on 2012 and the grueling selection process ahead. Don Principe continues to show her he is up to the task and willing to work hard too.
Baumert owns and operates Cloverlea Farm, based in Columbus, North Carolina near Don Principe’s home base at Marydell, in the heart of the Tryon Horse Country.
Contact: Jennifer Baumert
Farm: Cloverlea Dressage
Address: 1906 Landrum Rd, Columbus, NC 29356
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