Leslie Morse Dominates Palm Beach Dressage Derby
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
"I am thrilled with the whole weekend," Morse told Dressagedaily. "It couldn't have been better. I loved riding the freestyle, the audience was great and the positive energy they gave us made it an electric ride."
The point difference with Dover in the Freestyle was only minimal. Robert ranked second with 78.175%. "I tried to change the choreagraphy at the last minute," Dover confessed. "Kennedy thought I was telling him something completely different so we did not have a harmonious end, but still got a 78%. Next time I will not make the same mistake."
Morse, who is based at Robert's Romance Farm in Wellington for the season, also took highest honors in the Grand Prix Special. Aboard the Swedish licensed stallion Tip Top (by Master) she scored 68.800% and referred Susanne Dansby Phelps on Cooper to a second place.
"For Tip Top to win the special right after [her kur victory on Kingston] was wonderful," Morse explained. "It was his second special ever and we had a little trouble in the 1's and his first pirouette, but he is getting stronger. I'm so proud of both my horses. It has really helped to be able to show every couple of weekends because we take what we learn from the previous show and apply it to the next. It keeps us all sharp."
by Astrid Appels for Dressagedaily.com