Palm Beach Dressage Derby Diva, Ingred Pollak
Saturday, March 15, 2003
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Pollak's name became familiar to all as it was announced several times at the top of the placings. With Orson GE, a 16.1 hand Lusitano stallion, she finished second in two first and second level classes, and won a first level amateur class with a score of 68.148%. With her 14 year-old Dutch gelding, Gatsby, she won a fourth level class and the Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges, ABIC scoring 66.5%.
"He's been such a pleasure, that horse," Pollak said of Gatsby. The pair started working at Prix St. Georges over the winter and are hoping to move up to Intermediare I next month. Gatsby, a former Grand Prix competitor, has given Pollock the opportunity to gain more experience at the upper levels. "Gatsby knows every movement, he loves the movements," she said. "He's the nicest, sweetest horse. You can ride him bareback, and he'll piaffe and passage in a halter."
He also finds other ways to amuse himself. "He's so smart," Pollak says. "We put a snap on the door, forget that, he can undo the snap, so then we went to two snaps, he knows how to undo both of them. He goes to the other barn, lets another horse out, and they go galavanting around the property!" Pollack laughs. We¹re up to three snaps now with another lock, and I don't know what we¹re going to do after that."
Whether it's focusing on fundraisers or working with her horses (including several Lusitanos and an Andalusian), Pollak is forward-looking. And grateful-- whether it's in response to her health, or to her relationship with Gatsby, her response is always the same. "I'm very lucky," she says.
by Jillian K. Dunham for Dressagedaily.com
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