Ready to Roll
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Whit Watkins came into the 2011 season in Florida ready to roll with her current FEI mount, Cipriani, a German Westfalen, (Casparino xRoxanna) that she bought as a 3-year-old and co-owns with Nancy Haywood. Cipriani, better known as Charles, who “has been fun from day one" is coming off a banner year in 2010. After Whit took her young 8-year-old horse, to Germany to train with top international competitor Hubertus Schmidt, they arrived home with some new "wow" factor. The stylish pair qualified for the USEF/Dutta Corp. 2010 Developing Horse Championships in Wayne, IL after compiling a consistent streak of wins in Del Mar, CA, Alburuerque, NM and Houston, TX. At Lamplight Equestrian Center, the duo placed 2nd in the preliminary round and third overall.
Named to the 2010 USEF Developing Horse/Rider list, they also finished 4th for USDF Horse Of the Year awards at Prix St. George, and 5th USDF Horse Of the Year at Intermediate. In addition, they earned the year-end Vintage Cup Championship for both Prix St. George and Intermediate 1 and were named the USDF’s All-Breed winners for the Westfalen Horse Association in the Open category.
Watkins plans to return to train with Hubertus Schmidt from April to December 2011 and compete internationally. Her preparation and aim is to qualify for the USET selection trials for the London 2012 Olympics, and looks toward the possibility of representing the USA in the World Cup and the World Equestrian Games in France in 2014.
As Watkins says,“One never gets anywhere with small goals.”
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