Shelley Francis - Blazing a Trail at the International Horse Sport Blue Hors Dressage Premier at Equestrian Estates
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Posted by Betsy LaBelle
Francis has three other promising horses she is bringing along this season that she hasn’t yet shown, two 9-year-olds and a 7-year-old, all at the Prix St. Georges Level, but should be coming out late February or March. She has a great string coming out this season, as well as her qualifying push for one of those coveted World Cup spots. 54-year-old Francis has worked hard to lose 30 lbs and get back into fighting weight.
Francis has taken her time training her string of horses, and is proud to show them this season. She trains with Cherri Reiber in exchange for eyes on the ground and training tips. “Cherri has taught them all Piaffe and Passage on the ling lines. They are all ready to go, relaxed and easy. We are excited for a full season.”
Other top competitors, Tina Konyot scored 71.383% riding Colecto V on Saturday in the Grand Prix and Heather Blitz succeeded in the Test of Choice (Grand Prix) scoring 75%.
With a unique country atmosphere that horses really like, the International Horse Sport Palm Beach facility offers a wonderfully laid back ambiance that’s very natural. Horses like to work away from the hustle and bustle in the natural setting. With Last year’s improvements to the show grounds, combined with an exciting championship awards program, the 2013 winter Dressage season will be exciting.
Long time supporters of Dressage, Walter and Maryanne McPhail, the talents of the high performance riders Lars Petersen and Ed Borresson and the management skills of Noreen O’Sullivan and John Flanagan have three CDI competitions planned for 2013.
2013 Equestrian Estates Show Schedule:
February 16, 2013 - The International Horse Sport FEI Derby
February 28 - March 3 Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDIW
March 21-24 - International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDIW
March 28 - 31 Dressage at Equestrian Estates CDIW3*
For more information: www.ihspb.com
Katherine Bateson Chandler and Lynda Alicki Win The Oaks of Lake City Prix St. Georges Classes at Wellington Classic Spring Challenge CDI
Posted on Feb 12, 2009
Donna Ponessa Secures U.S. Scores While Great Britain Maintains Team Medal Lead at 2012 Equestrian Paralympics
Posted on Sep 1, 2012
Posted on Sep 4, 2015