World Equestrian Center Dressage I Show Features Iberian Showcase

Thursday, March 17, 2022
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On March 11-13, 2022, World Equestrian Center – Ocala, along with Hampton Green Farm, hosted the first edition of the Iberian Showcase Young Horse Challenge in Ocala, FL. 

While riders proudly presented purebred horses from Spain, Portugal, Brazil and the United States, enthusiasts gathered to enjoy their beauty and athletic performances. All eyes were on the nearly dozen PREs and Lusitanos competing in the Prix St. Georges (PSG) division.

Kicking off the weekend was the first round of Challenge classes and an evening cocktail reception sponsored by Hampton Green Farm. Kimberly Van Kampen from Hampton Green Farm welcomed the group and led the presentation with an encouraging speech on the potential for the Iberian horse in sport. Lily Forado, a representative of the Spanish parent breed association ANCCE, described the services of the United States PRE Association, while JP Giacomini did the same for the Lusitano on U.S. soil.

After the presentations, the PRE horses of Hampton Green Farm set an exciting tone for the weekend. Attendees had the opportunity to learn several training points and exercises from international rider Maria Lithande, who gave a master class to PRE riders Kerrigan Gluch and Justine Boyer.

An Exciting Challenge

Kimberly Van Kampen and Kerrigan Gluch
Kimberly Van Kampen and Kerrigan Gluch (Photo: Lily Forado Equestrian Photography)

Ten pairs competed in the PSG Iberian Challenge to determine the title winner. The scores were very competitive at the top of the leaderboard, but Dutch rider Ivo Juhrend riding Leon de Matecana, an imported seven-year-old Lusitano stallion (Dragon Comando x Solar dos Pinhais), owned by Susan Kearns, stood out in the first round, clinching the win with two scores over 70% and a total of 142.059 points.

Marsha Sap and Lisa Spallone’s 2010 PRE gelding, Faraon Mon (by Escritor VI), took reserve-champion honors with an overall score of 134.559. Tami Glover and Ruso OVL (by Ciclion IX), Terri Rines’ 2011 gelding PRE, finished in third place with a score of 128.382 points.

Kerrigan Gluch along with Hampton Green Farm’s stallion, Hermanito HGF (by Cuatrero IV), rode the FEI Five Year Old Preliminary and Final Tests. Two solid performances were enough to claim the title of champion with an overall score of 138.000 points.

Iberians have excelled for decades in international dressage arenas with Spanish and Portuguese riders, but they are also growing in popularity in the United States. More editions of the Iberian Horse Showcase Challenge will follow, and WEC will continue to showcase the breeds.

Dressage competition at World Equestrian Center – Ocala continues with Dressage III, presented by Hampton Green Farm and Discover Dressage, on April 15-17. The full schedule of events can be found here. For full horse show results for the World Equestrian Center Dressage I, visit www.foxvillage.com.