Zada WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y Draws Strong Contenders For Pan Am And Championship Qualifiers
Thursday, March 20, 2003
“The I-I was really the premiere class of this show,” said Axel Steiner, USA ‘O’ Judge, one of the panel of five judging the CDI classes. “It was a large class, with very good competition, especially at the top.” In the Intermediaire I, de Muniz scored 70.250%, besting a class of 29 riders. Suzanne Dansby Phelps aboard Goubergh’s Kaspar placed second (68.80%). Arlene Page on Wild One was third (68.100%). In the Prix St. Georges CDI, de Muniz scored 68.55% to best a class of 31 who competed in two groups over two days; Jacqueline Paxton and her mare Sangmelima led on Thursday, topping the class of 14 with a score of 67.550%, but on Friday de Muniz edged Paxton into second place. Joaquin Orth of Mexico on Guido placed third (67.250%).
Francis Continues String of Success
She has been riding Gala, owned by Particia Stempel of Michigan, since he was three years old and points out the horse’s natural talent for the Grand Prix movements. “He makes piaffe and passage almost by himself,” said Francis. “I just sit and wait and count steps. It’s an awesome feeling.”
Ashley Holzer on Tess Guilder's Imperioso (by Cocktail) was second (69.700%). Holzer has been back for few months now, from an intensive training trip at Anky van Grunsven's and Sjef Janssen's training stable in Erp, The Netherlands. East coast rider Pamela Goodrich on Melville was third (69.600%) in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI.
Young Riders Shondel and LaPorte Taking the Blue Ribbons
Shondel is a college student majoring in business and an officer candidate in the Marine Corps – he completed boot camp in July. Shondel currently trains with Dr. Cesar Parra. His goal this year is to qualify for the North American Young Riders Championships. “They were pretty good rides,” said Shondel of his wins. “They weren’t without mistakes but we’ve been riding pretty consistent and precise in our tests.”
Trae LaPorte of Wellington, Florida, won the Young Rider Freestyle CDI/Y scoring 69.1% in a class of four competitors. LaPorte, who trains with Bent Jensen, placed second to Shondel in the Individual (66.068%) and third in the Team (61.822%) on Kathryn Grove’s Fleetwood, a 16-year-old, 16.2, Dutch gelding.
Open Classes, Open for Top Scores in Wellington
Other highlights of the Open classes included Tina Konyot’s standout wins in the Prix St. Georges (67.917%) and Intermediaire I (68.5%) with the beautiful dapple gray Liberty, an eight-year-old, 17.3-hand Hanoverian stallion. Olympian Michelle Gibson ‘showcased’ her brilliant stallion World Of Dreams in the Intermediaire II class, his only performance at the show, taking the blue with 70.569%.
Harding and Kestrel's Thunderous ride at Wellington
A former working student for the late Dr. Reiner Klimke, Shawna, 33, of Versailles, Kentucky, after an interrupted warm-up ‘took the ring by storm’ on Kestrel, an 11-year-old Dutch gelding, and earned a 71.750% for the victory.
Hanne Valentin, ‘O’ judge from Denmark and president of the Ground Jury for the Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y, summed up her impression of the event after the final ride on Sunday, “The quality of the show is very professionally done. It’s just as professional as in Europe. The scribes are some of the best. They are very good, very professional, they know what they’re doing, and are very well prepared."
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