Florida Dressage Classic honors Equestrian of the Year
FL February 18, 2003 -- Lauren Walfish was honored as "Equestrian
of the Year" by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the
awards ceremony at the Florida Dressage Classic, held February 13-16,
at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian show grounds in Wellington, Florida.
Lauren Walfish competes in the FEI Young Rider division with her
13-year-old KWPN gelding, Icon (Julio Mariner x Erege.)
by Event Chairwoman Mary Ann Grant and honorary Chairman, Wellington
Mayor Tom Wenham, the award recognized extraordinary fundraising
efforts on behalf of the society. During the past year, equestrians
raised nearly $100,000 for the Society, with Walfish fundraising
nearly $40,000 alone. First runner-up, Alison Firestone, lined up
almost $30,000 in donations to the organization.
sponsor Bayer awarded a one-year supply of Legend to the winner,
with Euro-American Saddlery also presenting a generous gift certificate.
afternoons Intermediare I and Grand Prix freestyles culminated
a weekend of intense competition. Debuting his much-anticipated
Intermediare I freestyle this weekend, Jans Brons and Josien won
the class with a 73.667%. Josien (Casanova x Dans-Utopia), a 12-year-old
Dutch mare, is owned by Elizabeth Schaffner of Wainscott, NY. Yvonne
Losos de Muniz of the Dominican Republic rode Inatana Las Marismas
to second place with a 71.5%. In third place, Reese Koffler scored
68.667% with the 12-year-old Dutch gelding Joery (Zeoliet x Danna.)
the Grand Prix freestyle competition, George Williams won with a
score of 73.042% aboard Rocher (Rolls Royce x Fraenzi.) Owned by
Chuck & Joann Smith of Richwood, OH, this 12-year-old Westphalen
mare can be seen next at the 2003 US Freestyle Dressage Championships
and the US League Finals at Miami's Tropical Park, February 21-23.
The results in Miami will determine which two riders will represent
the US at the Dressage World Cup in Goteborg, Sweden, March 27-30.
a second in the Grand Prix freestyle, Jan Brons scored 67.208% with
Fernando. Canadians Ashley Holzer (66.542% with Imperioso) and Julia
Vysniauskas (60.042% with Syntax) rounded out the class. Vysniauskas
earned an extra round of applause for her effort, her second Grand
Prix freestyle since graduating from the Young Riders
in the weekend, Williams and Rocher won the Grand Prix with a 71.667%,
narrowly beating out Oded Shimonis 71.597% aboard Glenstern.
Ashley Holzer rode the 13 year-old Dutch stallion Imperioso (Cocktail
x Bonita) to a 65.764% for third in a field of 13 competitors.
and Glenstern took home the blue in Saturdays Grand Prix Special
with a 69.933%.
High Score Awards for the weekend began with Melissa McDowells
75.185% at First Level with Ghaston, her 6-year-old Hannoverian
by Grusus, out of Apfeil. Second Levels High Score went to
Svenja Meyer aboard her 6-year-old Hannoverian gelding Rossini M
with a 71.892%. Lynne Kimball Davis of Dover, MA, earned Third Level
honors with a 69.286% on her 6-year-old KWPN gelding Pompidou (Jazz
Ingrid Pollak took Fourth Level High Score Champion with a 72.326%
on her Dutch gelding Gatsby (Rubenstein x Una.) Young Rider High
Score went to Nicole Levy with a 67.926%. Levy, of North Ft Myers,
FL, owns and rides Korrado (Pele 207SIB x Edinette) an 11-year-old
Up: the next Pan Am Games qualifier, The Palm Beach Dressage Derby
(February 28-March 2) at White Fences (Loxahatchee, FL.)
All results are posted at www.stadiumjumping.com.
to the Winter Equestrian Festival are available by phone at 793-JUMP
or at the gate. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Children 12 &
under are free all days. Senior admission is $5 every day. Adult
admission is $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15
on Sunday. Parking is free.
Equestrian Festival Dates:
week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM)
Classic/WCHR Spectacular February 12 16
Florida Dressage Classic February 13 - 16
Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters February 19
Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open February 26 March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale March 5 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13