Michelle Gibson And Lex Barker Win High Score Third
Level At WEF
FL February 21, 2004 Michelle Gibson, 34, of Wellington,
Florida, riding Lex Barker earned 72.111% today, which proved to
be the High Score for Third Level at the Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida
Dressage Classic. Gibson topped a class of 14 entries in Third Level
Test 3 aboard the striking 17.2-hand, chestnut seven-year-old Hanoverian
gelding owned by Elite European Sport Horses, Inc. to clinch the
award. Wow, cool, thats awesome! Gibson said.
I was not expecting it. My whole goal was to get him here
and see how he was going to be in the ring that was the whole
point of the horse show. That award is the icing on the cake. Im
very proud of Barker.
has had the ride on Lex Barker for almost two years and has trained
him from a green Training Level horse through Fourth Level, but
she has not competed the youngster in a year. She started Barker
as she calls him in Third Level Test 2 yesterday, where they earned
68.571% for second place, and then contested Fourth Level Test 1,
earning 65.581% for fourth place. They were good rides. I
was very pleased with our Third Level class he was a good
boy. The Fourth level test, he was a little bit nervous in the walk,
but he was a good boy.
said she clicks personality-wise with Barker, Hes very
cool. And though owner Elite is a company that is in the business
of selling horses, Gibson intends to continue with this one. The
plan is to keep him and just do whatever we do.
the Individual Bronze Medallist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics aboard
Peron, had been working towards the 2004 Athens Olympics with her
stallion World of Dreams. Indy is now in training in
Germany with Rudolph Zeilinger, Gibsons coach at the1996 Games.
Gibson last competed World of Dreams in Germany in autumn 2003.
He is there because of my back, explained Gibson. Ive
had to make a few choices about my riding because Im very
limited as to which horses as well as the number of horses I can
ride in a day, and so I have chosen to leave him there and to sell
underwent back surgery 18 months ago for a ruptured disc. Its
chronic pain. Itll never be the way it was before. My back
will never be healed so I have to manage my lifestyle a little differently,
and that is, I ride one or two horses a day, no more young horses,
no more problem horses, I have to be very careful. Indy
World of Dreams hes such a big powerful mover,
its hard on my back.
has now ruled out Athens. I would rather be able to walk tomorrow
and know that I can walk in five years and not live on painkillers
than go to the Olympics. I ride the horses that I can ride and I
do pilates and yoga. I go to the gym and I do everything I can to
one more challenge to Gibsons life, her beloved father Marshall
Gibson died last month. He was always with her at every show and
she is coping daily with the loss. The days are relentless
and they dont stop. So what do you do? You cant make
the days stop, so you get up and you go to the barn and you ride
your horses and do what you have to do.
got the ride on Barker and three other Elite horses at the same
time Wendell, Chimon, whom she showed at the Regional Championships
before he was sold; and San Remo who competed in all the young horse
championships including the Bundeschampionat in Germany. He
is another big mover so after my surgery we decided to leave him
in Germany as well, Gibson explained.
so it is Lex Barker that has evolved into Gibsons main mount.
Hes very comfortable to sit on, very comfortable.
She noted that even after a year away from the show grounds, Barker
was a star. He just has a fun personality. He has a great
residing full time in Wellington operating Diamonte Farms for the
Kanes, Gibson has adjusted to her new life path. Im
happy to be able to ride the horses that I can and Im very
fortunate to have people like the Kanes that own Diamonte and Mike
and Scott from Elite European because they support me no matter
what happens. With everything going on with my back, theyve
been there and said whatever you need to do is what you need to
do, and thats fine with us. You can ride one horse or you
can ride 20 horses. Were here and were with you. Im
fortunate to have people like them around me.
other competition today, Shannon Dueck riding Korona won the FEI
Grand Prix Special earning 68.267%. Ashley Holzer aboard Gambol
won the Intermediaire I with 71.875%.
full results, visit www.stadiumjumping.com
WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
days for the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival are Wednesday through
Sunday. Gates open at 8:00 am. Ticket Prices: Wednesdays are free
to everyone; Children 12 and under are admitted free every day;
Young Adults 13 to 18 and Seniors are $5 on Thursday through Sunday;
Adults are $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15 on
Sunday. The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is located on Pierson
Road off South Shore Boulevard. For additional information, visit
www.stadiumjumping.com or call 561-793-5867.
WEF SCHEDULE OF COMPETITIONS
18 - 22 Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch
19 - 22 Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
25 - 29 PDP Capital Wellington Masters CSI***
3 - 7 CN Wellington Open CSI-W
10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)
30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian
3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)
WEF MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
22 $60,000 Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post, CSI-W
29 $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of Wellington
12 $50,000 Samsung Nations Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO****
28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH, CSI-W
3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa