NEWS FROM THE 2001 COSEQUIN WINTER EQUESTRIAN
Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic
By Amber Heintzberger for horsesdaily.com
The weekend continued the quest for points in
qualifying for the USET Championships in Gladstone, New Jersey in June. While
Thursday and Friday were so scorching hot that jackets were excused, Saturday
afternoon brought torrential downpours and Sunday threatened rain all day, with
intermittent showers soaking a few unlucky riders.
> Colombian rider Marco Bernal won the Prix St. Georges with Amando, an
8-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Michelle Price. Bernal has been riding him for
one month and says "He's very talented. It was his third time at PSG and
at first he was upset because it was very hot - he is very sensitive - but he
calmed down in the ring and his test was clean, with no mistakes."
Bernal coaches Jane Cleveland, who won the new Young Horse Test for
six-year-olds with Enigma, a Westphalian gelding by Ehrentusch out of Anastasia
by Apart,, with a 72%. This was a Qualifying Class for the FEI World Breeding
Championship Dressage for Young Horses in Verden, Germany 2001. They also place
second in fourth level, test one with 66%. "You have to get a 75% to
qualify for Verden, and the travel expenses to Germany are a lot, but it would
be a total thrill," said Cleveland.
Romy Tota and Vincenzo won the test for five-year-olds with a 70.26%. All of
the horses showing in these classes showed tremendous quality and excellent
training. For more information on the Young Horse Tests go to
Suzanne Ericsson's Extrem, a 12-year-old Danish gelding ridden by Hubertus
Schmidt, won the Grand Prix Freestyle with 69.38%. They also placed third in
the Grand Prix de Dressage with a 62.93%
Schmidt flew in from Germany and had a few days to ride before the show, but
said, "It was difficult that I only had three days before the show to
prepare him," said Schmidt. "In Germany we would have had scores in
the seventies. I can't say that we should have had higher scores today, because
we didn't have the preparation."
Schmidt , from a small town near Warendorf, has been coming to America to train
Ericsson, and showed Extrem for her this weekend. He also showed the horse at
the last Zada show, winning his class then as well. Schmidt rode Extrem for
four years, taking him from training level to Grand Prix, and the pair won
numerous big shows in Germany. Extrem came to America last October and Ericsson
has been riding him since then, with Schmidt showing him to give him some
experience in America. In March Ericsson and her horses will move to Virginia.
Lynda Alicki-Gilchrist of Wellington rode Impressario, an impressive dark brown
KWPN gelding by Darwin out of Elina, to win the Grand Prix with 67% and place
third in the GP Freestyle. The pair have had a successful season, winning the
USET Grand Prix qualifier at the last Zada show with a 63%.
Oded Shimoni and Milo Mott's Epigram won the I-1 with a 69%. Epigram, who is
for sale, is a 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Imperator competing for
his first time at this level after not having competed for a year. "He was
very good, with a couple of mistakes in the PSG (in which they placed
second)," said Shimoni. "The next day he felt more experienced and
was beautiful in his extensions and his pirhouettes. He is a joy to ride."
Shimoni rode Epigram as a young horse and sold him to Mott three years ago.
> She was recently in a motorcycle accident and is on crutches, forcing the
sale of the horse. "I would like to see him go to a super Young
Rider," said Shimoni. "He could win at that."
Young rider Jackie Paxton and Cinbad, (Cellebrio x Duellinde) won the Young
Riders Team and Individual tests, and Paxton also placed third behind >
Courtney Raiser in both tests with Fly Over, (Fruehlingsrausch x Pia). She has
been accepted to ride at Karen Rehbein's barn in Germany this summer, and >
also hopes to ride at the North American Young Riders Championships
representing Region 2. She has earned enough points in Region 3, but has to go
to one competition in her own region to qualify.
Karen Lipp and Douwe won the Intermediaire -1 Freestyle with 69.63% despite
that the sky opened up and poured rain during their test. They also continued
to collect points for going to Gladstone, placing third in the Intermediaire I
USET qualifier with 65.5. The pair was third at Gladstone last year and Lipp
says she would like to do well with him this year before she moves him up.
Lipp also placed second on Aragonis in Fourth level test one with 67%. He is a
16.1h Oldenburg that she says is "really green. I'm pleased with him
because he was steady and light and I'm riding him for his very small
owner." Aragonis was imported from Germany as an approved stallion but
they gelded him because his owner is an amateur.
Carol Lavell and Much Ado won third level test two and were second in third
level test one but had to scratch from their last ride, third level test three,
when the horse developed and abscess in his hoof. "We were all braided and
ready to go," said Lavell, "and we were warming up. Suddenly he was
off to the left. " She said that he got better and better in his work as
the show went on; if his scored keep improving, that exponentially, the
competition better look out!