WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y Draws Strong Contenders For Pan Am
And Championship Qualifiers
FL (MARCH 18, 2003) Yvonne Losos de Muniz of Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic, riding Inatana Las Marismas won all three of
her CDI classes
at the Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y held
March 13-16, 2003, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington,
nine CDI classes offered, de Muniz rode the Prix St. Georges,Intermediaire
I, and Intermediaire I Freestyle as qualifiers for the 2003 Pan
American Games to be held in her hometown in August. De Muniz, 35,
has been paired with her 12-year-old, 17.2-hand, Dutch-bred mare
by Lantana for a year. She doesnt look it, but shes
actually a very difficult mare, and we just seemed to click,
de Muniz said. I think it shows in the ring.
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
Gouberghs 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%).
out her three-prong sweep, on Sunday in the I-I Freestyle, de Muniz
outscored a class of 11 with 72.875%, riding to Latin-flavored music
and choreography designed by Terri Gallo of KlassicKur. Judge Hanne
Valentin placed de Muniz first in the Freestyle and remarked, She
had a very high degree of difficulty. I gave 8 for some of the extensions.
I gave a 9 on one of the other days for an extension. Its
a really beautifully moving horse.
Francis, 44, of Woodstock, Vermont, aboard Gala, a 12-year-old,
16.1-hand Rhinelander gelding by Goldstrand, dominated the CDI Grand
Prix classes. The duo won the Grand Prix A on Thursday
with a score of 67.458%, topping a class of 15 riders. Patrick Burssens
on Marfil was second (64.875%) and Anne Gribbons on Aureate was
third (64.708%). Francis and Gala also took the blue in the Grand
Prix Special on Friday, scoring 68.080% in a field of nine riders.
Anne Gribbons on Aureate tied with Mirja Block on Asarhaddon for
second place, both earning 63.760%. Francis has her sights set on
qualifying for the USET Grand Prix Championship in June and the
2004 Athens Olympics.
has been riding Gala, owned by Particia Stempel of Michigan, since
he was three years old and points out the horses 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. Its an awesome feeling.
Burssens of Mexico won the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI on Marfil, owned
by Mary Anne McPhail. Riding a difficult and technical kur, Burssens
topped a field of six riders, scoring 71.225%. Ashley Holzer on
Imperioso was second (69.700%) and Pamela Goodrich on Melville was
Shondel, 20, of Kinnelon, New Jersey, proved to be the top contender
of the six competitors in the Young Riders CDI/Y, winning both classes
he entered the Team Test (64.978%) and the Individual Test
(69.829%) aboard his 12-year-old, 18.2-hand Hanoverian gelding Wallaby
by Werther. 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 werent without mistakes but weve
been riding pretty consistent and precise in our tests.
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 Groves Fleetwood,
a 16-year-old, 16.2, Dutch gelding.
addition to the CDI classes, the Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage
Classic hosted 38 Open classes. The high score of the show went
to Mary Collier of Bayshore, New York, who earned 77.917% aboard
her Riverdance in Open Training Level Test 3. Riverdance is a five-year-old,
16.2-hand Dutch gelding by Hemingway. Other highlights of the Open
classes included Tina Konyots 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 performanceat
the show, taking the blue with 70.569%.
the final class of the four-day event, Shawna Harding rode Kestrel
to the win in the Open Intermediaire Freestyle under distracting
weather conditions thunder, lightning and a downpour. Though
the weather had been hot and dry during the four-day competition
making jackets optional for all but FEI competitors
management had to stop the show for 15 minutes after two rides in
the I-I Freestyle until the weather cleared enough for the last
three to go. 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.
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. Its
just as professional as in Europe. The scribes are some of the best.
They are very good, very professional, they know what theyre
doing, and are very well prepared.
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