Dover And FBW Kennedy Win Grand Prix Special At 2nd Annual
Zada Enterprises, LLC Dressage at the National
FL November 30, 2003 Robert Dover, 47, of Long Island,
NY, and Wellington, FL, rode FBW Kennedy to victory in the Grand
Prix Special at the 2nd Annual Zada Enterprises, LLC Dressage at
the National on Saturday, November 29, with a score of 69.700%.
The dressage show runs from November 28-30 in conjunction with the
120th National Horse Show at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club
show grounds in Wellington, FL.
horse is absolutely fabulous, said five-time Olympian Dover.
I learned an awful lot today. This was Dovers
first trip down centerline with Kennedy and also his first competitive
ride since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Dover said he was so pleased
with the first part of his test that he was a little over-zealous
into the ones on the centerline. I got ahead of his movement for
a second and instead of sitting down I let him get too free. I probably
let him get too free with my hands in several places instead of
just keeping steady contact. Those are things we learn as we go
along and now Ill watch the video 25 times, ad nauseum.
had originally entered FBW Kennedy and Rainier both horses
owned by Jane Clark in the Grand Prix, but scratched them
on Friday. An insect bit Kennedy, which caused swelling in his chest
and legs, but USAE-approved medications administered by a veterinarian
enabled him to compete on Saturday. Dover decided to concentrate
his attention on the new mount, rather than Rainier whom hes
had for five years and rode at Sydney.
truly never been as happy to go into the ring on a horse in my life,
said Dover of the 14-year-old, chestnut Baden-Wurttemberger gelding
who also competed at Sydney on the Danish team under rider Lone
Jorgenssen. Look at his abilities. Kennedys best
movement in the test was his piaffe, Dover said. You just
sit there and you just go like this [slight touch] and he starts.
Hes so wonderful about that, and his pirouettes, and his extended
trots. Hes a lovely, lovely horse. Dover also pointed
out that since Kennedy is a well-known international competitor,
the judges have to get used to seeing him on the horse. Ive
got to earn the respect of the dressage world as a combination with
this horse, Dover said.
Jane Clark was ringside for the debut. I thought it was wonderful
to have Robert back in the tack. Hes a great horse. Im
looking forward to two or three years of Robert competing him, because
to me its not about just the Olympic Games or whatever, its
about going to the ring with someone with a big smile on their face
like he did today. Clark also noted, The first ride
was pretty perfect.
in the day, Robyn Mitchell, who is in training with Dover, won the
Intermediaire I riding Graciola, scoring 64.625%. It was her debut
at I-I. Im so ecstatic to do that well today,
said Mitchell, 30, of Howell, NJ. She leased the 15-year-old Dutch
mare from owner Marsha Pepper for the winter. Its been
quite a while since Ive been in full training so Ive
got myself back in the full training swing of things and its
just helped unbelievably. Mitchell has been attending Florida
winter shows for nine years with clients, but arrived this October
with only Graciola and a young horse. Im just doing
my own thing, no clients, no distractions, just training for me
an experienced FEI horse, is especially good at her canter pirouettes,
Mitchell said, and in the I-I the judges awarded her an 8 for her
first one. The second one it was my fault I didnt
ride well and actually it was horrible, Mitchell said with
a laugh, and then added more compliments to the mare, shes
so great at her tempi changes that you can just sit up there and
smile, half-halt, swing the leg, and she just bangs them out. Her
tempis were quite good today also. Though Mitchell has trained
the FEI movements at home for years, she never had the opportunity
to show, but a new sponsor, Vince Fevola, made the lease and Florida
trip possible. Mitchell is now looking forward to moving up another
notch. Robert seems to think that well be able to do
a Grand Prix by the end of the season. I hope hes right because
it would be my first and Id be thrilled to do it on this mare.
Shes such a nice, nice girl.
Cesar Parra, 40, of Whitehouse Station, NJ and Jupiter, FL, riding
Galant du Serein owned by Anne Whitten won the Intermediaire II
class with a score of 62.317%. Parra said that his goal at the show
with the nine-year-old Selle Francais stallion was to become a pair.
Hes the one that bucked me off at Devon, Parra
said with a smile. Wellington is Wellington weve
got ponies, weve got jumpers, everything, so my idea here
was not so much to come and show off to win, it was more to dance
together, that he listen to my aids no whips, no half halts,
just a nice pleasant ride so that he can start trusting me and I
can trust him too.
who has represented his native Colombia at the World Equestrian
Games and Pan American Games, has had the ride for three months
and views his new partner as an international caliber mount. Formerly
shown at Grand Prix by Humberto Schmidt of Germany, Galant du Serein
placed second at Wiesbaden and won at Munich. His scores were
over 70, so I hope in three or four more months well be up
there, said Parra. This horse hopefully is going to
the Olympics next year for Colombia. His strongest points are three
good gaits, a world-class trot and excellent transitions in piaffe/passage.
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