2nd Annual Zada Enterprises, LLC Dressage at the National
Draws Top FEI Competitors
FL December 2, 2003 The 2nd Annual Zada Enterprises,
LLC Dressage at the National wrapped up after three days of competition
November 28-30, held in conjunction with the 120th National Horse
Show in Wellington, FL. The event was held at the Palm Beach Polo
Equestrian Club show grounds, home of the Winter Equestrian Festival,
and was produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc. for the National Horse
Show Association of America, Ltd. Dressage at the National featured
$10,000 in prize money and awards, with classes contested from Training
Level through Grand Prix. A stellar roster of world-class riders
and horses competed at the two-ring show, with scores pushing the
70-percentile in several classes. The show also marked the return
to the Grand Prix ring of five-time Olympian Robert Dover.
opening day on Friday, Denmarks Lars Peters, 38, of Loxahatchee,
FL, riding Danskos Success won the Grand Prix with a score
of 67.188%. Its the first time ever he has shown Grand
Prix, said Petersen of the gray, eight-year-old, 16.2-hand
Danish Warmblood. He kept his concentration. He can be look-y
and he really kept his cool in there. Petersen, a member of
the Danish dressage team for nine years, was especially pleased
with how Danskos Success performed his piaffe/passage tour.
Heather Bender, 39, now of Loxahatchee, FL, won the Prix St. Georges
aboard her Winwood, with a score of 69.00%. Winwood is a chestnut,
eight-year-old, 16.1-hand Hanoverian gelding. Hes very,
very hot people dont see that in him but hes
very explosive, said Bender. The exciting win today
was when I went down the side, he showed me that hot side and I
thought, Uh-oh but hes so much better on the aids
I can now put the hotness into the work and get the great extensions.
He stayed so soft and honest on the aids.
schedule drew a large crowd ringside in anticipation of Robert Dovers
return to competition. Dover, 47, of Long Island, NY, and Wellington,
FL, rode FBW Kennedy to victory in the Grand Prix Special with a
score of 69.700%. The horse is absolutely fabulous,
Dover said. This was Dovers first trip down centerline with
Kennedy and also his first competitive ride since the 2000 Sydney
Olympics. Ive 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. 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.
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. 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, said
Mitchell, who 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, 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.
up the final day of the show on Sunday, Mirja Mimi Block,
26, of Wellington, Florida, and Asarhaddon danced their way to victory,
earning 69.458% in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Block was able to enter
the class when a ride scratched and was performing the kur for the
first time she did some improvising in the ring. We
dont have music made up for him yet, she said. We
want to make a new freestyle for him next season, so I took my old
freestyle music and I just rode and waited for the transitions from
the music. We rode a little bit of his old freestyle, but we changed
it a little bit. Her father Kurt Block owns the 12-year-old
bay Hanoverian gelding and Mimi has been partnered with him for
seven years. She trained Asarhaddon to Grand Prix herself. She included
two piaffe pirouettes in her choreography. He likes doing
it. Hes really good in piaffe, so the pirouettes just come
easy for him. Two extended canters that ended in double canter
pirouettes were also impressive. Hes such a good boy,
Block beamed. Hes so good.
Score Awards for the show were announced in a ceremony following
the freestyles. The High Score of the show went to Robert Dover
and FBW Kennedy who earned 69.700% in the Grand Prix Special on
Saturday. Dover also won the Leading Rider Award; FBW Kennedy won
the Leading Horse Award; and Kennedys owner Jane Clark won
the Leading Owner Award. High score winners were awarded for First
through Fourth Level and Young Rider. The winners were: First Level,
Michael Shultz and Wahla, 69.118%. Second Level, Bent Jensen and
Rockefeller, 66.579%. Third Level, Mirja Block and Prince Charming,
65.333%. Fourth Level, Mette Petersen and Juneau, 68.768%. Young
Rider, Suzanne La Porte and Wittus, 66.444%.
Mische, president of Stadium Jumping, Inc. and a director of the
National Horse Show Association of America, Ltd., was pleased with
the event, The dressage show can develop into a year-end championship
as the AGA is at The National. It went very well, it was well-received
by the dressage community, which is always important, and we look
forward to growing dressage as we did the national hunter/jumper
Silcox, Dressage Coordinator for Stadium Jumping, Inc., concurred,
It was very nice. I was very happy with it. Every year it
will grow. It will take a few years to make it into a championship,
but this year was a good indication of how its going to go.
The FEI levels were very strong. I was very pleased and the exhibitors
were very pleased.
3rd Annual Zada Enterprises LLC Dressage at the National will be
held in Wellington, FL, from December 3 through 5, 2004, at the
Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds, in conjunction with
the 121st National Horse Show, scheduled for November 30 through
December 5, 2004.
complete results visit www.nhs.org or www.stadiumjumping.com