Articles: Horse News
Rodrigo Pessoa and Champ 163 Win Highlife Farms Grand Prix Conformation
Jumper Award At Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL (March 9, 2010) Rodrigo Pessoa and Champ 163 proved to be a
winning combination during the seventh week of the Winter Equestrian
Festival as the pair rode away the winner of the Highlife Farms Grand Prix
Conformation Jumper Award. Pessoa and Champ 163 also captured first place in
the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix, CSI 2*. It was the first grand
prix together for Pessoa and Champ 163, a 1999 Holsteiner stallion owned by
Pessoa and Champ 163 delivered a clear round in the jump-off to win with a
time of 39.41 seconds. The class, which was also the USEF World Equestrian
Games Trial #2, featured 49 entries with eight clean in the first round.
Pessoa was pleased to win the conformation award sponsored by Highlife
Farms, a world-class sport horse breeding and training facility owned by
Kenny and Joan Sims. The Highlife Farms Jumper Conformation Style Award is
given to a horse competing in the grand prix based on conformation, willing
attitude, ride-ability and overall style while competing. The winner
receives a special award ribbon from Highlife Farms and a gift certificate,
generously donated by EquiFit, Inc.
Highlife Farms is home to world-class dressage and show jumpers, and Olympic
dressage rider Lisa Wilcox serves as the head trainer. Highlife believes in
supporting the equestrian community, and in addition to sponsoring the
Conformation Jumper Award also sponsors the Highlife Cup during the winter
dressage circuit, which is awarded to the shows highest scoring warmblood.
Highlife has contributed many talented horses to the sport horse industry,
including their Oldenburg approved jumper stallion Prezioso OLD (Pilox),
currently ridden and competed by Olympian Lauren Hough. Prezioso qualified
for the World Championships, 2002 Bundeschampionate and earned countless
wins while competing in Europe at the Mayden Nations Cup. Prezioso competed
with Lauren in Wellington in the WEG trials.
Kenny and I are pleased to be sponsoring the Conformation Award at WEF. The
show features the best of the best competing each week, and it is an honor
to be part of it, Joan said.
Highlife Farms offers equestrians the opportunity to buy European quality
sport horses born and bred in the United States. Highlife will also host a
Diamond Select Sale on March 28 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West
Palm Beach. The sale will offer an exclusive collection of the finest sport
and young horses by sires such as Highlife, Pilox, Highlifes Diamond Stud,
Der Dollar, Connecticut and more.
For more information on Highlife Farms, visit their website at