Articles: Press Release
Dressage Kicks off at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810
Caren Hunter (561) 793-5867
WELLINGTON, FL--February 8, 2001--The first of three weeks of dressage
competition at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL,
featured levels ranging from Training level up to the top Grand Prix level.
Israeli rider Oded Shimoni and his Dutch gelding Glenstern won the Grand
Prix De Dressage class with 68.667%. Lynda Alicki, a 1999 Pan American Games
team Gold Medalist, finished second with a score of 65.533% aboard
Later in the week, Patrick Burssens and Marianne McPhail's horse Marfil, a
14-year-old Argentinean-bred gelding, won the Grand Prix Special with
69.767%. Shimoni and Glenstern finished second with 65.969%.
A special attraction of the Wellington Dressage was the $25,000 Windsome
Dressage Show Jumping Spectacular on Saturday, February 3. This
crowd-pleaser paired show jumping riders with dressage riders in an exciting
team competition. Riders selected teammates, forming a duo comprised of one
dressage competitor and one show jumper. The show jumping rider competed in
a Third Level dressage test, while in a separate event the dressage rider
jumped a course of obstacles in a Hit and Hurry jumping event. This year's
winners were U.S. Equestrian Team Olympic show jumping veteran Anne
Kursinski and dressage competitor Bent Jenssen.
The show culminated with German rider Hubertus Schmidt winning the
crowd-pleasing Grand Prix Freestyle, a musical ride choreographed by the
rider. Susan Dutta finished second with Guadalquivir DC, followed by Sabine
Schut and Jorrit in third.
Dressage is a test where horses must respond to subtle signals from the
rider and show a willingness to go forward with energy, elasticity and
grace. Horses and riders perform a designated series of movements at
reference markers around an arena, and judges award scores based on the
details of that performance. Although it is never attained, 100% is the
highest possible score. Dressage challenges riders to strive for the greater
levels of precision and harmony, which is a pleasure to watch for equestrian
and non-equestrian spectators alike.
The 2001 Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival offers $3 million in total
prizes during a ten-week series which runs in Wellington, FL (January 24 -
March 18) and Tampa, FL (March 21 - March 31). The Festival hosts the
$200,000 Budweiser American Invitational at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa
on Saturday evening, March 31. The series then returns to Wellington for the
culminating event—the American Grandprix Association Championship—April 4-8.