Articles: Press Release
Nancy Later Doesn't Wait to Win Grand Prix Special Division at Zada
Enterprises, LLC Dressage at the National
Photo Credit: Nancy Later and Alexis-D, a 14-year-old Oldenburg mare,
win Grand Prix Special Division. Sue Stickle
Chrissy Lane of
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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Wellington, FL - December 2, 2006 - The second day of Zada Enterprises,
LLC Dressage at the National brought a crowd of spectators and a blue
ribbon in the Grand Prix Special for Nancy Later.
In its fifth year at 123rd The National Horse Show and Family Festival,
dressage is gaining support and attention among the traditional hunter
and jumper disciplines featured at the show.
Riding her own Alexis-D, a 14-year-old Oldenburg mare, Later scored a
65.8 percent for the win, despite a bit of commotion on the part of a
few noisy children playing in the spectator seating.
"I was very pleased. That's the first time we've shown - this weekend is
the first show in more than six months. I'm really happy with her
relaxation in that atmosphere and in that ring," Later said, adding that
her mare's nervousness and trouble relaxing is the biggest impediment to
the pair's success.
During the walk sequence of her test, Later motioned to the group of
children and asked them to quiet down, while at the same time, the
announcer made a similar request to prevent them from spooking the
"It was a little bit distracting. (They were) announcing over the
loudspeaker to the kids to stop running up and down the hill, and they
weren't getting that message. In the test you come around and have to
piaffe, right on the center line. I was just trying to bring it to their
attention that it was them that the lady on the loudspeaker was talking
to. It's possible for the horses to lose their attention and a
piaffe-passage is a really tense time. It's easy to lose our horses in
that moment," she explained.
Later's plans for Alexis-D depend on the horse's ability to be able to
continue to settle in the ring. This season will be the pair's second
year competing at the Grand Prix level, and Later expressed an interest
in international competition, as well as a venue to show off the bay
mare's talent. Later and Alexis-D were second in the Grand Prix, test
"B" on Friday with a score of 66.146 percent, which was just behind Jan
Brons' winning score of 67.50 percent with Jourdan.
The second place finisher in the Grand Prix Special was Colombian native
Marco Bernal, riding Diamore. The pair also competed in the Grand Prix
on Friday and came in third. His scores were a 64.00 percent on Saturday
and 65.938 percent on Friday. However, the field of horses for the Grand
Prix was half that of the day before, with only five horses competing at
the highest level on Saturday.
One more day of competition remains in Zada Enterprises, LLC Dressage at
the National. Sunday's competition will include a variety of lower-level
tests from Training Level through Fourth Level. However, the main
attraction will be the Freestyle divisions, where riders choreograph a
special test with accompanying music. There will be an FEI Intermediare
Freestyle, USDF Freestyle, and FEI Young Rider and Grand Prix
Freestyles. Only a single ring will be used in the Mogavero Arena,
beginning at 7:30 a.m.