Articles: Press Release
Courtney King and Idocus Win Grand Prix at Windy Hollow Hunt Spring
PHOTO CAPTION: Courtney King and Idocus win the Grand Prix at Windy
Hollow Hunt Spring Dressage
PHOTO CREDIT: SusanJStickle.com
Mary Hilton for Phelps Media Group, Inc., International
at (561) 753-3389 or at email@example.com
WELLINGTON, FL - May 15, 2006 - Courtney King of Bedford, New York,
riding the Dutch stallion Idocus owned by Christine McCarthy, won the
Open Grand Prix at the Windy Hollow Hunt Spring Dressage show on Sunday,
May 14, at the Sussex Fairgrounds in Augusta, New Jersey. King and the
16-year-old bay stallion by Equafor scored 62.708% from Judge Anne Rawle
(S) of Pennsylvania.
"Idocus and I had our best Grand Prix by far since he has come back to
me," enthused King, who had ridden the stallion to international success
four years ago and was reunited with him last year. King acknowledged
that though this was the lowest score she and Idocus had ever received
in the Grand Prix, she was still happy with the victory, noting that it
was one of the highest scores Judge Rawle awarded at the one-day show.
"The good thing is that Idocus doesn't know the score and it was
successful for him," beamed King. "I was very pleased with him. This
show did just what I wanted it to do - it gave me an opportunity to make
him better in the ring and therefore better for next time."
King also earned the Open High Score Championship at Windy Hollow Hunt
Spring Dressage with one of her newest young mounts, Harmony's Wyoming,
a five-year-old Hanoverian gelding. King was exhibiting "Wyoming" in
his first show and debuted him in Open Training Level Test 4. The pair
earned a score of 78.077% in from Judge Pat Jacobson (r) of New York,
and King was named the show's Open High Score Champion.
Harmony's Wyoming is by Weltmeir out of a Donnerhall mare, and owned by
Harmony Sport Horses. "Wyoming was amazing," said King. "He is just so
level-headed. He was wild when we got to the show, but after lunging and
getting his kicks out a bit he was like a seasoned campaigner - he
didn't look at a thing."
King, 28, is based at Gleneden Dressage in Bedford, New York. In 2000,
King was named to the USET Olympic Long List and in 2004 she was named
to the USEF High Performance Developing Riders List. King is a United
States Dressage Federation (USDF) Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist and
a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level.
The Windy Hollow Hunt Spring Dressage show featured 100 horses competing
in a total of 186 rides, ranging from Introductory Tests to Grand Prix,
and included musical freestyles and young horse tests. For full show
results, visit http://www.windyhollowhunt.org/dressage.htm