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Courtney King Captures Seven Victories at the PhelpsSports.com Palm
Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W CDI-Y in Florida
PHOTO CAPTION: Courtney King and Idocus win Grand Prix Freestyle at
PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W CDI-Y. PHOTO CREDIT:
Mary Hilton of
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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WELLINGTON, FL - March 7, 2007 - Courtney King, 29, of New Milford,
Connecticut, impressed judges, spectators and fellow competitors at the
PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W CDI-Y by racking up a
total of seven victories during the four-day show, Thursday through
Sunday, March 1-4, in Loxahatchee, Florida. King competed in both the
CDI (Concours de Dressage International), in which she notched three
victories, and the CDN (Competition Dressage National), claiming four
King and Idocus Win FEI Grand Prix Musical Freestyle
Highlighting King's weekend in the CDI ring was her spectacular win
aboard Idocus in the FEI Grand Prix Musical Freestyle on Sunday in which
she notched a remarkable 75.850%. All five international judges
presiding over the 13-horse field scored King and Idocus as the winners.
Idocus (Equador x Eretha) is a 17-year-old, Dutch Warmblood stallion
owned by Christine McCarthy.
King was beaming as she left the ring, and remarked, "I didn't even
care what the score was going to be, I was so happy with Idocus's
enthusiasm. That's the most important thing for me with that horse - so
the smile was there!"
Judge Anne Gribbons (O) USA at B marked King's ride at 76%, and
commented, "Courtney's ride was truly dressage. It was just beautiful.
The horse was right with her. The harmony was fabulous and that horse is
not a powerhouse - but the submission, in a nice way [was good], the way
they work together. Their camaraderie is just great the way they
communicated with each other. Especially when you sit on the side, you
really can appreciate it because you see the frame of the horse and the
mouth a lot more when you sit in that position. You can really tell how
the top-line works under the rider. It's really beautiful to watch. It's
quite understandable that she won."
King and Idocus were exhibiting this freestyle for only the third time.
King and Terry Gallo of Klassic Kur created the soundtrack and
choreography specifically for Idocus. U.S. Dressage Coach Klaus
Balkenhol, who watched the two previous performances, provided input for
adjustments to the kur, which King included today. For her music, King
used one piece of a Broadway show tune from her previous freestyle and
built the new one around that music. She included Cavity Cat from Cats
for the canter, Follow the Yellow Brick Road from The Wizard of Oz for
the walk, and If I Were a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof for the
King was especially thrilled with Idocus's trot work and pointed out, "I
thought all the piaffe and passage work was really nice." Overall King
was thoroughly pleased with the freestyle and her horse, and noted, "He
was very, very happy with himself and I'm really, really happy with
King and Idocus are qualified for, and will compete in, the USEF
National Freestyle Championship / U.S. League Final, which will be held
March 29-April 1, in Burbank, California. The League Final determines
the two horse-and-rider combinations that will represent the United
States at the Rolex FEI World Cup Final(tm), April 19-21, in Las Vegas,
Officiating at the FEI Grand Prix Musical Freestyle: were Anne Gribbons
(O) at B; Dieter Sch=FCele (O) Germany at E; Francis Verbeek Von Rooy
(O) Netherlands at H; Stephen Clarke (O) Great Britain at C; and
Wojciech Markowski (O) Poland at M.
King Takes First and Second in PSG Aboard Rendezvous 3 and Mythilus
In the CDI ring on Friday, King riding Rendezvous 3 for owner Francine
Walker won the Prix St. Georges with a score of 72.450%, besting a huge
field of 41 horses. Rendezvous is a 12-year-old Warmblood mare owned by
King also claimed second place aboard Mythilus, scoring 72.10%. Mythilus
is a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Richard Malloch.
The class was a qualifier for the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF
Intermediaire I National Championship/Pan American Games Selection
Trials, and King considers both mounts as candidates for the 2007 Pan
American Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July.
"It feels great!" enthused King about her top two finishes. "It was a
huge class and I think for a lot of people going for the Pan Am Games,
other than the west coast riders [not competing here], it was a pretty
legitimate test for where we stand in the running for that. Both horses
are very high quality, and to be within a half a percentage mark of each
other was really phenomenal."
Rendezvous had endured a bout of colic the week before the show, and
King commented, "I wasn't exactly sure what I would have in [the ring],
but halfway through the warm-up, when I put the burners under her, she
said, 'you know, I'm ready!' When we went in the ring, she was even
better. She really rose to the occasion. I really thought her trot
extensions and her pirouettes and the things that are strengths for her,
she really showcased. There were a couple of things we could still get
higher marks on, but overall she was just extremely, extremely honest
and in front of me and expressive."
Judging the class were: Francis Verbeek von Rooy (O) Netherlands at E;
Stephen Clarke (O) Great Britain at H; Dieter Sch=FCele at C; Anne
Gribbons (O) USA at M; and Marianne Ludwig (I) USA at B.
King and Mythilus Win FEI Intermediaire I
King riding Mythilus for owner Richard Malloch took their turn in the
honor round on Saturday when they won the FEI Intermediaire I with an
outstanding score of 74.250%. The duo topped a strong field of 40
"I thought he was much softer in the contact but more with me," King
commented, comparing the ride aboard Mythilus with the previous day's
Prix St. Georges. "But I still felt like it was a little bit strong. It
looks different than it feels. Sometimes when he's on that edge, he
looks fantastic - so that's what the score told me. I felt confident
that I had him together the whole time. I didn't feel like any errors
were coming at any time."
The judges were mightily impressed with this ride and showed it in their
scores - 78.00% from Wojciech Markowski (O) Poland at H; 71.00% from
Anne Gribbons (O) USA at C; and 73.75% from Gisela Holstein (I) Ireland
King commented on her back-to-back wins after two days of competition in
the small tour at the PhelpsSports Derby, saying, "It was great to have
Rendezvous win yesterday and Myth win today. I think that was very, very
cool, and to have both horses feeling so good and strong and reliable
with a couple of months to work still before Gladstone, this is
hopefully my last show for the season. I'll probably take Myth with me
when I go to California with Idocus for the League Finals. I might do
one show out there, but probably not, so it was a great way to cap off
King Earns Four Victories in the CDN at PhelpsSports Derby
In the Competition Dressage National (CDN), King earned four victories
in the open lower level classes.
King and Jubilant Claim Two Fourth Level Wins
King riding Jubilant won Fourth Level Test 2 with a score of 69.773%.
The duo also claimed victory in Fourth Level Test 3 with a score of
66.341%. Jubilant is an eight-year-old Oldenburg stallion owned by Anne
Wood and Virginia Easley.
King and Harmony's Wyoming Win Twice Performing FEI Young Horse Tests
King aboard her own Harmony's Wyoming won the FEI Test of Choice (TOC)
riding the FEI Six Year Old Finale Test with a score of 79.000%. The duo
topped that in the FEI Six Year Old class, earning an extraordinary
82.00%. Harmony's Wyoming is a six-year-old Hanoverian gelding by