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Cosequin Wellington Dressage Wrap-up, February 8-11, 2007, Winter
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WELLINGTON, FL - February 12, 2007 - Cosequin Wellington Dressage, the
first of three shows in the Stadium Jumping, Inc. Dressage Series at the
Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, wrapped up yesterday
after four days of competition, February 8-11, 2007. The show featured
USEF High Performance qualifying competition for the Collecting Gaits
Farm/USEF Grand Prix National Championship and the Collecting Gaits
Farm/USEF Intermediaire I National Championship/Pan American Games
Thursday, February 8, High Performance Highlights
In the USEF High Performance Prix St. Georges, a qualifier for the
national championships and the Pan American Games selection trials in
Gladstone, NJ, Christopher Hickey and Regent brought home the blue
ribbon with a score of 71.583 percent.
"He's a seasoned Prix St. George horse. He was (at Gladstone) as an
8-year-old - there were only two 8-year-olds at Gladstone in the
(Intermediaire) National Championships," Hickey explained. "So now at 9,
he feels stronger, and that work is a lot easier for him. He's really
consistent, confirmed and produces even a higher quality."
Hickey noted that he would like to be invited to Gladstone again for the
national championships, as well as make a bid for the Pan Am Games in
July in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Regarding his test today, Hickey said that the strong points were the
pirouettes. "He is really good and strong in the canter pirouettes, and
also, the changes were good and really forward and expressive and
uphill. He has such an uphill, rolling canter and uphill appearance with
natural balance so it makes the canter very nice."
Hickey thanked his sponsor, Dietrich Insurance, and Hilltop Farm, his
Taking second place in the high performance Prix St. Georges was
Courtney King and Rendezvous 3 who earned 71.083%. Melissa Taylor and
Schumacher earned 69.92% for third place.
Friday, February 9, High Performance Highlights
Courtney King and Idocus brought home the blue ribbon in the USEF High
Performance Grand Prix. King was thrilled with her victory and noted
that the stallion came into the test feeling very strong.
"I was really happy with my test. He's been feeling great at home," King
commented. "I think the things I've worked on in the past couple months
I was able to put out there. I thought the passage was a lot better. The
one tempis are really expressive now - what can I say - he's a thrill to
ride, and he's very much my horse again. He's enthusiastic and trying
his heart out. He seems happy to be here and very proud of himself."
With a 70.760% score, King was about four percentage points ahead of the
rest of the riders. "I had no idea what the other scores were," King
said. "Idocus is a very confirmed grand prix horse, and I'm a little bit
biased, but I think he's special to watch. I think he's really elegant
and really balanced. He doesn't have the biggest, loftiest gaits, but
everything he does, to me, has expression in a very controlled way.
That's what makes him special for me."
King's goals for the rest of the year include the U.S. League Finals and
a possible bid for the World Cup with Idocus.
Placing second and third in the HP Grand Prix were George Williams and
Marnix, and Suzanne Dansby Phelps and Cooper 19, respectively.
In the USEF High Performance Intermediaire I class, the same three
riders who took the top places in the HP Prix St. Georges yesterday
repeated their performances. Christopher Hickey and Regent were first
with a 70.667 percent, King and Rendezvous 3 were second with a 70.250,
and Melissa Taylor and Schumacker placed third with a 68.750 %.
Saturday, February 10, High Performance Highlights
Jan Brons and Jourdan took home the highest honors in the USEF High
Performance Grand Prix Special test. Brons and Jourdan earned 68.867%
for the win. Jourdan is a Dutch Warmblood gelding by Elmshorn owned by
"I liked (the test) a lot, especially since yesterday he was a little
hot and unruly," Brons commented. "Today he was way more rideable, and
even though he had a mistake in the one tempis, I was very happy with
how rideable he was. I could just go around the ring like it was a day
at home, and I liked that."
Brons plans for the horse for include a bid for an invitation for the
national championships at Gladstone.
Nancy Later and her own Alexis -D were second in the Special with
67.733%, and Suzanne Dansby Phelps was third with Goubergh's Kaspar,
Sunday, February 11, High Performance Highlights
The conclusion of Cosequin Wellington Dressage at the 2007 Winter
Equestrian Festival was marked with a dazzling array of musical
freestyles performed by some of the nation's top competitors. In the
USEF High Performance Grand Prix Freestyle, Courtney King and Idocus
reigned with new music and a new test designed by Terry Gallo of Klassic
Kur, earning 76.3% for the win.
King noted that the music is a set of Broadway show tunes with a mix of
classic swing sounds. "I was very happy with it. I think the music is
great for Idocus," King commented. "I had a bobble in one set of the
twos [two-tempis] and a bobble in the ones [one tempis], which isn't
normal for him, so I'd like to clean that up. Other than that, I thought
the transitions were really on the money. I felt very confident despite
having ridden it only once before."
The test had a high level of difficulty, but the veteran pair had no
problem mastering the movements. "I'm about 50 percent more confident
just in one day, and he was right there for me the whole time. I was
really, really happy. It's been so much fun to make (the freestyle) with
Idocus because he's such a confirmed grand prix horse and we have great
communication together, on top of him just being a very light and
balanced horse. I really felt like we could play," she explained.
Suzanne Dansby-Phelps and her own Cooper 19 placed second in the high
performance freestyle with 71.167%. Taking third was George Williams and
Marnix with a score of 70.750%.
In the USEF High Performance Intermediaire Freestyle, Christopher Hickey
and Regent continued their winning ways for the weekend, earning
Taking second in the Intermediaire freestyle were King and Rendezvous 3.
Tara Stegen and Kamir rounded out the top three with a 69.583 percent.
Dressage competition at the 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival will return
on Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25 for the Zada
Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic.