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Lauren Sammis and Sagacious HF Post Prix St. Georges Win on First Day of
Zada Florida Dressage
PHOTO CREDIT: Lauren Sammis and Sagacious HF. Photo by Susan J.
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Wellington, FL - February 22, 2007 - The first day of the 2007 Zada
Florida Dressage Classic kicked off with a win by Lauren Sammis and
Sagacious HF in the first section of the FEI Prix St. Georges $1,000
Sammis, who has been paired with the coming 8-year-old KWPN for about a
year, winters in Wellington and spends the summers in South Orange, NJ.
She noted that while her ride today was for practice, the next three
shows will count as qualifiers for Gladstone and the Pan American Games.
"This is a practice test for me, so I got to ride the transitions, the
canter, the corners, and he really just stayed with me all the time. I
think he was really obedient and right now. I thought it was really,
really rideable," she commented.
She continued, "I will try (to qualify for the Pan Ams). There are a
lot of really good horses going for it, and the process itself will be
fun. I think he's a really good representative for the team because he's
a young horse, he really shows that he could be a grand prix horse...he
makes it look so easy."
The pair recently competed in Cosequin Wellington Dressage and placed
third with a 70 percent in the Intermediaire I. Although he was only
competing at training level when she started with him, they have quickly
progressed through the ranks and their success could be the product of a
"I love him. I think that there really is a bond. He offers me a lot.
People have known the horse before and they watch him now, and they say,
'You can tell he just adores you,' Sammis explained. "I feel so lucky
and so blessed just to be able to ride the horse. He has a good time,
and I think it's a really great pair. We're both lucky."
In Section B of the Prix St. Georges division, Melissa Taylor and her
own Schumaker earned a 67.250 percent for the win. Schumaker is a 16. 3
hand 13-year-old Danish gelding by Schwadroneur out of Patricia Solyst
by Ragtime. Melissa Jackson and the chestnut Wellington 248 finished
second with a 66.00 percent, and Canadian Simone Williams and Wunder Ein
rounded out the top three with a 65.667.
Denielle Gallagher, who is a student and assistant trainer for Canada's
Ashley Holzer, was also successful today, earning first place in the
Intermediaire II test with a 65.854 percent. Gallagher rode Gallaway's
Abrikos to the victory.
In the Prix St. Georges Adult Amateur, Junior and Young Rider division,
Lisa Dufresne and Caballero 37 took the win with a 65.550 percent. Susan
Michalek and Look No Further earned second place, and Monica Burssens
and Putphry-Inshala were third.
The Zada Florida Dressage Classic, sponsored by Zada Enterprises, LLC,
will continue on Friday with more dressage action. Friday's highlights
include grand prix and Intermediaire I tests.