Articles: Press Release
2007 Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic Wrap-up, Feb.
Chrissy Lane of
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at (561) 753-3389 or at email@example.com
Wellington, FL - February 26, 2007 - The second week of dressage at the
Winter Equestrian Festival, the Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage
Classic, concluded yesterday.
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 class.
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.
The second week of dressage competition at the 2007 Zada Florida
Dressage Classic saw the return of Lars Petersen and the great gray
Dacardo to the winner's circle. The pair scored a 72.083 percent for the
win in the FEI Intermediaire I class, section A. Petersen, a native of
Denmark, has been paired with Dacardo for about three years, and the
horse is owned by Melissa Taylor, who trains with Petersen.
Taking second in the II test was Melissa Jackson and Wellington 248 with
a 68.917 percent, and they also placed second on Thursday in the Prix
St. Georges test. Third place was earned by Oded Shimoni and Wasmut with
a 66.000 percent.
In section B of the Intermediaire I, Lauren Sammis and Sagacious HF
repeated their performance from Thursday, again earning the blue ribbon.
With a score of 70.750 percent, the pair further solidified their status
as a combination to watch in the future. Earning second place was
Melissa Taylor and her own Schumaker with a 69.176 percent. Taylor was
also victorious in the FEI Grand Prix division on Succes with a 66.319
Rounding out the top three placings in the II divison, section B, was
Simone Williams and Wunder Ein with a 67.000 percent.
Competition in the third day of the Zada Florida Dressage Classic heated
up with a closely contested FEI Test of Choice division, where riders
choose which test they will perform.
Earning the blue ribbon in the class was Marie Pettersson on Ommen with
a 66.000 percent. The pair rode third to last and triumphed over Ed
Borrensen and Beemer, who held the lead for most of the afternoon with a
64.417 percent and ended the day in third place. The second place
position went to Lynda Alicki and Nick who rode a competent test and
were awarded a 65.833 percent.
In the FEI Grand Prix Special, the original class of five entries
dwindled to two on account of scratches, but Tami Crawford and Markant
put in a fluid test to be awarded a 62.533 percent, which earned them
first place. Nancy Later and Alexis-D, a bay Oldenburg mare, were second
with a 60.667 percent.
The final day of the Zada Florida Dressage Classic concluded with a
rousing display of dressage freestyles set to exuberant music. George
Williams and Marnix danced their way to the blue ribbon in the FEI Grand
Earning a 71.750 percent, Williams said that the test was one of the
best rides he and Marnix have had in competition. Williams has been
partnered for about seven years with Marnix, who is a 13-year-old 17.2
hand Dutch bay gelding by Hinault out of Ecolien.
Second place in the Grand Prix Freestyle went to Tina Irwin and Amicelli
with a 68.583 percent, while Dorothy Morkis and Mister Big rounded out
the top three with a 66.917 percent. In the FEI Intermediaire Freestyle,
it was Canada's Simone Williams who brought home the blue ribbon with a
68.08 percent on her own Wunder Ein, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding.