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Anna Marek and Unico G Earn Top Score in FEI Prix St. Georges at Dressage by
Anna Marek and Unico G earned the best score in today's FEI Prix
St. Georges class held in the beautiful Grand Prix Ring at Flintfields
Horse Park in Traverse City, MI. Photo © Lauren Fisher/PMG.
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Traverse City, MI - July 30, 2009 - Competition continued for Dressage by
the Bay Series I today as the FEI Musical Freestyle and FEI Prix St. Georges
classes were held in the spacious Grand Prix Ring at Flintfields Horse
Park. Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc. has been awarded the opportunity to
host the 2010 Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage
Federation Region 2 Dressage Championships based on prior performance
producing quality dressage shows, and this year's Dressage by the Bay Series
is carrying on that quality.
Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez judged today's classes, which were generously
sponsored by Hampton Green Farm. The FEI Musical Freestyle began the
morning, and Colleen Haveman and Warello topped the class in the Open
division with the high score of 70%. Also earning a 70% in the class were
Meredith Kenyon and Rambunctious, who showed under the Junior/Young Rider
The FEI Prix St. Georges followed, and 20-year-old Anna Marek of West
Bloomfield, MI, rode Unico G to the highest score of the class with a
65.790% showing in the Junior/Young Rider division. Alison Allen and San
Marcus had the highest Open score with a 63.948%.
Unico G (Negro x Kleora) is a black eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
owned by Amy Awerbuch. Anna Marek has been riding Unico G for two years,
and started the young horse at Training Level and First Level. The pair
moved up the levels very quickly and is now competing in Prix St. Georges
"He was a little fiery today, but I thought he was great," Marek commented
on today's test. "He is usually not like that, he is usually pretty
sensitive, but not quite so hot. He was definitely ready to go today and I
think showing in the big open ring really got him going."
"He is only eight years old, so it is just coming along," Marek
continued. "When I learn to contain that energy and get quicker on my aids
with that quality I think it is going to be awesome."
Marek explained that she is currently trying to buy Unico G from his owner
so that she can keep improving and showing with him. "I really want to be
able to keep going with him," she stated. "He is pretty much schooling all
of the grand prix already. It is pretty green, but he does piaffe and
passage, so I am trying to hang on to him. I would love to buy him and turn
him into a grand prix horse; that is my long-term plan."
Marek noted that the last time she competed at Dressage by the Bay was two
years ago, and it was actually the first time that she showed Unico G. "I
think it is so funny that two years ago I was here and I was showing this
horse Training Level and now he is a Prix St. Georges horse," she
smiled. "He has moved up so fast."
"It is awesome here," Marek added. "My dad's cousin has a place on East Bay,
so we come up here and my friends come and we hang out. It is just
beautiful. The grounds are awesome, there is so much room, and they make
everything really nice. It is great; I love the area."
Dressage by the Bay Series II will begin tomorrow at Flintfields Horse Park
with more exciting dressage competition. The 2009 Horse Shows by the Bay
Equestrian Festival will continue through Sunday, August 2. For more
information, please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com.