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High Scores and High Spirits at the Florida Dressage Classic
Photo Credit: Leslie Morse on Kingston, Photo by Susan Stickle
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Wellington, Fl- February 20, 2005. The Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida
Dressage Classic ended on a high note today as spectators were treated
to more than 20 musical freestyles performances. The $2000 Grand Prix
Musical Freestyle class drew a huge crowd and Leslie Morse's winning
ride on Kingston garnered almost unprecedented enthusiasm from the
spectators. The dynamic ride to the Pirates of the Caribbean tune, The
Curse of the Black Pearl was perfectly suited to Kingston who seemed as
pumped up as the crowd. A mistake in the one tempi sequence could not
take away from the ride's overall impact and the judges rewarded the
effort with a score of 77.166%. Captain Jack Sparrow himself would have
approved! It was a fitting finale for Morse who dominated the Grand
Prix throughout the show. She and Kingston also won the FEI Grand Prix
on Friday with a score of 72.014%. And she and her Swedish stallion, Tip
Top 962, won Saturday's Grand Prix Special with a score of 69.133%.
Second in the spectacular Grand Prix Musical Freestyle class was Dr.
Cesar Parra who rode a beautifully executed freestyle on Galant du
Serein for a score of 73.125%. It took the crowd a few movements to
settle into Dr. Parra's lighter and more refined music as he rode
directly after Morse's epic performance on Kingston. But Dr. Parra was
also rewarded by thunderous applause. Another crowd pleaser in the
Grand Prix Freestyle was Shannon Dueck riding Korona to brand new music
that won the approval of the crowds and the judges alike. Dueck placed
third with a score of 73.083% in the field of nine competitors.
In the $1500 FEI Intermediaire Musical Freestyle the victor was Heather
Bender riding her 10-year-old Hanovarian gelding, Winwood. Bender rode
to an upbeat jazz medley that earned her the winning score of 73.792%.
Coincidently, Bender, a former Californian, grew up with Leslie Morse.
Just recently, Bender purchased Windridge Farm in Palm City and is now
permanently settled in Florida. Despite this, her music is produced in
Hollywood, California. "I do my own chorography with help from Carol
Lavell and Michael Poulin," Bender told us, "but Eric Birkales, a
friend and professional musician from Hollywood, scores all my
freestyles." Second in the Intermediaire Freestyle went to Karen Lipp
who matched her music stride for stride riding Kayce Redmond's Danish
gelding, Lipton, for a score of 71.333%. Third place again went to
Shannon Dueck, this time riding her eye-catching Dutch gelding, KRS
Pegasus, to a score of 68.583%.
The USDF Freestyle winner was Olympian, Bent Jensen riding his stallion,
Rockefeller to a 73.333% in a very fun and forward Fourth Level
Freestyle. Jensen and Rockefeller had the judges nodding their heads to
their lively music and it is easy to see why this pair has been cleaning
up all season with their musical freestyle. Janne Rumbough and Gorron
earned second place with a score of 65.208 %, followed by Hadley
Tolliver and Daveed who finished third with a score of 64.722%.
FEI level standouts in the very intense four day competition included
Silke Rembacz who rode Winterage Stables', Millenium, to an impressive
win in the Prix St. Georges with a score of 69.750 % and came back to
top her score with a win in the Intermediaire-I with a score of 71.750%.
Olympian, Michelle Gibson also had a great show with Elite European
Sport Horse Inc.'s big gelding, Lex Barker. The pair won their Prix St.
Georges class with a 69.000% and returned as victors in the
Intermediaire-I with a score of 69.250%.
Fourth Level High Score went to Michael Shondel and his exciting new
partner, Silver Label. Their score of 71.395% in the Fourth Level Test
One cinched the tri-colored ribbon for them. Reserve High Score at
Fourth Level went to Kayce Remond and Cheval with a score of 70.465%.
Meanwhile, Jane Savoie's big score of 76.905% in the Third Level Test
Two class earned them the Third Level High Score award. Jessica Kozel
and Absolut Power took the Reserve High Score at Third Level with a
Other High Score Champions included Elizabeth Poulin and Cacique who won
the Second Level High Score with their win in Second Level Test One with
a score of 68.158%. Three-time blue ribbon winners, Jacqueline Brooks
and Balmoral were Reserve High Score Champions at Second Level with a
score of 67.838%.
First Level High Score winners were Karen Lipp and Millenium with a
74.118%, followed by Reserve Champions, Jennifer Fulmer and Fatima with
In the end, the Florida Dressage Classic will go down in the records as
the mid-season show with top horses and perfect weather, where great
dressage garnered high scores and high spirits for competitor's and
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