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Melissa Taylor Yee And Schumacker Win Intermediaire I At 3rd Annual Zada
Enterprises LLC Dressage At The National At The 121st National Horse
Show & Family Festival
Melissa Taylor Yee and Schumacker
Photo by Ken Braddick
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WELLINGTON, FL - December 4, 2004 - Melissa Taylor Yee, 34, of
Wellington, FL, aboard her Schumacker won the Intermediaire I at the 3rd
Annual Zada Enterprises LLC Dressage At The National today, topping a
field of 18 horses. Judge Jeanne McDonald at C awarded 253 and Judge
Brenda Minor at B tallied 277 for a final score of 66.250%, which
clinched the victory for Yee. Second place went to Heather Bender with
Winwood who earned 64.875%. The third place ribbon was awarded to Betsy
Steiner riding Diamore who scored 64.625%.
Yee summed up the best part of her test with one word, "Control," she
smiled. "He was really hot and really fresh, so just being able to
control his energy was what I was most happy about. We had a good rhythm
and a good connection throughout the test. In the warm-up he was bucking
and spinning and leaping all around and then he kicked out when I put my
leg on him. But it's his energy I love. He's just a sweet, loving, cool
horse. I'm very excited about this win."
Schumacker is a 10-year-old Danish warmblood gelding that Yee purchased
18 months ago from her trainer of the past two-and-a-half years, Lars
Petersen. His wife, Mette Petersen, had competed Schumacker through
The Intermediaire I class had the largest number of entries at the show
today, and the competition was very close. Yee assessed what was special
about Schumacker's performance that gave him the edge. "He has that
brilliance about him. You just have to be able to control his energy
into all the movements," she said. "His trot extensions were amazing. He
was sitting down underneath himself and was through his back and was
rocketing. It was beautiful. I was very happy with him. My shoulder-ins
felt good, and all of my half passes to the right felt super."
The 2003 show circuit was Yee and Schumacker's first season at the Prix
St. Georges and Intermediaire I level. The duo competed in last year's
Dressage At The National, but Yee noted that they did not score well. "I
didn't know how to control the energy at that point," she explained.
"Raleigh 2004 was a turning point for me. I won at the Allentown, New
Jersey, CDI in both the Prix St. Georges and I-I and I also won the
Region I Championships at Allentown. I went up the ladder and am peaking
now." Yee noted that the streak of wins encountered a slight glitch at
this year's Devon. "He was a little too fresh, too hot, and I was
nervous, but hopefully we'll stay on track now," she grinned.
Yee plans to show Schumacker in the Grand Prix soon but is not pushing
the debut date. "He does almost all the Grand Prix movements at home
now. I try not to make too big of a plan to bring him out because I want
to bring him out when he's super ready," she explained. "We may come out
I-II at the end of February or first part of March. We'll just let the
horse let us know when he wants to do it."
Yee's long-term goals include riding on a U.S. team, and she keeps her
goals high - the Olympic Games are on her list. "I still have all those
aspirations," she said. "I would love to represent the U.S. That's what
I'm working so hard for, definitely."
In addition to Schumacker, Yee owns two other horses - Dacardo, a
six-year-old, Swedish warmblood gelding, and Cidor, her Grand Prix
schoolmaster that is leased to a friend. "Lars is showing Dacardo. I
ride him at home, not at shows. He's too much for me right now," Yee
Yee recently changed her status from amateur to professional and has
taken on her first horse in training - Lucky, a six-year-old owned by
Emmy Adwers that she will be bringing out and showing this winter in
Florida. Yee plans to build a training business. "I'd like to take on
some more clients and start using my professional status and make money
for a living," she said with a smile. She is the president of her Legacy
Farms in Pennsylvania, but said that for the past year she has resided
mostly in Florida to pursue her training with Lars Petersen, who will be
based out of Arlene 'Tuny' Page's farm this season.
The Intermediaire I win was Yee's first victory at the Zada Enterprises
LLC Dressage At The National, which is in its third year at Wellington.
The development of her partnership with Schumacker from a year ago was
evident in the duo's performance today. "It feels great! It's a good way
to end the weekend," Yee said. And she was especially pleased with
Schumacker and what a great match he is proving to be with her. "He's
special. He's a 'go- boy' and I'm a 'go-girl'!"
The 121st National Horse Show & Family Festival runs through Sunday,
December 5. More than 500 of the nation's top horses are competing in
hunters, jumpers, equitation and dressage for more than half a million
dollars in total prize money. Upcoming attractions on Sunday, December
5, include the $100,000 Budweiser AGA Championship, CSI*** presented by
For more information about the 121st National Horse Show & Family
Festival, write to National Horse Show, PO Box 386, Greenvale, NY 11548.
E-mail: NationalHS@aol.com; Phone:
(516) 484-1865; Fax: (516) 484-1982.