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Saturday Was the Day for Repeat Performances at the Florida Dressage
Photo Credit: Michelle Gibson on Lex Barker, Photo by Phelps Photography
Mason Phelps, Jr. of Phelps Media Group, Inc. at (561)
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Wellington, Fl- February 19, 2005. Many of the prior day's winners
proved their consistency today in day three of the Zada Enterprises, LLC
Florida Dressage Classic. A favorite among today's repeat performances
was Olympian, Michelle Gibson riding Lex Barker owned by Scott Vehner
and Mike Benneny of Elite European Sport Horse, Inc. Today Gibson and
Lex Barker won the $1000 FEI Intermediaire-I with a score of 69.250%, a
slight increase over their winning score of 69.000% in yesterday's Prix
St. Georges. "He's a cool horse," explained Gibson, "He is relatively
inexperienced, as he hasn't shown a lot but he's matured a lot and I'm
really please with how he's going." Gibson credits her success with the
big gelding to the team effort at Elite European Sport Horse. "Scott and
Mike are fantastic and we all have a great relationship. It's a real
team effort," said Gibson. When asked about Lex Barker's strong points,
Gibson stated matter-of-factly, "He's good at every thing. His lateral
work is very good. He can sit for the pirouettes and push off for nice
extensions." The judge's scores over the past two days reflect their
agreement with Gibson's assessment! Another very consistent pair,
Ashley Holzer and Pop Art came in second to Gibson with a score of
68.875%, followed by Karen Lipp on Lipton with a score of 66.375%.
Another big repeat winner today was Californian, Leslie Morse who won
the $1250 FEI Grand Prix Special, this time riding her Swedish stallion,
Tip Top 962 to a score of 69.133%. Yesterday, she topped the FEI Grand
Prix riding Kingston to a score of 72.014%. "It is only Tip Tip's fourth
Grand Prix ever and his very first time in the Special, so I was really
pleased with his performance," said Morse. "He's such a big mover. He
needs to learn to take smaller steps for the piaffe and the pirouettes,
but he never spooked or got distracted and that was a big plus." Second
in the Grand Prix Special was Mirja Block riding the bold moving,
Asarhaddon to a score of 65.133% edging out Tina Konyot and Liberty who
scored a 65.000%. Konyot's big gray stallion was impressive from the
start but a small mistake in the one-tempis cost him in the close
competition. "He's still young," explained Konyot, "He'll turn 10 in
June. He looks like a big macho boy, but he was looking at the crowds
anxiously when we came. I asked the crowd to talk to him and when they
did he settled down and did his job." added Konyot.
Young Michael Shondel again proved he is a force to be reckoned with a
second win on his new gelding, Silver Label. "Today the pair won the
Fourth Level Test Two class with a score of 69.535%, a tad shy of
yesterday's winning score of 71.395% in the Fourth Level Test. "He's a
really amazing horse," said Shondel, "And I'm grateful to Cesar (Parra)
for his training and guidance." Second in the class was Emily Andon and
Wendolin with a score of 65.581%.
In the lower levels, Jacqueline Brooks also pulled off a repeat win
riding Bamoral to first place in the Second Level Test Three Class with
a score of 67.021% just a fraction of a point off yesterday's win in the
Second Level Test Two class with a score of 67.838%. Brook's Mom is
visiting from Canada and is enjoying the frequent trips to score board
and the trophy table!
Other notable wins for the day included Jason Canton's lovely ride on
Navignon to the win in Fourth Level Test Two with a score of 67.209%.
"He's a bit spooky" said Canton of Navignon, "but today he was focused
and stayed on the aids throughout the test."
Linda Todenhagen and Apollo had an impressive win in the Third Level
Test Three class with a score of 72.000%, but Jane Savoie's Third Level
win yesterday on Menno with a score of 76.905% still holds the lead for
the division so far.
And the day's warp-up would not be complete without noting Alison Sader
Larson's impressive win on Legretto in the $1000 FEI Intermediaire-I
with a score of 67.625%. The accurately executed test put the pair in
the lead, followed by Ashley Holzer and Maximillian with a score of
Sunday classes in the Florida Dressage Classic start at 8:00 AM with the
popular Musical Freestyle performances beginning at 9:15 AM and running
through 2:00 PM.
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