Articles: Press Release
Blinks and Konyot Take Top Awards at Zada
Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caren Hunter (561) 793-5867 email@example.com
WELLINGTON, FL (February 19, 2002) - Sue Blinks, U.S. Dressage Team Bronze
Medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and her Olympic mount Flim Flam won
the Grand Prix de Dressage USET/World Equestrian Games Qualifier on February
15 at the Zada Enterprises LLC Florida Dressage Classic held in conjunction
with the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo and
Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. The pair earned a 71.667%, which
topped a field of 12 riders.
Tina Konyot won the USET Grand Prix Freestyle Qualifier with Justice,
scoring 71.833%. The Grand Prix Special USET/WEG Qualifier was cancelled due
to heavy rain.
The Zada Enterprises Dressage Classic featured qualifiers for
the USET Grand Prix and Intermediaire I Championships to be held at the
Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack at the USET
Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ in June, and for the North American
Young Riders’ Championships to be held at Tempel Farms in Wadsworth, IL in
August. More than 230 exhibitors competed.
Flim Flam is a 15-year-old Hanoverian by William Tell out of a Cavalier mare
owned by Fritz Kundrun of Mt. Kisco, NY, where Blinks is based. "Flim Flam
is better than ever. He gets better every year. It's exciting watching him
improve." Blinks said she continues to learn more each year about how to
"build a better and stronger product." Three weeks before the competition,
she attended training clinics with USET Dressage Coach Klaus Balkenhol. "It
was super," she said. "It's great to have a team coach. The U.S. will really
benefit from having Klaus."
Blinks said that during her winning ride in the Grand Prix she
focused on where the new parts of the test were and how it was different. "I
was really pleased with Flim Flam's attention. The highlight of the test was
his rein back when he had to go forward and back and forward again. It's
very hard technically and the judges rewarded him with a 9 and two 8s.”
Konyot said the most difficult move in her freestyle was the one
tempis in a circle that she does at the end. "It's really difficult for any
horse. Justice just turned 11 years old in July, so he's not an old-timer
doing this. You won't see too many riders demonstrate a move like that."
Konyot added that there wasn't a special key to training the movement. "It's
something I do well, flying changes. It's not so much about him, it's more
Though the class was a qualifier for the Bayer/USET Festival
Champions and the World Equestrian Games, Konyot has no intentions of aiming
Justice for either Championship. "He's not on my list at all to do that,"
said Konyot, who placed third and fifth in the Grand Prix USET/WEG qualifier
earning 68.467% with Abrikos and 66.200% with Justice. "Both of my horses
will end up in the top 10, I'm fairly certain, but I don't believe Justice
mentally is capable of handling the situation as far as stress and being
able to carry a team. Abrikos has a better chance."
Abrikos is an 11-year-old, 16.1-hand, black Russian stallion
owned by Frank Rubin. Konyot got the ride in May and has been competing on
him over the summer and now into the winter season. "He's been very
successful. He's proven to be a far better Grand Prix horse than anyone
ever thought he would be."
21-year-old Leslie Eden of Longwood, FL, who won individual and team Gold
Medals at last year’s North American Young Riders’ Championships, excelled
in the Intermediaire I on her Dutch Warmblood Picasso. Eden trains with Anne
Gribbons and actually bettered her coach by a fraction of a percentage point
to win the Intermediaire I, bringing her one step closer to her 2002 goal of
competing in the Prix St. Georges/Intermediaire Championships at the
Bayer/USET Festival of Champions.
Jacqueline Paxton took a step toward competition at this year’s NAYRC.
Paxton, of Wellington, FL and Batavia, OH, set the pace with high qualifying
scores of 68.376% on her own Cinbad, a 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding by
Celebrio that she purchased two years ago from Cesar Parra.
High Scores Of The Show Went To:
1st Level Champion Anneliese Vogt Harber & Riviero 71.429%
2nd Level Champion Anneliese Vogt Harber & Alexis 74.211%
3rd Level Champion Lisa Wallace & Mister B 70.833%
4th Level - Champion Kelly Corrigan & Wenzel Lad 73.25
Young Rider Champion Jacqueline Paxton & Cinbad 68.376%