Dressage at Stone Tavern II
Jess and Michael had a great show in New Jersey this past weekend with a lot of important results. Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekkant), bred/owned by Iris Aberbach, won both his FEI Test of Choice classes and was High-Score FEI on Saturday. Sternlicht (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino), bred by Rachel Ehrlich and owned by Hilltop Farm, scored 71.1% to win the Developing Prix St. Georges. Debonair MF (Doctor Wendell MF-Rotspon), bred/owned by Marydell Farm, was 2nd in the USEF 4-yr Olds both days, including earning a 7.8 overall in his qualifier. Carol McPhee’s SenSation HW (Sunday-Dancier) took in his first recognized show and won the 4-yr old tests both days with great comments from the judges. It was an especially big weekend for Anne Howard’s Finery (Furstenball-Diamond Hit). He earned an 8.04 in his 2nd time out in the FEI 6-yr olds. This score should qualify him for the US Young Horse Championships and that will fulfill his lifetime sport requirements for both the GOV and ISR/Oldenburg! Jess and Hilltop’s homebred mare Quinzy (Qredit-Cordoba) continued their winning streak. Competing this time at Training Level, they swept all their classes with scores in the 70’s and were High-Score Training Level both days.
It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him.
Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) offspring typically share their sire’s stamp of refined, modern type, a correct foundation, and quality movement and those attributes are well-rewarded in the breed show ring. We are excited to share the news that Royal Prince has won the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year for the FIFTH consecutive year...
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A Sport Horse Handler, whether at a show, inspection or exhibition, constantly strives for that 'magical moment' as he guides a horse in hand around the arena, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.