Dressage at the Park Breed Show
There was a new breed show offered on the 4th of July weekend at the New Jersey Horse Park and we were happy to take part. While it was a smaller show, we hope it will continue to grow as we need more shows for youngsters offered in this region. Quinnten Alston was kept extremely busy handling throughout the show! We are especially proud of the efforts from the young horses coming from the farm. Beth Custalow’s 2-yr old filly Bugatti’s Ballerina (Bugatti-Rohdiamant) was 3rd in her age group with a 76.35%, was 3rd in the Filly Championship, and won the Hanoverian IBC. Nancy Musser’s yearling gelding Cheap Trick (Contucci-Wonner) won his age group and was Reserve Champion Colt/Gelding. Finally, Relevè HTF (Royal Prince-Cordoba) had a fantastic show winning the two-year old fillies with an 80.56%, capturing the Filly & Young Horse Championships, and finishing the day as Reserve Grand Champion.
The influence of a stallion is marked not only by the stallion's success but most importantly by the success of his offspring. Riverman's (Redfort x Alexis III/Landego) offspring set him apart as truly an exceptional sire as they continue to excel in the dressage, eventing, hunter, and jumper rings at all levels of competition.
It was an absolute perfect finish to our Florida show season when Chris and Witness were invited to be on Team USA for the first ever CDIO3* Nations Cup competition in Wellington, Florida. Chris and Witness started the weekend out strong with a 2nd place finish in Friday’s Prix St. Georges, but they really shone in the Freestyle under the lights on Saturday night.
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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.
Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.