Team USA Wins Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup
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. With the high-score of the night with a 71.425%, Chris and Witness’s score was instrumental in the team competition and led Team USA to the Gold Medal win over the European team. Chris was excited by the win and by the entire experience. "I'm very happy with Witness. He showed himself well even in the electric night time atmosphere of the wonderful new show grounds! I am proud of him and so happy that Jane was there to enjoy the team feeling we got from this wonderful experience! I had a lot of fun with my teammates as well!"
Also on Saturday night the Global Dressage Festival had a Parade of Champions for the High-Score winners from the entire season. Balissa HTF was Reserve High-Score at First Level for the entire show series this year. Since Chris was preparing Witness for the Freestyle, Jane went into the ring for the walk around with the other winners to collect Balissa’s ribbon & trophy. Jane was ecstatic with her award!
Any who has endured the loss of a horse can understand the sorrow and despair that descends like a shroud over everyone involved. Any who has witnessed a horse struggle through serious illness can understand how emotional it is to watch horses fight for their lives and how much respect such horses earn amongst their caregivers.
This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.
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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.
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.