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Gilberto and Weide circling the ring before earning a 78.158% in their Third Level test at the 2012 STRIDE Schooling Show in Ocala, FL.

Gilberto Gonzalez, working student extraordinaire for River House Hanoverians, had a fabulous Florida show season riding Nora’s ex-grand prix mount, EM Weide (Weltmeyer/Werther). In his first season of recognized dressage competition, Gilberto was able to earn his USDF Bronze Medal! Weide has now helped to earn three USDF Bronze medals, one USDF Silver Medal, one USDF Gold Medal, as well as a Pony Club A Dressage Specialty Rating. Good girl!

Gilberto and Weide debuted at the Twice as Nice I Dressage at Canterbury competition, just 25 minutes from River House South. There they earned one score at both first and second level for their Bronze and took home the blue at first level. In February, at the Twice as Nice II Dressage at Canterbury, Gilberto and Weide earned their second scores at first and second level, this time taking home the blue in their second level class. With their Bronze medal 2/3rds complete, Gilberto and Weide headed to the STRIDE Schooling Show at the nearby Florida Hore Park in Ocala. There they were the stars of the show – winning their second level test with a 72.368% and their first third level test together with a 78.158%! The latter impressive score – including 16 eights and 5 nines – made them the High Point Champions of the Show! Gilberto and Weide returned to the Florida Horse Park in March for the Ocala Spring Dressage competition, where they were able to earn the two third level scores necessary to complete Gilberto’s USDF Bronze Medal. They won one of these third level classes earning a notable 72.237% (including 6 eights and 2 nines!) and the comment… “Lovely mare in generally well ridden test!”

CONGRATULATIONS GILBERTO AND WEIDE ON A GREAT FLORIDA SEASON AND EARNING A USDF BRONZE MEDAL!!!!!!!

 

 

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