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Ribbons, Champagne, and Champagne Flutes from Dressage on the First Coast and the May Days Qualifier.

Ribbons, Champagne, and Champagne Flutes from Dressage on the First Coast and the May Days Qualifier.

River House recently loaded up the trailer twice with FOUR FEI horses and headed to Dressage on the First Coast, in Jacksonville, and the May Days Qualifier, at Canterbury Showplace. Both shows had some real highlights.

Nora and Tony (the Elite Hanoverian stallion, Bretone [Bretano II/Salut]) had a hiatus from each other while Nora was off training in Wellington. Reunited for just week before heading back to the show ring, they still managed to obtain their first two qualifying scores needed for regionals in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle, at Jacksonville in April. They took home the blue in the FEI Freestyle Test of Choice in the process. By the May Days Qualifier, Tony and Nora had really gotten back in the groove, winning the Grand Prix with a 66+% and taking a close second in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a 70+% and earning Reserve Champion in the Freestyle Challenge for the whole show! This is Tony’s EIGHTH season competing at the Grand Prix level!

Nora’s little mare, Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotspon), is really developing into a stellar show horse. She has won all three Developing Horse Prix St. Georges qualifiers she has been entered in this year. At Jacksonville, she took the class with a 67% and, at Canterbury, she took the class with almost a 69%. At Jacksonville, she also performed well in a large Prix St. Georges class to take a close second with a 69%. At Canterbury, she performed her third Intermediare I test ever to earn a 67.5%. And today, Bahai went back to work after the May Days Qualifier and did great piaffe/passage and 16 big, clean one tempis, so look for her in the Developing Horse Grand Prix ring next year!

Farleight (Friendship/Lemon Tree) continues to find his footing in the Intermediare II ring. It has been a big step for him to move from the small tour ring last year, to the I-2 ring this year. It’s hard to piaffe/passage and one tempi in the ring, especially when you still have to do everything else too! But, he’s been making a valiant effort. He pulled off a 62% and 63% and a blue ribbon at the May Days Qualifier. And he’s all qualified for regionals, so we’ll keep working on the difficult task of trying to create expressive, mistake-free tests!

Gilberto Gonzalez, River House’s working student extraordinaire, made his Prix St. Georges debut aboard Nora’s old Grand Prix mare, Weide (Weltmayer/Werther). He and Weide have been working hard and doing a great job. They already have one score towards regionals and they need just one more score for Gilberto’s USDF Silver Medal!

Gilberto debuts his tails! (Nora provides dorky moral support).

Gilberto debuts his tails! (Nora provides dorky moral support).

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