Nora has been in Wellington riding at Havensafe Farm with Kathy Connelly for about two and a half months now. Although she has a few weeks left in Wellington, it seems like a good time to review some of the highlights from the show season. The World Dressage Masters, at the end of January, was a great experience, simply because of the fabulous horse and rider combinations in attendance. Bretone was a star in the Open Grand Prix at the Masters show, coming in second – out of a large field – with a 66.4%, just one raw point behind the winner. Lauren Hampton’s Amalie (AKA Amanta) also had a successful showing in the open small tour with Nora – scoring a 66.3% in both the Prix St. Georges and in the Intermediare I, coming in 3rd.

The Wellington Classic Dressage Spring Challenge, in the middle of February, was a stand out show for Farleight. He was second in the Open Intermediare I with a 68% and also performed in his first Intermediare Freestyle class, which he won with a 70.6%. Bretone put in a solid test to place fifth, with a 64+%, in his huge Grand Prix class.

The Palm Beach Derby, at the beginning of March, was an exciting, star-studded affair. At the Derby, Farleight competed in his second CDI small tour. He put in two smooth, clean tests to place sixth in both the Prix St. Georges and the Intermediare I, with scores around 66%. The classes at the Derby were very large and filled with stiff competition, so Farleight did very well to get in the ribbons (especially since they were beautiful neck rosettes!). Atta boy Flumpy!

Lauren Hampton’s Amalie/Amanta was did a solo show at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II. She performed fabulously in all three of her classes, earning many bananas! She and Nora put in a gorgeous, clean Prix St. Georges test to earn a 68% ad second place out of a very large field. On Saturday, they repeated their clean performance to place second in their equally large Intermediare I class, with a 66%. They wrapped up the show with another lovely Intermediare I test to place third in a 19 horse FEI Test of Choice class, with a 69.5%. Good girl Moo!



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