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Sara Lieser

June 18, 2006

Peters and Floriano Finish With A Flourish

The temperature heated up and so did the competition on June 18 in the Collecting Gaits Farm/U.S. Equestrian Federation Grand Prix Championship.  But Steffen Peters emerged with a hat trick of victories aboard Floriano, winning the Grand Prix freestyle on a score of 83.25 percent.

Peters also secured a spot for himself on the U.S. dressage team for the 2006 World Equestrian games, as did Guenter Seidel by winning the overall reserve championship.  The selectors met after the competition to start the process of determining four more riders for the short list.

June 17, 2006

Floriano Demonstrates An Unforgettable Ride In The Grand Prix Special

Steffen Peters left the ring in tears after his Grand Prix Special ride today aboard Floriano.  Not tears of sadness or frustration, but tears of joy for a truly spectacular ride on June 17, in Gladstone, N.J.
“You don’t have too many of those rides in your life,” said Peters after he scored 77.24 percent to win the class.  “He was so expressive.  To be that supple and energetic at 16 is unbelievable.”
Peters said he didn’t change anything with Floriano, he just came out with an extra suppleness right from the start.

June 16, 2006

Severson And Tipperary Liadhnan Top The Virginia CCI*

Kim Severson wasn't so sure about Tipperary Liadhnan when he came to her last fall as an uneducated and opinionated 8-year-old.

But he proved he's come a long way in a year by winning the Virginia Horse Trials CCI* in Lexington, Va., May 17-21.

Severson acquired the ride on "Paddy the Gray" because he was a bit difficult initially. Linda Wachtmeister's niece, Elizabeth Anne Wachtmeister, owns him and sent him to Plain Dealing Farm for Lucia Strini, Linda's daughter, to ride.

June 16, 2006

Intermediaire I Goes Gibson’s Way At Gladstone

Michelle Gibson appeared unstoppable as she earned her second victory in the Collecting Gaits Farm/U.S. Equestrian Federation National Intermediaire I Championship with Lex Barker on June 16 in Gladstone, N.J.

Gibson won the Intermediaire I with a score of 72.55 percent over Guenter Seidel and Princeton (70.90%).  Gibson also won the Prix St. Georges on the previous day with Lex Barker. 

“I was really happy with everything,” she said.  “He felt so good in the connection.”

June 16, 2006

There's More To A Pre-Purchase Exam Than Pass Or Fail

span style="font-style: italic;"> Open communication between veterinarian and buyer is the key to getting the most information from your pre-purchase examination.

New cars and new houses come with warranties. Even though a horse may cost the same amount, once you've paid for him, you generally can't get your money back, no matter what problems arise.

Thus, most people invest in a pre-purchase examination with a veterinarian before taking their dream horse home.

June 15, 2006

Floriano Comes Out Strong In The Grand Prix At Gladstone

Steffen Peters is no stranger to the Grand Prix dressage ring and he knew that to win the Grand Prix at the Collecting Gaits Farm U.S. Equestrian Federation National Grand Prix Championship in Gladstone, N.J., he’d have to pull out all the stops.
“I took a lot of risks today,” he said on Thursday, June 15, after his ride.  Those risks paid off as he won the class aboard Floriano with a 74.50 percent, almost 3 percentage points higher than his next-closest competitors.

June 4, 2006

Byyny And Task Force Get The Job Done At Jersey Fresh

The track was imposing and the rails were falling, but Jan Byyny is a tough competitor and she rode to win, displacing just one rail to take first place with her veteran, Task Force, in the Jersey Fresh CCI***.

Not satisfied with first, she scooped up second place with her other ride, Waterfront.  They had one of only two double clears and finished just 0.3 points behind Task Force.

“I’ve never won a reasonably big event before,” said a thrilled Byyny.  “I’ve been waiting a long time for this.”

June 3, 2006

Byyny Breaks Into The Lead After Cross-Country

Jan Byyny was on a mission on cross-country in the Jersey Fresh three-star--a mission to prove that she’s ready for the World Equestrian Games.  And she did prove it on Saturday by finishing with the two fastest times of the day and moving up to first and second place with Task Force and Waterfront.

June 2, 2006

Dressage Deja Vu For Windfall And Chiacchia

Darren Chiacchia called Windfall “dependable” after dressage, and he did appear that way as he went straight into the lead in the Jersey Fresh CCI***, May 31-June 4, with a score of 39.3 points despite somewhat sloppy footing after a hard night’s rain.

May 5, 2006

Van Grunsven Vanquishes The World Cup For Third Straight Time

It's hard to argue with perfection. Anky van Grunsven and Keltec Salinero rule the modern dressage arena, and the FEI Dressage World Cup Final on April 20-22 was no exception.

The gifted pair laid down an impressive and precise musical freestyle to take home their third title in a row, this time in their native land of the Netherlands before a sell-out crowd in Amsterdam.

Always spectacular in his piaffe and passage, Salinero appeared relaxed and comfortable in the electric atmosphere of the RAI Center, performing true halts and invisible transitions.

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