March 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by Kim F. Miller
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:07

Californians Show off at Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Florida

Mental skills coach Tonya Johnston and Mary Kate Moulton’s Back In Business take top honors in the $5,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix at HITS Thermal in early February. Joining in the presentation are trainer Ned Glynn of Sonoma Valley Stables, Heather Roades and Robin Waugaman.

The West Coast has been well represented throughout the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, FL, including an especially strong showing during the circuit’s fifth week that ended in early February.

Kathleen Raine and the lovely mare Breanna scored a 73.667% to win the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 5*, presented by Diamante Farm. Kathleen and Breanne have been partners for more than 10 years, as she began working with the mare when she was 4 years old. “It has been so fun to have had her for so long. We know each other really well, and I enjoy starting them from the beginning and training them up,” said the rider. She is a two-time Olympian and partner with David Wightman in the Adventure Farm training facility in Temecula.

Kathleen and Breanna’s extended stay in Europe this past season has really helped Breanna cope with large atmosphere venues. “Being in Europe really helped her suppleness and her whole way of going. I can see it in her reaction, her consistency, and the atmospheres we were able to experience there, which we don’t really have here. It helped to boost her confidence,” said Raine.

Del Mar-based Steffen Peters and Rosamunde, the spectacular mare who has wowed crowds, took home another win, this time in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty. The duo received a 73.745% to win the class followed closely by fellow West Coasters Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo scoring a 69.608%.

Peters said the pair made further strides building their relationship today, as “Rosie” really impressed him in her ability to carry herself. “The beautiful thing about today was that I found I can really trust her in the piaffe. I didn’t trust her enough in the first piaffe in the Grand Prix on Thursday, and she got a little bit quick,” he explained. “I rode it today just like I do in training and that is quite unusual to be able to do with a horse in the show arena. Her one-tempis also worked beautifully and they were a bit straighter already than the first day.”

The mare looks to be the next big star of dressage in the U.S. and continues to impress Peters with her trainability and willingness. “She is a horse you can really count on. Never since I have had her has she taken a wrong step or said no. She just has that type of attitude that reminds me an awful lot of Ravel. She has the power and this beautiful soft connection,” he smiled. “When we retired Ravel I didn’t think I would ever get that feeling again in the show arena, and it is a true honor to ride a horse like that not just in the show ring, but every single day.”

Charlotte Jorst has another fantastic ride aboard her stallion, Kastel’s Nintendo. The pair will compete again in two CDIs in March at AGDF and will look forward to a strong summer circuit in California. “I don’t know what I’m going to do after California, but I’m going to continue competing because I have so much fun.” Jorst will be adding a new mount to her growing string, as she recently purchased Akeem Foldager from Andreas Helgstrand in Denmark and the horse will arrive on U.S. soil next week. “I’m just over the moon, and we will see how I can ride him. Maybe he will be a Pan American Games contender, but I’m just going to see if I can ride him first and get the one and two tempis because they’re the hardest for me, but if we can get them, I would love to go for it.”

When she’s not competing, Charlotte keeps her horses at home in Reno, where she also manages the family’s Kastel Denmark equestrian apparel line.

Excerpted from AGDF press release.

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