WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 22–Ilse Schwarz and Don Joseph posted the highest score so far to maintain their unbeaten record at the Spy Coast Farm Young Sporthorse Series five-year-old dressage and under saddle divisions which ended a three-event run at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival Tuesday.
The Florida-based Australian rider and the gelding by Don Kennedy out of a mare by Santander II and owned by Gaye Scarpa of Wellington has won all of the five-year-old dressage tests and five-year-old under saddle divisions to qualify for the final that will be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in December.
Ilse has also qualified in the four-year-old under saddle and dressage test divisions on Arrick Harper a gelding by Argentius out of a mare by Harper and owned by Yancey Farms of Ocala, Florida.
In Tuesday’s competitions at PBIEC, Don Joseph scored 8.675 in the under saddle class with Caliando de Shalimar by Calido out of a Rolando mare and owned by Hubert Hermezing scored 7.4 and Brina by Uptown out of a Ronaldo mare was third on a score of 7.
In the dressage test, Don Joseph scored 73.64 per cent with Caliando de Shalimar second on 66.92 per cent.
In the four-year-old division, Arrick Harper won the under saddle class with a score of 8 with Angelo KD by Titulus out of a Konig mare and owned by Ginny Burton second on 7.25 and Calvados Twist by Consul out of a Gonzo I mare and owned by Melissa Viviano in third place on 7. The dressage test was won by Duesenberg by Don Schufro out of a Sandro Hit mare and ridden by the owner Jane Cleveland with a score of 71.86 per cent with Arrick Harper second on 69.23 per cent.
“This has been the most amazing series put on by Spy Coast Farm,” Ilse said. “We have loved competing here in Wellington and Lisa Lourie of Spy Coast has made this so great to compete in an atmosphere that lets the young horses act their age while showing off their qualities. The facility is fabulous with perfect footing, just what we need for young horses.
“We are so excited to be in the finals to compare ourselves with other young horses that qualify in competitions in other parts of the country.”
The series showcasing young horses was created by Spy Coast Farm and the North American Studbook.
“Not only do the young horses have the experience but the show also serves as a market place so people have an opportunity to to see the quality of what is being bred here in America,” said Lisa Lourie who with her husband, Robert, operate farms in Wellington, Long Island, New York, and Lexington, Kentucky.
“You could purchase a young horse from Europe and bring it here but a good 85 per cent were American bred at the show.”