The 2012 USPRE Party held on Wednesday, February 15th was a vibrant night of fun-filled celebration of the Pure Spanish Horse at the new Wellington, Florida Patrons Club. A host of the Spanish horses led the festivities with exhibitions in the new arena at the stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) where the competitions for the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) are held.
Dressage Olympian Lendon Gray, World Equestrian Games veteran, Tina Konyot and clinician, Endel Ots enlightened the spectators in the stands and the capacity filled Patrons Club.
“The evening was a success,” said Lendon Gray. “Many different types of PRE’s, big and little ones, with riders as young as 13 to 15-years-old, came here just to have this opportunity under the lights. Some of the horses were overwhelmed by the atmosphere and party at times, but this is a great place for them to learn.”
Chef Frederic Boyer served Paella for over 500 guests on two enormous paella pans along with other Spanish food delights while music with a strong steady beat accented the piaffes being performed in the arena.
Laurie Jolliffe, a trainer from Bucks County, PA, training and showing here in Wellington for the 2012 season said, “It’s so nice to see these horses becoming more popular in the dressage competition arena. After all, they are the epitome of the classical dressage horse.”
Mica Mabragana and Cuatrero IV, a 16.2 hand bay stallion owned by Hampton Green Farm, also took part in the USPRE exhibitions performing a Freestyle. The pair won at the first GDF competition in the FEI Prix St Georges and the FEI Intermediare I classes. Cuatrero IV is from the Adelante/Sevillano(Albero II) lines, half-brother to Grandioso and was the 2007 Champion Six-Year Old for Dressage Suitability at the Devon Breed Show.