Maya Markowski and Jill Gale with Lucero Bello II Alexandra Meghi and Iliado II, with USPRE President Kimberly Boyer
This past weekend in Wellington, Florida, at the Global Dressage Festival’s Palm Beach Derby, more than a dozen PREs competed in the national and international rings for the Derby Perpetual PRE Award. Having 15 representatives of the PRE breed together at one of the season’s most competitive international dressage shows was an impressive turn out. And even more than numbers, the results were in the high ranges.
Two PREs topped national FEI classes during the week: The Open Intermediare I on Thursday was won by 7 Year Old PRE Stallion FIero HGF, ridden by Nicholas Fyffe and trained by US Team Trainer Robert Dover with a score of 67.697. Likewise, in the Open Grand Prix on Sunday, 19 year old Cartujo, ridden by Holger Bechtloff, showed that he is still a winner at the level, topping the Sunday class with 65.4%. Cartujo—a favorite of PRE watchers on the winter circuit— is owned by Judy Streisand.
Holger Bechtloff and Judy Streisand’s Cartujo
Scores for the other PRE riders were similarly high, most scoring in the high 60s at levels from First to Grand Prix—a very strong showing for our horses and riders.
The PRE High Point Award at the Derby is a perpetual award–open to members and non-members alike–given to the highest individual score in 2 divisions: Open and CDI. This year’s recipients were:
OPEN: Maya Markowski and Lucero Bello II, bred in Canada by Killala Farm and owned by USPRE member Jill Gale of Ontario, with 69.744 at Third Level Test 3. Maya Markowski, from Peterborough, Ontario, was classically trained in Germany and operates a successful training business in St. Clements.
CDI: Alexandra Meghi and Iliado II, bred by Hampton Green Farm in Michigan and owned by USPRE Youth Rider Alexandra and her parents, also of Ontario Canada, with 68.378% at the FEI Junior Team Test. Alexandra was Bronze Medalist at the NAJYRCs with Iliado, and recipient of the USPRE’s Horse and Rider of the Year Award for 2014.
Our congratulations to all the winners, you make us proud!
And our thanks to all who participated:
Allegra Hohm and Guadalupano
Dana Dion and Legacy’s Conquistador
Pablo Gomez Molina with Truhana de Ymas and Nicaro de Ymas
Jessica Miller with Remi and Legacy’s Conquistador
Janne Rumbough and Junior
Hannah Michaels and Sentimiento I
Jennifer Marchand and Atreyu II
Nicholas Fyffe and Fiero HGF
Holger Bechtloff and Cartujo
Alexandra Meghi and Iliado II
Pablo Gomez and Escritor de Ymas II
Emily Copeland and Festivo RS
Maya Markowski and Lucero Bello II
The final USPRE High Point show in Florida this season will be GDF 12, the Nation’s Cup, held the final weekend of March. Be sure to register your horse as a PRE in the show office. This is the last opportunity to qualify for the Florida Series Grand Championship. The California Series shows and dates will be announced soon on this site.