USPRE WEEK did not lose its Spanish soul

Text and photos by Lily Forado

It’s not surprising that, for the past years, P.R.E horses have stolen the show during the third week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida.  USPRE Week gathers international guests and the best riders and breeders, of this fantastic horse, on American soil.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, the traditional USPRE Week activities and events were canceled. USPRE continued to sponsor The Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle as usual during Week Three at the AGFD Festival and used the opportunities as a sponsor to promote the P.R.E. horse in exhibitions and competition to the equestrian community.

AGFD did not lose its Spanish touch and soul. USPRE lovers and passionate equestrians were mesmerized once again by the Spanish horses’ neighing, the majesty of their forms, their robust, outstanding beauty, their flowing manes, and distinctive necks.

Two USPRE exhibition highlights were held at the AGDF arena.  On Friday evening, Recargo PI warmed up the P.R.E engines. The beautiful sunset got sidelined by the charm and charisma of Recargo PI.  Under the sound of Spanish melodies, Jacqueline MacDonald riding Recargo PI entertained the dressage VIP audience with an entire choreography involving flying changes every two strides, piaffe, passage pirouettes among other exercises.

Jacqueline MacDonald and Recargo PI

On Sunday afternoon, the sparkle from the P.R.E. horse was showcased by Maria Lithander, the head trainer of Hampton Green Farm, exhibiting Campanero HGF, an 8-year-old P.R.E horse bred on American soil. Campanero HGF, became the light for the P.R.E enthusiasts, showing his impressive paces and beauty under the beat of the beautiful lyrics of “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal.

Maria Lithander & Campanero HGF

USPRE continues to sponsor the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle as usual.  Janne Rumbough, U.S. P.R.E president, commented: “We usually have a big week with the U.S. P.R.E. horses here. We showcase a lot of horses and display their ability and talent, but unfortunately due to the pandemic, USPRE could not celebrate as usual. However, we were happy to be able to still show a few of the horses and were happy to see some of them competing here this week. We are thrilled to sponsor AGDF again this year, and we look forward to continuing with that, and hopefully, we can display the U.S. P.R.E. in years to come.”

U.S. rider Guenter Seidel riding Equirelle took home the blue ribbon. His golden score of 75.830% granted him first place in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI4*.

Guenter Seidel & Equirelle

On the national side, a total of 13 riders competed with their P.R.E horses, which it’s a large number. International Grand Prix Rider, Nicholas Fyffe with Fiero HGF won the High score in the national Grand Prix with a 69.728.  Kerrigan Gluch with Vaquero HGF won the FEI U25 level and Justine Boyer did the same on the national Young Rider class with Campanero HGF.  The USPRE High Point Series is designed to encourage PRE riders of all levels to train and compete in rated dressage shows.

Nicholas Fyffe & Fiero HGF

Justine Boyer & Campanero HGF

USPRE week will come back next year stronger than ever. USPRE thanks all its members for their unconditional support especially during these unprecedented times.

USPRE week is captivating, glamorous and above all is dedicated to the horse that inspires us the most: the PURA RAZA ESPAÑOLA.

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