2012 Olympic Dressage Team

Olympic Dressage Shapes Up

By Staff Report June 16, 2012

Steffen Peters and Ravel do an extented trot.

Peters and Ravel achieved won the FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special. (Photo by Paula Parisi)

With the USEF Dressage Festival of Champions Grand Prix tests concluding today in Gladstone, N.J., it appears the four combinations that will travel to London to compete for the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics are: Steffen Peters/Ravel, Tina Konyot/Calecto V, Jan Ebeling and Rafalca and Adrienne Lyle/Wizard.

Legolas 92, with whom Peters won the National Championship title June 16 in Gladstone, will ship as Peters’ back-up horse.

The team will officially be announced on July 6, but pending any extraordinary circumstance the procedure of team selection based on rankings at the the Festival dictates the team of three. Lyle, who placed fourth, will serve as the traveling reserve and will likely be able to compete for an individual medal (pending approval by the FEI).  Since Peters has two competition horses, it’s likely that the U.S. will also send a fifth pair as an additional reserve team, Todd Flettrich and Otto, who placed fifth at Gladstone Saturday.

Peters got a bye with Ravel, so the duo didn’t have to compete at Gladstone, but the San Diego-based rider rose to the top with his second horse, Legolas 92, who like Ravel is owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm.

Steffen Peters rides Legolas 92

Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 at Gladstone (Photo by Susan J. Stickle)

It’s the first National Championship for the 10-year-old Westphalian gelding, who Peters has only been riding since December.”

Their score of 77.956 was enough to give them a four day average of 77.653 and left them less than one point clear of the runners-up Tina Konyot and Calecto V. They had the ride of their lives in Friday’s FEI Grand Prix but settled up second today and overall.

The win marks Peters’ sixth National Championship, tying the record previously set by Robert Dover.

“It was great competition,” USEF high performance director Jim Wolf said by phone, ringside at the event at the U.S. Equestrian Team headquarters. “The format was good, the selection process picked the right list. It’s all sorting itself out. Steffen riding so well on two horses certainly puts us in a strong position.”

There was no little excitement among the crowd at the thought of a “Presidential horse” representing the nation at the Olympics. Ebeling’s ride, the 15-year-old Oldenburg mare Rafalca, is co-owned by Ann Romney in conjunction with Beth Myers and Amy Ebeling.

Drawing some media attention last week from news humorist Stephen Colbert, who spotlighted “Mitt Romney’s dancing horse,” Rafalca remained unflappable, with Ebeling, who is based in Moorpark, CA, upping their game. The pair received a 74.889 Saturday to bring their third place total to 73.169 over the four classes.

“This is a dream come true,” Ebeling said. “I looked at the score board one time (during my ride) and it looked good so I didn’t look again.”

Ravel ships to Gladstone this week to continue his Olympic training. But although he is Peters back-up Olympic horse, Legolas is proving to be more than just an understudy.

Peter said that coming into Saturday’s end game he focused on the big picture. “Legolas had a three percent lead over Tina and I knew Tina had a 77, so a 74 today would have done it. I looked at the scoreboard during the extended walk; I was going straight at it and it was an 82, so I thought let’s just relax a little bit for the canter work. Unfortunately the mistake in the two tempis… The horse, at this stage, you can see how green he is―it’s mentally confusing… Out of all four days I think today he did the most exciting piaffe and passage and that’s an exciting feeling. He wants to do it and I really can’t believe how generous this horse really is.”

Jan Ebeling and Rafalca perform a half pass

Jan Ebeling and Rafalca perform a half pass (Photo by Paul Harding / Lewis Harding Images)

Small mistakes in the one-tempi changes showed up in earlier tests at these championships, but today those were clean on the centerline. Peters works patiently on the flying changes while the rest of the work continues to improve exponentially, especially the piaffe and passage.

“It’s not a physical issue, it’s clearly a mental issue,” said Peters of the flying changes. “Each day you have one or two tries to get the one tempis done. If you try the third time and it’s not happening then he gets really nervous. At the moment it’s just patience.”

While Legolas is shipping to London, Peter said he feels, “It would be a bit soon for the Olympic Games (for him). He could do it, but I’m getting good reports from (wife) Shannon on Ravel.”

Second place went to Tina Konyot and Calecto V, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion. A new found focus with the support of the USEF Technical Advisor, Anne Gribbons, has helped Konyot produce personal best scores throughout these Championships.

“My highlight is being here and being part of this,” Konyot said. “It was my dream always to be on an Olympic Team. I went to my first Olympics in 1976 as a little girl and I told my parents I’d like to do that. Yesterday was the highlight of the week, the ride I had and the score I got. There are no words for it.” Their final round score of 77.889 brought their four-day total to 76.873.

Lyle had to outdo herself to keep her Olympic dreams alive and she did with a score of 73.558, considerably her highest score of the competition. Their cumulative score of 74.588 cemented their fourth place finish.

Lyle is based in Ketchum, ID, but winters in Hidden Valley with the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding, training under the tutelage of two-time Olympian Debbie McDonald, a Southern California native. They excelled today in what Peters referred to as a “life-changing ride.”

“West Coast dressage has always been strong,” Wolf said. “Steffen, Jan, Guenter (Seidel), Adrian. When you look at it, the list is nationwide list, so that’s been great for dressage, too.”

Pending the approval of the USEF High Performance Working Group and the USEF Executive Commitee, the FEI Nominated Entries for the U.S. Dressage Team for the 2012 Olympic Games are as follows:

(Athletes and horse are listed in ranked order based on the results from the 2012 USEF Selection Trials & Grand Prix National Championship)

1/3. Steffen Peters and Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92 and Ravel*

2. Tina Konyot and her own Calecto V

4. Jan Ebeling and Ann Romney, Beth Meyers, Amy Ebeling’s Rafalca

5. Adrienne Lyle and Peggy Thomas’ Wizard

6. Todd Flettrich and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Otto

7. Heather Blitz and her own Paragon

8. Guenter Seidel and Toyon Farm’s Fandango

9. Pierre St. Jacques and his own Lucky Tiger

10. Kathleen Raine and Jennifer Mason and David Wightman’s Breanna

11. Shawna Harding and her own Come On III

12. Susan Blinks and the Minnesota Group’s Robin Hood

13. Jim Koford on Shirley McQuillan’s Rhett

*In the 2012 Olympic format, three athlete/horse combinations comprise the team and each rider can only ride one horse. Ravel was granted permission to not contest the Trials and is therefore ranked in third.

(Pending final notification from the FEI, the U.S. will also have one Individual rider to compete at the Games.)

Joanie Morris contributed to this report.
See the performances from Gladstone at www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2012Dressage.

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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro break world record in Germany

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro break world record in Germany

Charlotte Dujardin

By H&H Dressage Editor Alice Collins

29 April, 2012

Records tumbled on the third and final day of international grand prix dressage at the Horses And Dreams Meets Great Britain CDI in Hagen, Germany.


Drawn 13th to go of 15 in the grand prix special, Charlotte Dujardin and the 10-year-old Valegro broke the world record for grand prix special, scoring 88.022% with a majestic performance.


“He felt absolutely amazing,” said Charlotte, who was riding the Olympic special for the first time and hadn’t ridden through it on “Blueberry” before.


Charlotte, who led the class by more than 8% over second placed Anna Kasprzak (Donnperignon), said: “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to ride such a fantastic horse; I’m one of the luckiest girls in the world.”


And she believes there is more to come from Valegro.


“He has power beyond belief; you press and he gives you more and more. I’m still holding him back a bit,” she added.


Personal bests all round

Laura Bechtolsheimer posted a personal best of 87.6% and set a new British record in the afternoon’s freestyle to music.


But once again it wasn’t quite enough to beat Matthias Rath and Totilas on home soil; they also scored a personal best of 88.025%. Two judges had Laura to win, but the over-inflated 91.125% (just 1% shy of the world record) awarded to Totilas by Dutch judge Ghislain Fourage made sure of the black stallion’s victory.


Both competitors were riding to new music compilations; Matthias to a Michael Jackson medley and Laura to a Lion King sound track.


Laura, who felt her performance could have been more polished, said: “My trainers were happy with how the test looked, but with more practice it can be even better.”


For a full report see Thursday’s Horse & Hound magazine

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Starters named for World Cup dressage final

World Cup dressageThe start list for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final has been officially announced by the FEI, with 18 riders from 12 countries travelling to ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands  next month.

The Dutch flag will be represented at the Brabanthallen from Thursday April 19 to Sunday April 22 by title defender and European Champion  Adelinde Cornelissen, along with Hans Peter Minderhoud.

Germany takes three riders to ’s-Hertogenbosch: former World and Olympic Champion Isabell Werth, who won the World Cup in 1992 and 2007; she is accompanied by Helen Langehanenberg and Nadine Capellmann.

Sweden has two riders in the final: Patrik Kittel and Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven. Italy’s honours are defended by Valentina Truppa, Great Britain’s by Richard Davison and Lone Jörgensen will start for Denmark.

The USA (North American League) and Poland (Central European League) both will have two representatives: Jan Ebeling and Shawna Harding will cross the ocean for the United States, and Poland  is sending Katarzyna Milczarek Jasinka and Michal Rapcewicz.

Rachael Sanna travels from  Australia to ’s-Hertogenbosch.

The FEI has two extra wild cards and these went to Belgium’s Jeroen Devroe and Finland’s Mikaela Lindh. The South American League is not sending a finalist and this place will be taken by Siril Helljesen from Norway.

The starting field promises top sport with the Grand Prix on Friday, April 20 at noon and the Freestyle to Music on Saturday at 2 pm.

• Apart from the World Cup Final a Big Tour / CDI4* will offer good sport with, among others, all other Dutch top combinations. They have their Grand Prix on Thursday (10 am) and a Freestyle to Music competition on Friday (3.45  pm).

The World Cup Final for showjumping also takes place over the weekend.

List of participants, as at March 27:

Athlete Horse NF
  Western European League 9 places  
1 Patrick Kittel Toy Story SWE
1 Helen Langehanenberg Damon Hill / Responsible GER
3 Valentina Truppa Eremo del Castegno ITA
3 Isabell Werth Warum Nicht FRH / El Santo NRW GER
5 Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén Don Auriello SWE
6 Hans Peter Minderhoud Withney / Tango NED
7 Richard Davison Hiscox Artemis GBR
8 Nadine Capellmann Girasol 7 /Elvis VA GER
9 Lone Jörgensen FBW De Vito DEN
  Central European League 2 places  
1 Katarzyna Milczarek Jasinka Ekwador POL
2 Michal Rapcewicz Randon POL
  Pacific League 1 place  
1 Rachael Sanna Jaybee Alabaster AUS
  North America 2 places  
1 Jan Ebeling Rafalca USA
2 Shawna Harding Come On III USA
  South America/Asia 1 place  
1 none
  Title defender 1 place  
1 Adelinde Cornelissen Jerich Parzival NED
  FEI extra starting places 2 places  
Jeroen Devroe Apollo van het Vijverhof BEL
Mikaela Lindh Mas Guapo FIN
Siril Helljesen (Sth America/Asia spot) Dorina NOR
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Dressage to music: how to get started

Dressage to music: how to get started

Edward Gal riding Moorland Totilas at Olympia

Madeleine Hill

22 March, 2012

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In freestyle to music at its best, horse and rider dance together in perfect harmony — think Blue Hors Matine and Andreas Helgstrand, or Totilas and Edward Gal.


First introduced to international competition at Goodwood in 1979 and then compulsory at the Olympics since 1996, the freestyle (or kur) was an instant hit. It’s now possible to contest freestyle to music from prelim upwards.


Getting started



  • Choose some music and design a floorplan


  • A simple internet search will bring up a number of websites that explain how to do dressage to music yourself — make several copies of your compilation


  • Try to choose music that suits your horse and marries up with footfalls


  • Consider following a theme: eg music from a certain composer or movie


  • Print out the music performance agreement from the BD website, complete and return to BD, which will then post you stickers to put on your CDs


  • For more detailed information on dressage to music, visit the BD website.



Freestyle to music dos and don’ts




  • Choose music that fits the tempo of the horse’s footfalls and that matches his personality.


  • Practise. Know your music really well, then you can adapt it to changing circumstances — you need room for manoeuvre.


  • Leave room for mistakes. If you go wrong you can make it up as you go along — the judge doesn’t know what you were planning.


  • Make your floorplan interesting but clear, so the judge can see what movements you are attempting. Draw it on a piece of paper to see if it looks balanced.


  • Label your CD clearly and have spares — you can borrow a bridle but not someone else’s music!


  • Look at BD’s guidelines for judging dressage to music on their website. They are notes for judges, but are very detailed and tell you exactly what judges are looking for.




  • Make your freestyle look like an existing test — it’s your chance to do it differently.


  • Use non-compulsory movements like rein-back that stop the flow of the pattern.


  • If things go wrong, don’t chase the music — cut corners or use a shorter route across the diagonal. 


Read the full feature on freestyle to music as well as an exclusive interview with Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud, and find out who the upcoming stars are in this week’s dressage special out today (22 March 2012)

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TOKYO — Japanese equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu, who looks set to be the oldest competitor at the London Olympics, says at 70 he feels as fit as ever and fancies his chances of success at this year’s Games.

Hoketsu, who was the oldest Olympian in Beijing in 2008, says his fitness regime is not so arduous, with about 40 minutes of muscle training every day accompanied by vitamins and immune-boosting supplements.

His diet is perhaps less strict than others who will be vying for glory in the summer, with the septuagenarian eating and drinking what he likes — including a nightly glass of wine.

And it appears to have done him no harm. His weight has remained at 137 pounds since he trotted to his first Olympics in his native Tokyo in 1964, finishing 40th in show jumping.

“I haven’t changed much in four years, physically and mentally. Luckily I have had no major illness, except for bouts of cold,” Hoketsu, who turns 71 on March 28, told AFP in a telephone interview from his home in Aachen, Germany.

Hoketsu and his horse, chestnut mare Whisper, won a dressage Grand Prix in France last week, the final Olympic qualifying event.

They topped the individual dressage rankings for Asia and Oceania to earn a spot in London. The Japan Equestrian Federation formally selected them for the Games on Monday.

“You keep on doing what you do. That’s the key,” said Hoketsu, who was born in 1941, the year Japan went to war with the United States.

“And you must regularly do a small amount of muscle training. But at my age, I try not to get too serious about it.”

In London, when he will be 71 years and four months old, he will be just a whisker away from claiming the title as the oldest ever Olympian, but says he has no thoughts of retirement.

The oldest Olympic competitor ever was Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who took part in the 1920 Antwerp Games at the age of 72 years and 10 months and won a silver medal.

Hoketsu said the London Games will be indeed a “milestone” in a horse-riding career that began almost six decades earlier when he first saddled up during a summer camp.

“I can’t tell what lies ahead. But I will probably not quit right away. Never,” said the five-foot six-inch rider, who has lived in Aachen since his retirement in 2003 as president of a US-affiliated drugs firm.

When Hoketsu competed astride Whisper at the Beijing Olympics, he was the oldest athlete in any event and the oldest to appear for Japan in any Olympics — 67 years and four months.

Before Hoketsu, the oldest Japanese Olympian was Kikuko Inoue, a grandmother of five, who also competed in dressage at the 1988 Seoul Games at age 63 years and nine months.

The self-proclaimed “hope of old men” in a country famed for longevity, Hoketsu finished ninth in team dressage and 35th in individual dressage at the Beijing Games, his first Olympic event in 44 years.

After his Olympic debut in Tokyo, he switched from show jumping to dressage, one of the more stately Olympic sports, which is often called horse ballet and requires relatively little physical strength.

In dressage, points are awarded for the performance of the horse and rider in a series of movements. Judges rate how the horse maneuvers in response to body signals from the rider.

Hoketsu was picked as a substitute for the 1984 Los Angeles Games, and he narrowly missed out on the 1988 Seoul Olympics when his horse encountered quarantine problems.

At the 2010 world championships in Lexington, Kentucky, the Japanese finished 31st in the second stage and failed to reach the final “Grand Prix Freestyle” contest among the top 15.

Whisper was agitated by moving pictures on the giant screen at the arena. — AFP

Japan’s oldest Olympian Hiroshi Hoketsu exercises at a horse riding center in Aachen, western Germany, Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

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Dressage Affaire returning to Del Mar

Dressage Affaire returning to Del Mar

By Diana Saenger

There’s nothing more exciting for equestrian riders and fans than the return of the annual Dressage Affaire in Del Mar. Hosted this year by Rancho Valencia, the eighth annual event will once again gather many of the world’s top riders to compete and match their skills in this exciting sport. The Dressage Affaire runs March 8-11 at the Del Mar Horse Park Equestrian Facility, a 65-acre first-class equestrian center.

Dressage Affaire at Del Mar Horse Park runs March 8-11. Photo: Mike Tomlinson

The competition events include the following qualifying pursuits in the equestrian discipline of Dressage:
• 2012 Olympic and Para Olympic Games
• 2012 Reem Acra World Cup Finals
• 2012 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Grand Prix and Intermediate Championships
• 2012 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Pony, Junior, Young Rider and Brentina Cup Championships
• 2012 FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships
• 2012 Markel/USEF National Young Horse and Developing Horse Dressage Championships

President Kim Keenan Stordahl and her staff at KP Events are in the final stages of readying the grounds for the spectators, competitors, classes, and events that take place during the Dressage Affaire.

“We’re working non-stop,” Stordahl said. “We had a scare because of the Equine Herpes Virus outbreak that hit horses in Orange County in January. The quarantine is lifted and everything is a go, but for a time we thought we would have to cancel the show.”

Riders come from the United States, Canada and Mexico hoping to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2012 World Cup Finals in The Netherlands. Stordahl is seeing some new names among the more than 300 riders signing up this year. An additional 20 handicapped riders will compete to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in the Para Equestrian Division.

“On the jury this year are two judges from Sweden, one from Canada and one from the U.S. for the CDI jury.” Stordahl said. “For the Para Equestrian Division is one judge each from Holland, Sweden and Germany. Judges go through levels of training that takes them years to work their way up to judge international events.”

Prize categories for the Dressage vary. This year will be a new presentation of a Grand Prix Freestyle Perpetual Trophy donated by the James Knox family.

“The Knox family live locally and have been involved with horses for many years,” Stordahl said. “The freestyle events are enjoyed by so many that we upped their promotion, and we’ve introduced prize money for the popular musical freestyle events as well.”

Sponsor Rancho Valencia is presenting both the $5,000 Rancho Valencia Grand Prix Freestyle (alteration) and the $5,000 Rancho Valencia Olympic Grand Prix Special (alteration) classes. Custom Saddlery will be presenting the $2,500 Custom Saddlery Intermediare I Freestyle Class. Wilson Cunningham West Insurance is sponsoring the $1,500 Wilson Cunningham West Young Rider Freestyle Class and Pegasus Training. Equine Rehabilitation Center is presenting the $1,500 Pegasus Training and Equine Rehabilitation Center Junior Freestyle Class. The $5,000 Para Equestrian Freestyles will be equally split between the grade levels.

The Dressage Affaire sheds a special light on equestrian competitions. Dressage is the French word for training, and this sport is the most disciplined of the equestrian sports requiring a refined, harmonious, silent conversation between horse and rider.

Christine Traurig of Christine Traurig Corsage Stables, Inc. has been a trainer and coach of Dressage for 30 years.

“This is such a beautiful sport to watch the precise athletic movements between the horse and the rider, through his seat and leg,” said Traurig, who was born in Germany, but has been in the U.S. since the 1980s, and has extensive international experience. “I train horses to fit the riders and rides to fit the horses, and I love what I do.”

Olympian Guenter Seidel will mount a new horse for this year’s competition. Photo: Mike Tomlinson

Local San Diegan and three-time Olympian Guenter Seidel has won numerous medals and awards in national and international Dressage Affaire competitions. Seidel suffered a serious accident several years ago but after a lengthy rehab, returned to competition. A favorite at Del Mar’s Dressage Affaire every year, Seidel returns this year on a new Grand Prix horse. With thanks to Ed and Camille Penhoet of Toyon Farm in Napa Valley, Seidel will be riding Fandango, an Oldenburg Gelding. Fans need not worry; he drew great responses for his and Fandango’s exhibition at the 2009 FEI World Cup in Las Vegas and their themed Pas de Deux “Phantom of the Opera.”

“I’ve been working with Fandango a lot this year,” Seidel said. “It’s always difficult for a rider to get to know a new horse and for the horse to get to know the rider, but we’re doing OK. I’m looking forward to the Dressage Affaire again at Del Mar.”

One thing that probably helped Seidel overcome his injuries after his accident is his ongoing physical regime. “I workout with a trainer, try to eat well and I love to surf,” he said. “I just started that about four years ago, but now I try to make it a regular morning activity.”

Along with exciting competitions, Dressage Affaire includes several social networking opportunities. A Welcome Exhibitor Party takes place on Thursday, March 8, at 4:30 p.m. featuring hors d’oeuvres by Chef Eric Bauer of Rancho Valencia. The “Freestyles, Dinner and Dance” party follows on Saturday, March 10, at 5 p.m., featuring a VIP dinner after the Grand Prix, then dancing after the Rancho Valencia Grand Prix Freestyle Class. On Sunday, March 11, are the “Olympic Special” Day and more Freestyles. Champagne and pastries will be served for VIP/Sponsor patrons. Twenty percent of Silent Auction and Grandstand admission will benefit the United States Para Equestrian Association.

A silent auction and raffles will be part of these events with exciting items such as three luxurious nights for two guests at the Rancho Valencia Resort, including wine pairing, tennis lessons and a spa package, and “The Bridges Olympian Dining Experience — An exquisite dinner for four guests along with popular Olympians Guenter Seidel, Steffen Peters, Christine Traurig and Sue Blinks.”

The Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire has a lot to offer for everyone who loves horses. “It’s wonderful to come out and see how beautiful this sport really is and the harmony between man and animal,” Traurig said. “And I really appreciate the great job Kim is doing in keeping this fantastic event worthy for the horses, competitors and spectators.”

“Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire”
Del Mar Horse Park Equestrian Facility
14550 El Camino Real, Del Mar
March 8-11
More information at www.dressageevents.com

Ticket information
• General Admission to the USEF Show outside – free parking.
• Limited Grandstand seating for the Rancho Valencia International CDI show in the covered arena: $15/day or $30/weekend includes program, pen, schedule, and commemorative sticker.
• VIP Box seating (limited and must be purchased prior to the event). Premium ring-side seating available for the entire weekend includes complimentary beverage/wine services, snacks, coffee & tea and pastries in the morning; Saturday night plated dinner before the Grand Prix Freestyle; champagne and pastries on Sunday along with show program/schedule and KP Events pen. VIP Box Seating guests are invited to the Rancho Valencia Welcome Party on Thursday. Will call is in show office before start of show or at the South entrance to covered arena beginning Friday Morning. Fee: $700/box for 6 seats or $125/seat

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The Lusitano Collection® International Horse Auction

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The Lusitano Aficionado





Happy New Year Aficionados!  

2012 is here and Interagro Lusitanos is looking forward to a fantastic year.  


The Lusitano Collection® International Horse Auction will be held in 2012 at our home farm in Brazil, and will return to the United States in 2013. We are also in the midst of sponsoring another year of the High Score Lusitano Award during the Florida dressage circuit, and hope that you’ll continue to join us as we showcase the Interagro Lusitano! 



The Mane Line:                    Save the Date           

In The Spotlight:             Zepelim Interagro                              & Vade Mecum Interagro


Making Strides:                 Vistor Interagro                                      & Zerbino Interagro                                                   


News Bits:              Sabre Interagro & USEF


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Congratulations to Cherri Reiber and Sargon Interagro!

               Cherri and Sargon Interagro                      

Cherri Reiber and Sargon Interagro, owned by Louis Turkula, were recently named the Adequan/USDF All Breed Champions for Lusitano and Andalusian in the Prix St. Georges Open division and Reserve Champions in the Intermediaire I Open division.  The pair scored a 65.197% in the Prix St. Georges and a 63.553% in the Intermediaire I.  Congratulations to Cherri and Sargon for their impressive performances!



Lusitano Stallion Batistuta V.O. is Two-for-Two in Winning the Interagro Lusitanos High Score Award

Carmen Franco and Batistuta V.O

Nan Sexton’s handsome Lusitano Batistuta V.O. rode into the winner’s circle at the Wellington Classic Holiday Challenge, winning the USEF First/Second Level Test of Choice class with a 70.968%. Ridden by trainer Carmen Franco, the stallion’s score also helped him win the High Score Lusitano Award, sponsored by Interagro Lusitanos. This was the second time that Franco and Batistuta won the award, following victory at the Gold Coast Dressage Association Fall Fling in November. Those two shows were the first two shows for Batistuta ever, and such success is an excellent way to start out a competitive career. 

The High Score Lusitano Award recognizes the highest scoring Lusitano at select dressage shows and will continue during the 2012 Florida dressage season. “I do enjoy the Lusitano breed,” said Carmen. “This was Batistuta’s second show and there is no way to describe him except awesome. He’s a very talented and athletic horse with great gaits. He’s only six years old, but he is fun to ride and has lots of positive energy. I think the future will take him to the FEI level.” 








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Save the Date – June 23, 2012! Interagro Lusitanos to Host Lusitano Collection® International Horse Auction in Brazil 

The date has been set!  This year’s Lusitano Collection® International Horse Auction will take place on June 23, 2012, at Interagro Lusitanos in Brazil.  The success of the auction in the United States and the blossoming popularity of the Interagro Lusitano prompted the organizers to host the auction in Brazil in 2012.  The Collection will return to the US every other year, giving guests the opportunity to visit Brazil and experience Interagro’s unique and unparalleled equestrian culture.  Interagro Lusitanos is set among 1,200 acres of lush tropical landscape and Interagro’s selection of Lusitanos at auction have been bred and chosen for their movement, trainability, and talent for competitive endeavors.

The 2012 Lusitano Collection® International Horse Auction will allow prospective buyers to immerse themselves in everything Lusitano while enjoying an insider’s glimpse at the Interagro operation and selecting their ideal horse.  “Our farm has a unique history and as a private business, we are not open to the public,” said Cecilia Gonzaga.  “We have loved hosting the auctions in Wellington, but so many people have shown an interest in visiting Interagro that we decided to move the auction back to Brazil.  The 2004 and 2005 Collections were held in Brazil, and all of the horses are bred and trained here, so the 2012 collection will be a new angle for those who have been with us in the United States.  The truly unique aspect of holding the auction on the breeding farm is that every buyer will have the chance to see their prospect’s sire, dam, relatives, and meet the people that have handled and trained that horse since it was foaled.  This ‘living pedigree’ combined with Interagro’s unparalleled selection of Lusitanos and unique equestrian culture offers visitors an exceptional experience and buying opportunity.”



Pia Aragão riding Zepelim Interagro

Two Interagro Lusitanos Help Trainer Pia Aragão To Win 2011 Brazilian Dressage Championship 


Interagro Lusitanos is proud to announce that their head trainer, Pia Aragão, has won the 2011 Brazilian Dressage Championship aboard a number of Interagro’s horses. Pia piloted Zepelim Interagro and Vade Mecum Interagro to a number of recent successes, which helped her clinch the title. Pia won the Fourth Level and Prix St. Georges Divisions with Zepelim and the Intermediaire I Freestyle with Vade Mecum, scoring a 67.952%. These results boosted her to the 2011 Brazilian Championship. 



“We are thrilled Pia has captured the Brazilian Championship, a feat she accomplished in 1999 and from 2002 to 2008,” said Cecilia Gonzaga. “These successful show results highlight how the Interagro Lusitano has the talent, movement, and temperament to compete and win at the FEI level. We are thrilled by Zepelim and Vade Mecum’s scores and look forward to seeing them compete in the future.” 





Cherri Reiber rides Zerbino Interagro while driving Vistor Interagro at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts:  photo by M&A Photography

Two Interagro Lusitanos Perform Tandem Driving At Equine Affaire  


A pair of Interagro Lusitanos represented their home farm during the Equine Affaire in Massachusetts in November, where Cherri Reiber presented a tandem driving demonstration during the event. Cherri’s tandem driving is a crowd pleaser; she rides one horse and drives another in front, showing off upper level movements including the piaffe, passage, flying changes and the spectacular Spanish walk all set to music. 



Performing at the Equine Affaire is a prestigious accomplishment, and the horses showed their poise and willing attitude despite wildly screaming fans, loud music, and spotlights. Interagro’s booth at Equine Affaire was inundated with fans interested in learning more about the two Interagro Lusitanos: Vistor Interagro, a bay stallion, and Zerbino Interagro, a grey gelding. Equine Affaire guests took advantage of an up close look at these two talented Interagro horses.



Sabre Interagro: photo by Itapuã Stud Farm

Interagro Lusitano Stars in Commercial and International Campaign for Princess Barbie


Sabre Interagro, a gorgeous gray Lusitano bred by Interagro Lusitanos, is the star of a Brazilian commercial and international campaign for the Princess Barbie™ Doll from Mattel. In the 60-second commercial, Sabre Interagro proves that fairy tales do come true as he recreates the famous scene in which a handsome prince rescues a princess while mounted on a splendid white horse. 


Sabre Interagro shows off his star power in the Brazilian commercial when he gallops onto the scene carrying the prince who spots three beautiful princesses. Following a scene in which Sabre Interagro rears — complete with fog and the sound of a whinny from Sabre — the prince swoops one of the lovely ladies onto the back of Sabre Interagro and they ride off together.


“Interagro is thrilled to see one of our own horses in the commercial. We sold Sabre Interagro at our 2002 foal auction and was later sold to Mr. Ricardo Brum Marantes, his present owner. Sabre is a gorgeous Lusitano and a wonderful example of the strength and beauty of the breed.  He is the also the son of my beloved Faraó. Sabre is the perfect horse for the prince to ride in the commercial,” said Cecilia.







Interagro Lusitanos Sponsors Breakfast During USEF Convention 


Interagro continued their support of the equestrian community by kicking of 2012 with a number of show sponsorships and High Score Lusitano awards. During the second week of January, they were also Bronze sponsors at the USEF Convention, which included headlining the Thursday morning breakfast. An informative video about Interagro Lusitanos, brochures, and information about the upcoming 2012 Lusitano Collection International Horse auction greeted attendees. The timing couldn’t have been better as the breakfast was followed by the Andalusian/Lusitano Annual USEF meeting.



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