Thursday, January 15, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
Rebecca Hart and Schroeter's Romani post Highest Career Score, Dominating Three Days of the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*
|Becca Hart with Schroeter's Romani shined during the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* winning all three Grade II classes. Photograph by Susan Stickle|
Wellington, FL - January 12, 2015 - The 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* featured 13 para-dressage athletes from Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV competing in the Van Kampen Arena at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds, and it was Grade II rider and two-time Paralympian Rebecca Hart who shined with Schroeter's Romani.
Hart earned the highest score of the day on Friday during the Team Test, riding to a score of 73.284 percent. She duplicated her efforts on Saturday for the Individual Test with a score of 72.857 percent, and returned Sunday to ride her Freestyle to her highest career score of 77.917 percent.
"I was really happy with how Romani went," Hart said after the final day of competition. "She was very relaxed in her body and her back, which is what we have been working on from her comments yesterday. To have her rise to the occasion on the third day of competing when she is tired is really great."
|Becca Hart with Schroeter's Romani. Photograph by Susan Stickle|
Schroeter's Romani is owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, the Ruffolos, and Will and Sandy Kimmel. They edged out Lauren Barwick of Canada to take the Grade II victory on both days of competition. If their consistent rides this weekend are any sign of the future for Hart and Schroeter's Romani, the 2016 Paralympic Equestrian competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 7-18, is definitely in sight. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* is one of the qualifiers for the 2016 USEF Paralympic Equestrian Selection Trials.
"I've been asking her to follow through and work with me on the days that my body is tired and she really needs to help me out," Hart said. "She really did that today. A month ago, she really needed me to be there for her, but now she has my back. We both help each other out now, which has been great."
Hart continued, "It was a great feeling. In the warm-up my body was tired since it was the third day. She really had to carry me. I asked her if she could do it for me, and she did it."
Hart is a two-time Paralympian (2008, 2012), two-time World Equestrian Games athlete (2010, 2014), and six-time USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion. The 2016 Paralympics are high on her list of goals. She began working with Schroeter's Romani only a year ago after importing the bay mare from Europe. Just a few months later they qualified for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Team, riding in their first international championship together and earning the highest scores for the United States.
|Becca Hart with Schroeters Romani. Photo by Susan Stickle|
Hart trains with Missy Ransehousen of Blue Hill Farm while home in Pennsylvania, and when she travels to Florida for the winter, she maximizes training by working alongside Todd Flettrich of Cherry Knoll Farm.
With their partnership stronger than ever, Hart knows that her success wouldn't be possible without such a solid team behind her.
"I'm so happy with how things are going and none of it would be possible without my sponsors and my support team at Cherry Knoll Farm," Hart said. "A big thanks to them and the Ransehousens."
For more information on Rebecca Hart and Cherry Knoll Farm, please visit www.cherryknollfarminc.com.
Monday, January 5, 2015
|Schooling at Windurra USA|
Each year I ask the working students to sit down and think about their goals for the upcoming year. We are blessed with a hard working and talented young staff here at Blue Hill Farm, and it's important that they take the time to reflect on the prior year and set personal goals for 2015.
Brigitte has been an enthusiastic addition to our program and has worked diligently day in and day out, always with a positive attitude and determination. 2015 is her year to be down in Ocala with Missy, so we know (as I sit here listening to 30 MPH winds) that she is grateful for that opportunity. Thank you Brigitte for all that you do and good luck with the 2015 show season!!
Brigitte and Harper 2014 wrap-up:
"Harper and I have had a busy but wonderful year!! It started off with a horrible winter with hardly any showing until the end of April. We did 2 Dressage schooling shows at Dunmovin and Blue Goose in January before the weather turned for the worse and shut down much of our winter competition back here in Pa.
Our Eventing season began when the crew returned from Florida and we hit the ground running. Our first event was Fair Hill May 17th where we started out again in BN just to get Harper back in the groove. We scored a 33.5 in Dressage, had a stop at the "evil" water on XC and a rail (my fault) in SJ. We then planned the rest of the year to do Novice because he just needed to try harder.
Our next event was Seneca in Maryland where Harper scored his all time best in dressage with a 28.7 under Missy's watchful eye. We moved onto SJ with high hopes and had a "green" rail but otherwise a beautiful round, only adding some time on XC to finish his first event at Novice on a 49.5 in 10th place.
We then had a fun adventure at our first trip to the Jersey Horse Park. We went into dressage with "scary gnomes" at K, earning a respectful 39.0, went double clear SJ and XC, successfully finishing our first Novice on our dressage score to earn 6th place. We finally thought we had figured things out.
Onto Fair Hill, my birthday weekend, and we had a game plan! Dressage we earned a 36.5, with the "scary gnomes" still in the arena but at C this time. Another refusal and a rail would put us back to where we started, the drawing board. Try, try again Missy said, so we headed to Seneca once again, but had a repeat of Fair Hill, except the little booger stopped at the first fence! It was time to rethink our strategy.
|Galloping Home at Fair Hill|
My baby boy has grown up really fast in just the year I've had him. We are now happily settled into our new Ocala location and it's our first trip to Florida with Blue Hill Farm. We hope to compete and hopefully move up to Prelim in a few short months, as he's going fantastically and is learning quickly. All he needed was a bit more of a challenge!
Thank you to EVERYONE who has helped us get to where we are today and where we are going. I couldn't have done it without any of you, most importantly, my 2 amazing trainers, Missy and Jessica. 2015 is going to be our year for a clean and clear record with amazing dressage scores! Here's to 2015!!!!"
Photo credits Lisa Thomas