Janne Rumbough Wins High Score Award at 2009 Amateur Winter Dressage Championships Presented by The Paddock Saddlery
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WELLINGTON, Florida, June 16–Adult Amateur rider Janne Rumbough rode away with the high score award and top honors during the 2009 Winter Dressage Championships presented by The Paddock Saddlery and sponsored by Pikeur and Grand Prix.
Rumbough rode Winnie Too to the high score, earning a 74.348 per cent and taking home the Overall High Score Perpetual Trophy in the competition that recognizes the success of amateurs who often find themselves competing against top professionals.
Rumbough also captured the Second and Third Level Championships on her gelding JR as well as the Training and First Level Championships on Winnie Too.
“I will have to admit that I worked really hard every day to get these Championships and I am so excited for my wins. It is really a special honor to win the Paddock Saddlery Amateur Awards and especially the high score award,” Rumbough said. “I did it with the help of my trainer Jan Brons. I had a great time and I am so grateful.”
Brons was also in the spotlight, winning the high score Trainer Award. Rumbough said she loves working with Brons and was also thrilled that both of her horses were honored. “I am so happy for my horses and it is very special because I own their sire, Gaucho III, and I have had JR and Winnie Too since they were born.”
Rumbough’s perpetual trophy was donated by Weiss Family Chiropractic Centers, a strong supporter of amateur riders. “Amateur riders spend as much time preparing for a competition as a professional and the trophy is a nice reward at the end of the year. It is also an inspiration to work harder,” said Cetty Weiss. “I wanted to have a very special trophy for our high point winner because I truly believe it is the enthusiasm of the amateur owners and riders that keeps the profession strong.”
Special contributors to the Adult Amateur Winter Championships also included Platform Feeds and MDC Stirrups. The Champions of each division received Championship Coolers donated by Farnam’s Platform Feed and both Champion and Reserve Champion winners received prizes provided by The Paddock Saddlery and Frantisi, the North American distributors of Pikeur and Grand Prix. Weiss Family Chiropractic Centers also donated all of the ribbons for the classes.
The Champion FEI Level award went to Nicole Shinton on GB Classic with a score of 68.333% while the FEI Reserve Champion title went to Lisa Dufresne on Caballero 37 with a score of 67.807%. The Fourth Level Champion was Jennifer Huber and Vito with a score of 70.439% and Reserve went to Kristy Lund-Truenbach and Reel Adventure with a 68.604 per cent. Rumbough and JR captured the Third Level title with a 68.105 while Allison Bilzerian and Rolando earned Reserve with a 67.468. Rumbough and JR also won the Second Level Championship with a 67.506 per cent while Nicole Shinton rode Pamela to the Reserve with a 62.910 per cent. Winnie Too and Rumbough won First Level with a score of 68.466 per cent while Marthe Reynolds and Statesman’s Signature won Reserve with 64.996 per cent. Winnie Too and Rumbough also took home the Training Level Championship with a score of 73.337 per cent while Diane Glossman and Copacabana 29 earned Reserve with a 67.360 per cent.
Lisa Gorretta, president of The Paddock Saddlery, is an avid adult amateur dressage rider who recognizes the importance of amateurs in dressage. “I can’t think of a single equestrian venue that does not depend in some way on the efforts of amateurs. We considered it a wonderful opportunity to give recognition to their competitive efforts. After all, passion for the sport is one thing, but training and competing in addition to career and family responsibilities takes a special effort,” Gorretta said. “We were thrilled when Frantisi agreed to become our 2009 sponsor. Pikeur and Grand Prix are brands that represent the very best in dressage apparel and equipment! The recognition and support of this program by all of our sponsors has been outstanding. We could not do this without them!”