Aussie Ilse Schwarz Pilots Don Joseph to High Score at Global Dressage Festival National 2 Show

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Ilse Schwarz and Don Joseph. © 2012 SusanJStickle.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, April 3–Transplanted Australian Ilse Schwarz and Don Joseph, a six-year-old Oldenburg gelding, won the high score award Tuesday posting 72.591 per cent a 1st Level Test 3 Open on the first day of the Global Dressage Festival National 2 horse show.

Ilse, based in Wellington, and Don Joseph (Don Kennedy x Calmera x Santander) have been an outstanding pair, with numerous victories in the past two years.

Don Joseph was bred by Gaye Scarpa of Magnolia Farm in Wellington and named after her husband, Joseph. Gaye bred the horse in Germany and imported him as a three-year-old.

Ilse has trained him from the start. She moved from Australia to the United States in 1998 and trains and competes several horses, including her own, up to Grand Prix.

Don Joseph is currently leading the U.S. Dressage Federation standings for Horse Of The Year at First Level.

“I was very, very happy with him today,” Ilse said. “His test was smooth and the most balanced he has ever been.”