Spy Coast Farm Dressage Young Horse Show Final Details

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Don Joseph ridden by Ilse Schwarz will compete in the 5-year-old dressage division of the Spy Coast Farms Young Sporthorse Final in Wellington. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Dec. 7–Dressage competitions at the Spy Coast Farm Young Horse Show Series Finals offering $10,000 in prize money have been scheduled for the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for Friday afternoon.

The schedule released Wednesday by Equestrian Sport Productions gives the start time of the four-year-old Suitability for Sport Under Saddle for 2 p.m. in Ring 8 with the five-year-old class scheduled to start at 2:45 p.m.

The Suitability fo Dressage four-year-olds is scheduled to start at 2:15 p.m. and for five-year-olds at 2:25 p.m.

The jumper classes classes beginning with Suitability for Sport in Hand for horses aged one through five years old followed by an at-liberty phase demonstrating all three gaits starts at 6:30 p.m.

The second finals class is the Jump Chute in which horses free jump an age appropriate chute of up to three jumps and are judged on a series of criteria including scope and technique.

The Young Horse Show Series was created by Spy Coast Farm at the Winter Equestrian Festival last winter and qualifying competitions wete held throughout the year.

Judges for the finals will be Jan-Olof Wannius of Sweden and Jos Sevriens, with Nicho Meredith announcing.

Jan-Olof was Sweden’s most winning rider for 11 years and was the Swedish riding team captain for 10 years, spanning three Olympic Games. He is show director of the Falsterbo Horse Show and was chairman and judge in the Swedish selection committee for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old stallions for 10 years. He has instructed the Swedish judges for free jumping for 10 years and has judged young horses in Denmark, Germany, England, Canada and Finland.

Jos Sevriens is a native of the Netherlands, and has been living in Georgia since 1985. He was an instructor at the Dutch National Riding School and is a certified instructor through the USDF. He is a USEF ‘r’ breed judge and has been involved in the breeding and training of young horses, specializing in young stallions. He has trained the Belgian eventing team as well as many jumper and dressage riders. He is the former president of the American Holsteiner Association and has judged at many keurings in the United States.

Nicho Meredith speaks 13 languages and is well known for his upbeat and informative announcing skills.

Over 78 horses qualified for the final over the five shows held at three different show venues during 2011.

Tables of eight are available for reservation during the event at a cost of $25 per person. Open table seating is also available at the door for the same price. All table seating will include a light buffet and a glass of Moet Hennessey Champagne compliments of White Horse Tavern. A cash bar will also be available for all table patrons.

General admission is free of charge.