Two American-bred & Trained Horses to Make CDI Grand Prix Debut

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Heather Blitz on Paragon and Ilse Schwarz on Cadenza will make their CDI Grand Prix debuts this week. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 23–Paragon, the Pan American Games gold medal horse ridden by Heather Blitz, and Cadenza, rideden by Australian Ilse Schwarz made their acquaintance Monday, three days before both combinations make their CDI Grand Prix debuts.

Both horses are American-bred and both have been trained by the riders from the beginning. Both riders are based in Wellington.

The horses met for the first time at a clinic given by Steffen Peters at Two Swans Farm in Wellington Monday ahead of the World Dressage Masters where he and Ravel will defend their title.

Paragon is a nine-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Blue Hors Don Schufro x Pari Lord x Loran) that Heather helped deliver. They won gold on the U.S. team and individual silver at last year’s Pan Ams.

Cadenza is a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Contango x Swiftest Finesse x Swashbuckler). The horse’s barn name is “Cadenza who can do no wrong in Ken Braddick’s eyes.”

Both horses competed in their frst Grand Prix, a national show, this summer.