Lisa Wilcox & Born in USA Pikko del Cerro HU to Compete in Europe in Fall
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
Lisa Wilcox will compete Pikko del Cerro HU in Germany in the fall, the first competition outside the United States for one of the top graduates of the Born in the USA program created by Dressage at Devon 10 years ago.
Lisa, one of the world’s top riders on Relevant at the beginning of this century, has been competing the Hanoverian stallion since 2010 after taking over the ride from her friend Mikala Gundersen, a Danish rider based in Florida.
Lisa of Loxahatchee, Florida and the horse, now 10 years old (Pik L x Rohdiamant) will train with Ernst Hoyos, as she has for many years, and plans competitions to give exposure to Pikko del Cerro in their bid to win a place on the United States team at the World Equetrian Games in Normandy next year.
The horse was bred by Horses Unlimited of Albuquerque, New Mexico and was a 2005 Born in the USA winner. In 2007, he won both four-year-old classes at Devon on Main Line Philadelphia and was awarded 1st place Materiale Stallion by the U.S. Dressage Federation All Breeds the same year.
Pikko del Cerro was the top placed American bred in the five-year-old national championships in 2008 and won the six-year-old title as well as the stallion championship at Devon the following year. The horse was ridden by Mikala in all the young horse events.
With Lisa, the horse won the 2011 U.S. Developing Horse Championships then followed up last year to win the Developing Grand Prix title.
And the pair have posted three victories in six starts in the three CDIs they have competed in since starting their international Grand Prix career at this year’s Florida winter circuit.
Lisa and Pikko del Cerro were among 10 combinations awarded grants by the U.S. Equestrian Federation to compete in Europe this year, though Heather Blitz who competes the U.S.-born Paragon returned the grant after moving to the Boston area to become the in-house trainer at Cutler Farm.
Heather rode the U.S.-born Ripline at Devon last year and is competing in this weekend’s Eastern selection trials for five-year-olds seeking to qualify for the World Young Horse Championships at Verden, Germany in August.
More than $60,000 in prize money has been awarded during the lifetime of the Born in the USA program that Lori Kaminski, president and CEO of Dressage at Devon, said “was developed to recognize and reward the achievements of sport horse breeders in the United States.”
Other Sport Horse breed shows on the East Coast of the U.S. have joined in.
The Born in the USA Breeders Awards are open to horses and ponies of any breed conceived and foaled in the USA and shown at Dressage at Devon scheduled for Sept. 24-29. Devon is among the largest CDIs in the U.S. and one of the largest open breed show in the world.