Anna Marek On Einstein, Too Spooky to Sell, Win Global Int. 1 Freestyle With Rider’s Career High Score

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Anna Marek and Einstein celebrating at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival after career high score to win Int. 1 Freestyle. © 2019 Ken Braddick/

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 17–Anna Marek rode the American-bred Einstein JP to a career high score Sunday to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Int. 1 Freestyle on a horse that she bought because it was too spooky to sell.

Anna of the Ocala area community of Williston and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding scored 75.708 per cent for the second victory at this competition and the first wins in two years at Small Tour. The pair placed third in the Prix St. Georges and won the Int. 1.

Leif Aho of Wellington who is having a successful season on Classy Sinclair was second on 74.958 per cent with Canada’s Tom Dvorak on Denali third on 72.875 per cent.

Anna, who trains with former U.S. team coach Anne Gribbons, has ridden Einstein (Democraat x Contango) since the horse was four.

Because Einstein was funny with the spooking and the cold back, Anna said she asked the owner: “How are we ever going to sell this horse?” I’d fallen off him a few times. If something spooks him there’s nothing I can do about it.

“Then he was Prix St. Georges and I had such an attachment to him because I had put so much work into him so I bought him.”

She qualified Einstein for the Festival of Champions, the U.S. championships, in 2018 but was pregnant so did not go.

Her goal this year is the championships in late August.

Anna has also declared for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru in July which has a format of mixed Big and Small Tour combinations for teams.


CDI3* Intermediate I Freestyle
Judges: Lee Tubman Janet Lee Foy Cesar Torrente
Place Score Nat. Athlete Horse H C B
1. 75.708 USA Anna Marek Einstein JP 73.375 75.875 77.875
2. 74.958 USA Leif Aho Classy Sinclair 76.250 73.625 75.000
3. 72.875 CAN Tom Dvorak Denali 71.750 73.375 73.500
4. 72.475 CAN Janine Little Quartett 72.125 72.750 72.550
5. 72.458 USA Jami Kment Gatino Van Hof Olympia 73.375 72.750 71.250
6. 72.208 CAN Ariana Chia Fiderflame 71.750 70.375 74.500
7. 70.583 CAN Lori Bell Flirt 69.750 71.125 70.875
8. 68.558 USA Katrin Dagge Laferrari 69.125 66.875 69.675
9. 67.958 USA Anna Keenan Steinway 71.000 63.500 69.375
10. 66.542 USA Courtney Bolender Demetrius 66.875 67.250 65.500
11. 60.333 CAN Alison Famiglietti Let’s Dance 62.000 58.625 60.375
12. 55.958 USA Sara Hassler Harmony’s Boitano 56.750 57.125 54.000