Jennifer Williams Qualifies Joppe K for Lövsta Future Challenge Final of Developing Grand Prix, Jan Ebeling on Zitat Earns Start in Summit Farm Small Tour Final at Wellington

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Jennifer Williams and Joppe K in the Lövsta Future Challenge Intermediate II at the Global Dressage Festival. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 20, 2022–Jennifer Williams and Joppe K claimed a start in the Lövsta Future Challenge final for developing Grand Prix by winning the Intermediate II Sunday in the last series qualifier. Jan Ebeling on Zitat achieved the same result in the Summit Farmwa Prix St. Georges for developing Small Tour horses.

Jennifer of Olympia, Washington made the decision to move the eight-year-old KWPN gelding (Rousseau x Santano) up to Int. II just recently and it paid off with a score of 70.882% from the panel of three FEI judges in the Global Dressage Festival centerpiece international arena. The winners of the Future Challenge series arde invited to the final that will be staged in a week.

Although the focus last year and for most of the Global winter circuit so far has been on Small Tour, but “we just kind of wanted to have fun and just test the waters in front of the judges. Our main goal for the year was the small tour, but everything has just been going so well, we thought why not, let’s just see, and it worked out today.”

She bought Joppe in the Netherlands when the horse was 4 1/2 years old and has developed him since, working with Wellington-based trainer Oded Shimoni when in Florida.

“I think in some ways he’s a very electric horse, but he’s very trustworthy,” Jennifer said, noting that Joppe was not affected by a late afternoon torrential downpour–“the puddles made it really fun and animated.”

Jan Ebeling and Zitat in the Summit Farm Future Challenge for Prix St. Georges. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California and Zitat, a nine-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (Zaladin ML x Blue Hors Don Romantic) scored 71.191% to win the Summit Farm Future Challenge at Prix St. Georges.

Jan and Zitat as well as Jaime Dancer of Millstone, New Jersey on Supremont, a nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding (San Amour I x Carry Gold) placing second on 71.519% qualified for the series final in a week.

“He’s a wonderful young horse,” Jan said. “He’s very much developing. He’s schooling just about everything. But he’s still very baby sometimes. He’s a big guy, big mover, and he was on today, so it felt great.