Wellington, FL - March, 16, 2015 - In dressage it can take years to formulate a relationship with the right horse, yet for Margaret Dupery and Pericles it has taken only a year to make it to the Intermediere Level 1. This weekend, the duo placed second in the FEI Intermediate I at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, riding to solid marks in the extended trot and canter work to end the class with the total score of 65.789 percent.
Duprey was matched up with Pericles last February, and knew that the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding was going to be a great horse for the FEI Prix St. Georges and the FEI Intermediere Level 1. With the help of Todd Flettrich, they began developing their relationship during the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The powerhouse horse excels in pirouettes, half passes and has a walk that always earns high marks. Their second place finish in the FEI Intermediate I marks a milestone in their relationship, a pivotal moment that exemplifies the possibilities of an exceptional future of competition together.
“We are still working on our relationship, and I am very excited on how far we have come to date,” Margaret Duprey said.
Duprey was not the only rider to showcase winning ways for the Cherry Knoll Farm team during the Global Dressage Festival 10 National by Adequan. Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani put in two days of phenomenal performances to sweep the FEI Para Grade II tests with two first place finishes. On Thursday, Hart rode Romani to the score of 74.265 percent during the FEI Para Team Grade II test, and duplicated her efforts on Friday in the FEI Para Grade II Individual 74.857 percent.
“She was amazing out there,” Hart said. “I was so happy with her. Todd [Flettrich] and I have been working on our warm-ups and carrying that over to the ring. This was the first time she allowed me to work with her in the show ring in the same way way she does in the warm-up. It was definitely a milestone for us.”
The Global Dressage Festival 10 National by Adequan marks nearly a year since Hart and Romani’s partnership commenced.
“We have been working on her cadence and rhythm she can keep it so much more, and she is stronger than she was at the beginning of season. Our time in Florida and over the last year has really allowed for me to partner with her, making the whole package really come together,” Hart concluded. “I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who has gotten me here. It has basically been a full year from when we originally got her. It means so much to me to have the family, friends, sponsors and supporters follow me along this journey from Denmark and to today.”
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