Aust rider tops dressage scoreboard in Florida

Ilse Schwarz And Don Joseph
Ilse Schwarz And Don Joseph. © Susan J Stickle

Australian dressage rider Ilse Schwarz and six-year-old Oldenburg gelding Don Joseph were the High Score Award winners at Tuesday’s Global Dressage Festival in Florida.

Schwarz and Don Joseph received a score of 72.591% in the Level 1 Test 3 Open on the first day of the Global Dressage National 2 Horse Show at the Stadium show grounds.

Schwarz, based in Wellington, and Don Joseph (Don Kennedy x Calmera x Santander) have been an outstanding pair, with many wins in the past few years.  Don Joseph is owned by Gaye and Joseph Scarpa of Magnolia Farm.  He was bred by Mrs. Scarpa and named after Mr. Scarpa. They bred the horse in Germany and imported him as a three-year-old.

He has been trained from the start by Schwarz, who moved from Australia to the United States in 1998 and trains and competes several horses, including her own, up to Grand Prix.  As a testament to their success, Don Joseph is currently leading the list for Horse of the Year in First Level with the USDF.

“I am very, very happy with him today,” Schwarz said.  “His test was smooth and the most balanced he has ever been.”

Schwarz has trained with Steffen Peters for six years and also holds clinics in both Florida and Australia.

Jennifer Griger of Wellington, Florida, with Dehlia was Reserve High Score winner with 70.541% in 1st Level Test 2 Open.

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