Day At The Track

STANDARDBRED MARE FINDS HER NICHE

06:44 PM 16 May 2007 NZST
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Whiz Bang, a 12-year-old daughter of Say Kash, has found her calling in the world of Dressage.

As a 2- and 3-year-old, Whiz Bang went winless in her 15 starts, earning only $1,325. As a 4-year-old she was broke to the saddle by her then-trainer Jody Riedel. Three years later she and her owners, Tina and Pat Bombardo, moved to Florida.

Tina Bombardo is a member of the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Florida and plans to compete regularly in Dressage competitions. She loves “Whizzy” and has been extremely impressed by her many accomplishments as a pleasure horse.

“She really seems to like Dressage,” said Tina after a recent Dressage show. “She is doing a Training Level 4 test and received a 66.4%, which earned her a second place ribbon.”

In Dressage, competing at Training Level 4 is a great accomplishment for any breed of horse. In her latest show, Whiz Bang was pitted against Swedish Warmbloods, Hanoverians, and a Trakehner.

Dressage levels begin at the Novice level, then advance to Training level -- of which there are four tiers. After successfully completing the movements within Training Level 4, a horse can then move up to Prix St. George, followed by Intermediare I and II, and eventually, Grand Prix, which is Olympic level.

Dressage, the French word for “training,” is a series of complicated movements, coupled together in a variety of ways that increase in difficulty with each ascending level, designed to test the union of horse and rider. These movements evolve from the most simplistic -- such as walk, trot and canter -- to the sophisticated movements of piaffe, passage and the canter half-pass.

The USTA and the United States Dressage Federation are working together to offer Dressage awards for Standardbreds. This opportunity is part of the USDF’s All-Breeds Award program. The Standardbred breed awards are designed to recognize the best Standardbred Dressage horses at each level within the Open Division and the top horse and rider as a pair in all levels of Adult Amateur. Whiz Bang only needs one more score to be eligible for the All Breeds Award Program.

To participate in the All-Breeds Award program, you must be a member of the USTA and a member of the USDF.

For more information about the USTA’s Equestrian program, contact the Outreach Department, toll free 1-877-800-8782, ext. 3260 or email sep@ustrotting.com.

For Frequently Asked Questions about the USDF’s All-Breeds Awards program, visit www.usdf.org/competition/allbreedsawardsfaqs.asp.

For questions regarding USDF membership or the All-Breeds Awards program, call the USDF at (859) 971-2277 or e-mail allbreeds@usdf.org.

by Jamie Rucker, USTA Outreach Administrator

ourtesy of the US Trotting Association Web Newsroom

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