Everglades Dressage Young Rider Achievement Award Goes to Maria Alejandra Aponte
Wellington, FL (March 29, 2013) – Everglades Dressage is dedicated to supporting and recognizing junior and young riders on the Florida circuit, and recently presented 16-yea-old, Maria Aljandra Aponte with the Everglades Dressage Junior/Young Rider Achievement Award, recognizing her poise and outstanding horsemanship during the WEF Florida Dressage Classic CDI-3* in Wellington, FL. Aponte, who is originally from Colombia and now lives in Wellington, rode her newly acquired mare, Royal Angel, in the Junior Riders class. Aponte has only been riding Royal Angel for 3 months, yet she was so poised in the warm up, and in her class, that she was selected to win the Junior/Young Rider Achievement Award. “We are just getting to know each other,” said Aponte about her new horse, “but she’s doing really well!”
Royal Angel is a 10-year-old Rheinlander by Royal Diamond and out of Felicitas. Aponte has been training with Patrick Persons, and is looking forward to continuing to learn and move up through the levels throughout the 2013 season. Aponte won a beautiful embroidered saddle pad from Everglades Farm as a part of the Young Rider Achievement Award.
Everglades Dressage Junior/Young Rider Achievement Award is presented to up and coming young riders who excel in the show arena and go above and beyond their duty to horses and horsemanship. Everglades Dressage, owned by Bethany Peslar, is based in Grand Prix Village of Wellington, and offers dressage training for all levels of riders from Training level to Grand Prix. Peslar offers boarding for clients in training, and also allows clients to trailer in their horses for lessons.
Peslar is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist, was the 2006 Reserve Champion in the National Young Adult Grand Prix Championship “Brentina Cup” at Gladstone, and is a successful USEF High Performance Grand Prix competitor. Peslar’s impressive list of accomplishments also includes earning her USDF Gold Medal in 2003 at age 21. She is also a strong supporter of equestrian programs in the United States.
For more information on Peslar, visit her website at www.evergladesdressage.com.
Photo: Maria Aljandra Aponte and her mare, Royal Angel were presented with the Everglades Dressage Junior/Young Rider Achievement Award at the WEF Dressage Classic CDI-3*. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)