Heather Blitz and Ripline Win The Horse of Course High Score Award and Maintain National Top Ranking 5-Year-Old Status
Wellington, FL (April 10, 2013) – Pan American gold medalist and Olympic team reserve, Heather Blitz stole the show on her 5-year-old Danish stallion, Ripline, during the Adequan® 2013 Global Dressage Festival 5* CDI, scoring a whopping 85.800% in the FEI Young Horse Final for 5 year olds and winning The Horse of Course High Score Award. Ripline, who is owned by Blitz and Oakhill Ranch, showed the Wellington crowd why he is ranked number one in the nation for 5-year-olds by topping his last score during the test and placing him well ahead of the rest. “He feels like a Grand Prix horse in the making to me!” stated Blitz about her horse. “He has a feeling of everything in him already, with a really good level of correct basics.” Blitz was excited to win the High Score Award. “Thank you, Horse of Course, for the beautiful saddle pad and rosette,” she smiled, “Look for a picture of them outside of Ripline’s stall on our Facebook page!”
“We love being able to recognize outstanding equestrians with this High Score Award,” explains Beth Haist, owner of The Horse of Course. “It’s so exciting being involved and available at these shows for these amazing riders.” The Horse of Course High Score Award recognizes weekly winners at the Florida circuit shows including the International Horse Sport Dressage series, the Global Dressage Festival, the Gold Coast Dressage Association, and Wellington Classic Dressage shows. The HOC High Score award is presented to riders achieving the highest score at these selected shows.
After taking the HOC High Score Award, Blitz said she is very much hoping to qualify Ripline for the USEF National Young Horse Championships this year and possibly take him all the way to the FEI World Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Verden, Germany. Blitz also recently announced that she is re-locating and has been named as resident trainer at Donna Cameron’s Cutler Farm Dressage in Medfield, Massachusetts, which is less than an hour from downtown Boston. She is looking forward to starting up a great business and serving new clientele with her outstanding level of expertise and experience.
The Horse of Course is excited to continue supporting the 2013 dressage season throughout the country, and is a favorite stop for many of the nation’s riders. Based in Claremore, Oklahoma, the HOC mobile store travels the nation offering everything for the discriminating equestrian. From show supplies, bridles, saddles, and saddle pads to fashionable equestrian attire, breeches, jackets, shadbellys and accessories, The HOC, has everything on site that horses and riders need while competing in the shows.
To learn more about The Horse of Course, visit their website at www.thehorseofcourse.com.
Photo: Beth Haist of The Horse of Course with Heather Blitz and her Grand Prix mount, Paragon. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)
The Horse of Course, Inc.
Beth Haist, CEO