Kentucky Derby Winner Slows Down for Dressage as Caroline Roffman takes a 70% and 78% in Young Rider Grand Prix
Wellington, FL (March 22, 2013) – During the Dressage National 3 show, Hall of Fame thoroughbred racehorse trainer, Carl Nafzgar, enjoyed horses “moving a bit slower,” in particular, the talented Sagacious HF with Caroline Roffman in the Under 25 Grand Prix division. With two Kentucky Derby winnings to his name, in 1990 with Unbridled and in 2007 with the beautiful bay Street Sense, Nafzgar has taken some time to enjoy the slower power of horses in Wellington as he watched Sagacious HF and Roffman wow the judges with precision and grace.
The Dressage National 3, a show of the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington Florida, gave Roffman her best competitive ride yet this winter season with Sagacious HF scoring a 70% and then a 78%. The 14-year-old Pan Am Team Gold medal horse impressed judges once again as Caroline Roffman rode to a high score of 78.602% on the second day through the help of coach Juan Matute. Roffman credits Juan Matute for his excellent horsemanship skills and helping her ride with finesse to achieve the high score on her second day.
Sagacious HF, a 1999 KWPN (Welt Hit II x Judith x Cocktail) gelding, owned by Al Guden’s Hyperion Farm, Inc., won team gold and individual silver medals at the 2007 Pan American Games. And in 2012, Guden gave the ride to Caroline Roffman of Lionshare Dressage based in Wellington, Florida. Roffman took over in late 2012 and has had continued success with the talented black horse throughout the 2013 season.
Roffman plans to continue campaigning Sagacious HF during the show circuit in Wellington. Roffman knows the thrill of being in winner circle as she currently holds the title of the 2012 Intermediare I National Dressage Champion. She is a rising star on the dressage scene as a trainer, rider and instructor. Earlier this year at Lamplight, Roffman won the USEF National Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage Championship aboard Her Highness O. She is looking forward to much more success this season, especially after having such an amazing show with Sagacious HF.
To learn more about Caroline Roffmann and Sagacious HF, please visit www.lionsharedressage.com
Photo: Dressage rider and trainer Caroline Roffman of Lionshare Dressage put in an impressive ride on Sagacious HF in the Young Rider Grand Prix at the Dressage National 3 Competition. (Photo courtesy of Al Guden)