O Yes: Roffman and Her Highness O Reign at Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener Festival CDI
Wellington, FL (January 25, 2012) – Basic black always makes a strong statement and Lionshare Dressage showed its royal style at the Gold Coast Opener Festival CDIW/CDI1*/CDIJ/Y/U25, January 17-20, in Wellington, with first places in the FEI Prix St Georges Open and FEI Intermediare I by dressage rider and trainer, Caroline Roffman, and her 16.2-hand, nine-year-old coal black Hanoverian mare, Her Highness O (by Hohenstein and out of Weltmeyer).
“She is an incredibly giving mare who never disappoints her rider,” said Roffman. Under the head of the ground jury Janet Foy, Roffman and her mare scored a 70.368% in the Prix St Georges Open. The following day, the dynamic duo received a decisive 73.558%% from a panel of judges led by Lorraine Stubbs to win the Intermediare I.
The wins were all the sweeter, Roffman said, because they were the mare’s first at this level: “This was Her Highness O’s first CDI, only her second time riding through I-1, and her fifth Prix St Georges. I will continue to train and develop her. Time, experience and strength will help a lot over the next months. She came to me to be sold as a lightly ridden, seven-year-old broodmare. Her heart is what makes her special. She works to please you always.” Now full owner, Roffman will keep developing Her Highness O for the higher levels. “I’d like to thank Jennifer Lind of Wolkentanzer Farm in California, her former owner and breeder, for the chance to work with such a talented horse.”
Roffman also showed Bon Chance (by Belissimo M) in Fourth Level at Wellington for a winning score of 70%. “He was Reserve Champion Four-Year-Old, Champion Five-Year-Old, and tied for first as a Six-Year-Old in the Young Horse Divisions. This was his first show since the Six-Year-Old classes. I am blessed to develop such horses and am excited for their futures.”
Her Highness O, who won the 2012 Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Championship, will continue to campaign the 2013 Florida dressage circuit, where Roffman has also been presenting Al Guden’s Sagacious HF and winning with scores in the 70’s in a trio of recent Young Rider Grand Prix classes.
Roffman owns Lionshare Dressage in Wellington, FL along with rider and trainer, Endel Ots. For more information about these rising dressage stars, visit www.lionsharedressage.com.
Photo: Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O during their victory lap at the GDCA Opener CDI. (Photo courtesy of Al Guden)