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Standardbreds continue to prove their versatility
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - by Tina Bombardo, for the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Florida

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Fruitland Park, FL --- The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Florida, Inc. (SPHOFL) and member Tina Bombardo have announced that their Standardbred mares have received multiple awards this year from the U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF). Both horses were participants in the 2008 USDF/Adequan All-Breed Award Program.

Sea The Gray (Tina Bombardo)
Whiz Bang (Tina Bombardo)

photos courtesy of the author

Sea The Gray, top, and Whiz Bang represented Standardbreds quite well at a recent dressage competition
The Organization’s 10-year-old ambassador horse Sea The Gray (Laag--Arbiter), won the Training Level Award with a median score of 62.9 percent, and Bombardo’s 13-year-old Whiz Bang (Say Kash--Caprene Kash) took home the award in the First Level Division with a median score of 60.0 percent, which was a follow up to her 2007 Training Level win.

The mares are trained and were ridden in competitions by Heather Caudill, the owner of Olympus Sport Horses, located in Wildwood, Fla. In addition to the All-Breed Awards, in December 2008 both horses received their USDF Training Level Performance Certificates, which required 10 scores of 60 percent or higher, with four of those scores from the highest test at the level.

These two talented mares have proven that pacing-bred Standardbreds have what it takes to be competitive in the sport of dressage.

In 2009, both horses are continuing with their training and will be competing at First and Second Levels in recognized USDF dressage shows. Starting in mid-January, Sea The Gray will be competing at The Ocala Winter Dressage Show, held at The Florida Horse Park, and in February Whiz Bang will be entered in the Zada Cup Dressage Show in Orlando, Fla. Caudill also plans for both mares to be entered in The Ocala Spring Dressage Show, in March.

The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Florida hopes, as more people learn about the accomplishments of these Standardbreds in the dressage ring, that they will take notice that the breed is very competitive and consider the breed when looking for a new horse.

In addition, the U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) has submitted an entry to be part of the special equine events at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, to be held in Lexington, Ky. And, the Organization has announced that its Ambassador Horse, Sea The Gray, is one of the Standardreds chosen by the USTA to represent the breed in dressage.

Organization members are keeping their collective fingers crossed that the breed will be included in this prestigious event. Please visit or call (352) 796-4842 for more information about Standardbreds in dressage.

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