SponsorSponsor
  • StreamHorseTV #Pony peeps will of course be watching @WIHS on @USEFNetwork. Retweeted by USEFNetwork 10/25/2014 9:22:52 AM
  • Lea Farrell Big night 4 @WIHS #Equitation finals, #Shetland #Pony #Steeplechase & President's Cup #GrandPrix Watch it live or on-demand on @USEFNetw Retweeted by USEFNetwork 10/25/2014 9:06:22 AM
  • USEF Network Belgium's Olivier Philippaerts was best Friday in the #WIHS2014 $50k Jumper Speed Final. ūüźéūüŹÜ https://t.co/PL5pFkjmnI 10/25/2014 9:02:44 AM
  • USEF Network Today will be a big day on USEFNetwork. Grand Prixs from #DelMar & #WIHS2014, plus Saddlebreds at the #ManeEvent and Arabian U.S. Nation 10/25/2014 7:52:29 AM
  • USEF Network Up early on Saturday morning? ūüźé‚ėē #WIHS2014 is up with you, and has ponies! Watch live-> http://t.co/wWsHVLJfrD http://t.co/6jPvqU9SbO 10/25/2014 7:50:10 AM
  • StreamHorseTV And @svshope does it again with Carson, taking lead & 2nd spots so far! #DelMar Retweeted by USEFNetwork 10/24/2014 11:22:31 PM
  • USEF Network Live stream from Arabian U.S. Nationals tonight will begin at approx. 8pm ET http://t.co/VSlIuM1gqP 10/24/2014 3:36:48 PM
  • USEF Network First up from Del Mar tonight will be the Grand Prix Hunter Derby. It's a late start for east coasters 10pm ET ūüĆÉ http://t.co/ytpkeRvJHP 10/24/2014 3:35:27 PM
  • USEF Network @littlestzim @WIHS They are on Saturday Day/Night, and will be streamed live :) Here's the schedule: http://t.co/HNzwoKODmk 10/24/2014 3:17:35 PM
  • USEF Network Watch: @Holloway_Hunter wins with I Love Lucy Thursday night at #WIHS2014 http://t.co/mRfXUsBpTC 10/24/2014 2:45:11 PM

News

Heather Mason & Zar Can't Be Caught in Intermediare 1 Saturday at #AdequanGDF 3

RELEASE: January 25, 2014
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Laura Cardon for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Heather Mason and Zar (SusanJStickle.com)
Heather Mason and Zar (SusanJStickle.com)
Wellington, Fla. -
Heather Mason (USA) and Zar won the FEI Intermediaire-I presented by Chesapeake Dressage Institute on Saturday afternoon. Mason and Zar also won the FEI Intermediaire Freestyle during the first week of competition and topped week three's class with a score of 71.842%.

Second place went to Brittany Fraser of Canada and All In for their score of 71.053%. Fellow Canadian Chris Von Martels rounded out the top three with Zilverstar. The pair finished on a score of 70.868%.

The 2014 AGDF was Mason's first, but she and Zar certainly made the most of their trip south. Her goal for the year was to qualify Zar of the Festival of Champions (Ky.), which, thanks to her multiple wins at AGDF, she has already accomplished. Mason worked with Lars Petersen while in Wellington, who she credits with putting them on the path to success.

"I've been working with Lars [twice a week] since I've been here. We've been working on more power and more engagement, especially in the extensions. I need to keep going like this and build the strength now. Our goal coming here was to qualify for the Festival, which now he's pretty sure to be in [since] his average is over 70," Mason explained.

Following the Festival of Champions, Mason's focus with Zar will be moving him up to the grand prix level. It's time for her "backburner horse" she's owned since he was four months old to step into the big leagues.

"It's been a challenge," Mason admitted when asked about her and Zar's journey. A habitually spooky horse that Mason describes as "an honest to goodness chicken," Zar has certainly tested Mason's fortitude. It all came together Saturday afternoon, although the 10-year-old KWPN gelding was briefly unnerved as the test began.

"Zar was more relaxed than yesterday, so I could go for a little bit more. We did have one major spook at A. But everything else was good. After the spook, I upped the ante a little bit more and pushed a little bit harder to make up the points," Mason commented. "He was much more rideable, minus the spook, which actually surprised me."

When Mason first arrived in Florida, she hadn't had a lesson with Petersen on Zar for some time. Not wanting to push the gelding too quickly, they played it conservative during AGDF 1 before going for more week three.

"This show I definitely pushed for more. It helps to have Lars standing out there yelling at me," she joked. "We played it low-key at the last show, but we knew we could ask for more. Yesterday, I had to be conservative again, but today, Lars was like 'Go for it!'"

Final Results: FEI Intermediaire-1, presented by the Chesapeake Dressage Institute
Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total%

1 Heather Mason, USA, Zar: 70.132%, 71.316%, 71.711%, 73.533%, 72.500%, 71.842%
2 Brittany Fraser, CAN, All In: 73.026%, 72.105%, 71.316%, 69.737%, 69.079%, 71.503%
3 Chris Von Martels, CAN, Zilverstar: 71.184%, 70.789%, 71.053%, 70.395%, 70.921%, 70.868%
4 Juan Matute, Jr., ESP, Don Diego Ymas: 68.684%, 68.026%, 71.842%, 68.158%, 68.684%, 69.079%
5 Tom Dvorak, CAN, Ribot: 67.368%, 66.579%, 68.829%, 66.579%, 68.816%, 67.526%
6 Gabriela Stumpf ,AUT, Finally Love: 67.632%, 66.053%, 66.184%, 66.447, 66.579%, 66.579%
7 Melissa Jackson, USA, Whirpool: 66.316%, 65.000%, 65.658%, 66.842%, 65.395%, 65.842%
8 Mary-Haskins Gurganus, USA, Richmond HL: 67.105%, 62.105%, 66.711%, 64.079%, 66.447%, 65.289%

News

Competitions