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Kristen Berian and Puissance

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First Treasure Coast Show at James Lala’s Facility Provides Riders Opportunity to Qualify For Regionals and Finals

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: James Lala's Wellington Quarantine
Release Date: 2013-08-06

Wellington, FL- August 6, 2013 - James Lala’s facility in Wellington, FL, hosted a Treasure Coast Show Series one-day equitation/jumper USEF  “C” rated show Aug. 4 to provide exhibitors an affordable and convenient opportunity to earn qualifying points. The show featured equitation classes at the 3’ and 3’6” levels as well as jumper divisions from 2’ through 3’9.

Kristen Berian won the USEF Medal Class aboard Puissance and earned enough points to qualify for finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg.

“I think this was fantastic to practice and those who needed extra points as we did to get to the finals,” said Berian’s trainer, Penny Lombardo. “It was a great opportunity. Kristen is a very good rider - very smooth and very focused. She’s looking forward to doing the finals this year. She also has a very good jumper, she competes in the high juniors.”

“He’s awesome,” said Berian of her horse, Puissance. “He follows whatever we ask him to do.  We’ve been together for five years. He’s brave and he’s straightforward to the jumps. I am really excited to go to Harrisburg.”

Lombardo commented on the quality of James Lala’s facility. “It’s absolutely beautiful. He’s done an amazing job with it. I love the footing,” she added.

Taylor Shirey, who trains with Alan Korotkin, put in a smooth and elegant performance, both over fences and in the flat phase of the ASPCA Maclay class, to win the class.

“I am pretty excited I just got all my points to go to regionals,” said Shirey. “My horse’s name is Patron, we were so lucky we found him because we were looking for a while. I am a timid rider and from the first time I rode him, he was very fresh, but I still fell in love with him. In our first lesson together we clicked automatically and ever since then, we have been great together. He is teaching me a lot.”

“She’s a first year Medal/Maclay rider,” said Korotkin about his student, Shirey. “She’s green and up-and-coming and it’s her first year moving up to the 3’6”. We have put her on a horse, Patron, a 14-year-old veteran. He’s shown in the finals quite a few times and he’s there to teach her and help her get through the first year of doing the Big Eq.”

“This is the first time he’s (James Lala) has had a horse show,” continued Korotkin. “I think its great and I’m glad to be a part of it. It’s a great opportunity for less experienced kids to get a shot to qualify and to get their feet wet in the big equitation.”

Another rider who qualified for finals include Morgane Qualls, who piloted Whisper VDL, owned by Pursuit Farms, to first place honors in the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search.

“Competing at this show I qualified for USEF finals,” said Qualls who also trains with Korotkin and is in her last year as a junior. “Whisper VDL did the jumpers but now he’s turning into a really nice Eq horse. I didn’t even know they had this ring here. It ‘s really nice.”

“It is a great place to have a horse show,” said the one-day show’s judge, Dee Thomas. “It is a shame the USEF was slow giving their approval for the horse show. I think it is a great idea. The kids were good. The facility is great.“

“Of course we wish we could have gotten the word out about this show sooner,” said James Lala who partnered with Treasure Coast Show Series to produce the show. “I was so pleased with the group that were here, both for open schooling on Saturday and for the show on Sunday. How many one-day shows have an official photographer, blacksmith and Phelps Media Group? The exhibitors were appreciative of all the efforts made.”

Lala’s facility is known for being an ultra-safe, peaceful environment with fantastic amenities like top-of the-line GGT footing. It is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the show grounds but close enough to be convenient without a long ride down a bumpy and dusty road.

Now offering expanded services, Lala is accepting quality young horses in training, short or long-term stall rental, lay-up and rehabilitation horses, sale horses and show horses. He is also accepting quiet and accommodating mares to serve as quarantine test mares. Lala has several lovely horses for customer lessons and for clients in need of supplemental riding to stay in condition. In addition, ring and facility rental is available.   

For more information about James Lala and Wellington Quarantine:
(561) 906-6668

All photos by Randi Muster Photography



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