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Jennifer Benoit and Exodus

Jennifer Benoit and Exodus trot on a circle in the Young Horse Final for 5-year-olds

Jennifer Benoit and Exodus

Jennifer Benoit, Joanne Sekor, Exodus, Silke Rembacz, Ashley Stevenson

Jennifer Benoit and Exodus

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Jennifer Benoit and Exodus Undefeated at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Written by: Sue Weakley
Client: Jennifer Benoit and Seahorse Stables of Wellington
Release Date: 2014-04-01

Wellington, FL – March 31, 2014 – Grand Prix dressage rider Jennifer Benoit and Exodus were unstoppable during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) series, and their results from the AGDF 12 National show were the pièce de résistance of a successful show season.

Benoit and Exodus, an American-bred 5-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Raymeister-Kyra, Goodtimes) owned by Joanne Sekor, earned an 88.60 percent in the USDF Materiale class on March 29 and an 83.40 percent in the Young Horse Final for 5-year-olds on March 30. Benoit and Exodus are undefeated in the show ring after nine outings in Wellington.

“I am over the moon happy with Exodus again this weekend,” Benoit said. “In the Materiale, he received an 8.8 for the trot, an 8.8 for the walk, a 9 for the canter, and an 8.8 for general impression. He had a lot of juice and the weather maybe made him a little more up than normal, but he was able to stay focused and channel that energy with big movement. The judge noticed and I was thrilled.”

The pair received more excellent scores on March 30 in the Young Horse 5-year-old class from judges Sue Kolstad and Adrienne Pot. 

“Exodus earned a 7.9 for the walk, a 7.9 for the trot, a 9 for the canter, an 8.4 for submission and an 8.5 for general impression,” Benoit said. “We’re just delighted they liked the horse and they had some positive comments and gave us some ideas about what we can expect in the future from this horse. We’re excited to go work on that at home.”

The gelding’s owner, Joanne Sekor, couldn’t be happier with her horse’s results during the AGDF series and credits Benoit with his success.

“He’s a superstar,” she said of Exodus. “He’s exceeded all expectations. He’s come so far in two years and it’s all Jenn. She has been doing a marvelous job with training him.”

She and Benoit said that the horse seems to enjoy competing and was ready to get to the show on Sunday. 

“We noticed that he knew what was happening and he was anxious to get on the trailer,” Benoit laughed. “He was stomping his foot and once he got there, he was calm. We think he anticipates where he’s going and he comes out with a fresh attitude and is not tense. It’s a rare thing to get a horse with such talent who likes to show, so I personally feel a tremendous responsibility to only make good experiences for the horse so he continues to have this attitude for the rest of his life.”

“And that’s why they’re such a good team,” Sekor added.

She said that she and Benoit will sit down and assess their plans for Exodus and will spend the summer working toward developing his talents at Benoit’s Seahorse Stables of Wellington. Benoit said that schooling plans include moving up the training scale as the horse dictates.

“He has shown us that he really would like to do some flying changes,” Benoit said. “We will add some more collection, some more lateral movements. He has the shoulder-in, the haunches-in, the renvers, the leg yield. Now it’s time for the half-pass and the changes. We will hopefully move toward collection, and he will tell us how quickly he wants to move up. “

Meanwhile, Benoit and Sekor will enjoy the journey with the young horse.

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