Battling the summer heat in the shade of the Palm Beach Equine Complex, the Gold Coast Dressage Association Made In The Shade I & II allowed local riders to shine. One riding pair in particular, para equestrian Eleanor Brimmer and Argentinia, had outstanding success last weekend securing top score.
Brimmer is originally from Plymoth, Minn., and now resides year-round in Wellington. Brimmer competes in Grade III, due to cerebral palsy, but that has never hindered her passion for horses and riding. Growing up in a family with six generations of fox hunters, it came as no surprise that Brimmer first started riding hunters. In 2009, however; she made the switch to dressage, where she discovered high performance para-dressage. “Para means parallel. Para dressage is not a step down, but a step sideways,” Brimmer said.
Riding her own 16-year-old Hanoverian mare, Argentinia, in the Para Equestrian TOC last Saturday and Sunday, they scored a 66.618 percent and 72.500 percent, respectively, each day and clinched the Triple Crown Excellence Award along the way.
This pair has been together a short amount of time, but has already made leaps and bounds in improvements. “I am really proud of her! She rose to the occasion… and she just rocked it!” Brimmer said.
Moving forward, the pair hopes to keep improving and compete in the CPEDI during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in 2019 and travel to Europe next summer in preparation for Tokyo 2020.
Having grown up minutes away from the original Triple Crown Nutrition forage plant, Brimmer is well versed in the benefits of feeding a top-tier feed. “I use Alfa-Lox. It’s a super product, and I am very excited to have won this award,” Brimmer said.
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