It may have been a rainy weekend at the Global Dressage Stadium but that did not slow down Kempinski and Marcel van der Burgh in the I1 class at the Gold Coast Dressage Fall Fling Show . They topped the competition with a 69.4% on Sunday. Marcel was so thrilled that client Chloe Hatch’s allows him the opportunity to ride a horse that keeps exceeding everyone expectations in the show ring. He can’t wait to see how things go in 2015.
Chloe Hatch and Kempinski are thrilled that in their first year showing together and training with Marcel van der Burgh to have won Reserve Champion in the Junior/Young Rider Fourth Level Region Three Championship. Championships was only Chloe’s third show at Prix St George with mount Kempinski and the team ended up placed third in the Junior/Young Rider Prix St George Region Three Championships class.
Chloe said “This was our first larger show, and he (Kempinski) handled the atmosphere at Global so well and I felt like mentally he was 100% with me. I owe my trainer Marcel van der Burgh so much for believing in me and finding me my superstar horse. I am so excited for the winter season. Kempinski and I are going to do some pretty cool things next year.”
Shela Lark, Chloe’s longtime mount, exceeded even her expectations at the region three Championships. Shela and Chloe placed 5th with a 72% in a very competitive First Level Freestyle Championship class and qualified for the US Dressage Finals in Kentucky next month. Chloe has had the Quarter Horse mare since she was 5 years-old and is proud that the little mare she has trained did her best in the crowded class. ” I knew she could do it!” exclaimed a happy Chloe after getting her ribbon.
Marcel van der Burgh took first place in the Open division at last weekend’s ESP Summer Dressage 3 with a score of 70.789. Kempinski is a 16.1 hand Trakehner owned by Marcel’s client Chloe Hatch. Everyone was so thrilled to compete in the Van Kkampen arena and stay out of the direct heat of the summer sun.
Read more about the competition here.
The Silver Stirrup Awards program run by The Performance Horse Registry has placed Marcel van der Burgh and his horse Duke in second for zone 4 and eighth nationally in 2013 at Prix St Georges with 24 points. Duke is a half Andalusian out of renowned stallion Gaucho III. At the end of the Spring season 2014 in Florida Marcel and Duke were in first place at Prix St Georges with 18 points for toward this years Silver Stirrup Award. Good Luck Duke and Marcel.
In the International Arena on Thursday March 27th at the Winter Equestrian Festival, the $10,000 Gut Einhaus 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Classic was held, Haylee Jerkins’ El Corda ridden Sarah Sturges was one of the horses that tided to win.
El Corda is currently on track to finish in the top ten of the 2014 Young Jumper championships rankings for the Midwest. The Jerkins family are long time clients of Marcel Van der Burgh trusting him with helping to select breeding stock and starting their young prospects.
See current rankings here.
The 3 year old El Corda (Indoctro out of Lacorda keur by Concorde pref, bred by A.W.Weis and owned by Lisa Jerkins and Marcel vander Burgh) received her star predicate. She has elegant conformation with a good topline, she is fine-boned and showed a quick take off. Her jumping technique improved when she relaxed. Her eagerness for jumping was not easy to control under saddle therefore the scores there did not enable her to pass the IBOP. However, she was the Best Adult Jumper Horse at this keuring.
International rider and trainer Marcel van der Burgh, a native of Holland who now operates out of Loxahatchee, Florida, rode the five-year-old Lusitano stallion Calamus Interagro to the High Score Lusitano Award during the Wellington Classic Dressage Autumn Challenge Show. Sponsored by Interagro Lusitanos, the largest breeder and exporter of Lusitano horses in the world, the High Score Lusitano Award recognizes the highest scoring Lusitano during a dressage competition and highlights the dynamic and competitive Lusitano breed.
Calamus was bred at Interagro Farms in Brazil and imported to the United States during Interagro’s 2011 Lusitano Collection International Horse Auction. The handsome stallion was purchased by a Michigan rider and put into training with van der Burgh. “Calamus is very rideable and easy going, especially for a stallion. I really like the Lusitano breed as they are sensitive but still great for amateurs,” he said. “Our goal with Calamus is to train him up through the levels and have his owner ride and compete him.”
Van der Burgh and Calamus scored a 64.595% in the USEF First Level Test 2 class. “I have had him in training for about six months and this was his first time to compete at First Level. Several people asked me if he was a stallion because he was so calm during the show that they weren’t sure,” van der Burgh said.
Read more here.