WELLINGTON — Chrissa Hoffmann and Scrabble have been expertly putting together the letters on a dressage arena to spell success. Hoffman and her self-made horses, including Scrabble, have been impressing judges during the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, Florida. For her successes in bringing horses up through the levels, Hoffmann was recently named the recipient of the Everglades Dressage Achievement Award. Presented by Rose and Bethany Peslar, the mother/daughter co-owners of Everglades Dressage, the award seeks to recognize admirable riders who put all their efforts into the sport of dressage.
Hoffmann and Scrabble, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Sandro Hit out of a De Niro mare, are competing in the Small Tour at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Hoffmann has owned the gelding since he was four. She competed him two years ago at the show series in the Developing Horse classes, and has brought him out into the International Arena this year.
“This week was his third time here and he was a ball of nerves the first two times,” Hoffman recalled. “I rode the test conservatively, and I was pleased with the score, but next time I think I can push for a little bit more brilliance now that he’s more comfortable. I just wanted to make it a good experience for him.”
Hoffmann, a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist based in Vero Beach, Florida, delights in purchasing young horses and then bringing them up through the levels herself. In fact, she earned her USDF Gold Medal on a horse she trained up from the Prix St. Georges, and Scrabble is the seventh horse she has brought from beginner to the Grand Prix level. “I like it to be, at the end of the day, my ride,” she explained.
Her goal with Scrabble is to increase his confidence by getting him more comfortable in the ring and then assess where he is in his training. She hopes to take him into the Intermediaire II level next year. Another horse she currently has in training at Glenfield Farm, the home of her CFH Dressage, is Faustus, a nine-year-old German-bred gelding by Fidertanz. She will continue to train him and hopes to bring the 17.2 hand gelding out for the Developing Grand Prix in 2017.
Like Hoffmann, the Peslars of Everglades Dressage in Wellington, Florida know that steady growth is the result of hard work. They are founding sponsors of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, and they reward riders like Hoffmann who excel in the sport. As winner of the Everglades Dressage Rider Achievement Award, Hoffmann received an embroidered saddle pad from Everglades. Rose and Bethany Peslar were happy to congratulate Hoffman for bringing excellent horses and talent to dressage, and hope that their Achievement Award will encourage all riders to continue pursuing excellence throughout the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.
Everglades Dressage Rider Achievement Award winner Chrissa Hoffman and Scrabble compete at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival