Wellington, Fla. – February 13, 2012 – Dressage rider Shawna Harding was in the spotlight at the Gold Coast Dressage Opener CDI thanks to numerous winning rides aboard Rigo, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Tonya Rowe. Harding and Rigo captured the blues in the FEI Prix St. Georges, the FEI Intermediaire I and the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle.
The dynamic duo also took home the Vita Flex Victory Pass Award, sponsored by Vita Flex Nutrition, makers of animal health supplements, antioxidants, electrolytes, joint supplements, performance products, topicals and vitamins and minerals. “Rigo is a full brother to my Grand Prix horse and he’s really super. We bought him at a Hanoverian auction in Germany as a five-year-old,” Harding said. “He’s going really well and we are gearing up for the Grand Prix with him so this will be his last season in the small tour.”
Harding described Rigo as a wonderful horse with a big heart. “He’s a real fighter with lots of will for being such a small package,” she said, adding that Rigo is under 16 hands. “We had some great rides at the show and one of the highlights would be his trot tour. He has super trot extensions and he just glides down the diagonal. He was Developing Horse Champion two years ago and went to Gladstone for the first time last year. We have high hopes for his Grand Prix career.”
Harding thanked Vita Flex Nutrition for sponsoring the Vita Flex Victory Pass Award and said she was honored to win it.
Cherie White, brand manager for Vita Flex Nutrition, congratulated Harding on her success at the Gold Coast show held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. “We are thrilled that Shawna won the Vita Flex Victory Pass Award. Top trainers and riders around the world use our products, so Shawna is a natural to become part of our family and win our Vita Flex Victory Pass Award. The Vita Flex Victory Pass Award is presented to riders winning selected classes, and the winners receive a plaque and an assortment of Vita Flex® products that have been researched and tested by equine nutritionists and veterinarians, endorsed by Vita Flex Victory Team members and relied upon for more than two decades by owners, trainers and top riders.”
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