Australian Dressage rider Ilse Schwarz rode her own 12-year-old Oldenburg, Cadenza, to the win in the Intermediaire 2 class at the $50,000 Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W. Ilse, who is married to Wellington’s Ken Braddick, has been a full-time resident of Wellington for 11 years.
“His piaffe and pirouettes were a highlight,” a thrilled Ilse said, “this is a wonderful showground, the footing is phenomenal and it’s giving all of the horses an extra lift. My six-year-old blew his scores out the window because of the footing. He seemed to have an extra gear. This is really super for our sport.”
Cadenza is a newcomer to the Grand Prix, and Ilse was especially pleased with his progress. “I’ve had him since he was a twinkle in my eye,” she said. Cadenza is an American-bred horse that has been trained from the ground up by Ilse, who trains with Steffen Peters.