Wellington, FL (February 1, 2010) – Thanks to a fabulous and high-scoring ride in the FEI Test of Choice, Tolstoy, a Dutch Warmblood owned by Judy Kingsford, took home the Highlife Cup at the Gold Coast Dressage Opener CDI. The Highlife Cup, sponsored by Highlife Farms will be awarded at the prestigious dressage shows in South Florida during the 2010 winter circuit at select dressage shows.
Tolstoy, a 16.1 dark bay, earned a score of 74.211% with Belgian rider Werner Van den Brande. Tolstoy is the first warmblood to receive the Highlife Cup.
“Kenny and I are thrilled that the Highlife Cup will be awarded to the highest scoring warmblood at each show,” said Joan Sims, who owns the Orlando based Highlife Farms with her husband Kenny. “We are passionate about the warmbloods we breed and compete, and our goal with the Highlife Cup is to celebrate the successes of warmbloods in the show ring.”
The Highlife Cup will be presented throughout the 2010 winter dressage circuit, including the Wellington Classic Dressage Spring Challenge CDI, February 12–14; the Palm Beach Derby, March 4-7; the Wellington Classic Dressage II USEF Qualifier, March 12-14; and the Gold Coast Finale, April 17-18.
Olympic dressage rider Lisa Wilcox, who shows Highlife Farms’ Der Euro OLD and Der Dollar, is the head trainer at Highlife Farms. “By combining dressage and jumping lines, Highlife Farms has produced offspring with exceptional movement and a strong bone structure, as well as the sensitivity I look for in my competition horses,” Wilcox said. “Joan realizes that the key to her success has been her selection of top quality sport horses with exceptional pedigrees for her foundation mares. Bloodlines are from Oldenburger, Holsteiner, Hannoverian and Westphalen, many of which have earned elite status with the German Oldenburg Verband.”
Wilcox currently has several Highlife Farms’ horses in training, including Der Euro OLD, a 1998 Oldenburg gelding (Don Schufro/Waldroeschen/Wanderer), famous winner of the 2002 Bundeschampionate, and his full brother, Der Dollar, a 2003 Oldenburg stallion, the 2006 USDF Southeast Breeders’ Champion.
Highlife Farms is committed to producing top warmblood foals every year, and that desire to produce the best is what drives Highlife to support the equestrian community. “We are sponsoring the Highlife Cup at the dressage shows as well as sponsoring a Grand Prix Conformation Jumper Award at the Winter Equestrian Festival,” Sims said.
For more information on Highlife Farms, visit their website at www.highlifefarms.com.