Omaha, NE was home to the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals March 29-April 2. In addition to world class competition in both dressage and jumping, the Omaha Equestrian Foundation brought education, entertainment and social events to an international stage. Lynn Palm brought Western Dressage to the forefront with freestyle exhibitions and educational clinics.
During the highly anticipated Dressage Showcase, Palm and American Quarter Horse Hot N Royal performed Level 1 maneuvers to a medley of western-themed classical music. Hot N Royal, a 9 year old gelding owned by Adelaide Pickett of Crystal River, FL, impressed the crowd with his elegance and classical movement all in western tack and attire.
Then Palm returned to the Main Arena for a second freestyle with her partner Rugged Painted Lark. At 20 years old, American Paint Horse Rugged Painted Lark owned by Palm and Heidi Burkhalter stunned with an array of advanced movements including half pass at jog and lope, canter pirouettes and flying lead changes. In more ranch themed tack and attire, Lynn and Bruce, as he is affectionately known, showed their skills one handed using romel reins, a staple in western tradition.
In addition to the Western Dressage Freestyles, Palm presented educational clinics in both the Demo Ring and Main Arena. While spreading the message of sound horsemanship, Palm emphasized that classical dressage principles are beneficial for every horse and rider and every discipline, including all breeds of horses performing in western dressage.
Palm’s mission was to showcase willing and balanced horses in their performances, mission accomplished.
For those who were unable to attend, the recorded performances have been uploaded to Palm’s youtube channel as well as the Palm Partnership Training Facebook page. The video posts have reached nearly 200,000 since the event with comments from all over the globe in support of Western Dressage.
To learn more about Lynn Palm and Palm Partnership Training visit www.lynnpalm.com.
About Lynn Palm
Palm's career highlights include 2007 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horsewoman of the Year, a record four AQHA Superhorse wins, AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year by the Women's Athletic Association, named one of the top United States clinicians by Horse & Rider magazine, over 34 AQHA World and Reserve World Champions, 7 WDAA World Championships and over 50 bridleless dressage exhibitions at events including the National Horse Show, 1989 World Cup and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and World Cup. Palm and Cyril Pittion-Rossillon are co-founders of three horse industry companies: Palm Partnership Training, Women LUV Horses, and Alliance Saddlery USA. Palm is the author of The Rider’s Guide to Real Collection and Your Complete Guide to Western Dressage.
About Cyril Pittion-Rossillon
Pittion-Rossillon hails from Paris, France, where he earned his Riding Master Degree from the French National Equestrian School. With his extensive equine background and thirty years of experience, Cyril brings an ideal background to his instructor duties. His credentials include: Trained under members of French Olympic Team • French Junior Jumper Circuit • French Open Jumper Circuit (Levels 5 and 6) • Eventing Preliminary Division • AQHA & USEF Hunter Division • USEF Competition Youth & Amateur Coach• WDAA World and Reserve World Champion Coach • WDAFL High Point Winner Instructor and Coach • Co-Director and Instructor Palm Partnership Training Clinics • Co-Founder and Managing Director of Alliance Saddlery
About the FEI World Cup Finals
Equestrian sports' most prestigious annual indoor championship for jumping and dressage horses, the FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2017 draws the top names in the sport from all over the globe. The FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2017, the biggest event on this year's international equestrian calendar as 70 of the world's top riders representing 25 countries, including Olympic, World and European Champions, compete for the coveted titles in front of 60,000 fans from all 50 states and 20 countries.
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