March 6th – 8th, Wellington Classic Dressage II
We had a very successful show! Rosentanz had the high score of show on Friday with a 74.33% at First 1, and then on Saturday received a 68.89 at Frist 2 for a second place ribbon, and on Sunday won her Training level test 4 class with a 75.2% which was the high score for the show!
Overall, Team Tate did very well: On Friday JJ got a 2nd place on the stallion, Rosall, with a 61.795 (Rosall is owned by Wendy Costello); and a 6th place on Donnermuth at 4th level test 1 with a 63.72 (Donnermuth and JJ represented the US at the Young Horse championships at Verden in 2007). On Saturday, Donnermuth received a 70.455% and was second in his Fourth level test. Sunday, Sacramento, who belongs to her young rider, Katie Foster of Wisconsin, won the Fourth Level test 3 with a 69.512, and Rosal received a 70+% for his Third level TOC ride.
You can view Rose and JJ’s winning ride at
February 26th – 29th, Palm Beach Derby
Rosentanz made her Florida debut at The Palm Beach Derby at White Fences. She was a little full of herself the first day schooling, but settled right down to work and showing. JJ was really happy with how she focused in the ring. We came home with two ribbons. She placed third in both first level classes with a 68.6% at first 2, and a 69.43% at first 3.
Feb 16th, 17th JJ Tate clinic at Wild Oaks Ranch
We had another successful clinic with JJ. I came home for a couple of weeks prior and have been riding Valentino while home. Jacquie Hawks has been riding him a few times a week keeping him in shape while I’m gone. We were delighted to have a couple of newbies with us: Linda Winters of Winter Oaks Farm brought her lovely upper level horse, and Louisa Zai brought two youngsters, Natasha Eckleberry (one of Jacquie’s students) came with her Arab mare; and Mary Mahler brought another nice young horse. Those who have attended previously were really excited to be riding again with JJ: Becky Bundens brought her new young horse, Faust, and Polaris, her FEI horse; Kate Morgan rode her Trakehner mare, Zephyr, and they successfully worked on getting the left lead canter ( Kate was thrilled and hasn’t had any more problem with it); Jacquie, of course, brought Kodina and had a fabulous ride; Edie Weber’s young horse is really coming along nicely. We all had good rides, learned a lot, our horses are all happier for it. Good food, good weather, and good conversation made for a really enjoyable couple of days.
Wild Oaks Ranch in Florida
Jackie and Nicolai joined Rosentanz in Florida with Jessica Jo Tate and Team Tate at Joshua Tree Stables. The barn is delightful and is a little green oasis in the middle of Loxahatchee. It is owned by Karen and Keith Harris, and they have been very hospitable hosts. What a great group of people JJ has to help her: Molly Oldham is her very efficient groom; Aimee Boyer is her assistant trainer and barn manager; working student, Rose Slick, has been Romeo’s second mom when I have traveled back to Texas; and part-time working student, Mary Hanneman, is the unofficial team photographer.
We have been bringing Nicolai back slowly from a reaction he had after his hocks were injected in the fall and he is happy, sound and is learning to be light and to carry himself. He is getting stronger and we are aiming for the Grand Prix later in the summer. Two more scores for my gold medal!
We are all thrilled with how Rosentanz (aka Rosie) has blossomed since in Florida. I have ridden her some and it is a real thrill, she has so much power, is so naturally on the bit, and her trot, though big, is very easy to sit. She has been learning to go forward and come back, working on counter canter, canter-walk-canter transitions, and is really developing a good trot lengthening. Her stamina and strenght have also increased. JJ says that she is the most rideable 5 y/o she has ever ridden.