CDIO/CDI*** Wellington Nations Cup, april 11-14
David Marcus (CAN) and Don Kontes (SWB born 2000 by Don Schufro out of Kontessa (F1) 24862 by Bellini-Herkules, breeder Kristina Rosberg and Staffan Tellman) placed 5th in Grand Prix with 65.872%, 5th in Grand Prix Freestyle with 69.275% and 6th in Grand Prix Special with 66.104%.
The Canadian Team with David and Don Kontes got a bronze medal in the Nations Cup.
In the National competition Nicolas Torres Rodriguez (COL) and Silver Label (Dirigenten, SWB born 1997 by Rambo out of Nicea (16) 21730 by Urbino-Indus, breeder Ann and Torsten Persson) won Intermediare I for JR/YR with 71.184%.
EN’s Got Talent: Accolade Poised for a Promising Future.
Kim Keeton and Accolade "Bear" (SWB born 2005 by Amiral out of Her Elegancy xx by His Majesty-Roberto, breeder Kim Keeton) competed in England during his 5- and 6-year-old seasons, concluding 2011 with a successful run in the Aldon International CCI*, his first one-star.
"After Bear had adjusted to the different tracks in England, Kim found it challenging to bring him back to preliminary level in the U.S. for the 2012 season. “I struggled with his age and how talented he was, because I didn’t want to push him to intermediate too soon," Kim said. "I did find that some of the preliminary tracks didn’t hold him, just because he’d been in such a different environment. In England, questions come up very quickly because you don’t have the long galloping tracks. Here we have a lot more gallop, jump, gallop, jump, with a little bit of a gallop to get them back. Even moving up to intermediate, I struggled to grasp how to gallop so that he was prepared for the questions.”
Bear won his preliminary division at Poplar Place in May before making his intermediate debut at Chattahoochie Hills later that month, where he placed 11th. The pair finished fifth at the American Eventing Championships in their preliminary division before finishing out the season with a 10th place finish in intermediate at Poplar Place." Read more on Eventing Nation >>
Kim and Accolade at the Aldon International CCI* in England 2011:
Eventing Nation’s Got Talent introduces the Swedish stallion Accolade this week:
"Bred to be an event horse — he is by Olympic dressage stallion Amiral and out of Swedish-approved Her Elegancy (xx) — “Bear” quickly proved that he possessed the athleticism and determination needed to win. “He was the only baby we had that year, so he grew up with the big horses,” Kim said. “He was turned out with the OTTBs and he used to race them around the pasture and outrun them. Then he would do a fancy trot at the end like he was showing off. We were hoping he had the speed and desire to gallop and then could go do the fancy trots in the dressage ring.”
Kim and Bear competed in the Future Event Horse competition at Sporting Days Farm in 2008, where he won first place 3-year-old colt and was named reserve champion 3-year-old colt. Bear went into his 4-year-old year with Kim intending to participate in the Young Event Horse series. He won his first YEH class at Cedar Ridge, finishing with a 78.79% — the highest score awarded in all the YEH and FEH classes at that event. Bear had the qualifying score he needed to attend the YEH East Coast Championships at Fair Hill, which he ended up winning. “It was typical Fair Hill weather: rainy and muddy,” Kim said. “He was just spot on. The harder the conditions, the better he goes, it seems. I was very intimidated going into it knowing that Leslie Law and Buck Davidson and all the big-name trainers would be there with their very fancy imports and homebreds. I definitely didn’t expect to go and come out on top.”
At the end of Bear’s 4-year-old year, an opportunity opened up for Kim to take her vet practice across the pond for two years. “I think every eventer dreams of competing in England,” Kim said." Read more on Eventing Nation >>
USEA Young Event Horse Championships (East Coast), october 14-15
Kim Keeton and Accolade (SWB born 2005 by Amiral out of Her Elegancy xx by His Majesty-Roberto, breeder Kim Keeton) won the 2009 4-year-old East Coast Young Event Horse Championships at Fair Hill.
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