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THE COLUMBIAN - Published on Feb 27, 2015Jessica Wisdom is an expert in the art of dressage, where discipline, precision and dance are combined to create the perfect partnership between horse and rider. She coaches for the BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe, an equestrian performance group with the focus on helping them improve their dance.
. . . It may have taken North Forks Cardi four days to travel across the country from Battle Ground, WA (Region 6) to attend the Finals with owner/rider Jessica Wisdom, but it only took a matter of minutes for the charismatic Welsh Cob stallion to become the fan favorite on his way to winning the finale class of the night, the Grand Prix Open Freestyle Championship. "Freestyle is where he really shines - he hears that music and he becomes a big horse. Nobody told him that he's only 14.3 hands!," said Wisdom. "All he has to do is go out there and be the rock star that he knows he is. And you saw what happens! He has an ego the size of Texas. He seemingly becomes three hands taller and says, 'watch this." The Reserve title went to Region 4's Emily Miles of La Cygne, Kan. (69.833%), who today found success aboard her Hanoverian gelding Weltdorff, a horse she's had since he was a youngster and has risen up to the Grand Prix level together. "It's always seemed that he's played the role of bridesmaid to my other horse WakeUp, so I'm happy for him to earn this," said Miles. "I have to admit I don't particularly like my music, but I trusted my freestyle designer who insisted that it works for my horse. Obviously she was right! The best moment was coming down centerline as we did 25 one-tempi's one-handed and the crowd started clapping. And turns out my husband was watching our ride from home on the USEF Network! So it's been a really fun night." READ FULL STORY