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Jennifer Van De Loo and “Lanzi”
The Chronicle of the Horse called Jennifer Van De Loo “One To Watch” in a recent article on her Wellington, Florida performance with Lanzelot 99. The new adult amateur division offered at this year’s Adequan Global Dressage Festival turned out to be the ideal place for Jennifer to try her first CDI4* ride. Jennifer was off to a good start into the FEI levels with a very successful 2014 season, so this winter she was ready for another leap forward. Last November she was second on her Lanzelot 99 in the adult amateur Prix St. Georges division at the U.S. Dressage Finals in Kentucky. In January, she and her trainer Ally Rogers, ALR Dressage, decided to make the trek from the mid-south to Wellington, Florida. “We took seven training and sales horses this year to Wellington, FL for two months, and Jenny was able to compete in her first CDI 4* as part of the new adult amateur division being offered. She placed third in both the PSG and I-1 classes,” said ALR spokesperson Nicole Ardito-Ng.
“This was my first year in Wellington,” Jenny said. “I had both my horses there for two months and I got to ride for 22 days. I learned as much in these two months as I do in a year’s time.” But work gets in the way of her riding, as she had to commute from Holly Springs to Wellington and had only the weekends to ride. She got stuck in Memphis, TN on a Monday (Feb. 16) when the airport was closed because of the winter storm weather, making time tight to reach her scheduled jog on Wednesday (Feb. 18). She planned to compete in the CDI Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I.
On Saturday in the Prix St. Georges for Amateur CDI4* Jennifer and Lanzelot 99 were third, scoring an amazing 64.579%. On Sunday in the FEI Intermediaire I for Amateur DCI4*, she placed third again, scoring a total of 63.605%. “The Intermediaire I test is harder for me, but I felt that I rode it better although I had more mistakes. The problem with CDI is that there’s no room for show nerves. You can’t mess up on the first test and then go back in to improve on subsequent tests! But, overall, it was an amazing experience! My goal was to get a 65% and I came very close to my goal. I was pretty happy with both rides.
Lanzelot 99, aka Lanzi, is a 16-year-old Oldenburg whom she bought in Germany four years ago. He had schooled the upper levels and had the right temperament for Jennifer. When Jennifer first started riding Lanzi, she was a second level rider, and credits both Lanzi and trainer Ally Rogers with her progress in soring through the ranks. She describes Lanzi as “the ideal amateur horse” whom everyone wants to clone. “He’s super gentle and very forgiving, and he tries really hard. He's a very kind horse.”
Jenny was very complimentary of Ally Rogers. “She is such a great trainer. She has been training me from second level to this level in just four years.” She was stabled next to Olivia La-Goy Weltz, with whom she also had clinics in Wellington.
Jennifer also has a 7-year-old Hanoverian mare Filigree. “She’s fairly green but working at first level now. She showed at training level last year, so we’ll show her at first level at least the first half of the year.
The 43-year-old rider is already making plans for the rest of the 2015 show season. “I would like to try Intermediaire II,” she said. “He has a wonderful passage, and it’s very easy to ride. But I have to work on piaffe. I earned my [USDF] bronze and silver medals on him, and maybe it’s wishful thinking that I could also get my gold, but it would be great. I just love him!” The pair are already qualified for Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I in Regionals.
Ally Rogers hosts an Olivia LaGoy-Weltz Clinic at Massar Stables in Arlington, Tennessee on April 8-9. “I’m looking forward to riding in Olivia’s clinic!” Jennifer said.
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