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Pik L Son Named Overall High Point at Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W

Albuquerque, NM—Horses Unlimited’s stallion Pik L sired the Overall High Point at the PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W held in Florida, March 1-4, 2007. The handsome bay gelding, Pikturesk, was piloted by his owner Karen Williams and received scores above 70%, including the 75.60% that earned him the coveted Overall High Point, High Point Hanoverian and High Point Training Level.

“We couldn’t be happier for Karen,” said Horses Unlimited’s owner and Pikturesk’s breeder Anne Sparks Whitten. “He was always a very balanced young horse, with easy flying changes. He’s going to have a piaffe and passage to die for.” Pikturesk was the result of Pik L’s first foal crop for Horses Unlimited and is out of the Don Primero mare Donatella. He is a full brother to Pik Primero. Pikturesk is not Pik L’s only winning offspring. Son Pikko Del Cerro earned the Born in the USA award when he won the two-year-old stallion class at Dressage at Devon with a 90% in 2005 and numerous other offspring have earned premium awards at their inspections. Pik L’s daughter Pikachu has been winning in the hunter divisions on the A circuit. Pik L himself also earned a sixth place ribbon at the Derby in the competitive Prix St. Georges class with nearly 40 horses.

Horses Unlimited’s Galant du Serein did not let Pik L have all of the glory at the Derby. Galant, a 13 year old Selle Francais stallion, placed third in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a 70.750% with his new rider Mikala Munter Gundersen. Gundersen has only been riding the bay stallion for six weeks, but is already forming a fast partnership with the Olympic and World Championship athlete. “He was really listening to me,” Gundersen said. “I’ve been busy getting to know him.” Gundersen’s new freestyle music was only completed shortly before the Derby, but the ride was relaxed and flowing. She continued, “I really like the music and it seems like Galant does as well.” The duo also finished sixth in the Grand Prix. Gundersen was busy at the CDI; she also rode Sonja Ucci’s Cipriano to second place in the Grand Prix Special.

Whitten was pleased with Galant’s performance as well as Gundersen’s riding. “I feel like we’re part of a real partnership,” she said. “Both Mikala and her husband Henrik, who rides my jumpers, want to develop a connection with each horse. For all of us it’s about much more than just a single horse show or the ribbons. We all got into this business because we love horses and it’s really fun to work with the Gundersens who are lifelong horsemen. I know my horses are in good hands and I’m looking forward to a long relationship with them.”

For more information on Horses Unlimited, please visit http://www.horsesunlimited.us or call 505-873-9043.

About Horses Unlimited

Horses Unlimited is one of the premier sport horse breeding establishments in the United States. Utilizing the best bloodlines from Europe, Horses Unlimited is producing jumpers, dressage and eventing horses for both amateur and professional riders who compete from the local level to the international ring. Their horses have competed at the highest level of the sport, from CHIO Aachen to the Olympic Games.

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Pik L's son Pikturesk was named Overall High Point at the PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby.

 

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