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Riverlea’s Bonjour Wins Reserve Circuit Champion

Kara Tedeschi Prepares Mounts for Summer Season

Wellington, FL – April 11, 2007 – This past week, Riverlea’s new horse Bonjour received the reserve circuit championship for the 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Based out of Wellington, FL, Riverlea is a show stable owned by Kara Tedeschi, an avid horse lover and hunter/jumper competitor who has relocated to Florida from Clinton, NY. Riverlea owns a string of show horses, and the Tedeschi family also owns racehorses that race at Belmont, Saratoga, and Finger Lakes Race Track.

Tedeschi recently purchased Bonjour from McLain Ward, and the horse was ridden by Emma Lipman in the Low Junior Jumpers throughout the WEF show season. Lipman and Bonjour earned enough points overall for the reserve circuit tricolor. Under his new ownership, Bonjour will show in the Adult Amateur Jumper division. In addition to her new mount, Tedeschi competes with her horse Target P in the jumpers.

Tedeschi trains with professional show jumper Todd Minikus, who rides Riverlea’s young horses Taniki and Sintra. Riverlea also owns an investment horse named Sweetheart who recently moved up to the grand prix level with professional rider David Raposa.

“We call Bonjour ‘Hello’ in the barn,” laughed Tedeschi. “He is an 11-year-old Selle Français, and he is a just good horse, from start to finish, every step of way. He knows his job and always wants to do the right thing. He’s hysterical in the barn too,” she added. “He comes off as Mr. Snuggly, and when you get over to his stall, if you don’t give him all of the treats he wants, he bites you!”

“My other horse is so big. Riding Target feels like driving an aircraft carrier, and riding Bonjour is like driving a Ferrari. I told Todd [Minikus] that it’s official, I love Bonjour. He’s my favorite.” she smiled. “The two of them are so opposite to ride. When I ride both of them, each one makes me ride the other one even better. I am really looking forward to showing them and starting in the Adult Amateur Jumpers with my other horse Piña Colada.”

At the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, CSI-4*, which was held on April 7 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, Riverlea was the sponsor of the William R. “Bill” Fitch Sportsmanship Perpetual Trophy. The trophy was awarded to Tatiana Dzavik in a presentation that preceded the grand prix event. “Riverlea sponsored this award because we feel sportsmanship is imperative to being a good competitor,” said Tedeschi. “Sponsoring this award was a nice way to wrap up a great season.”

The horses at Riverlea will show next with Tedeschi and Minikus at the Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI 4*, which will be held on April 13-15, at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in North Carolina.

Photo Credit: Kara Tedeschi and Target P. Photo © 2007 Jennifer Wood.


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