Carmen Franco and Vinho Dos Pinhais Win Horse Of Course High Score Award At Gold Coast May Show
Wellington, FL (June 4, 2012) – Carmen Franco piloted Vinho Dos Pinhais to the High Score at the Gold Coast May Show, riding away with a 70.8% in the Fourth Level Test 3 class. Owned by Nan Sexton, Vinho Dos Pinhais is a 10-year-old Lusitano stallion imported from Brazil.
Franco and Vinho also won The Horse of Course High Score Award at the May Show, sponsored by The Horse of Course, Inc., one of the nation’s premier tack shops specializing in dressage tack, clothing and supplies. Franco has been riding Vinho for three years and said the stallion has made wonderful improvements. “I rode him in the Prix St. Georges for the first time at this show and he received a 68.8%,” Franco said, adding that she was thrilled with the results.
Vinho will concentrate on the Small Tour next year and Franco believes the talented stallion will go far. “I am a big fan of the Lusitano breed,” she said, adding that she wanted to thank The Horse of Course for sponsoring the class. “It is so wonderful to have sponsors and it means a lot to the riders. I really appreciate The Horse of Course for being so supportive of the equestrian community.”
Beth Haist, CEO of The Horse of Course, said, “It’s a thrill for The Horse of Course to be involved with the horse shows in Wellington. I also want to congratulate Carmen and Vinho on their successful show. He is a beautiful stallion and certainly one to watch in the future.”
The Horse of Course, known for having the best and latest in dressage fashion, opened their doors more than 20 years ago and is considered a one-stop dressage specialty store. Dressage riders from around the world rely on products and fashions from The Horse of Course and the tack shop offers top proven brands, innovative new products, complete customized saddle fitting and customized bit fitting.
The Horse of Course mobile store is also a fixture at horse shows across the country. “We really know how to dress equestrians in the latest styles, so we invite you to visit our website or our mobile store to see all the exciting fashions we have to offer,” Haist said. “We have an extensive selection of breeches, show clothes and custom shadbellies, as well as a complete selection of dressage tack. We also carry the most advanced dressage saddle ever made, The Sommer Flextra Eq and the new Sommer Spezial.”
To learn more about The Horse of Course, visit their website at www.thehorseofcourse.com
Photo: Carmen Franco and Vinho Dos Pinhais won The Horse of Course High Score Award at the Gold Coast Dressage Association May Show. The Horse of Course, Inc, one of the nation’s premier tack shops specializing in dressage tack, clothing and supplies, sponsors the award. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)