Wellington, FL (February 19, 2015)— Dressage Horseman of the Year and Pan American Games Team and Individual Gold medalist Chris Hickey knows the importance of balancing nutrition and workouts. So does HORSE GYM USA®, which named Hickey’s equine partner Ronaldo the HORSE GYM USA® Top Equine Athlete Award recipient during the CDI 5* week at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The 17.1-hand Don Schufro-bred Danish gelding Ronaldo, whom Hickey competes for Cecilia Stewart, showed high performance and fitness levels worthy of the award.
“We’re really pleased with his progress. This was his first CDI this season. It’s kind of neat, because his dam (Trostruplunds) Scarlet is competing here at Wellington in the Grand Prix division while her son is on the Small Tour,” Hickey told Mikala Gundersen of HORSE GYM USA® as he accepted his HORSE GYM USA® Top Equine Athlete Award. The award included a HORSE GYM USA® jacket, cap, saddle pad, and tricolor ribbon.
Ronaldo (Blu Hors Romanov x Blue Hors Don Schufro) was purchased by Cecilia Stewart as a four year-old. “He’s been a lot of fun to develop from a green broke youngster to almost ready for the Grand Prix,” Hickey said of the now nine-year-old bay, referring to solid FEI Prix St Georges and FEI Intermediare I performances earlier in the week that were topped by a fourth-place finish and 70.525% final score in front of The Stadium judges in the FEI Intermediare I Freestyle on Sunday afternoon.
“I try to keep his work diverse. We go on hacks. We take big gallops. And,” Hickey broke into a grin, “he already goes on a Horse Gym several times a week.”
Since 2004, HORSE GYM USA® has been a trusted named in equine treadmills and therapeutic equipment for horses and riders at the top of their sport. Founders Henrik and Mikala Gundersen are presenting HORSE GYM USA® Top Equine Athlete Awards during each CDI series through March 29 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.
HORSE GYM USA® has been a leader in equine treadmills in America for the last decade, with more than 500 equine gyms sold across all disciplines. Ronaldo’s HORSE GYM USA® workouts are expected to keep him in winning form for tge big plans ahead. “He’ll do the Pan Am qualifiers for now. He’s almost ready for Grand Prix, and then we’ll look at Rio and the 2016 Olympics,” explained Hickey.
Among the latest innovations offered to help high performance equine athletes like Ronaldo perform at their best are a dry treadmill model, the HORSE GYM USA® | WALK, that offers a generous upgrade for older model treadmills; the all-in-one HORSE GYM USA® | WATER, which can fill with water from just a few inches to a horse’s shoulder, or be used dry; HORSE GYM USA® | SPA, a cold, saltwater solution to soaking, icing, and bandaging legs whose bubbles create therapeutic, wave-like action; and a programmable vibration plate, the HORSE GYM USA® | RELAX, with separate solarium, SUN 15, to warm up, cool out, and offer zero-impact conditioning.
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, hosts three national and seven international weeks of competition through March 29, and features seven FEI Dressage events, including a 5* and the only FEI Nations’ Cup Series CDIO in the Western Hemisphere. Total prize money of more than $650,000 makes GDF 2015 the richest dressage circuit in the world.
Learn more about the trusted quality and reputation behind HORSE GYM USA® products by visiting www.horsegym.com, or find the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/horsegym.
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Photo 1: Mikala Gundersen of HORSE GYM USA® (right) presents the HORSE GYM USA® Top Equine Athlete Award to Chris Hickey (left) at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)