Wellington, FL (May 15, 2012)– Dressage rider Rebecca Cohen may be a 16-year-old teen, but she can still find time to enjoy a mother-daughter bonding experience while executing a winning round in the dressage ring. Cohen, who lives in Wellington, recently competed at the Jacksonville Dressage On The First Coast, riding away with the win in the Young Riders Team test on her horse Downtown.
“I am so proud of Rebecca and we had a great time at the show. Rebecca was really poised and in control. We went to the show without a trainer and without a groom and Rebecca took care of everything herself,” said Carol Cohen, Rebecca’s mother. “It was a great mother-daughter bonding experience. We had a ball.”
Cohen is coming off a winning winter show circuit and has her sights set on competing at the NAJYRC in Kentucky this summer. In 2010, Cohen was on the Region 3 Junior Team and helped her team bring home a bronze medal. She won the FEI Junior and Third Level division at Regionals and also earned a spot at the Festival of Champions.
Cohen has joined the ShowChic Mentoring Program, through the ShowChic boutique in Wellington, along with fellow dressage riders Lauren Knopp and Mary-Cameron Rollins. Knopp accompanied the Cohen’s on the trip to Jacksonville and also competed in the show.
While Cohen handled training herself at the show like a pro, she did use her teenage “texting” skills to keep in touch with two of her coaches throughout the competition. “Rebecca rides with Ilse Schwarz, who was in Australia, and with Robert Dover, so she was busy texting them during the show,” Carol said.
Next up for Cohen is a dressage clinic with Steffen Peters at the Cohen’s Two Swans Farm. “Rebecca really admires Steffen and of course learns a tremendous amount from him anytime she takes a clinic with him,” Carol said, adding that Rebecca gave her a surprise after the Jacksonville show. “We had such a great time and worked so well together that when we got home Rebecca bought me a necklace with an angel on it for being her angel at the show and for such a great weekend.”