Glamour Girl and Bonita coast to coast winners
7 February 2021
In Wellington and Thermal, two talents that were discovered at a young age by Stal Hendrix turned out to be unbeatable. Henrik von Eckermann took a victory during his Winter Equestrian Festival debut with Glamour Girl, which was sold through the Dutch Sport Horse Sales, and Ali Ramsay booked her second GP victory in Thermal aboard the Bustique daughter Bonita.
On the first day of the fourth week of the WEF in Wellington, the Swedish top rider Henrik von Eckermann took the victory in the 4* 1.45m class with the Zirocco Blue VDL daughter Glamour Girl. The mare was sold as a five-years-old in the Dutch Sport Horse Sales and was previously successful under Richard Howley and other. She has already achieved various good results. Henrik von Eckermann has been riding her since July 2020, and in August they already claimed their first win: the 5* 1.45m in Saint Tropez. After a second victory at this show in October, they now registered their third international victory.
Second GP win
For four years now, Ali Ramsay has formed a combination with the Bustique daughter Bonita van het Keizershof Z, who was sold by Stal Hendrix as a six-year-old. With this mare bred by Leon Otten, Ali has already achieved several good results in the international classes and last week they won their second national Grand Prix at the Desert Circuit in Thermal, California this year. “Bonita didn’t show last week and she’s just coming off her week one Grand Prix win, so this is her first class back with her,” shared Ramsay. “I think when she first started, I just had to wake her up a little bit with my last couple of jumps in the warm-up arena. She was a little casual and wasn’t really awake, so I angled my last oxer in the warm-up and sliced the last vertical just to sort of let her know what was coming. Then she was ready to go.”