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Local Equestrian to join Dressage Foundation’s Century Club

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Jean Brinkman of Valhalla Farm in Wellborn, Florida, qualified to be inducted into a nationally-known group for senior dressage riders and horses on Friday, August 27, 2021.

The Century Club recognizes dressage riders and horses whose combined ages total 100 years or more. Brinkman is 81 and Faithkeeper is 21. She is a Trakehner mare by Martini out of Feodammee von Krotenbach. She was born at Valhalla and trained by Brinkman.

     In addition to having ages totaling 100 or more, horse and rider must perform a dressage test of any level and are scored by a dressage judge.

     Brinkman and Faithkeeper received a score of 62.059 percent from the judge and took second place in the Prix St. Georges test during The World Equestrian Center Dressage XIV, held at World Equestrian Center in Ocala.

     According to an article from World Equestrian Center, they competed up to Third Level and had not been in a show ring together in fifteen years, overcoming many obstacles, including colic surgery and Brinkman’s hip replacement five years ago.

     Family, friends and former students attended the event to cheer them on.

     Jean and her husband, Roy Brinkman, started Valhalla, a working 450 acre farm, in 1974. They have trained and bred warmbloods for more than four decades.

     The Dressage Foundation provides a Century Club ribbon and wall plaque to each horse and rider team.

      The Century Club was formed at The Dressage Foundation in 1996, at the suggestion of noted dressage judge and instructor, Doctor Max Gahwyler. The intent was to encourage older dressage riders that are still actively riding and competing. Since that time, the Century Club has grown into a meaningful and popular endeavor and has over 500 members to-date.