LITTLE DRESSAGE CELEBRATES THE CLOSE OF THE WINTER 2020 SEASON WITH FOUR SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 15, 2020 – Little Dressage celebrated four White Fences Series Championships in four divisions, finishing a spectacular 2020 winter season. Billionaire, owned by Shawneen Jacobs, was named Prix St. Georges Champion, with numerous wins over the season and his top score of over 76%. Finley, owned by Shawneen Jacobs, was Reserve Champion in his first season of Grand Prix, even though he only competed a handful of tests at this new level. Ebony the dancing Friesian, owned by Shawneen Jacobs, earned the FEI Freestyle Championship with her Grand Prix program and scores to 74.5%. Grandine, owned by Maree Josee Snyder, was named Third Level Open Champion with scores over 74%, despite being a new partnership with Janine this season. Hendrix earned scores into the 70s and gained valuable experience for his promising future. Janine Little was also honoured to receive the Best Seat Award at both White Fences II and White Fences III.
Little Dressage would like to thank everyone who made the successes of this season possible. Although the season was cut short by COVID-19 precautions and show cancellations, we are tremendously appreciative of the wonderful support of many, such as the owners of the horses for whom it is always an honour to go up the centreline: Shawneen Jacobs and Maree Josee Snyder, as well as owners whose horses did not have a chance to compete due to show cancellations. Huge thanks to Jenn Harris for her expert grooming and support at the shows, as well as to the support team at the Florida home base of Lady Jean Ranch — grooms, workers, farriers, vets, and everyone who pitches in to contribute and make it such a great place to be. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful barn community for our winters! Thanks as well to Joanna Cockerline who manages our media at Little Dressage, and to Leanne Peniuk Photography, responsible for our stunning photo shoots. We are also sincerely appreciative of the organizers, volunteers, and sponsors of the White Fences Championship Series; from the fantastic venue to the easy trailer parking and stabling to the thoughtful meals provided, the organizers go above and beyond to accommodate everyone. We are sad our show season got cut short, as we had hoped to get a couple of other horses out to the next shows, but understand prioritizing health in this context of a global pandemic crisis, and we wish everyone health and safety at this sensitive time. Thank you, so much, to all who made 2020 such a fantastic success!
NUMEROUS WINS AT WHITE FENCES III
Above: Ebony and Janine Little earned the FEI Freestyle Championship with her Grand Prix program. Below: Grandine, owned by Marie Josee Snyder, achieved the Third Level Open Championship.
Above: Finley enjoyed successes in his first Grand Prix season, earning the White Fences Series Reserve Championship. Billionaire, directly below, is also proud of his Championship. Below: Hendrix made his show debut in 2020, earning wins and scores of over 72%.
March 13-15, 2020 – Little Dressage earned numerous wins at White Fences III, with Billionaire, owned by Shawneen Jacobs, winning the Prix St. Georges and his first ever Inter 1 Freestyle with over 71%. Jacobs’ Ebony topped the Grand Prix Freestyle with 74.5%, taking the FEI Freestyle Division Championship, and Finley, also owned by Shawneen Jacobs, earning a second place in the Grand Prix. Grandine, owned by Marie Josee Snyder, and Jacobs’ Hendrix both won their classes at Third Level and First Level, respectively, both scoring over 72% and rounding out a highly successful weekend for all.
MULTIPLE SUCCESSES IN 2020 SO FAR
January 31 – February 2, 2020 – Little Dressage enjoyed a very successful wrap-up to January, with Janine Little and Billionaire achieving two firsts and a second in the Prix St. Georges at White Fences, with scores from 72%-76.9%. Finley gained more experience in the Grand Prix ring, earning his highest Grand Prix score so far at over 68%. Dancing queen Ebony showed off her Grand Prix Freestyle to earn the blue ribbon, and Hendrix made his first appearance inside ring. Congratulations to Shawneen Jacobs, owner of these horses, alongside our sincerest thanks from Little Dressage for the wonderful support. Further congratulations go to Linda Currie and Zodan, finishing with just under 70% in the Prix St. Georges as well as a strong Freestyle performance.
JANINE LITTLE AND FINLEY NAMED TO DRESSAGE CANADA’S DEVELOPMENT SQUAD FOR 2020
Above: Janine Little and Finley were named to Dressage Canada’s Development Squad for 2020.
November 2019 – Congratulations to Janine Little and Finley, owned by Shawneen Jacobs, on earning the distinction of being named to Dressage Canada’s Development Squad for 2020.
October 2019 – Ebony and Janine were invited to give a Grand Prix Freestyle demonstration at the Friesian National Mare Show in Ohio, thrilling a large audience and earning rave reviews from all in attendance. Ebony was also featured in the FHANA (Friesian Horse Association of North America) magazine (above), and earned her spot on the cover — the first time a mare has ever graced the publication’s cover.
September 2019 – Janine Little won first place in the national Grand Prix with Ebony at Bromont, and the pair were second in the national Grand Prix Freestyle (shown below). With Finley, Little was second place in the CDI Prix St. Georges, fourth place in the CDI Inter 1, second place in the CDI Inter 1 Freestyle, and Small Tour Reserve Champion.
GRAND PRIX WINS FOR JANINE LITTLE AND EBONY
July 2019 – Congratulations to Janine, Ebony, and Ebony’s owner Shawneen Jacobs on winning first place in the Raindbox Ridge Grand Prix and the Raindbow Ridge Grand Prix Freestyle.
MORE SUCCESS FOR LITTLE DRESSAGE, SUMMER 2019
June 2019 – Building on the Small Tour Championship and Small Tour Reserve Championship earned at Caledon the previous month, Janine Little won the CDI Prix St. Georges with Quartett and was fourth with Finley; earned third (with Quartett) and fourth (with Finley) in the CDI Intermediare 1; and won first place with Quartett in the Inter 1 Freestyle.
MULTIPLE CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR LITTLE DRESSAGE
May 2019 – Janine Little enjoyed a highly successful Caledon Spring Dressage show, earning Small Tour Champion with Quartett and Small Tour Reserve Champion with Finley.
LITTLE DRESSAGE WELCOMES INQUIRIES FOR FLORIDA 2020 – JOIN US!
Would you like to benefit from top-tier training and instruction in the heart of world class competition in Florida this winter? Little Dressage is now planning for our Winter-Spring 2020 season. Little Dressage has limited availability for training/coaching, complemented by full care/grooming. We welcome horses in training, horses and riders for training/showing/coaching, horses in training, or sales horses; we are happy to customize a program for your needs. If you’d like to join Little Dressage for an amazing winter season riding, training and showing in Florida contact us via PM ASAP before spaces are full — nobody ever regrets a winter season of dressage under the sun and palm trees! We are also happy to provide a long list of excellent references who have enjoyed many Florida seasons with the Little Dressage team. Contact us soon with inquiries!
SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR JANINE LITTLE IN BOTH THE INTER 1 (WITH MLP’s QUARTETT) AND PRIX ST. GEORGES (WITH FINLEY)
April 8, 2018 – Wellington, Florida – Janine Little capped off a highly successful Florida season by winning the Series Championships in both the Prix St. Georges, with Finley (formerly Fifty Shades HW and owned by Shawneen Jacobs), and the Inter 1, with MLP’s Quartett. These Championships at White Fences reflect the strong successes Little earned at both Global and White Fences. All of the horses with whom Janine Little competed this season have achieved consistent wins and high placings in their respective divisions. Congratulations to all who made such an incredible season in Florida possible, with huge thanks to professional groom Jenn Harris. Little Dressage looks forward to further success as 2019 continues!
MLP’s QUARTETT AND JANINE LITTLE ROUND OUT GLOBAL WITH THEIR HIGHEST SCORE YET IN THE CDI3* INTER 1 FREESTYLE
March 30, 2019 – MLP’s Quartett went up centreline as the very last ride this season at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, and concluded the season with his best score yet in the CDI3* Inter 1 Freestyle. MLP’s Quartett and Little earned 72.6% and fourth place in a very competitive class — just one of the many strong results and wins Little achieved with multiple horses at Global throughout this highly successful season.
CDI3* INTER 1 FREESTYLE SUCCESS FOR JANINE LITTLE AND MLP’s QUARTETT
March 17, 2019 – MLP’s Quartett and Janine Little earned 72.4% and fourth place in the highly competitive CDI3* Inter 1 Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival — which was especially commendable since this was only Quartett’s second time ever going up the centreline in a freestyle!
FINLEY AND JANINE LITTLE LEAD OPEN PRIX ST. GEORGES IN WHITE FENCES CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
March 7, 2019 – Congratulations to Janine Little and Finley on their strong lead in the Open Prix St. Georges in the White Fences Championship Series:
ANOTHER SUPER WEEKEND FOR LITTLE DRESSAGE
March 1-2, 2019 – MLP’s Quartett and Janine Little debuted in the CDI ring, earning over 68% in the Prix St. Georges and over 69% in the Inter 1, putting them in the ribbons both days. Billionaire and Janine finished at the top of his national Inter 1 class (his first ever Inter 1!) and had a nice second place finish in his Prix St. Georges class, with his owner Shawneen Jacobs there from Canada to cheer them on.
LITTLE DRESSAGE EARNS MORE BACK-TO-BACK WINS
February 24, 2019 – Continuing to build on Little Dressage’s highly successful 2019 season, Finley and Janine Little topped the Prix St. Georges with a score of 70.4% and MLP’s Quartett debuted his Inter 1 Freestyle with a winning score of 72%. Linda Currie and her gelding Zodan were winners in the Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges. Congratulations to all!
FINLEY AND JANINE LITTLE LEAD WHITE FENCES PRIX ST. GEORGES CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
February 18, 2019 – In the Championship Series update released today, Shawneen Jacobs’ Finley and Janine Little are leading the FEI Prix. St. Georges. Shawneen Jacobs’ Ebony and Little are currently ranked second in the FEI Freestyle for the Championship Series so far.
BILLIONAIRE AND JANINE LITTLE WIN PRIX ST. GEORGES AT GLOBAL
February 10, 2019 – Billionaire and Janine Little won the Prix St. Georges at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival with a score of over 71%. Billionaire, a 2011 Belissimo gelding owned by Shawneen Jacobs, is the fourth horse with whom Little has earned victories at the FEI level in Wellington this year so far.
February 3, 2019 – Little Dressage achieved great results in the FEI ring in Wellington this weekend. MLP’s Quartett, Ebony, and Finley each earned top placings and exceptional scores at their respective FEI levels. Please see below for videos and scores.
FIRST PLACE WIN FOR JANINE LITTLE AND MLP’s QUARTETT FOR THEIR FIRST TIME COMPETING TOGETHER AT INTERMEDIAIRE 1
February 2, 2019 – MLP’s Quartett and Janine won their Intermediaire 1 debut (above), their first time competing together at this level.
February 3, 2019: Ebony and Janine (below) won the Intermediare 1 Freestyle with a score of over 74%.
February 3, 2019 – Finley and Janine won first in the Prix St. Georges on February 3, scoring over 72%. The pair also earned second place in the Prix St. Georges at Global on February 2:
“I’m so thrilled to get to work with these incredible horses,” Janine acknowledges. “Many, many thanks to their superb owners and the support team behind us — could not do it without you! A million thanks to their amazing owners and the grooms who make it all possible with their tireless work behind the scenes. You guys are the best!”
CONGRATULATIONS TO JANINE LITTLE AND MLP’S QUARTETT
January 20, 2019 – Congratulations to Janine Little and MLP’s Quartett on their first show together, earning second in the Open Prix St. Georges at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.
Above: MLP’s Quartett at Global, after he and Janine earned second in the Open Prix St. Georges at Global, their first show together.
JANINE LITTLE BEGINS FLORIDA SEASON WITH SUCCESS
January 13, 2019 – Billionaire, a 2011 Belissimo gelding owned by Shawneen Jacobs, made his FEI debut in Wellington, Florida, earning over 68% in his first time out at Prix St. Georges at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. With his excellent performance at the Charlotte Dujardin Masterclass in autumn 2018 and now a highly encouraging FEI debut, we are very excited to see Billionaire progress in his career.
Janine Little brought the string of horses in her program to Florida again in December 2018, and already earned a 73% in the Intermediare 1 Freestyle with Ebony (above), debuted Ebony in the Intermediaire A, and achieved a 72% in the Prix St. Georges with Finley.
Janine Little and Finley earned over 68% and third place in a highly competitive Prix St. Georges at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival on January 12, 2019.
Janine is excited for the upcoming season with Billionaire, Demitra, Ebony, Finley, and Hendrix.
Stay tuned for updates on Little Dressage’s 2019 season in Wellington!
JANINE LITTLE CLINICS RECEIVE RAVE REVIEWS FROM COAST TO COAST
Janine Little delivered numerous clinics across Canada throughout 2018, providing expertise and insights to riders and horses across Canada, from BC and Alberta in the west to the heartlands of Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the very eastern Maritime provinces.
Declared “the best clinic I’ve ever had”, “an amazing experience”, and “the ‘best of the best’ clinician”, reviews from clinic participants are available on the “Clinics” page.
Select clinic dates for 2019 are currently booking. For inquiries, please contact Janine directly at email@example.com.
LITTLE DRESSAGE CONGRATULATES SHANNON SLUSER AND SOLARIS
Congratulations to Shannon Sluser and Solaris, who earned the 2018 Third Level Provincial Championship and Fourth Level Year-End Prairie Cup. The pair won Championships at every Gold show entered in 2018 and received scores to 71.6% at Fourth Level. This talented partnership was also selected to ride in a Stephen Clarke Symposium.
Above: Shannon Sluser and Solaris were selected for the Stephen Clarke Symposium, and continue to make exciting progress together.
JANINE LITTLE AND LITTLE DRESSAGE CELEBRATE A FANTASTIC 2018 FLORIDA SEASON AND TRYON INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER RESULTS
Little Dressage enjoyed a fantastic 2018 season, wrapping up the Florida season with Janine and Ebony winning the Prix St. Georges Series Championship at White Fences in Florida, earning four CDI Top Ten placings at Wellington’s Adequan Global Dressage Festival, and then going on to achieve multiple successes at their first competition at Tryon International Equestrian Centre, home of the 2018 World Equestrian Games. At Tryon, April 22, 2018, Janine and Ebony won the Intermediaire 1 Freestyle with a score of over 71.7%.
All of the horses in the Little Dressage program continue to enjoy successful progress, whether in the show ring or as they move up the levels in their training. Janine Little is committed to the patient, individualized development of each unique horse at every stage. We are excited for what 2019 — and beyond — holds!
LITTLE DRESSAGE IS RELOCATING TO ONTARIO! Janine is thrilled to announce that she will be relocating to Ontario as of May 2018…with more details to come soon. Ontario is ideal for easy access to many of the top shows on the east coast and the US, and Janine is very excited for new adventures in new places and the upcoming Canadian show season with her lovely string of competition horses! Janine will have availability for lessons and training in Ontario and has only a couple select dates for clinics in late summer and fall still available.
2018 CDI UPDATES (EURODRESSAGE.COM) (January 2018) – Congratulations to Janine Little and Ebony on being listed in the most recent CDI results as posted by EuroDressage: http://www.eurodressage.com/2018/01/19/scores-2018-cdi-wellington
JANINE LITTLE AND EBONY START 2018 BY EARNING THE HIGH SCORE AWARD FOR PRIX ST. GEORGES AT ADEQUAN GLOBAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL 1 (January 2018) –Janine Little and Ebony started 2018 by earning excellent results in the Prix St. Georges, winning with a 71.544% Sunday, placing second in Saturday’s highly competitive class with a 72.206%, and earning the High Score Award. Ebony, owned by Shawneen Jacobs, made her PSG debut in December 2017, closing out her competition season with a 74.342%. Janine is excited about a very promising 2018 with Ebony and the string of horses she will be competing in Florida throughout the season.
***UPDATE (January 20, 2018) – Ebony made her debut at Intermediare 1 at Adequan Global Dressage Festival 2, placing third at the mare’s first time out at this level. Congratulations to Ebony’s owner Shawneen Jacob and all of the Little Dressage team!
For Ebony’s Intermediare 1 debut at Global, you are invited to watch:
For highlights of Janine and Ebony at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 1, please see:
DRESSAGE AT DEVON – (September 2017) – Janine Little had a highly successful week at Dressage at Devon. Janine and Ebony earned high placings in every class entered, and won First Place with a score of 70.333% on the final day in Fourth Level Test Three. Janine also scored in the high 60s with Demitra, and we are excited about what the future holds as this mare gains more experience in upper-level venues. Little Dressage looks forward to a very promising 2018 with all of the horses in our program.
Video – Ebony and Janine Little, Awards Ceremony, Dressage at Devon:
CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN CLINIC (Autumn 2017) – Janine Little was thrilled to have the opportunity to clinic with Olympic Gold Medalist Charlotte Dujardin in August. Billionaire, Demitra, Ebony, and Solaris all benefited incredibly and received great praise… and, as with any top-level clinic, ideally-chosen homework and great encouragement for the future! Huge thanks to this fantastically talented clinician who inspires riders across the world with her technique, talent, and dedicated patience.
Video – Janine and Demitra during the Charlotte Dujardin Clinic:
MULTIPLE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT BROMONT (Autumn 2017): Horses in the Little Dressage program won Championships and high scores at Gold shows throughout Ontario and Quebec this summer and into early autumn. Ebony (Freestyle Winner in her division) and Demitra both earned Grand Championships and high scores at Bromont, and Janine looks forward to the future developments she is bringing out with all of the horses in her program.
Ebony winning the Fourth Level Freestyle at Bromont:
APRIL 2017 – Janine Little Earns Numerous Championships Throughout Florida 2017
Training and showing numerous horses from Training Level through the upper levels, Janine Little had a successful 2017 season in Florida, earning numerous wins and championships. After giving the horses the R&R they earned, she looks forward to competing and coaching throughout the summer and autumn at shows across eastern Canada and the United States.
APRIL 2016 – Janine Little, Little Dressage, and Naima Moreira-Laliberté to Spend Summer and Autumn Season on the East Coast
After the team of Janine Little and her student Naima Moreira-Laliberté capped off a highly successful 2016 Florida season, they are headed back to their home base in Montreal, Quebec. The horses will enjoy well-deserved rest and relaxation at Moreira-Laliberté’s top-of-the-line stable before resuming competition in the summer and autumn.
JANUARY-APRIL 2016 – Janine Little’s Young Horses Achieve Top Results throughout the Florida Season
Janine Little began the 2016 Florida season by winning The Horse of Course High Score Award at the first Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), earning a 75.370% aboard Shawneen Jacobs’ 2008 Friesian mare Ebony. Ebony went on to make her Second Level debut with a 74.8%, and continued the season with excellent results.
Finley (formerly known as HW Fifty Shades), a 2009 Fidertanz x Ehrentusch gelding, made his first appearances at Third and Fourth Levels, earning scores of 68-73+% and numerous blue ribbons.
Billionaire, a 2011 Belissimo M x Sir Donnerhall gelding, began his show career winning his Training Level class with 71.5%. The next day he and Little returned to win with a 76.957%.
FEBRUARY 2016 – Naima Moreira-Laliberté Makes Exciting CDI Debut With New Stallion, Sancerre
Naima Moreira-Laliberté and Sancerre, her new 2006 Sir Donnerhall x Rubinstein stallion, are creating well-deserved excitement among international judges and the wider dressage community alike.
Janine Little scouted the stallion from Europe, where he was achieving success with Canadian World Cup rider Dana Hewett. Hewett operates a training and sales facility in Ede, the Netherlands.
Since February 2016, Little has coached Moreira-Laliberté and Sancerre to promising successes. Within the early weeks of the duo’s partnership, they achieved scores in the 70s and placed increasingly well at the CDI small tour level – which was Moreira-Laliberté’s first time competing in the open small tour classes.
Moreira-Laliberté, who was also successful with Belafonte in Young Riders classes, rounded out the season at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival by winning the CDI Intermediare 1 Freestyle with a 72.9%.
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