Ruth Toporoff Purchases Evita, KWPN Dressage Horse from Amsterdam

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Ruth Toporoff, a local resident from Bedford, NY, today announced completion of the purchase of Evita, a nine-year-old, chestnut dressage mare, from Ian Smith Dressage BV of Oosterstreek, Netherlands.

Her gaits and self-carriage exude the spirit of dressage, and her rideability and comfort make her a perfect amateur horse for both competitions and pure enjoyment.

Ruth Toporoff, a local resident from Bedford, NY, today announced completion of the purchase of Evita, a nine-year-old, chestnut dressage mare, from Ian Smith Dressage BV of Oosterstreek, Netherlands. The horse will be in the care of a dressage professional in Westchester County and will be ridden by Ms. Toporoff to train and compete at local shows.

Evita is a Dutch Warmblood with appropriate breeding (Zhivago x Jazz) for upper-level dressage. She is currently trained to third-level (Z1) dressage and is registered with the Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands (KWPN). Evita has met all international regulations needed for transport to the United States from Amsterdam later this month. Once in the States, she will be placed in quarantine for the required number of days to prevent transmission of disease.

Ms. Toporoff said, “In all my years in dressage, I’ve never seen a horse quite like Evita. She is gorgeous and the perfect schoolmaster! Her gaits and self-carriage exude the spirit of dressage, and her rideability and comfort make her a perfect amateur horse for both competitions and pure enjoyment.”

The sport of dressage, often mischaracterized or unknown in the United States, involves the artistic movements of a horse and rider in a dancing manner. It can be compared to freestyle skating except on a horse instead of the ice. The rider controls the horse through very slight, often unnoticeable, movements, giving the appearance of being one with the animal.

Dating back to ancient Greece, dressage moved from the military to displays by European aristocrats in equestrian pageants. Many of the rules of modern dressage were derived from the Imperial Spanish Riding School of Vienna founded in 1572. Dressage became an Olympic Sport in 1912.

Ms. Toporoff concluded, “I can hardly wait for Evita to arrive and am very excited about her purchase. It is so much fun to enjoy the sport of dressage when you have a talented, trained horse like her to ride.”

About Ruth Toporoff

Ruth Toporoff is a member of the United States Dressage Federation and keeps her horses in Bedford, New York. She has competed in past regional dressage shows and is a known supporter of the sport. Ms. Toporoff has financed her participation in dressage as one of the first women to run a heavy construction company, winning million-dollar contracts from the MTA for subway expansions and infrastructure.
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