West Palm Beach, FL – Tina Konyot and her Danish Warmblood stallion Calecto V returned to the show ring to win the Grand Prix at the Gold Cast Dressage Associating Finale I, only four months after Konyot broke her ankle. Konyot’s class, sponsored by Absorbine® Myoplast®, was a victory for the Connecticut rider not only because she rode away with the blue and a basket full of prizes from Absorbine, but it also marked a triumph over an injury that has sidelined the rider for months.
Konyot broke her ankle in nine places when she fell down the stairs at her home last fall, and doctors told her it would be four months before she could walk and six before she could ride. In true "you-can’t-keep-a-good-rider-down" fashion, Konyot was back on and competing only four months after her accident.
Despite being back in the saddle, Konyot said she is still in pain and going through physical therapy. She now has limited movement with her ankle due to plates and screws, but credits her horse Calecto for rising above her limitations. "My ankle still isn’t moving very well," Konyot said. "I’ve only been back in the saddle for six weeks. Thankfully Calecto takes over for me because we are so in tune. I knew I could ride a good Grand Prix, but I am looking forward to the future because I know I can ride a great Grand Prix."
Konyot is quick to add she believes her strong love for the stallion — coupled with a deep connection the horse and rider share – helped her win the class. Konyot’s positive attitude also helps. "I was very happy with Calecto. Any errors we had were mine due to my weak leg," she said.
Konyot won the Grand Prix with a score of 68.10 %, besting a field of nearly two dozen riders. She was pleased to be honored by Absorbine, saying, "I am so happy that Absorbine is part of the shows. I use a lot of Absorbine products, including Showsheen and Absorbine liniment."
Absorbine Myoplast was pleased to sponsor the Grand Prix class at the Gold Coast Dressage Association Finale I show, held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Konyot’s prize basket was awarded to promote Myoplast, an amino acid supplement formulated to support muscle performance in horses. European champions have been using Myoplast, the number-one-selling muscle supplement in Germany and only available in Europe through veterinarians, for many years. Absorbine Myoplast is now sold in the United States and is available at local tack shops, in catalogs and feed stores.
For more information on Absorbine Myoplast, visit the Absorbine website at www.absorbinemyoplast.com.