Murrieta, Calif. – Nov. 22, 2019 – Pan American Games gold medalist and Olympic hopeful Sarah Lockman announced in a press release that her sponsor and proud supporter of dressage in the U.S., Gerry Ibanez, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 5th.
Ibanez purchased First Apple, the 9-year-old KWPN stallion by Vivaldi, for Lockman in the fall of 2018 from Carolyn Kooiman’s President Dressage Stables. The California-based rider has accomplished a great deal with the stallion in a short amount of time. Not only were they selected to represent the U.S. at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, but they won individual gold and team silver medals.
In a statement from his Summit Farm team they wrote, “As a supporter of Sarah and of this sport, Gerry put the animals first but was always a top class businessman who created a strong team at Summit Farm. His family will honor him and his desires by continuing support for Sarah Lockman and her potential Olympic mounts as the 2020 Games near and into the preparation for the 2024 Olympics Games. The team at Summit Farm will carry on Gerry’s legacy in each competition and each ride will be in dedication to Gerry.”
During the 2020 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Summit Farms will sponsor the $10,000 Summit Farm Future Challenge Prix St. Georges series for seven to nine year olds and will hold qualifiers throughout the festival from Jan. 8 to March 29. The Gerry Ibanez Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the winner, continuing to honor Gerry’s legacy and dedication to this sport.
In addition, a $40,000 Training Package with Debbie McDonald is to be given to a selected junior or young rider. The package was won by Gerry Ibanez on behalf of Summit Farm at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation “Spring Soiree” and includes a month of training and board, transportation for the horse, full care and use of the facility and private living quarters for the rider with pool access. The rider, to be selected in consultation with the USET Foundation and the U.S. Equestrian Federation, will also be able to shadow Charlotte Bredahl, the U.S. Developing Coach.
“Although Gerry was only a part of this community for a limited time, those that knew him can attest to the great man he was and the dreams he had for Sarah and for his entire team,” Summit Farm wrote. “His love for horses was instilled in him from his childhood and he continued that passion until the end. Let us all take his lead and continue to strive for the best of all the members of this community and for the continued experience of all riders.”