This Week in International Dressage
The Lamplight Equestrian Center hosted the 2011 Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships and USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship sponsored by The Dutta Corp. and Performance Sales International. Last, but not least, was the USEF Dressage Seat Medals Finals presented by Dressage Today.
The 2011 Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships held three separate divisions for 4-, 5- and 6-Year-Olds. The 4-year-old division was won by Furst Fiorano, with a score of 8.5. Alyssa Pitts rode the Westphalian gelding who earned a 9.2 for his trot. George Williams and Horizon collected Reserve Champion honors after scoring an 8.48. Lientje Schueler and Regalo were third in the 4-year-old class with an 8.3. The highest U.S.- bred horse award went to Casanova who is owned and ridden by Jocelyn Hamann.
Werner Van Den Brande rode the Oldenburg mare, Donna Tella, to the top honors in the 5-year-old division with an overall score of 8.648. Caroline Roffman and San City (8588) and Lauren Chumley and Somer Hit (8.48) were second and third respectively. Somer Hit also collected the highest U.S.-bred horse award.
The 6-year-old division saw an exciting conclusion as American Warmblood stallion, Wakeup, and Hanoverian gelding, Bon Chance, had an equal overall score of 8.736. Wakeup and Emily Wagner were crowned Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Champions, as in the result of a tie for National Champion or Reserve Champion, the U.S.-bred horse prevails. Roffman collected her third Reserve Championship of the weekend, with last year's 5-year-old Champion. Silva Martin and Aesthete were third on an overall score of 8.728.
USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship sponsored by The Dutta Corp. and Performance Sales International was won by U.S. bred Hanoverian stallion Pikko del Cerro HU and Lisa Wilcox with an overall score of 70.482%. Roffman and Pie were second finishing on a 69.653%, Sharon McCusker Wrigley finished third on a score of 69.205%.
In 13 & under division of the USEF Dressage Seat Medals Finals presented by Dressage Today Bronwyn Cordiak rode Sarasanna GP to a score of 78% to collect the winner's spoils. Rison Naness and Anakin were second with a score of 73%. Third place went to Mallory Kent, who scored a 71% with Sir Luckas. In the 14-18 division, all three medalists were competing in their first USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals presented by Dressage Today on borrowed horses Marlena Kurz claimed top honors on Ode with a 84%. Eleni Econopouly with Welt Lady and Macaulay Dukes riding Annabella were second and third earning 82% and 79% respectively.
For news, results, video and photos from these Championships please visit http://usefnetwork.com/featured/2011USEFDressageNationalChampionships.
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