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Laura Kraut and Cedric Win $50,000 Holiday and Horses Grand Prix CSI-W 2*

November 30, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Laura Kraut and Cedric
Photo By Mancini Photos
Wellington, FL – November 29, 2014 – The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) hosted its $50,000 Holiday & Horses Grand Prix CSI-W 2* on Saturday night with an electrifying winning performance from show jumping stars Laura Kraut (USA) and Cedric. A FEI World Cup qualifying event, the competition saw 55 starters with ten clear rounds to advance over the Catsy Cruz (MEX) designed course. Kraut and Cedric topped Hardin Towell (USA) and Silence and Leslie Howard (USA) aboard Utah in a very fast jump-off with eight double clear rounds.
Darragh Kerins (IRL) and Jan Van Tricht’s D Elia van het Molenhof put the pressure on, beginning the jump-off with a very fast clear round in 38.68 seconds, but eventually finished fourth. Hardin Towell and Jennifer Gates’ Silence upped the ante with their blazing fast round in 38 seconds flat that many thought would be unbeatable, but the longtime partnership of Laura Kraut and Cedric found a way to go even faster. Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric raced through the course in 36.48 seconds for the win. Leslie Howard and The Utah Group’s Utah finished out the night to take third place honors with a clear round in 38.11 seconds.

Cedric, the 16-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Chambertin x Carolus Z, had six months off this season and has slowly been coming back to competition in the last two months. Saturday night’s class was his first grand prix back and an exciting win for both horse and rider. In addition to the top prize, Kraut was also presented with the Leading Lady Rider Award for the week’s competition, an award presented by Martha W. Jolicoeur of Illustrated Properties in memory of Dale Lawler.

“I watched Hardin, and I didn’t think I could beat him,” Kraut admitted after the class. “He is so fast and this was Cedric’s first grand prix back since the beginning of May in Madrid. I did want to win tonight with it being a World Cup qualifier, but I thought that I would be happy with second or third when I saw Hardin go. Cedric just was brilliant. It was just one of those jump-offs where ever time I turned the corner it all came up. Even the mad dash to the last jump, I was at full throttle, and it just showed itself. Often times when you come at that speed there is just nothing there, but tonight I was about five strides out and I was like, ‘Thank God.'”

“I have no idea where I got the time,” Kraut mused. “He is a quick horse, and I turned really sharp back on the double. I stayed inside everyone’s hoof prints, I know that. I know I was quicker back because I looked down and made sure I was inside everybody, but other than that I don’t know. He is smaller, so he can gallop faster.”

The pair galloped full force down to the last fence, which was a very tall plank jump going towards the in-gate, but Kraut had faith in Cedric as the crowd cheered them on.

“He is careful enough that you can take a chance like that with him. He knows his job, and he doesn’t think he should knock it down,” she stated. “I could definitely hear the people shouting. I am going to go anyway, so they don’t really have any influence, but it does create an excitement to it. I think it’s fun for the crowd. It was a great jump-off. It was faster and faster and faster, so I am thrilled.”

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Hardin Towell and Silence

Photo By Mancini Photos

Cedric has been Kraut’s top horse for many years now, and she was careful to bring him back gradually after having time off this year. She knows that he is now back in winning form.

“This was his first grand prix, but I started him in October in Portugal jumping little 1.20/1.30m classes and then he did the National (Horse Show) and Toronto in just small classes,” Kraut explained. “This Friday I did the 1.50m and he was third in that and it was really the first time I felt like he was 95% back. Even on Wednesday I felt he was fantastic and tonight also. I can feel that he is more tired than he would be under normal circumstances, but the only way he is going to get fit is by doing it.”

“It felt great,” Kraut smiled. “I read this thing the other day, years ago when McLain Ward was talking about him in a press conference and he said, ‘Knowing this horse, when he’s 16 years old, he’s still going to be a pain in the ass.’ Now he is 16 years old and he was just a pain in the ass tonight for everybody, so that made me happy. He likes the lights, and he really loves showing. He was pretty depressed all summer when the truck kept driving out without him. He likes being at the show and being paid attention to.”
Cedric will have some time off now while Kraut travels to Paris for the Gucci Masters. He will then jump in the Trump Invitational in Palm Beach in January before the start of the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival.

 

“His next show will be Trump. He jumped there a couple years ago, and he quite liked it,” Kraut stated. “He has had six months off, so I feel like I would like to keep him in the groove now that he is up and running. I just want to sit down and plan out all of WEF and what I want to do. What’s nice now is that he does have age, and I don’t have to jump him as often in little classes. I can just sort of peak him in bigger classes, so that would be the idea.”

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Laura Kraut and Cedric in their winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia, Cedric’s owner Margaret Duprey, and Martha Jolicoeur

Photo By Mancini Photos

Kraut also spoke about the course for Saturday night and praised Catsy Cruz on her efforts all week. “I think she has done a really great job. Her times have been sharp all week, but not impossible,” the rider remarked. “I thought her class on Wednesday was good, and I thought her speed course yesterday was brilliant. I quite liked it tonight. When I walked it tonight I thought she had a variety. Some of the lines suited a big horse, some suited a small one. It was technical, it wasn’t overly big, but it was careful. I don’t know that I have jumped one of her courses before, but I was very impressed.”
Second place finisher Hardin Towell also had a great experience Saturday night with his mount, Silence. The nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding has been showing with owner Jennifer Gates and Towell picked up the ride recently in Los Angeles.

 

“I showed him in L.A., and he was pretty good. He had one down in each class, and he has just gotten better and better,” Towell detailed. “I took him to Sacramento, and he was double clean in the World Cup qualifier there. I didn’t go so fast because I really didn’t know him. Then I gave him a couple of weeks off and took him back to Thermal. He was third in the World Cup there. He was double clear, and I went faster there. I have quite a lot of World Cup points. I think now I should have about 71, but I needed to get one point in the East (Coast) league because I have shown all out west. I was a little bit stressed, so today was pretty important. I needed to be at least top 15 and then once I was in the jump-off I was like, ‘Okay, now there’s nothing to lose. I’m gonna give it a shot.'””He was great,” Towell continued. “In the first round I had kind of a big mistake and he looked after me there, so it’s quite nice. I am lucky that I have quite a good string right now. They are all younger and a bit inexperienced, but they are really all coming along.”

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Leslie Howard and Utah finished third
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Towell also took a big run to the final plank jump, but his horse was unfazed. “He doesn’t care at all. He is an excellent horse,” the rider stated. “He is a little bit slow going sometimes, but he has just figured out how to get faster. Between that one and another one, if I can qualify for World Cup Finals, I think I will take them. I feel good with the position I am sitting in now.”

Commenting on the jump-off, Towell added, “I was worried about Laura and Darragh (Kenny). Laura because I know Cedric is so fast, and she knows him so well. I was actually really worried about Darragh too because he is really hungry for World Cup points. Darragh and I are quite close, and I know he is never going to go in there just to school around. That is a slower going horse, but Darragh has made him faster in the last couple months. I didn’t see him go, but he must have been flying tonight. I’ve been third a few times. I’ve been right there, so it’s a little disappointing. I would like to win one of these, but my horses are jumping clean and I can’t ask for more than that.”
The Holiday & Horses CSI-W 2* competition concludes on Sunday, November 30, 2014. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.
Final Results: $50,000 Holiday & Horses CSI-W 2*Grand Prix

1. CEDRIC: 1998 Holsteiner gelding by Chambertin x Carolus Z

LAURA KRAUT (USA), Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc: 0/0/36.48

2. SILENCE: 2005 Hanoverian gelding by Stakkato Gold x Calypso II
HARDIN TOWELL (USA), Jennifer Gates: 0/0/38.00

3. UTAH: 2001 KWPN gelding by Andiamo x Jus De Pomme

LESLIE HOWARD (USA), The Utah Group: 0/0/38.11

4. D ELIA VAN HET MOLENHOF: 2003 Belgian Warmblood mare by Up Chiqui x Weltruf
DARRAGH KERINS (IRL), Jan Van Tricht: 0/0/38.68

5. LEAP OF JOY: 2001 Holsteiner gelding by Lovari x Silbersee
CHARLIE JACOBS (USA), Deeridge Farms: 0/0/39.02

6. PJOTTER VAN DE ZONNEHOEVE: 2001 Dutch Warmblood Gelding by Plato x Emilion
MOLLY ASHE-CAWLEY (USA), Louisburg Farm: 0/0/39.96

7. VEYRON: 2006 Oldenburg stallion by Conterno Grande x Heartbreaker

LJUBOV KOCHETOVA (RUS), Ljubov Kochetova: 0/0/40.53

8. BARONEZ: 2001 Warmblood mare by Heartbreaker x Unknown
KIRSTEN COE (USA), Ilan Ferder Lovsta & Tal Milstein: 0/0/43.76

9. IMOTHEP: 2003 KWPN stallion by Indoctro x Calvados
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Hyperion Stud LLC: 0/4/36.41

10. TINA DE NOYELLES: 2003 Belgian Sport Horse mare by President x Pelican d’Or

SHARN WORDLEY (NZL), Ashland Stables: 0/4/42.33

11. SS BOBBY: 2002 KWPN gelding by Concorde x Joost
CHRIS SORENSEN (CAN), Brittland Hughes: 1/87.46

12. WISCONSIN 111: 1999 BWP gelding by Darco x Coriolan
ANSGAR HOLTGERS (GER), Ellen Holtgers: 1/89.62

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Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W Top $35,000 Sweet Oak Farm Grand Prix at SFHJA Charity Horse Show at PBIEC

November 27, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W

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Wellington, FL – November 26, 2014 – The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) hosted the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association’s (SFHJA) Annual Charity Horse Show on November 19-23, 2014, as a benefit for the A-T Children’s Project, Danny & Ron’s Rescue, Equestrian Aid Foundation, Pure Thoughts, Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue, Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, and FAU Equestrian. The week featured a $35,000 Sweet Oak Farm Grand Prix on Saturday night with a win for Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W.

Catsy Cruz of Mexico set the course for 47 entries in round one with five clear rounds to advance to the short course. Margie Engle and Elm Rock LLC’s Bockmanns Lazio were first to jump-off and finished fifth with four faults in 34.61 seconds. Kevin Babington and Mark Q jumped next and had four faults in 34.37 second to finish fourth. Chris Ewanouski and Hampton Farms LLC’s Orbetello jumped the first clear round in 34.01 seconds to finish third. Up next, Campbell and Rocky W set the winning time of 31.57 seconds. Lorcan Gallagher and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Diktator van de Boslandhoeve were last to go and settled for second with a time of 32.67 seconds.

On a rainy evening under the lights of the International Arena at PBIEC, Campbell trusted in her long partnership and experience with Rocky W to go for the win. She has had the 16-year-old KWPN gelding (Libero H x Corofino) since he was eight and knew that the atmosphere of the arena would play to her favor.

“There were only five clear, so it was difficult enough obviously to get that number,” Campbell remarked on the course. “Going into the jump-off, I figured I was already getting a paycheck and I should just go for it at that point. He has shown in this ring under the lights a lot of times, and it always pumps him up a lot. He knows that it’s jump-off time, and it is perfect for him.”

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Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W in their winning presentation

Photo By Mancini Photos

“He is just really quick across the ground, and he is really quick in the air,” Campbell said of her time. “He doesn’t spend too much time in the air. He knows exactly where his legs are and how to spend the least amount of time over the jumps.”

“We have been showing at indoors the past few months, so it was different going to this big international ring,” she added. “I think his stride definitely opened up, and I was able to leave some strides out.”

Since graduating college in May 2014, Campbell has been working for Marigot Bay Farm, which has locations in Wellington as well as Lexington, KY. She will continue to compete at the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival, which beings January 7 with 12 weeks of competition at PBIEC.

$35,000 Sweet Oak Farm Grand Prix

1 747 ROCKY W KAITLIN CAMPBELL KAITLIN CAMPBELL: 0/0/31.572
2 313 DIKTATOR VAN DE BOSLANDHOEVE LORCAN GALLAGHER SPY COAST FARM LLC: 0/0/32.670
3 357 ORBETELLO CHRIS EWANOUSKI HAMPTON FARMS LLC: 0/0/34.011
4 548 MARK Q KEVIN BABINGTON KEVIN BABINGTON: 0/4/34.370
5 102 BOCKMANNS LAZIO MARGIE ENGLE ELM ROCK LLC: 0/4/34.615
6 759 ANTARES PABLO BARRIOS PABLO BARRIOS: 4/70.754
7 345 SOLERINA SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM LLC: 4/73.528
8 817 QUABELLE BLYTHE MARANO RIVERVIEW FARM LLC: 4/73.977
9 163 WIRMA BRIANNE GOUTAL REMARKABLE FARMS LP: 4/74.001
10 549 SHORAPUR KEVIN BABINGTON SHORAPUR LLC: 4/74.328
11 550 CORD 11 KEVIN BABINGTON MECO EQUESTRIAN LLC: 4/74.402
12 283 EVENING STAR HEATHER CARISTO-WILLIAMS HOLLY CARISTO: 4/75.096

SFHJA Charity Horse Show Highlights

The charity show also featured a $10,000 Welcome Stake, sponsored by Paul Tracey Farrier Services, with a one-two finish for Shane Sweetnam on Friday. Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Solerina took top prize. The rider finished second aboard Sweet Oak Farm’s Echo D.

Sunday’s $10,000 Palm Beach Aggregates/Siboney Ranch High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic saw a win for Michelle Navarro-Grau aboard Yidam with Tina DiLandri and Highpoint Farm LLC’s Juanita in second.

The $10,000 Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by John and Monika Preston, was won by Lindsey Tomeu and Dogwood Hill LLC’s Bonapart with Alicia Gamboa and WCEC LLC’s Kyu in second. The $10,000 Adult Jumper Classic, also sponsored by John and Monika Preston, saw a win for Sheer Levitin aboard Nabuco du Theil. Katherine Johnson and Belle finished second.

In the $5,000 Oakland Ventures Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Danielle Torano jumped to victory riding Herault. Mireya Godoy and Rhea de l’Ici finished second. The $5,000 Oakland Ventures Low Junior Jumper Classic was won by Lucy Deslauriers and Hamlet with Spencer Smith and Artisan Farms LLC’s Nevada in second.

Hunter competition was featured throughout the weekend as well and concluded with a $10,000 Summerfields Equine LLC USHJA National Hunter Derby on Sunday. The win went to San Francisco, owned by Glory Days Farms LLC and ridden by Jimmy Torano. The $5,000 RC Stables Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic saw a win for Cussini, owned by Lilly Halterman and ridden by Victoria Colvin. Peacock Ridge LLC’s Trillville and Farah Rizvi won the $5,000 Sweet Oak Farm Pony Classic.

Competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center continues withEquestrian Sport Productions’ Holiday Horse Show Series beginning on Wednesday. The Holiday Series will host six shows from November 26 through January 4, serving as a precursor to the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival.

The Holiday Series kicks off with the Holiday & Horses CSI-W 2* on November 26-30, 2014, featuring premier “AA” hunter and 5-star jumper classes. Jumper competition includes a FEI World Cup qualifier and two FEI World Ranking classes.

The week begins with the $34,000 Holiday and Horses Opener on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The $34,000 1.45m will be held on Friday, Nov. 28. The $50,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix will be the the highlight event on Saturday evening, Nov. 29. Sunday, Nov. 30 will feature a $5,000 National Hunter Derby as well as a $10,000 Open Jumper Stake. Hunter champions will also be awarded throughout the week. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

 

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Hannah Von Heidegger Wins $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame West Coast Championship at Las Vegas National Horse Show

November 21, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Michelle Kerivan and Delaney Flynn Honored as West Coast Series Champions
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Hannah Von Heidegger and Axl Rose are presented with their award from Show Jumping Hall of Fame 

Executive Director Marty Bauman and Board member and Olympic gold medalist Will Simpson
Photo By (c) Amy McCool
Lexington, KY – November 20, 2014 – Hannah Von Heidegger of Chatsworth, CA, won the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) Junior/Amateur-Owner West Coast Championship held at the Las Vegas National Horse Show. This marks the third year that the SJHOF Jumper Classic Series has held a West Coast Championship Final in addition to its traditional Final at the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky.
It was tough competition as only four horse-and-rider combinations out of the 24 starters made it through to the jump-off. Riding Monarch International’s Axl Rose, Von Heidegger produced a clear round in the fastest time of 28.877 seconds to clinch the win. It was a great day for Von Heidegger who also won the $5,000 NAL West Coast Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Final that same day.

 

After the first two riders in the jump-off had faults, Saree Kayne of Santa Monica, CA, and her own Woodpecker de Villar took the lead with a clean ride, crossing the timers in 30.05 seconds. As the last to go, Von Heidegger knew what she had to do and she pulled it off to win the class and drop Kayne to second place.

 

“It was nice getting to go last because I got to see what I needed to do to win,” said a smiling Heidegger. “It was a great jump-off and really fast. There were a lot of great riders in there!”

 

Sydney Callaway of San Diego, CA, and Callaway Stables LLC’s Wolf S took third place with four penalties, while Kelsey Van Ackeren and her own Vernon G took fourth place with a total of eight penalties.

 

Following the class, Michelle Kerivan of Huntington Beach, CA, was honored for winning the West Coast’s Amateur-Owner division of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. She won the division with a total of 530 points aboardConvaro. Delaney Flynn of Scottsdale, AZ, and Quite Quick earned a total of 350 points to clinch the West Coast’s Junior division.
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Michelle Kerivan was honored for winning the West Coast’s Amateur-Owner division of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series
(c)Photo By Amy McCool
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame conducts the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, held under Grand Prix rules and specifications. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is designed to give amateur-owner and junior riders an opportunity to compete at higher levels and serves as a proving ground for many riders who aspire to someday represent the United States in international competition.

 

Any horse show offering a class that meets all the criteria set forth in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series specifications and has prize money of at least $1,000 is eligible to be part of the Series.
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series hosts separate divisions for junior and amateur-owner riders in two Conferences-the East Conference and the West Conference. Series standings are used to help determine junior and amateur-owner entries for the National Horse Show and for the Las Vegas National Horse Show. 

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is sponsored by LEGISequine.com, The National Horse Show Association of America, SmartPak, and Stadium Jumping, Inc.

 

As part of Langer Equestrian Group,LEGISequine.com is among the best horse insurance agencies in the country and the LEGIS Team lives by its motto of “Horsemen Insuring Horsemen”. The LEGIS Team members are involved, active horse people, who happen to be experts in insurance. Further information onLEGISequine.com is available atwww.LEGISequine.com or by calling 866-780-3713.
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2014 Show Jumping Hall of Fame West Coast Junior division champion Delaney Flynn (right) with trainer Janet Hischer
(photo courtesy Flynn family)
Founded in 1999, SmartPak Equine is the country’s largest online and catalog retailer serving the needs of the active and engaged horse owner. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has simplified the process of feeding horse supplements and medications, making it easier for thousands of riders to keep their horses healthier by ensuring their supplements are being fed correctly. Learn more at www.SmartPak.com.

 

The Las Vegas National Horse Show is a championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and grand prix jumpers. The 2014 event ran from November 11-16, at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, NV.  Show results are available at www.showpark.com.

 

The National Horse Show is a weeklong championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The 2014 event ran October 28 – November 2, in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™.  Further information is available at www.NHS.org.

 

Stadium Jumping, Inc. is a full-service horse show management and production company. Horseman, visionary and entrepreneur Gene Mische co-founded Stadium Jumping with a vision for the future of show jumping in the United States. For over four decades, the Morrissey family has managed all Stadium Jumping show operations keeping the same goal in mind, to produce top-quality events that will enhance and progress the sport of show jumping. Stadium Jumping, Inc. manages some of the top-rated horse shows in the country. Additional information is available atwww.stadiumjumping.com.

 

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.  Plaques honoring those who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park’s Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport’s history are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park.

 

For more information about the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, including Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, please visit the Show Jumping Hall of Fame website at www.showjumpinghalloffame.net.

Long-Time Partnership Brings Para-Dressage Rider’s Dreams to Fruition

November 18, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Rebecca Hart and Missy Ransehousen.

Photo by Lindsay McCall.

Unionville, PA – November 18, 2014 – Competing at an international level requires much more than just being a good rider; it takes a village. For para-dressage rider Becca Hart, three of the prominent members of that ‘village’ are Jessica and Missy Ransehousen and Todd Flettrich.

The support and tutelage of the three trainers has helped propel Hart to where she is today: riding down centerline at the highest levels of para-dressage competition, including two Paralymipcs and two World Equestrian Games (WEG).

Rewind back before her successful Paralympic and WEG rides in Hong Kong, London, Normandy and Kentucky, and Hart was just gearing up for the 2008 Paralympics, her first Paralympics event.

It was at that time that the Ransehousens, of Blue Hill Farm, decided to host the 2008 para-dressage riders and offer them all, including Hart, free training and board leading up to the Paralympic Games.

At that time, the training relationship that had begun to develop in 2006 between Hart and the Ransehousens continued to flourish into one that would truly help springboard Hart’s career. In Missy, Hart has a trainer well versed in teaching para-riders and in helping them compete at the highest level of the sport.

“My involvement with the para-riders started back in 1999 when Hope Hand, who lives locally in the Malvern [Pennsylvania] area, asked me to teach a clinic,” Missy said. “I had to very quickly adjust my training technique because many of the riders weren’t able to use a strong leg so they compensated in other ways. Hope was very patient with me, and she helped me gain a better understanding into coaching para-riders. While I was teaching her, she was also teaching me.”

Working with Hand further fueled Missy’s interest in the sport of para-dressage, and in 2000, she traveled to the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia as a coach. Since that summer in 2000, Missy has traveled to the Paralympic Games in Athens, Hong Kong, and London as, not only a trainer, but also as the Chef d’Equipe of the United States Paralympic Dressage teams.

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Photo by Lisa Thomas, Mid-Atlantic Equestrian Services

That background and knowledge that Missy brought to the table has proved invaluable to Hart, who continued on with Blue Hill Farm after her positive 2008 Paralympics experience and following her graduation from school. There the Ransehousens provided, and continue to provide, Hart with free board and lessons, allowing her to more easily continue to pursue her goals.

The combination of Missy and Jessica’s generosity and coaching and Hart’s talent was becoming a force to be reckoned with in the para-dressage ring, but as the 2010 World Equestrian Games approached, Missy too was competing and with conflicts in coaching Hart in Florida, she felt it was time to bring in an added reinforcement. Missy knew that longtime friend and professional international dressage rider Todd Flettrich would be just the man for the job.

“When Missy asked me, I was skeptical because I had not taught a para-rider before,” Flettrich admitted, but he was not one to say no to the Ransehousens, with whom he had been like family for some time.

“Going back to the 1980s, I met Todd, and he was my scribe when I judged a show in New Orleans,” said Jessica, a three time Olympic dressage rider herself. “It was very cute because he kept breaking in while scribing and saying that he really wanted to get to Young Riders. He pressed that he wanted to get somewhere where he could have the chance to compete on an international level.”

Jessica saw the passion that Flettrich had for the sport and offered to have him train with her at Blue Hill Farm, much like the current day situation between Hart and the Ranshousens.

“I said to him, if you get permission from your parents and have a horse to ride you can come and live with us. I can take you there. So he came to live with us, and I took him to the North American Young Rider Championship in 1989 and then again in 1990. He was the gold medal winner in 1990.”

With the unyielding generosity of Jessica and through their mutual respect, the two grew to have a wonderful relationship, and Flettrich came to be like a son to Jessica, often joking that Jessica is his other mom. The dynamic duo considers themselves to be family, as Jessica stays with Flettrich when she attends the shows in Florida.

And so, Flettrich was brought into the picture as a vital part of Hart’s growing team.

“As an FEI level rider and trainer, his is another opinion that I really respect, ” Missy said. “That is one of the reasons I thought he would do well with Hart. She needed some guidance, but she didn’t need to be talked through every second of her ride. He says a lot of encouraging words, and he is there to back you up.”

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Missy Ransehousen jogs Lord Ludgar at the London Olympic Games.

Photo by Lindsay McCall.

Then, with Flettrich on board and leading up to the 2012 London Paralympics, Jessica offered Hart another exciting addition to the team: Missy’s talented PSG dressage mount, Lord Ludgar.

Hart had retired Norteassa, who had been quite competitive and helped her reach her goal of going to the Paralympics, but Jessica knew that Lord Ludgar would be the perfect next step in helping Hart be competitive in the top tier of the sport.

By the time the 2012 London Paralympics actually arrived, Hart had an outstanding selection trial at Gladstone in 2012 and had been named the national champion aboard Lord Ludgar. At the Games, with the assistance of Missy who rode Lord Ludgar every morning, Hart delivered two beautiful tests for the team, placing fourth in the first team test and fifth in the freestyle.

The time came for Lord Ludgar to retire, and a top-level horse of her own was just what Hart needed, and that is just what another vital member of Hart’s growing team, Margaret Duprey of Cherry Knoll Farm, was able to offer her.

Duprey currently backs and supports Flettrich, and she presented the opportunity to Missy to do the same for Hart.

“Margaret came to me and told me that she was interested in helping Becca [Hart] buy a horse, and that was great,” Missy said. “She definitely has done a lot for the para-dressage program, and I hope that she stays with it and continues to sponsor Becca. Margaret is upbeat and supportive, and It is really great to have her as part of the team.”

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Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani.

Photo by Lindsay McCall

Duprey, with additional sponsors, purchased Schroeters Romani, a Danish Warmblood mare, for Hart, and it was on Schroeters Romani that Hart competed this summer at the 2014 WEG in Normandy, France. From there, their relationship has only continued to grow and improve with every ride.

“I recently went with [Hart] to a nice schooling show at Dunmovin where she rode really well and got a nice 67 percent in her third level test,” Jessica said.

With the support of the powerhouse team behind her, the future looks bright for Hart as she continues to climb the ranks as a top international competitor.

For more information about the Ransehousen family and their Blue Hill Farm click here.

To learn more about Becca Hart visit  http://www.teamusa.org/para-equestrian/athletes/Rebecca-Hart.

Kristin Hardin and Bert Blast to the Win in the Markel Insurance Grand Prix Series Final

November 14, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Madison Myro and Orion CWF Take the Winning Gamble in the Nevada Jump Cup

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Photo By Alden Corrigan

November 13, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV – The Las Vegas National kicked off the show jumping highlights at the South Point Hotel & Casino’s Equestrian Arena withThursday’s Markel Insurance Grand Prix Series Final. After competing in qualifying grand prix events throughout the year, the top twenty-five point earners were invited to compete in the inaugural finals.  With add back from each horse’s entry during the qualifying season, the purse for tonight’s class had grown to $53,400.

Set at 1.40m with 14 efforts in a time allowed of 74 seconds, the course featured a double and triple combination as well as several tricky bending lines; in particular, a blind left turn to a skinny wall on the far end of the short side of the arena.

Course designer Olaf Peterson, Jr. of Germany elaborated on his plan. “It can be difficult to make a 1.40m class challenging, especially since we have very good horses and riders in this class-for example, Enrique Gonzalez, rode at the WEG this year,” he explained. “It’s set very light; you need a careful horse to keep the fences up, since everything is set a solid 1.40m.”

Trouble spots included fence 3, an airy striped vertical, as well as fence 7a of the triple combination and 10a of the double combination. The tight time also caused additional faults for nearly a third of the class.

Nine entries returned for the jump-off, which was a series of rollbacks and lines before a hand gallop down to the last oxer. First to return, Jeffrey Fields on Bybalia SMH (Stall Minion, owner) was quick and clear in 41.39 seconds. Ann Knight Karrasch on Coral Reef Carmel Z (Coral Reef Mgmt., LLC) flew around the course, leaving all the rails up in a time of 37.99, which stood as the leading time until Kristin Hardin and her spunky partner Bert (Emily Cohodes, owner) zipped through the timers in 36.36.

Rich Fellers on Harry & Mollie Chapman’s Lux Lady were close behind Hardin, clean and fast in 37.95. In a heartbreaking turn of events, both Susie Hutchinson on SIG Excel (SIG International, owner) and Michelle Parker on Cross Creek Farm, Inc.’s Socrates de Midos both had quicker times in 34.71 and 35.63, respectively, but had a rail at the final oxer. Their four-fault rounds resulted in a victory gallop for Hardin, with Fellers in second and Karrasch taking home third.

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Kristin Hardin and Bert with (l-r) Melissa Brandes, Markel’s Brandon Seger,
Will Simpson, A. J. Schlatter Flynn and Dakoda Mower.
Photo By Alden Corrigan
Hardin was full of praise for her beloved horse. “After the first big class we did together I thought, ‘Wow, he’s the real thing.’ There’s that point where you start to believe. Last year we did well and now I trust him completely,” Hardin continued. “He’s super hot and doesn’t look easy to ride, but I just grab his mane three strides out and hang on.”

She elaborated on his habits. “He’ll be super wild and try to buck me off, and as soon as I untack him, he knows that is his time to roll. He always rolls on both sides and rubs his head in the dirt. It relaxes his back and makes him happy.”

As for what’s next for this wonder horse, Hardin explained. “I take it one day at a time. He’s my horse. Everyone wants him to do more, but I want him to last for a long time and for my kids to go to Young Riders on,” she said. “I want him to go forever-he doesn’t have to prove anything to me. He’s been perfect and is the horse of my dreams.”

The Gamble Pays Off for Myro and Orion CWF
Congratulations to Madison Myro and her own Orion CWF for their win in the Nevada Jump Cup – Gambler’s Choice. Myro set an exciting tone on Wednesday night for the week of events to come, earning 1250 points to take home the title. Second place went to Kenzie Sullivan and TKS Enterprises, LLC’s Maximus with 1220 points and third to Dinnia Digennaro aboard her own Lukamigo with 1210 points. The Nevada Jump Cup was the first of many highlight classes to be featured in Blenheim Equisports’ final show of the season.

RESULTS
Markel Insurance Grand Prix Series Final

Place – Entry – Horse – Rider – Owner – Faults/Time

1. 365 – Bert – Kristin Hardin – Emily Cohodes – 0/0/36.362
2. 857 – Lux Lady – Rich Fellers – Harry & Mollie Chapman – 0/0/37.958
3. 872 – Coral Reef Carmel Z – Ann Knight Karrasch – Coral Reef Mgmt., LLC – 0/0/37.996
4. 149 – Bybalia SMH – Jeffrey Fields – Stall Minion – 0/0/41.393
5. 180 – SIG Excel – Susan Hutchison – SIG International – 0/4/34.718
6. 879 – Socrates de Midos – Michelle Parker – Cross Creek Farms, Inc. – 0/4/35.638
7. 685 – Lasse – Jamie Barge – Kylieco – 0/4/39.045
8. 691 – Zanzibar – Tanya Levorchick – Megan Camaisa – 0/4/40.851
9. 927 – Quilebo du Tillard – Enrique Gonzalez – Enrique Gonzalez – 0/4/44.859
10. 287 – Mucho Gusto – Melissa Doddridge – Melissa Doddridge – 1/74.522.

Photos by Alden Corrigan.  See Official Show photos at McCool Photography.

About the Las Vegas National
Produced by the Blenheim EquiSports Management Team, this one-of-a-kind competition is unique to Las Vegas. Offering a schedule with several highlight classes, including an FEI World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix, it is an important stop on the fall indoor show schedule. Several hundred horses come to spend the week in the tremendous indoor facility at the South Point Equestrian Arena.

One of the only events where accommodations, dining, entertainment, spa services, show arenas and stabling are all essentially under the same roof, the Las Vegas National stands alone and is recognized as a Top 25 Horse Show by the North American Riders Group.

Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro Dance to Freestyle Victory during $20,000 Royal Invitational

November 14, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Paired with her 2012 Olympic mount, D Niro, Jacqueline Brooks won the won the Grand Prix Freestyle test at the Royal Invitational, presented by Butternut Ridge.
Photo By Cealy Tetley
Toronto, Ont. Nov. 13, 2014 — Paired with her 2012 Olympic mount, D Niro (D-Day x Napoleon 625), a 15-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding, Jacqueline Brooks won the Grand Prix Freestyle test at the Royal Invitational, presented by Butternut Ridge, during the evening performance at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, on November 13, 2014.

Riding to a custom classical freestyle designed by Kurboom, Brooks of Cedar Valley, Ont., had the crowd entranced with the unison of her horse with her dramatic music selection. For their fantastic test, which highlighted their strong piaffe and passage, Brooks earned a score of 73.750%.

“What a great way to end the season,” said Brooks, who has been working with D Niro, owned by Mary Brooks of Brookhaven Dressage Inc., for just over three years. “We made this freestyle last fall and debuted it the second month we were in Florida this year. I can really let him show himself off, which he enjoys.”
Karen Pavicic of Surrey, B.C., finished in second place in the Grand Prix Freestyle riding her 2014 World Equestrian Games partner, Don Daiquiri, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding sired by Don Cardinale. Using very modern music featuring One Republic, American Authors and Avicii, Pavicic received a score of 73.167%.

“It was such an amazing atmosphere tonight. It was super exciting, and the crowd was great” said Pavicic, who co-owns Don Daiquiri with Jayne Essig. “I am really proud of my horse. This was his first time in an indoor ring like The Royal. He is still a young horse at only 12-years-old, and we have had an amazing year and an amazing finish to my year.”

Riding Pop Art (Amsterdam X Cabochon), a 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Moreen Nicoll and Rusty Holzer, Jill Irving of Moncton, N.B., finished in third spot with a score of 70.458%. In fourth was Brittany Fraser of New Glasgow, N.S., riding Countess (Don X Solos), her 12-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, earning a final score of 69.625%.

The officiating judges for the Grand Prix Freestyle test at the Royal Invitational, presented by Butternut Ridge, were Lorraine MacDonald (CAN) at M, Joan Macartney (CAN) at E and Peter Holler (GER) at C.

Der Dau Custom Riding Boots Announces Partnership with Georgina Bloomberg’s “The Rider’s Closet”

November 14, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Trade in Existing Boots For a Credit Towards a Custom Pair of Der Dau Dream Boots and Make Someone Else’s Dreams Come True!

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Georgina Bloomberg and Juvina
Photo: Stefano Grasso

New York, NY – November 13, 2014 – Two of New York’s iconic equestrian figures, Georgina Bloomberg and Joseph Der, Jr., have combined efforts to provide high quality riding boots to equestrians in need. Der Dau Custom Riding Boots has initiated a program to accept trade-ins of existing riding boots in exchange for a credit applied towards a future order of the company’s exclusive Dream Boots. Each used pair will then be refurbished as needed by Der Dau’s expert craftsman and donated to The Rider’s Closet.

Georgina Bloomberg explains, “I started the Rider’s Closet 8 years ago to be able to help riders afford the proper equipment and clothing for this sport. I have hopefully made a difference in many rider’s lives and made it easier for them to pursue their riding, whether they do it for pleasure or have the opportunity to compete. I have known Joseph Der for years now and always respected his work and his involvement in the horse show community. I am thrilled to be able to work with him and his company as well as humbled and overwhelmed by his generosity towards my program.”

 

Der Dau accepts all brands of boots that are in acceptable working condition. To determine the value of your trade-in, bring your boots in to one of Der Dau’s booths/showrooms, excluding third party dealers, at equestrian events across the U.S. and Europe.

 

Bloomberg, one of the nation’s finest young equestrian stars, just recently won the inaugural Central Park Grand Prix in her hometown of New York City and has since had top finishes in the LA Masters, Washington and the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky. She also competed successfully this summer at the Global Champions Tour (photo left at Paris GCT, by Stefano Grasso) and with the United States Equestrian Team.

 

About Der Dau Inc.
Established over 50 years ago in New York, Der Dau is passionately dedicated to its legacy of producing the finest riding boots. This pinnacle of quality is achieved by building each boot by expert craftsman and hand selecting only the finest quality materials. Culminating on their rich foundation of traditional artisanship, Der Dau has incorporated sophisticated innovation to create boots that consistently meet the functional and design needs of modern equestrians. Each Der Dau boot remains handmade in the United States and is custom built to the exact standards specified by each customer. The company’s overriding commitment for excellence has made its boots the choice for the most discriminating riders- from dedicated equestrian enthusiasts to Olympic medal winners. For more information, visit www.derdau.com or call 1.718.336.4513

 

About the Rider’s Closet
The Rider’s Closet is a program started by Georgina Bloomberg in August 2006. The program aims to make riding clothes more accessible to therapeutic riding programs, pony clubs, intercollegiate riding programs and individual riders who are in need. The Rider’s Closet accepts all lightly used riding gear then donates them to anyone who requests the items (U.S. only).

 

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Ten More Champions Are Crowned on Final Day of US Dressage Finals Presented By Adequan®

November 10, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Intense head-to-head dressage competition across 30 championship divisions concluded on Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington for the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®. Surrounded by friends and family, emotions ran high for competitors as they rode their way into history and celebrated their success with joyous victory laps before packing for their long journeys back to homes across the country.

The appropriately-named Dutch Warmblood Eye Candy (Weltmeyer x UB40) was one of the day’s big winners. In the largest class of the Finals, the lovely five-year-old mare owned by Heather Mason was the final ride of the class but made the biggest impression with the judges as she carried rider Amy Gimbel of Lebanon, N.J. (Region 8) to victory in the hotly-contested Training Level Adult Amateur Championship with a score of 75.800%. “I started riding Eye Candy about nine months ago,” said Gimbel. “The horse I had been riding before her was sold, so I was looking for something to catch ride and Heather offered her to me. She’s been a super horse to show – even though this was only her fifth competition and it has a huge atmosphere, she handled it all so well. I feel so lucky to ride her and I have a lot to be thankful for.” First to go down centerline at 8am was Carolyn Desnoyer of Mosinee, Wis. (qualified in Region 4) aboard her warmblood mare Fresca (Festrausch x Rising Star by GP Raymeister). They posted a score of 73.533% that stood atop the leaderboard for the duration of the class until Gimbel’s final ride, but ultimately was still good enough Reserve Championship honors. “She came out of her stall ready to work and two minutes after we got to the warm-up I thought ‘hey, they could ring that bell any time, we’re ready to go,'” said Desnoyer of her mount. “She went in and did her job and gave me everything she had. I was so proud of her. I feel like Cinderella – it’s been an amazing experience here at the Finals.”

A particularly heartwarming moment of the day came during the presentation of the Janine Westmoreland Malone Perpetual Trophy (presented by USDF) to the new Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges Champion, Adrienne Bessey of Region 7. Bessey and her Danish Warmblood mare Dido ran away with the title on an impressive score of 71.491%, more than six points better than the next-placed competitor. With this score, Dido (by Royal Hit) also earned the Lloyd Landkamer Perpetual Trophy for FEI Highest Scoring Mare, presented by Janet Foy. It was an emotional win for Bessey, a family practice physician in Thousand Oaks, Cal. “My test felt great, she was perfect for me and did everything I asked,” she explained. “I hadn’t ever thought of traveling this far for a show, but some of my friends in California were coming and asked if I wanted to go, so I said ‘sure, why not’. I can’t believe how well organized and fun this show is. The atmosphere is almost indescribable, it feels very big but at the same time everyone is so supportive of each other. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to come here.” Earning Reserve Champion honors was Jennifer Van de Loo (Holly Springs, Miss., qualified in Region 2) who rode her Oldenburg gelding Lanzelot 99 (by Lord Sinclair I) to 65.000%. “He is my schoolmaster, and this is just my second year at the FEI level,” said Van de Loo. “He’s the best horse ever and I’m so thankful for him. It’s an honor to be here and I’ve enjoyed it so much.”

The morning’s Prix St. Georges Open Championship became a clash of the titans as incredibly talented horses and riders battled for the win. Saturday night’s Intermediate I Open Freestyle Champions Angela Jackson and Allure S (Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Kerrin Dunn) returned to the ring no worse for wear to once again post a top score of 71.491% and lead another victory lap. “She was still asleep this morning when I had to get her ready, but she got up and felt great! It felt like the best Prix St. Georges test I’ve done with her all year,” said an elated Jackson of her partner. “Now we’re going to go home, take a little time off, and then start preparing for a move up to the Developing Horse Grand Prix.” Reserve Champions Mette Rosencrantz (Topanga, Cal., Region 7) also has big plans for Anne Solbraekke’s Hanoverian gelding De Noir 3 (De Niro x Maharani by Matcho) as she is considering the pursuit of a U.S. Team berth for next year’s Pan American Games in Toronto. The elegant pair followed up their Intermediate I Open Championship on Friday by finishing a close second today with a score of 71.009%. “I had a good ride, he’s a great show horse, and I enjoy riding him,” Rosencrantz said. “There were so many talented riders and horses in this class, it was amazing. “Everyone was breathing down each other’s necks because we’re all here for the same reason – to win.”

Amy Stuhr Paterson (Lee’s Summit, Mo., Region 4) thought she might be in trouble as she prepared for her Intermediate B Adult Amateur Championship performance with Greenwood Sporthorses’ Dutch Warmblood mare Wies V/D Klumpert (by Future x Sarina V/D Klumpert by Havidoff). “My horse was incredibly wild in that ring yesterday when we were just hand walking around the perimeter,” she explained. “She was literally passaging in-hand, so I was a little bit worried about what today might bring.” But the lovely Dutch Warmblood mare rewarded Paterson’s trust by earning a score of 68.690%, good enough for a narrow victory. “She ended up using all that energy for good and not evil, so I was thrilled with our ride,” said Paterson, who missed last year’s inaugural Finals due to battling breast cancer. “It’s a tricky test, but she was honest and with me the entire time. It meant a lot to me to be here, and I definitely want to show at Grand Prix next year and come back.” Friday’s Grand Prix Adult Amateur Champions Alice Tarjan (Frenchtown, N.J. Region 8) and her young Oldenburg mare Elfenfeuer returned to claim Reserve Championship honors today with 68.333%. “She handled being outside really well today. We had some mistakes but we’re green at this level and we have plenty of work to do and room for improvement,” said Tarjan.

Heather Mason of Lebanon, N.J. (Region 8) found great success at last year’s inaugural Finals, and she returned to Kentucky to claim yet another title with her 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Zar by topping the Intermediate B Open Championship on a score of 69.286%. “This is a great show and so well-run. I love it, and my clients all love it. I think it’s just a fun show to go to, and it’s a lot bigger this year,” said Mason. “As for Zar, I think he’s actually going to be a better Grand Prix horse than a small tour horse, just because his piaffe/passage work is pretty special. He’s kind of a hot horse who is very honest but incredibly scared of everything, so I had a lot of horse under me today! But he was really good and he held it together.” Also returning to the Finals was Eva Oldenbroek Tabor of Medina, Texas (Region 9) who earned the Reserve Championship with her flashy Dutch Warmblood gelding Uberlinus (by Metall) with 66.865%. “I’ve have him since he was three years old and he’s 13 now, so I know him inside and out,” said Tabor. “I’ve been through some ups and downs with him because he’s sensitive and he’s not easy. But we’ve worked our way up from the young horse classes and here we are! Today was a wonderful day – he was flawless. I was here at the Finals last year and it made me want to come back. The arena is amazing and the footing is amazing. It’s probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever competed in.”

Morgan Barrows of Monroe, Wash. (Region 6) and Janice Davis’ six-year-old Oldenburg gelding San Corazon have proven to be unbeatable at Open Second Level at these Finals, following up on Saturday’s freestyle win by claiming today’s Second Level Open Championship with 72.063%. “He’s been such a ‘steady Eddie’ at every horse show from the minute you take him off the trailer,” said Barrows. “He’s already showing talent for the Prix St. Georges, so if he’s ready we’ll think about Developing Horse next year. We’ll see how it goes. Maybe we’ll even be able to come back here – we certainly had a great time this year.” Also enjoying the Finals experience was Reserve Champion Tena Frieling of Holland, Mich. (qualified in Region 2) who earned a score of 70.159% with her Oldenburg gelding Royal Heir, which she has developed since he was a three-year-old. “I can’t believe that we’ve done this,” said Frieling as she blinked back tears. “It’s completely unexpected. Today my ride was as good as it could have been. It’s been a long road for us, but I’m just so happy to be here. It’s been a fantastic experience.”

Music once again rang out across the Kentucky Horse Park as a second full day of freestyles got underway with 24 entries in the First Level Open Freestyle in the electric atmosphere of the Alltech Arena. Emerging victorious was Megan McIsaac of Oregon, Wis. (Region 2) who rode the Trakehner gelding Kingsley (owned by Wisconsin Kid LLC) to a top score of 73.722%, good enough for a narrow win over Stacey Hastings (Mooresville, N.C., Region 1) riding Karen Guerra’s Friesian mare Trijntje v.d. Bokkefarm (by Beart 411) with 73.167%. “It was so awesome to be here and be a part of this event,” said McIsaac, who was attending the Finals for the first time. “Kingsley is so talented and he always brings that to the table. He’s a really special horse and I have some exciting goals for him for the future.”

Cariann Wlosinski (Lexington, Ky., Region 2) and her own Oldenburg mare Rhiannon (by Rousseau) had already added Saturday’s Second Level Adult Amateur Freestyle title to their resume, but returned on Sunday to claim one more victory in the First Level Adult Amateur Freestyle on a score of 73.700%. “It’s been a fun weekend!,” she exclaimed. “We rode this freestyle last year and finished third, so it meant a lot to come back and win with it this year. I thought she’d be tired today, but she actually was even better. I also would like to thank those who made the decision to separate the open and adult amateur freestyle championship classes. Everyone loves freestyles but they are a lot of work, and it means a lot to have our own division.” Amy Gimbel and Heather Mason’s young Dutch Warmblood mare Eye Candy had already earned the Training Level Adult Amateur title earlier in the morning, but the pair also added a second championship honor to their roster by earning the First Level Adult Amateur Freestyle Reserve Championship. “She was a little distracted in this test, but she’s still such a good girl and I couldn’t be happier with our experience.”

Nancy Szakacs’ smile was infectious as she rode a Ricky Martin-themed freestyle aboard her own Westfalen gelding Rudi Regali to top the Third Level Adult Amateur Freestyle Championship with 69.056%. “This music suits his movement and personality, and today we were so ‘on’ with the music, it really was like we were dancing,” said Szakacs, who works in clinical research for a biopharmaceutical company back home in Hollister, Cal. (Region 7). “It felt like so much fun just being in the Alltech Arena and having that electric experience. I remember at one moment I looked up to see my name on the huge scoreboard at the end of arena and just thought ‘wow!’. It’s been wonderful.” Reserve Champion Taryn Hochstatter (St. Charles, Ill. qualified in Region 4) was equally thrilled after scoring 67.500% aboard Ginna Frantz’s Oldenburg mare Bella Luna GP. “She’s a sassy chestnut mare, so we love to show off that attitude in her freestyle,” said Hochstatter, who came to the Finals for the first time with her mother, who she called her “number one fan”. “Of course there’s pressure to do well, but when we halted at the end of the test I almost cried because my horse did so well today. It was unreal.”

Stacey Hastings brought five horses to the Finals from Mooresville, N.C. (Region 1) and now returns home a national champion after claiming the Fourth Level Open Freestyle title with 72.278% aboard Coves Darden Farm’s striking black PRE stallion Police. “This is a brand new freestyle with music by Peter Gabriel which suits him well,” Hastings explained. “The downside is that it’s so new, I just learned the music last week and didn’t have time to actually practice it more than about three times. But I had it on video so I just watched it over and over and over and hoped for the best. We lucked out! I’m so glad I came this year, the show ran well and everyone’s been so friendly.” Fellow Region 1 competitor Dawn Weniger of Apex, N.C. and her Dutch gelding Don Derrick (by Don Ruto) didn’t let a few bobbles keep them from claiming Reserve honors with 69.333% for their medieval-themed performance. “He was afraid of some patches of light shining on the floor of the arena so he jumped over them a few times, but he was lovely and forward and light, and I’m pretty darn happy,” Weniger said. “I’ve never done a national championship before, and I was having so much fun with my horse. He makes me smile every day. He’s so kind and fun and talented, but still a regular guy.”

More information including final results, photo galleries, and news archives from the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® are available on the official event website www.usdressagefinals.com. Video on-demand from select championship performances is also available on the USEF Network (www.usefnetwork.com). A complete archive of each competition day’s results is listed at this direct link: http://www.usdf.org/usdressagefinals/competitors/results.asp.

Mary Jordan Heads to U.S. Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® as First-Ever Para-Dressage Athlete

November 05, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 at the Great American Insurance Group/ United States Dressage Federation Region 8 Championships

presented by New England Dressage Association (NEDA) September 18-21, 2014

Photo By ©Amy E. Riley/STUDIO EQUUS

Lexington, KY – October 30, 2014 – 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) athlete Mary Jordan of Wells, Maine is headed to the 2014 U.S. Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® scheduled for November 6-9, in Lexington, KY. Jordan qualified with Rubicon 75 (Royal-Hit x Edelkarin/Absinthe) at the Great American Insurance Group/ United States Dressage Federation Region 8 Championships presented by New England Dressage Association (NEDA) September 18-21, 2014. Unprecedented, this horse and rider combination is the only Para-Equestrian Dressage duo to win an able-bodied Regional Championship to go to the Finals.  Jordan earned her invitation when the pair won the 3rd Level Championship out of a field of 23 competitors. Rubicon also placed 5th in the 2nd Level Region 8 Championship. Rubicon 75, is owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center of Loxahatchee, Florida, and was formally owned and ridden by Catherine Haddad Staller of International Dressage.

This partnership of Jordan and Rubicon 75 began in April 2014. Jordan had already qualified with Deeice Denison’s Sebastian for the 2014 WEG Selection Trials so she headed to Europe in the Spring of 2014 for the opportunity to gain some international miles aboard Rubicon 75. The pair hit it off and completed a successful European show tour. In June 2014 Jordan competed at the selection trials with Sebastian earning a short-list ranking for the U.S. The 2014 show season was the final international Para-Dressage season for Jordan and Sebastian. Jordan and Sebastian have garnered multiple accolades to their name including being U.S. team alternates for both the 2012 Paralympics in London and the 2014 WEG in Normandy. Sebastian retires internationally holding a back to back Grade IV USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion 2011-2012 (no finals in 2013) and a Grade IV reserve championship in 2014. Sebastian was undefeated in competition in 2014 prior to the WEG Selection Trials and was the top Grade IV horse on the USEF ranking list 2011-2014. Immediately prior to WEG 2014 Sebastian and Jordan were the third highest ranked Para-Dressage horse/rider combination from the USA according to the FEI. Jordan will be taking her experience aboard her past mounts aiming for the 2016 Rio Paralympics with Rubicon 75 beginning with the U.S. Dressage Finals. This will be Jordan’s second time back to The Kentucky Horse Park where she rode horse Paxton Abbey as an individual at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

In its second year, the U.S. Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® is a unique head-to-head national championship competition for Adult Amateur and Open Dressage riders at all levels of competition from Training to Grand Prix. It is unique to have a Para-Dressage horse and rider combination competing in this able-bodied championship.

Jordan explained, “Rubicon qualified for NEDA Fall and Regionals at one show in August 2014, our first stateside competition. I rode four tests at 2nd and 3rd level over two days and got my qualifying scores at Vermont Dressage Days in Essex Junction, VT. There, Rubicon earned high score of the show and won the Blue Seal Amateur Cup on a score of 69+%. His scores in Saugerties went up to 72.9%. Rubicon is our hopeful for Rio 2016. I successfully competed him at the CPEDI3* in Moorsele, Belgium, just missing the qualifying score for the U.S. Selection Trials for Normandy by 3/100s of a point. I only had him two weeks at that point. He also won and was 2nd place at a national horse show in London with me with scores in the low 70s.”

She acknowledged, “I am so incredibly excited to compete in Kentucky with this extremely wonderful horse along with the nation’s best riders and horses from around the country. A sincere thanks to my family, friends, Coach James Koford, Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, Catherine Haddad Staller, and sponsors for their support and encouragement with our new partnership.”

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

 

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages Para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the Para-Equestrian umbrella.

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage Para-Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the Para-Equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF). 

 

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.

 

Competitors Gather at Kentucky Horse Park for This Week”s US Dressage Finals Presented By Adequan®

November 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Sunny skies, rolling green fields, and the iconic four-board fences of the Kentucky Horse Park welcome the droves of horse vans arriving in Lexington, Ky. for this week’s US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, a unique national head-to-head competition showcasing riders and horses competing for top honors at all dressage levels from Training to Grand Prix as well as musical freestyles.

This year’s competitor roster includes over 400 entries for the US Dressage Finals and USDF Dressage in the Bluegrass open show, reflecting an increase of more than 100 entries from last year’s inaugural event.  Over four exciting days of competition to be held November 6 – 9, 2014, riders representing all nine United States Dressage Federation (USDF) regions and from 38 states across the country (and the District of Columbia) will gather in the Horse Capital of the World, including from the West Coast states of Washington, Oregon, and California, as well as up and down the eastern seaboard from Maine to south Florida.

For this second annual Finals, championship offerings have been expanded to 30 divisions, offering exhibitors from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels (including adult amateurs, professionals, and High Performance riders) a chance to earn national honors, fantastic prizes, and more than $50,000 in prize money.  From the awe-inspiring atmosphere of the Alltech Arena to the picturesque outdoor Stonelea and Claiborne arenas with state-of-the-art synthetic footing, dressage competition will be held across six rings, including four rings of non-stop Championship action.

In the pre-dawn hours of last Saturday, Barbi Breen-Gurley of Los Osos, Cal. loaded her Dutch Warmblood Vindicator onto a commercial van full of fellow California horses for their 55-hour non-stop journey across the country to the Bluegrass Region.  Looking fresh and fit upon his arrival on Monday, the gelding seemed ready to take on 20 other competitors in the Open Grand Prix Championship class later this week.  Having attended the inaugural edition of the Finals last November (where the pair finished sixth in the Intermediaire I division), Breen-Gurley was well aware of the long and expensive trip they faced in returning to Kentucky.  But there was never a doubt that, given the opportunity, she would be back.

“I was so proud of him last year, and even though this is his first year at Grand Prix, I wanted to come back, do our best, and be able to say that we did this,” Breen-Gurley explained.  “My amazing husband Geof supports me all the way, my kids are so proud, and I truly believe that you have to seize an opportunity like this when it presents itself.  I knew what we were in for coming all this way, but I am still so grateful to be here.  So often I see people give up on their dreams for many different reasons, but I refuse to, even if it means traveling across the country to pursue them.

“I also think it’s great to see even more people from the western states this year,” she concluded.  “We had a wonderful time last year, and I’m happy to see others take advantage of this.  It’s incredible to be competing with such great people from all over the country who are so committed to the sport.  It makes for such a great energy here, and it’s particularly inspiring and exciting for me.”

The US Dressage Finals get started on Thursday, November 6 with USDF Dressage in the Bluegrass open classes, followed by a Competitor Welcome Party at the Alltech Arena.  Championship classes kick off on Friday, with special evening performances and activities both Friday and Saturday to entertain competitors and spectators alike.  For a truly unforgettable championship experience, limited VIP seating in the Alltech Arena is still available for purchase (to learn more, click here).  For those dressage fans unable to attend the Finals in person, the popular USEF Network will feature live online streaming of select classes from the Alltech Arena on their website, http://www.usefnetwork.com.

To learn more about the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, download competition information, review entry lists, purchase tickets to special events, and sign up to receive news and updates, visit the official event website athttp://www.usdressagefinals.com.