Kirstin Jorgenson’s Win Is All in the Family on Final Day of Great American/USDF Region 7 & California Dressage Society Championship Show

Kirstin Jorgenson and her home-bred Oldenburg/Thoroughbred mare Astrid YHF celebrate their win in the CDS First Level Adult Amateur Horse of the Year division at the 2018 CDS Championship Show. Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler/Yellow Horse Marketing.

Kirstin Jorgenson and her home-bred Oldenburg/Thoroughbred mare Astrid YHF celebrate their win in the CDS First Level Adult Amateur Horse of the Year division at the 2018 CDS Championship Show. Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler/Yellow Horse Marketing.

By Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society

Breeding a dressage horse can be a leap of faith, but it’s a gamble that paid off in spades for Kristin Jorgenson as she rode to victory her aboard her five-year-old homebred Oldenburg/Thoroughbred mare Astrid YHF in the $1,000 CDS First Level Adult Amateur Horse of the Year division at the Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 7 and California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Show, held September 27-30 in Burbank.

Jorgenson grew up competing in junior/young rider classes on the West Coast with her mare’s sire Gold Coast before heading off to college. Now a small animal veterinarian in Healdsburg, Cal., she still finds time to ride and compete in dressage on horses her mother Kathy Jorgenson breeds. 

“Mom bred horses for years to sell, but now is semi-retired and has scaled back to just producing horses for us. The funny thing is that I had some doubts about using Astrid’s dam, an off-the-track Thoroughbred, but my mom insisted and it turns out she was right!” Jorgensen laughed. “And that’s the tricky thing about breeding: sometimes it works, and other times it doesn’t. For instance, Astrid’s older full-sister didn’t want to be a dressage horse, so she’s loving life as a hunter. But from the very beginning Astrid has shown a talent for dressage and she’s been the perfect horse for me. I’ve never had one going so well.”

Jorgensen and her young charge competed in the CDS Championship Show last year in Rancho Murieta, and her positive experience in the CDS Futurity classes encouraged Jorgensen to seriously consider making the 10 hour drive from Northern California to compete in Burbank again this year. “I wasn’t entirely sure we were ready, but Mom pushed me to come here and do this,” she explained. And her mom was right again: Jorgensen and Astrid rode to victory with a two-round First Level average score of 68.872% to earn the Full Cry Perpetual Trophy. “The thing that’s impressed me the most about Astrid is her composure beyond her years. I was very stressed about coming all the way down here, but she just seemed to say, ‘I’ve got this.’ She really stepped up and we were able to have consistently good rides. That’s her daddy coming through – they just seem to be born broke. Now we’ll look forward to being back at the Championships yet again next year.”

Competition concluded Sunday across a wide variety of CDS Horse of the Year divisions:

  • Laurel Kerner of Ramona, Cal. rode her promising young Oldenburg mare Coco Noir to a big second-day score to top the $1,000 CDS Training Level Adult Amateur Horse of the Year division.

  • After a stellar performance in the CDS Young Horse Futurity earlier in the weekend, Jennifer Wetterau of Costa Mesa, Cal. and her own KWPN gelding Hartog capped off a successful Championship Show by easily claiming the Two-Tone Malone Perpetual Trophy for $1,000 CDS Second Level Adult Amateur Horse of the Year with a whopping 78.275% average, as well as the Stanford Perpetual Trophy for $1,000 CDS Third Level Adult Amateur Horse of the Year with 75.192%.

  • Winning the Judith Elias Perpetual Trophy for the $1,000 CDS Third Level Open division was Julia Mineikis of Reno, riding her KWPN gelding Frangipani to a score of 74.936% for Mineikis’ second victory of the weekend.

  • With two freestyle championships already to their credit, Kasey Cannon of Moorpark and her Hanoverian stallion Diesel CF succeeded in their mission to win the Fox Run Perpetual Trophy for CDS Fourth Level Adult Amateur Horse of the Year with an overall two-test average of 69.604%. 

Great American/USDF Region 7 championships were also presented in these divisions:

  • In the experienced hands of Kristina Harrison of Burbank, the talented five-year-old KWPN gelding I Felix (owned by Jocelyn Towne) has proven to be hard to beat at the CDS Championships, and as one last feather in their cap, the pair claimed the Region 7 First Level Open title over a field of almost 20 entries with an impressive score of 75.956%.

  • Hilda Gurney has been a force to be reckoned with at this weekend’s Championship Show, and she returned to the winner’s circle yet again with her Trakehner gelding Lotta Silver to claim the Great American/USDF Region 7 Fourth Level Open title with 69.444%.

  • Two years ago at the CDS Championship Show, Ruth Shirkey and her Hanoverian mare Wyleigh Princess earned the CDS Second Level Adult Amateur Horse of the Year title. Now the pair returned to Burbank and moved up to claim the Region 7 Fourth Level Adult Amateur Championship with 69.167%.

  • Rancho Santa Fe’s Tiffany Mahoney and her Westfalen gelding Rey del Mundo continued their winning ways by claiming top honors in the Region 7 Intermediaire I Adult Amateur division with 67.132%, marking their third straight victory for the weekend.

  • In the Region 7 Intemediaire I Open Championship, Sarah Lockman of Aliso Viejo, Cal. rode her own Holsteiner gelding Calimero straight down victory lane with a top score of 70.882%.

  • Adrienne Bessey of Thousand Oaks, Cal. was all smiles as she claimed her second championship title of this year’s show with her Oldenburg gelding Wintersnow. The pair earned CDS Horse of the Year honors on Friday, and now wrapped up their week with the Region 7 Grand Prix Adult Amateur Championship on a score of 65.924%.

  • After winning the Sherry de Leon Memorial Trophy for the CDS Open Grand Prix Horse of the Year on Friday, Mette Rosencrantz of Topanga, Cal., and her Danish Warmblood gelding Marron once again topped a huge field for the unanimous win under both judges in the Region 7 Grand Prix Open Championship on a score of 69.402%. 

Juniors and young riders also wrapped up their championship divisions:

  • After winning their first Region 7 Championship title yesterday, Cayla Divodi of Santa Rosa and her Andalusian gelding Bodi returned to the ring to win for a second straight time in the CDS Training Level JR/YR Horse of the Year division with 72.133%.

  • Also earning her second championship sash of the weekend with an impressive score of 72.132% was Celsiana William of Trinidad, Cal. and her young Oldenburg mare Prima Ballerina, winning the day’s Region 7 First Level JR/YR division.

  • At Third Level, Charlotte Glitz of Pleasanton, Cal. rode the KWPN gelding Ursel to victory in the Region 7 Third Level JR/YR Championship class with a winning score of 69.295%. 

  • Another repeat winner was Sophia Ekstrand of Santa Monica who rode the Hanoverian mare Concetta to win the CDS Third Level JR/YR title with 70.096%. 

  • Christian Simonson of Ventura, Cal. and Christina Morgan’s Hanoverian stallion FRH Rassolini have proven to be an unbeatable combination in Burbank, winning top honors yet again in Sunday’s Region 7 Prix St. Georges JR/YR Championship with 73.456%.

Wrapping up an incredible weekend of championship competition, CDS announced this year’s roster of show Grand Champions, awarded to the horse and rider with the highest combined percentage in a CDS Horse of the Year test as well as a Freestyle: 

  • Receiving the Keen Perpetual Trophy for Grand Champion at the Grand Prix level was Sherry Van’t Reit of Calabasas, Cal. riding her own Oldenburg gelding Sir Deauville.

  • Heidi Gaian of Hollister, Cal. rode Johann Hinnemann’s Hanoverian gelding Daumling to win the Intermediaire I Grand Championship and the Doug Downing Memorial Perpetual Trophy.

  • For the Third/Fourth Level Grand Championship, Christian Hartung of Vacaville, Cal. rode his Oldenburg gelding Desario to victory, accepting the Major Guy de Roaldes Memorial Perpetual Trophy.

  • Last but not least, Sara Bartholomew of Galt, Cal. won the Atherton Dressage Society Perpetual Trophy for the First/Second Level Grand Championship with her KWPN mare Gelbria.

For more information about the California Dressage Society Championship Show, including news, schedules, ride times, and results, visit the CDS website and follow along with behind-the-scenes updates and photos on the CDS Facebook page.