By Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society
Ericka Reinig came to this year’s Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 7 and California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Show (being held September 27-30 in Burbank) with one goal in mind: to qualify for this year’s US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®. And now, after finding her way to the winner’s circle, she’s successfully punched her ticket for what may be the trip of a lifetime.
Aboard Alanna Sellers’ six-year-old Westfalen gelding Bellisambrosso RTH, Reinig topped the Second Level Open Championship with a victorious score of 67.805%, and suddenly her eight-hour drive south from her home in Rancho Murieta to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center looks like it will be just a warm-up for the four-day cross-country trek she’s now planning to make in order to attend the US Dressage Finals in Kentucky this November.
“He was just super – he was very relaxed and rideable in the warm-up and during the test, and that’s a bit of a breakthrough for him – having that relaxation carry over into the show ring. He’s handled himself very well so far this weekend, getting better and better with every ride,” Reinig said of her young mount, who is one of six horses she hopes to qualify for the Finals by the time this weekend’s competition is completed. “The Finals are a goal we’ve had in mind all year: the shows we used to qualify, the training we did at home, and now competing here at Regionals, all was done to prepare to hopefully go to Kentucky. Now we’re really excited about being a part of it.”
Seven other Great American/USDF Region 7 champions were crowned on Friday, including:
In the Training Level Adult Amateur division, Laurel Kerner of Ramona, Cal. and her five-year-old Oldenburg mare Coco Noir were first down centerline at 8am but set a mark of 71.136% which could not be topped to come away with their first victory of the weekend.
Also setting what would prove to be an unbeatable score of 74.659% as the first ride to enter the arena for the Training Level Open Championship was Kristina Harrison of Burbank aboard Jocelyn Towne’s KWPN gelding I Felix.
Rachel De Berdt of Canyon City, Cal. rode her Hanoverian gelding Renaissance Man HVH to a score of 65.427% to top 11 rivals in the Second Level Adult Amateur division.
In the Region 7 FEI Young Rider Team Championship, Christian Simonson (Ventura, Cal.) rode Christina Morgan’s Hanoverian stallion FRH Rassolini to victory with 70.662%.
Dirk Glitz of Danville, Cal. piloted Kimberly Noon-Fishel’s KWPN gelding Elian Royale to the unanimous win under both judges in the Intermediaire II Open Championship with a score of 71.029%.
Earning the narrow victory with 66.838% in the Intermediaire II Adult Amateur division was Rancho Santa Fe’s Laura Maloney, riding her KWPN stallion Winsor Rox.
Wrapping up an exciting day in the covered Equidome was fierce competition for the Region 7 Grand Prix Freestyle Championship, where Sherry Van’t Riet of Calabasas, Cal. rode her Oldenburg gelding Sir Deauville into the winner’s circle with 72.475%.
One of the perennial highlights of the CDS Championship Show is the CDS Young Horse Futurity, where four, five, and six-year-olds participate in two rounds of competition in pursuit of top titles and more than $12,000 in prize money. USEF “S” judge William Warren officiated for the first day’s round of six-year-olds at Second Level as well as Friday’s second round of four-year-olds at Training Level, and was impressed by what he saw. “It wasn’t just the quality of the horses that was so super, it was the quality of the riding that was also outstanding,” said Warren. “The six-year-old field in particular was of overwhelming quality, and as a result, judging it was a bit challenging in order to sort out who should come out on top. As a judge it’s very exciting when you’re giving out 8’s and 9’s one after another. A horse would come in and I’d say to myself, ‘that’s the winner’, and then the next one would trot in and be just as good. It really came down to little details which ultimately made the small differences in scores: who was accurate in transitions, riding the corners properly, having the correct bend in figures, etc., and I believe the standings ended up the way they should. I think what we saw in terms of quality says a lot about CDS and this great program they have here.” Divisional results included:
Impressing the judges to earn an overall winning score of 76.215% in the CDS Four-Year-Old Futurity was Alyssa Doverspike of Murrieta, Cal. and the talented Westfalen gelding Figaro (Furstenball x Sunshine Show by Showstar, bred in Germany, owned by Kathleen Raine and Marti Foster). The top-placed Adult Amateur entry was Catherine Reynolds of North Hills, Cal. with her Oldenburg mare Hotness (Hotline x Livadia by Impressionist, bred in the U.S. by Hilda Gurney) with 68.256%.
After a whopping score of 77%+ in the first round and another top performance the second day, winning the CDS Five-Year-Old Futurity title was never in doubt for Sandy Savage of Sacramento aboard Maureen Lamb’s Dutch gelding Ilario (Davino x Ferro, bred in The Netherlands) with a total score of 75.650%. The top Adult Amateur competitor (also finishing fourth overall) was Gundi Younger of Walnut Creek, Cal. with her own KWPN gelding In Time DG (Ravel x Festival by Sandro Hit, bred in The Netherlands by DG Bar Breeders, Inc.) with an overall score of 70.412%.
Fresh off of winning a national title at the Markel/USEF Young Horse National Championships at Lamplight last month, Craig Stanley of Madera, Cal. and his own home-bred KWPN gelding Habanero CWS (Idocus x Caliente DG by OO Seven) earned the top score in both rounds of competition to claim victory in the 2018 CDS Six-Year-Old Futurity and Parker Perpetual Trophy with an overall score of 77.791%. The top-placed Adult Amateur (who also claimed overall reserve championship honors) was Jennifer Wetterau of Costa Mesa, Cal. with her own KWPN gelding Hartog (Apache x Bartoga by Scandic, bred in The Netherlands) with 77.034%.
Thousands of dollars in prize money and awards were on the line as the first group of hotly-contested CDS Horse of the Year classes got underway, with impressive fields of competitors all vying for coveted perpetual trophies and a place in the history books, including:
In the $1,000 CDS Fourth Level Open division, Christian Hartung of Vacaville, Cal. rode Desario (Oldenburg gelding owned by Christiane Noelting) to become the only combination to break the 70% barrier from both judges and win the Pal Kemery Perpetual Trophy with 70.556%.
Tiffany Mahoney of Rancho Santa Fe rode her Westfalen gelding Rey del Mundo to victory in the CDS $1,000 Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges division, taking home the Global Imaging Perpetual Trophy with a score of 69.853%.
David Wightman and the Hanoverian gelding Silberpfeil were the 2016 Six-Year-Old Futurity champions, and this year they returned to the Championship Show as they continue their way up the levels to now win the Bent Roswall Memorial Trophy for the $1,000 CDS Open Prix St. Georges Horse of the Year division.
An incredible field of 19 entries vied for the right to have their name engraved on the Sherry de Leon Memorial Trophy for the CDS Open Grand Prix Horse of the Year division. Ultimately emerging victorious was Mette Rosencrantz of Topanga, Cal., who earned a top score of 71.141% with her Danish Warmblood gelding Marron.
In the $1,000 CDS Adult Amateur Grand Prix Horse of the Year class, Adrienne Bessey of Thousand Oaks, Cal. and her Oldenburg gelding Wintersnow cruised to the top of the leaderboard with 66.033% to successfully defend their 2017 title and earn the Rubenstein Memorial Trophy.
Music once again filled the Equidome on Friday afternoon as the following CDS Freestyle divisions were decided:
Triana Pangrcic of San Marcos, Cal. and Lisa Galliath’s Hanoverian gelding Sunsprites Saltamontes are now two-for-two at this year’s CDS Championship Show: yesterday the pair won the Great American/USDF Region 7 First Level Freestyle Championship, and today they claimed the CDS First Level Freestyle title with a score of 72.633%.
Another repeat winner was adult amateur Sara Bartholomew of Galt, Cal. who rode her KWPN mare Gelbria to their second straight Second Level Freestyle victory, this time in their CDS division to earn the Dawn West Perpetual Trophy with 68.767%.
And yet one more back-to-back freestyle winner was Kasey Cannon of Moorpark with her Hanoverian stallion Diesel CF. After winning the Great American/USDF Region 7 title on Thursday, the pair returned to the ring to win the CDS Third Level Freestyle and the Alexsandra Howard Memorial Trophy with 73.367%.
Christian Hartung and Desario earned their second CDS title of the day, this time in the Fourth Level Freestyle with a score of 78.367% to win the Ran Averett Perpetual Trophy.
In the popular CDS Dressage Seat Equitation Challenge classes, adult amateurs, juniors and young riders had a chance to show off their dressage skills in a group setting. Standing out from the crowd were these winners:
First in the ring was the adult amateur division, where Eric Grimm of Irvine, Cal. earned top honors with his Oldenburg gelding Remise with 82.000%.
In the 13 & under class, Sophia Kohlmann’s long drive south to the Championship Show from Walnut Creek, Cal. paid off with her first victory of the weekend, riding Marlis Erdell’s KWPN gelding Florian to the win with 88.000%.
Fellow Northern Region competitor Alexis Ragsdale of Sloughhouse, Cal. topped a competitive field in the 14-18 division to win the champion’s sash aboard Michele Vaughn’s Hanoverian mare Waranja with 82.000%.
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.