2009 Festival of the Horse - Elizabeth Ball Wins USEF Developing Horse PSG


Elizabeth Ball and Soubirous rode to a win the USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges on Saturday during at the Festival of the Horse in Burbank, CA. The pair earned its win with a percentage of 69.000, putting them on top of the leader board in a class of seven. Ball was thrilled with the ride.  “I was really happy with Soubirous in the test today,” stated Ball who is currently ranked first in the national standings for this division. “This test is actually very challenging for the young horses, but he handled it very well.” Soubirous is an 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Sandro Hit x Tarakaiba) owned by Cadence LLC. When asked if Ball would take Soubirous to the National Championships in Illinois this year, she was a bit hesitant. “I am not sure that I would take him all the way to Illinois. It is a far and expensive trip.”

Finishing second in the Developing Horse Prix St. Georges was Emily Tears riding Lopaca. The pair earned a score of 68.286 percent. Lopaca is an 8-year-old Holsteiner by Lorentin I owned and ridden by Emily Tears from Coto de Caza, CA.


Taking the third place position, right behind Tears was Marisa Festerling riding Big Tyme. Festerling and Big Tyme earned a score of 67.857 percent in their first Developing Horse class. “I was very happy with the ride today, he tried very hard,” stated Festerling who represented the United States at the World Championships for Young Horses in Verden in 2006. “The trot work felt supper rideable; however, we need to work on some of the canter work.” Big Tyme is an 8-year-old Belgium Warmblood by Saros van’t Gestelhof, out of Elvira, owned by Ann Marie and David Walter in partnership with Festerling.

Photo Credit: Christina Beal


Steffen Peters Trades Places with his Two Mounts at Festival of the Horse

Steffen Peters won both first and second place in the second phase in the USEF Intermediaire-1 qualifying class. Peters and Montango, who finished in second place yesterday in the PSG, earned a blue ribbon in the Intermediaire-1 with a score of 73.509 percent. “This was our best go in the I-1 and our highest score. It was much better than the PSG test,” stated Peters who originally planned to move the Dutch Warmblood gelding up to the Intermediaire-11 division this year. “The plan was to do I-11 and Grand Prix with him this year; however, he wasn’t quite ready.” Montango is a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Contango, owned by Mary and James Keenan from Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Peters finished in second place riding Sancette, earning a score of 69.561 percent. Peters rode the 8-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Sandro Hit owned by Gwen Blake, in his first Intermeidaire-1 test. “This was his first time doing the I-1. He needs a little more work with some of the canter movements, but he is a great horse.”


Taking the third place position was Kathleen Raine and Breanna. Breanna is 9-year-old Hanoveiran mare (Brentano II x Weltmeyer x Argentinus) owned by Jennifer Mason in partnership with Raine. “I was really happy with the ride today. It was much better than the PSG ride,” stated Raine who plans to show Breanna in two more qualifying shows in order try and qualify for the Festival of Champions in Gladstone, NJ.

Photo Credit: Christina Beal


Young Riders Host Fundraising Auction at Festival of the Horse

The Festival of the Horse was also a qualifier for the North American Junior Young Rider Championships which will be held in Kentucky later this year. The Region 7 Junior and Young riders were busy both on and off their mounts competing in the qualifying classes as well as hosting a fundraising auction and bake sale. Some of the highlights in the auction included six individual rides with Olympian Debbie McDonald, 100 percent of those proceeds will go to the team. Another highlight was a two night stay for two at the beautiful Meadowood Resort in Napa Valley, CA.

The young riders also competed in their USEF YR Individual test on Saturday afternoon. Finishing on top of the leader board was Mackinzie Pooley riding Jonkara with a score of 66.053 percent. Jonkara is an 18-year-old Oldenburg mare by Rubinstien 1 out of Jonkalla owned by Pooley. This is the pair’s first year competing at the Young Rider division after taking Reserve Champion at the USEF Junior National Dressage Championships last year. Taking second place was Ariel Stern and Labyrinth with a score of 65.000 percent.

Photo Credit: Christina Beal


Young Rider Freestyle Silver Medalist Amanda Harlan Returns to Young Riders

Former Young Rider Silver medalist Amanda Harlan returns to the Young Rider division in 2009 after a year competing in the CDI Prix St. George Open division. “I did well in the CDI’s last year but I have decided to try for young riders again,” stated Harlan who rode her own 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Flemmingh x Evelina in the qualifying classes at the Festival of the Horse. Harlan and Liberte already won one qualifier earlier this year and will show at a couple more qualifiers later in the year.

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