Amateurs and Young Riders Ride in a Major League Enviroment

Kathy Kamberg for DressageDaily

Three arenas brimmed with lovely horses and riders in all classes, training through Grand Prix, amateur, open and JR/YR. The show marked the end of the 2007 San Diego Chapter’s Circuit and the beginning of the new USDF, CDS and USEF competition year.

“Riding in the San Diego Chapter Shows is like attending a USET qualifier. It’s a little more intimidating for me,” noted amateur Debbie Casement who showed schoolmaster and previous World Cup campaigner, Dakota, in the Amateur Prix St George.

San Diego supports and encourages its young riders as well as its Olympians and professionals. As they ride amidst such greatness, these young riders too maintain high standards and goals.

In the Young Rider PSG, Ashley Schempp, reserve champion at USET’s Festival of Champions this year in the FEI Young Rider Division, easily won the class on her Mowgli with a 65%. “I am planning to try for the Region 7 Team with him again this year; his performance here gives me confidence he is ready for the qualifying season again.”

Kelly Phillips aboard Ray Ace, 2004 NAYRC Gold medal horse under Christina Beal, succeeded in earning a 71% and a 72% to win both her first level JR/YR classes. “Ray loves Del Mar. He was always successful with Christina at the Del Mar National, and now with me at the Showpark shows. The temperature is cool here; the footing is great and the drive less than an hour from home.” If a show satisfies the horses, it most likely satisfies their riders.