Barbara Davis and Rotano Clinches GCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship After Another Top Performance

Bebe Davis and Rotano (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)
Bebe Davis and Rotano (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)

Bebe Davis (Bedminster, N.J.) had another top performance on Saturday morning to claim victory in the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship with her impressive mount Rotano. She and her parents', Michael and Sarah Davis, 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding had a lovely test with excellent trot extensions and half-passes to score a 69.000% in the FEI Junior Individual Test. The pair finished the championship with an overall score of 68.771%. "My ride this morning was really amazing. I couldn't be more thankful for my horse, and for my trainers and my parents for always being there for me," stated Davis. "Moments like this make all of our training and all of our riding totally worth it. He was just such a good boy. He was really there for me and just really trying and listening to my aids."

Davis credits riding at the Pony level with enabling to reach the level she has in her riding. Last year she won the USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship and has moved up to Junior ranks this year finding much success. Davis believes she has learned a great deal about patience and perseverance while riding the intelligent little creatures.

"I showed two weekends ago at Devon and it was my last ride in the Pony division. I got a little bit emotional on centerline, but I am very happy to see how far ponies have come," Davis said. "I did it the first year when there were only two and this year it is five times the size. It really makes me so happy to see that, that kids are really wanting to do it because I would never be where I am today if I didn't do the ponies." 

Lindsey Holleger (Whigham, Ga.) had an improved test with Friedensfurst from Thursday, having beautiful trot extensions, strong canter half-passes, and a nice walk tour. She and the 11-year-old Trakehner gelding scored a 68.079% in Saturday's test to finish with a 67.324% overall in the championship.  

"I loved my ride today," said Holleger. "He gave me everything and he was really relaxed, and that's what I wanted to fix from the last ride. He did that and even more and I am really ready for Young Riders next year." 

Mallory Kent (Birmingham, Ala.) and Okiedokie slotted into third place in the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship with a solid effort, receiving a 66.842% in the FEI Junior Individual Test. She and her own 17-year-old Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding completed the championship with a 66.219%. 

The girls thanked their families, trainers, and sponsors, as well as being appreciative of the show management and volunteers.




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