California Dressage in the Spotlight - A Dressage Affaire to Remember

USEF Qualifier Takes Place in Del Mar, California - Leslie Morse and Tip Top Return to the Show Ring


The 4th annual Dressage Affaire took place March 15-18 under cool , overcast southern California skies, the rider smiles providing most of the sun during the day. As this is a qualifier for USET’s national championships and a qualifying show for the Pan-Am Games trials, many top riders elected to go to Del Mar.

2006 WEG Team member Leslie Morse was there with Tip Top, her Swedish stallion (by Master), for the Grand Prix action. “This is the first time I'm back in the ring in the last 8 months—since WEG,” she says thoughtfully. “I found…I still want to do this. That I love doing this sport, and believe I still can do it.” Leslie’s other FEI partner, the Dutch stallion Kingston (by Voltaire), was hurt nearly 11 months ago. Kingston is very special to Morse, and the injury really changed her daily routine and perspective. Although Kingston has been back in light work, the vets have just read the latest ultrasound and given her the go-ahead to start real work. Her face lights up. “Yes! The vets say he is 100 percent now.”

She admits that she is rusty in the show ring, and that she and Tip Top both have to get back to being in show groove. Morse will be headed for the League Final to be held March 30-April 4, where the winner will represent the USA at the Las vegas World Cup Final. The USET has asked the FEI for two wild cards, and they will be announced next Monday, April 2.

Photo: Amy McCool

USEF Grand Prix
(E) Gribbons, (C) Moritz, (M) Macartney,

  • 1/ Guenter Seidel/ Aragon/ 69.861%
  • 2/ Steffen Peters/ Lombardi 11/68.264%
  • 3/Leslie Morse/ Tip Top 962/65.833%
  • 4/ Mette Rosencrantz/ 64.653%
  • 5/ Jeremy Steinberg/ Parocco/62.917%
  • 6/ Mark Carter/ Nirvano/ 61.042%
  • 7/ Jo Moran Minna/ 58.125%

USEF Grand Prix Special
(E) Macartney, (C) Gribbons, (M) Moritz,

  • 1/ Leslie Morse/ Tip Top 962/67.933% 1
  • 2/ Mette Rosencrantz/ Basquewille/64.800%
  • 3/ Mark Carter/ Nirvano/ 62.200%
  • 4/ Jo Moran/ Minna//60.400%

 


Mette Rosencrantz Comes into Her Own


Swedish native, Mette Rosencrantz has really come into her own this past year. With her Danish warmblood Basquewille (by Woernitz) she has been earning consistently good scores, and is aiming towards the Grand Prix Invitational at World Cup Las Vegas, as well as the National Championship at Gladstone. “Basquewille’s dam is also named Mette—Mette Smed” she laughs, “so I guess we were meant to be a combination.”

She found the now 16-year-old gelding in Denmark , and loved his work ethic from the first moment she sat on him, saying it is still one of his greatest assets. “First,” she reflects, “you get to learn the Grand Prix, and then you do it for a while, juggling all the components. Now, finally, I am beginning to feel like I own the Grand Prix rather than it owning me!”

Mette was head dressage instructor at Stromsholm, Sweden’s famous riding teacher school, before moving to the United States and becoming a U.S. Citizen. She will have to miss the League Finals, however, because she is the clinician for several of California Dressage Society’s Amateur Clinics this year, and one of the clinics is the same weekend. Still, she is enjoying the positive reaction and comments from riders.

 


Debbie McDonald Proves She's No One Horse Wonder


Also everywhere is Debbie McDonald. Riding the Thomases’ superstar, Felix, she got scores in the 70s at Intermediaire Two. “He’s 10 now,” says Debbie, “and really coming into his own. She feels confident in Felix for the Grand Prix. “I think the piaffe-passage is international, even more phenomenal as his strength increases. The pirouettes are already good. It is such a learning process,” she smiles, “ to take a young horse, legs flying in every direction, and get everything connected and through.”

She says she has been very happy with the judge comments, noting that Anne Gribbons said, “that little girl sure can ride!”

Photo: Amy McCool

Debbie is equally proud of Adrienne Lyle, who is also now riding for the Thomases’ River Grove Farm. “She came to take lessons during the summer, and her work ethic and feel—both were outstanding. It was just ‘right place, right time’, ass we were sort of looking for someone,” Debbie laughs.

Adrienne has been showing Wizard at small tour and several young River Grove horses at lower levels, all to excellent scores and comments from judges.

Intermediare II Open
(E) Gribbons, (C) Moritz, (M) Macartney,

  • 1/Debbie McDonald/ Felix/ 71.057%
  • 2/Nick Wagman/ Buon Giorno/ 62.927%
  • 3/Nicholia Zamora/ Nimbus/62.439%
  • 4/ Tina Caldwell/ Markant/ 50.650%

Akiko Yamazaki - An Owner's Chance in the Spotlight


Akiko Yamazaki is the owner of Lombardi II and Ravel, both shown by Olympic rider Steffen Peters. But she is also a serious competitior, and won the Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire One with Lautenspieler, her 15 year old Hanoverian gelding. ‘Legie’, as he is known at the barn, “is like the good-looking, talented teenager who sits at the back of the class, making mischief,” laughs Yamazaki.. “He was so talented at spinning, I used to call him my cutting horse. But I would not trade his lightness and suppleness for anything else. And when it really counts, he always comes through!”

Photo: Amy McCool

Asked what she likes best about dressage, she thinks for a moment, and says, “The fact that in the end, it is about how smart you are as a rider. I love the fact that I can be a 130-pound woman and can coax my 1400-pound partner to move beautifully and willingly.” Yamazaki juggles time with horses with equally precious time (maybe even more precious) with family—her daughter is now 2 ½, “a very active age.”

Prix St George A/A Jr/Yr
(E) Gribbons, (C) Moritz, (M) Macartney,

  • 1/Akiko Yamazaki/ Lautenspieler/66.333%
  • 2/ Jane Thomas/ Wishfull/ 62.667%
  • 3/ Melanie Cornwell/ Westermann/60.833%
  • 4/ Donna Wannop/ Pikard / 58.167%
  • 5/ Yvette Pickrell/ Prestiche/ 56.750%
  • 6/ Shelly Lynott/Jamelone/55.833%
  • 7/ Dianne McKerrell/ Atlas/ 51.750%
  • 8/ Brittany Barr/ Luxor/ 51.667%

Intermediare I A/A Jr/Yr
(E) Macartney, (C) Gribbons, (M) Moritz,

  • 1/Akiko Yamazaki/ Lautenspieler /69.333%
  • 2/ Cynthia Collins/ Larisa//59.167%
  • 3/Donna Wannop/ Pikard/ 55.333%

 



Catching up to Kathleen Raine and her husband David Wightman, there is a sense of enormous activity—they are everywhere, coaching, riding, helping each other, whether at a show or at their home base, Adventure Farm. At this show, Kathleen successfully showed her mare Breanna (from the same bloodlines as Brentina) in 4th level, including the mare’s first Fourth-2. “She is doing everything in the Prix St. Georges, all the movements are easy for her, “says Kathleen. “But she is a young horse, just 7 years old, and we want to give her time, let her feel comfortable at shows, before moving her up.” Although there is no particular show in mind, Raine thinks she will start showing PSG in the fall.

Both Kathleen and David will work with Scott Hassler next week when the Young Horse Clinic is going on right before Festival of the Horse /League Finals at Burbank. David and Kathleen both coach Nicky Zamora, who is showing her own Nimbus at Intermediaire Two and got her qualifying scores for the Brentina Cup at this show. David beams with pride as he says this, adding that Nicky is also showing one of Adventure Farm’s youngsters, Volando (Jazz x Casanova). At home, in the pastures, Kathleen and David have several young horses they are excited about—but perhaps none more than the embryo transfer foal ,due in June, from Breanna by Dutch superstar Rousseau.

Photo by Charlene Strickland

Fourth Level Test 1 Open
(C) Koch,

  • 1/Kathleen Raine/ Breanna/ 70.465%
  • 2/ Kathleen Raine/ Milano//64.651%
  • 3/ Kim Yacobucci/ Don Diego/ 63.721%
  • 4/ Jo Moran/ Charisma / 62.791%
  • 5/ Pia Fortmuller/ Big Blue/ 62.093%
  • 6/ Lehua Custer/ Aleros/61.395%
  • 7/ Stephen Birchell/ Domino/ 60.930%

 


The Dresssage Affaire A Vision Created by A Rider, Kim Keenan

Show organizer Kim Keenan, individual gold medalist Young Rider and winner of various international FEI classes, created The Dresssage Affaire , “ because I wanted to do something for the dressage community, to give something back.” She decided to model the show after the legendary ‘Dressage Extravaganza’ put on for years by Jane and Dick Brown (sponsors of Guenter Seidel and his series of international horses, includi8ng Foltaire, Niklaus and Aragon). Keenan’s show aims for a decidedly European feel, emphasis on rider satisfaction, including money classes for amateurs, and the technology made possible by Equiview, a company that offers instant scoring as well as DVDs of each test which can be seen from multiple angles—along with instant scoring on the DVD..

Keenan is planning a new show for November 9-11, the Del Mar Classic, and has applied for CDI status. “ We also plan for The Dressage Affaire to be a CDI next year, “ she says, in direct response to the rider requests for more CDIs. Starting next next year, U.S. riders will be invited to prestigious finals based on their points accumulated at CDIs, the same basis as already exists in Europe. Keenan says the response from sponsors and riders and volunteers has been wonderful, and inspires her to make the shows better every year.

Compele Results Posted in Horsesdaily ScoreSource
Dressage Affaire results - Word doc

 

 

 


By Lita Dove for DressageDaily.com

The Dresssage Affaire A Vision Created by A Rider, Kim Keenan


Show organizer Kim Keenan, individual gold medalist Young Rider and winner of various international FEI classes, created The Dresssage Affaire , “ because I wanted to do something for the dressage community, to give something back.” She decided to model the show after the legendary ‘Dressage Extravaganza’ put on for years by Jane and Dick Brown (sponsors of Guenter Seidel and his series of international horses, includi8ng Foltaire, Niklaus and Aragon). Keenan’s show aims for a decidedly European feel, emphasis on rider satisfaction, including money classes for amateurs, and the technology made possible by Equiview, a company that offers instant scoring as well as DVDs of each test which can be seen from multiple angles—along with instant scoring on the DVD..

Keenan is planning a new show for November 9-11, the Del Mar Classic, and has applied for CDI status. “ We also plan for The Dressage Affaire to be a CDI next year, “ she says, in direct response to the rider requests for more CDIs. Starting next next year, U.S. riders will be invited to prestigious finals based on their points accumulated at CDIs, the same basis as already exists in Europe. Keenan says the response from sponsors and riders and volunteers has been wonderful, and inspires her to make the shows better every year.




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