Caroline Roffman (Wellington, FL) rode to a decisive victory in the USEF National Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage Championship presented by The Dutta Corp. and Performance Sales International by more than two and a half points on a final score of 72.579% at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, in Wayne, Illinois. Roffman and Jennifer Lind's nine-year-old Hanoverian mare Her Highness O (Hohenstein De-SPS Wild Lady O by Weltmeyer) demonstrated a fluid trot-tour and solid changes Sunday to score a 73.333% in the USEF Developing Horse Test. The 23-year-old Roffman has done all the work on the classy mare and has enjoyed seeing her progress over the last few years. "It was really fun it came full circle. She was dropped off in Florida for me after having four or five foals. I didn't know what I had, but I thought she had potential," said Roffman. "It's great to be here two-to-three years later. What she lacks in talent she makes up in heart. I think she has great potential." There are also high hopes that Her Highness O can pass on her potential and attributes to feature U.S. stars.
"I'm truly lucky to have her and I want to breed her through embryo transfer and have some American bred horses."
Roffman has ridden many horses at USEF National Dressage Championships and collected numerous accolades with horses that have progressed through the Young and Developing Horse programs. Along with business partner Endel Ots, who won reserve honors in the 2012 USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Championship supported by Hilda Gurney and Carol Lavell, Roffman has plenty of rising talents in her barn.
"I'm really lucky because I can rest horses. All of the horses we have developed ourselves and it makes me proud of what we have done."
Placing second in the Championship was 2011's six-year-old winner, Emily Wagner (La Cygne, KS) and Wakeup (Wagnis-Maiden Montreal by Macho). The seven-year-old American Warmblood stallion owned by Wagner showed great potential for future successes at the highest level. A slight mistake kept them from breaking the 70% barrier, but they completed Sunday's test with a score of 69.461%.
"I was super happy with him. He was a little bit fresh and we had that little bobble on the five loop serpentine, but I can't blame him he's only seven."
Along with collecting second place honors, the pair also earned the Highest U.S. Bred award with a championship score of 69.905%.
Earning third place was Jessica Jo Tate (Wellington, FL) and Faberge (FlorestanI-Baroness by Brentano II) with the nine-year-old Westphalian gelding earning a championship score of 69.760%.