CDI***/Y Dressage at Raleigh 2006

CDI***/Y Dressage at Raleigh Off to a Rocky Start

It’s move-in day at the CDI***/Y Raleigh. The fact that the Raleigh Hurricanes made it to game seven in the Stanley Cup semi-finals means that tonight’s sellout game at the RBC Center will gridlock traffic in front of the show grounds.

But that minor inconvenience is eclipsed by the tragedy that struck yesterday. Show manager Janine Malone’s husband, John Malone, died suddenly and unexpectedly from a massive coronary. All day Tuesday he was at the show grounds, unloading the cargo trailer and helping Janine set up for the show. Our hearts go out to Janine, and their sons Sam and Ben.

Robert Higgins of Florida has stepped in as show manager pro tem, and all organizational details are complete, despite the overall somber mood.

The five ring show was oversubscribed before closing date, and the roster looks like a Who’s Who as Raleigh solidifies its status as a premier stop on the Eastern dressage circuit. Raliegh is the final CDI for qualifying points for the USEF Festival of Champions, and the Final Selection Trials for the USEF/Markel National Young Horse Selection Trials, Eastern Division, with a record number of entries.

As usual, though, thunderstorms are brewing off to the West and forecasted on and off all weekend. Meteorologists looking for drought busters need only plan a dressage show in Raleigh for the heavens to open…

The horses are lining up for the jog, the traffic is thickening and the thunder is rumbling. Raleigh is off to a rocky start - stay tuned for more details.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her at this difficult time. Condolences can be sent to PO Box 976, Zebulon NC 27597

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Cesar Parra of Colombia and Galant De Serein Nail Another Grand Prix Victory - Chris Hickey and Regent Win PSG at CDI Raleigh 2006

Cesar Parra who will be representing Colombia at the FEI World Equestrian Games, Aachen 2006, and Horses Unlimited’s Selles Francais Stallion Galant De Serein nailed another win with a 66.7 over Michael Barisone and Neruda (66.5) Leslie Morse and Tip Top (66.375) Four scratches left a fourteen horse field and scores were tight for the panel of five judges; Libby McMullen, “O” Canada, Anne Gribbons I, United States, Cara Whitam O, Canada, Peter Engel, Germany, and Jacques Van Daele from Belgium.

But Barisone and the elegant Neruda cannot seem to catch a break. The two “O” Canadian judges gave him 63.9 which did not give him the necessary certificate of capability for the World Equestrian Games. Unless he is allowed to get it at Gladstone during the Championships, he can no longer go to WEG even if he made the team.

In the Prix St Georges, Chris Hickey and Regent topped the Prix St Georges class with a 68.333 over Lars Petersen and Dacardo with a 67.833.


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Jessica Jo Tate and Donnermuth Shine in USEF Markel Young Horse Dressage Qualifier

Today was a qualifier for horses who needed another score for the USEF Markel Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trial for the FEI World Breeding Championships, which starts tomorrow with the preliminary test.

Most of the six year olds scratched the qualifier, including Lisa Wilcox with two. Of the eight five-year-olds who competed, Jessica Jo Tate’s Donnermuth (Don Bedo - Wonne X Worldchamp) was the standout. His score of 82.4 was miles ahead of the field. The big black Rheinlander gelding was a show stopper in the warm-up, leading a crowd into the coliseum like the pied piper.

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Unitas and Currency DC Take the Lead in the USEF/Markel Young Horse Eastern Selection Trials

Teresa Butta-Stanton thought she had an unlucky draw - first to go in the USEF/Markel Young Horse Eastern Selection Trials FEI Preliminary test for 5-year old horses with her Dutch gelding Unitas - but she set a high standard for the ten horses to follow. Jan Brons and Up To Date (Flemmingh - Argus) placed second with an 80.08. Courtney King and Harmony’s Wyoming (Weltmeyer - Donnerhall) were a close third with an 80.00.

Unitas (Niagara - Harald) performed an elastic and balanced test for judges Anne Gribbons, Natalie Lamping, and Jane Weatherwax.

“He just wants to do it,” said Butta-Stanton. “He’s not hot, but he has an engine. He’s always trying.”

Butta-Stanton, a professional trainer based in Maryland, bought Unitas off a video two years ago. A friend went shopping in Holland and brought back the tape. “Four weeks later, he was mine,” she said, adding that she hopes to go back across the big pond in August for the FEI World Breeding Championships.

Although the competition was top notch, there were no surprises in the six-year old preliminary class. Dutta Corporation’s Oldenburg gelding Currency DC (Clintino - Classiker) and Susan Dutta won with an 86.4 over Jan Brons and the Dutch bred gelding Tacolando Triple R (Rolando - Ephradin). The margin between Dutta and the rest of the class was impressive - Brons’ second placed score was 79.2.

Currency DC was undefeated in this hemisphere as a five-year old, and was ranked 11th in the 2005 FEI World Breeding Championships as a five-year old. Physically the horse still looks growthy and a bit underweight, but the harmony and confidence he showed in the ring today belied his immature appearance.

“This is what we like to see,” said Jane Weatherwax. “He is showing the ability to carry behind, and a tremendous amount of ability.”

Dutta has been partnered with the horse since he was an unbroken two year old. “He was fantastic,” she said. “He really concentrated, it’s a very hard test for a six year old.” Dutta said that he has had a growth spurt recently, and he’s been sleeping a lot. “He’s a cuddly, quiet horse. Sort of like a diesel to ride - he starts off slow, then feels normal, and suddenly he kicks it into gear.”

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Leslie Morse and Tip Top Claim the $3,000 Grand Prix Musical Freestyle

Leslie Morse and Tip Top earned a 72.2% with a bold, buoyant ride to swing music, winning the $3,000 Grand Prix Freestyle in front of a packed house tonight at the CDI-Raleigh.

Tip Top started to spook in the walk tour, and Morse yelled out “Hey stop that now!” to a maintenance man changing garbage bags on the top floor of the coliseum. The next moment she took off on a curved line of two-tempis, and never missed a beat.

The same top three from Friday night’s Grand Prix just switched places. Michael Barisone and Neruda, second both nights, charmed the crowd with a bold ride to a Queen rock medley. Barisone has never been accused of riding conservatively, and he redlined the RPM’s for some exciting passage and piaffe. But Neruda got strong, opened his mouth, and the transitions suffered.

Cesar Parra and Galant du Serein looked like winners again throughout a brilliant first half to a Latin beat. But the French stallion blew it in the canter, making mistakes in the pirouettes and tempis.

“He felt so great!” Parra said. “I was thinking this was the best ever, he was so dynamic, it was breathtaking. I don’t know what happened in the canter. But for us to beat them yesterday, I was very happy. It’s my first time to Raleigh, this is good competition, it’s not an easy show.”

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Young Dressage Horses Take Center Stage at CDI***/Y Dressage at Raleigh 2006

The USEF Markel Young Horse Eastern Selection Trial for the FEI World Breeding Championships drew an impressive group of five and six year old horses for the final of three U.S. selection trials. “The quality here is very exciting,” said Markel’s John Seger.

Both the five and six year old class winners from Saturday’s preliminary test (weighted 40% for the championship) not only held their lead, but widened their margins in Sunday’s final (weighted 60%). In fact, all eleven five year olds were more settled in the coliseum today, and scores from the judging panel of Ann Gribbons, Natalie Lamping, and Jane Weatherwax reflected this.

Teresa Butta-Stanton’s Unitas (Niagara - Nellyzora X Harald) was uphill, balanced and powerful to earn a 9.3 on his trot and a 9.0 on general impressions for a final average of 87.6.

“He felt even better today,” said Butta-Stanton. “He was right with me the whole time.”

Butta-Stanton, a full time trainer based in Maryland, bought the horse off a video tape two years ago on the advice of friend and importer Mike Norwood. She gets occasional help from Scott Hassler, but said Unitas has been easy. “He really wants to do it, he’s always trying.”

Peter Ruig's Up To Date, a Dutch gelding by Flemming H, was reserve champion five year old with Jan Brons of Florida riding. His scores, all mid to high 80’s, were as consistent as his performances. The judges admired the horse’s balance and collectibility.

Twelve qualified six-year olds scratched down to six by showtime, but the division was certainly not lacking in quality. Tim Dutta Corporation’s Currency DC earned a 9.0 on his loose and fluid trot to help boost his overall score to 87 on his finale test. The judges remarked “This is a fabulous talent for the future. The highlight of the test was the lateral work, wonderful shoulder-ins.”

It was a good day for Dutta’s German business partner, Guido Klatte and his wife Britte. Both the champion and reserve champion six year olds were purchased out if Klatte’s barn - Currency DC, and Diamante Farms’ Don Angelo. Michelle Gibson piloted the big dark bay Don Larino stallion to the reserve championship with a 80.4 today. The judges were impressed with his power and presence.

The top five placings in each division split $2,000 in prize money for their efforts, and the winners from the Eastern, Western, and Central selection trials will be ranked for the selection committee to decide who will represent the U.S. at Verden, Germany this August for the FEI World Breeding Championships. It was interesting to note that of the 17 finalists in Raleigh, there were no mares, and only one horse was bred in the U.S. - Joanne Balling’s Donegal, ridden by Hokan Thorn.

USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trial for the 2006 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses

Courtney King and Harmony’s Wyoming Ranked 4th on Short List for Germany

Courtney King and Harmony’s Wyoming made the trip from Bedford, New York, to Raleigh, North Carolina, to compete in the USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trial for the 2006 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Dressage and produced outstanding scores in both the Preliminary and Finale tests. King and Harmony’s Wyoming finished in third place overall in the Eastern Trial with a final average score of 8.084. The Selection Trial was held at the 2006 CDI3*/Y Raleigh and Capital Dressage Classic, June 2-4, at the Hunt Horse Complex at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

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“Harmony's Wyoming was awesome over the weekend,” enthused King, who qualified the youngster for the Selection Trial by competing in just two qualifying competitions. “His trot work was the best we could have shown. He was extremely consistent – all of his scores were right around the 8 mark. That's why I believe in this horse so much – he really has the whole package.” Harmony’s Wyoming is a dark brown Hanoverian gelding by Weltmeyer out of Donna Clara by Donnerhall, bred in Germany by Fenna Schulte-Landwehr, and owned by King and Harmony Sport Horses.

The USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Selection Trial at Raleigh consisted of two classes for each age division (Five- and Six-Year-Olds): the Preliminary Test counted for 40% and the Finale Test accounted for 60% of the overall average score.

On Saturday, King and Harmony’s Wyoming competed in the FEI Dressage Test for Five-Year-Old Horses, Preliminary, earning a score of 8.0, placing third in a field of 11 topnotch youngsters. Teresa Butta-Stanton riding Unitas placed first (8.34) and Jan Brons with Up To Date was second (8.08). Officiating were judges Anne Gribbons, Natalie Lamping, and Jane Weatherwax.

On Sunday, King and Wyoming competed in the FEI Dressage Test for Five-Year-Old Horses, Finale, and earned 8.14 to finish in fourth place in the 11-horse field. Butta-Stanton and Unitas again claimed the blue (8.76) and Brons and Up To Date were again second (8.38).

King’s scores averaged over two days to a final score of 8.084 to give her the third place slot overall in the Eastern Selection Trial.

“What impressed me the most was, once again, this horse's mind,” King related. “It's his third show, and it was in a big indoor arena with grandstand seating, banners, flowers, loudspeakers and fans – and he did not change one iota from the warm-up to the show ring. Even with all of the clapping, he was just as cool as a cucumber. It still amazes me that he won't even really be five years old until August 27!”

In addition to the Eastern Selection Trials in Raleigh, USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Selection Trials were held in two other regions: Central (CDI3*/Y Cincinnati & Dressage at Paxton Farm, Ohio, May12-14); and Western (Dressage at Flintridge, California, May 26-28) for both Five- and Six-Year-Old Horses.

The FEI sets the number of slots for the U.S. at the World Championships. The United States has received invitations for two horses in each age group (Five- and Six-Year-Olds) to compete in the 2006 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Dressage, which will be held August 3-6, in Verden, Germany. Horses with an average score of at least 7.5 from the three Selection Trials were ranked and constitute the USEF/Markel Young Horse Short List.

King and Harmony’s Wyoming succeeded in achieving scores that ranked them in the fourth place slot of the USEF/Markel Young Horse Short List for Five-Year-Olds.

King is currently aiming Harmony’s Wyoming for the 2006 USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage National Championships, which will be held at MSEDA Dressage at the Park, Lexington, Kentucky, September 8-10, 2006.

Horsesdaily On the Scene at the USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trial for the 2006 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses


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Chris Hickey and Regent are Two for Three on the Small Tour at CDI***/Y Dressage at Raleigh 2006

Chris Hickey bought four horses for his client Brenna Kucinski of Amherst MA, and took one back to ride.

“She made the decision that (Regent) was good enough quality for me to compete in the High Performance,” Hickey said, explaining that the eight year old Flemmingh gelding lives with his owner, and Hickey drives 40 minutes to ride him from his base in Westhampton, MA. Kucinski grooms, manages, and hacks the horse - a plan that apparently works well.

Hickey and Regent won Friday’s CDI Prix St. George (68.3) and Sunday’s I-1 Freestyle (69.1). “We are at a tricky place now,” said Hickey. “We can do a clean test. But when I go for more brilliance, I make mistakes. That’s what happened yesterday (Saturday’s I-1, fourth, 64.7).”

Hickey was both clean and brilliant in his freestyle on Sunday, saying “It’s a fun freestyle to dance music.”

Melissa Jackson of Parrish, Florida and her Wellington claimed Saturday’s Intermediate 1 with an accurate trip (66.4). “I’ve had better tests,” Jackson said. “We didn’t quite have the fluidity, but I’m still getting to know him.”

Jackson imported the Wolkenstein II gelding from Germany just last September. “He wasn’t a horse I was even looking at, but I saw him and thought ‘wow’. I bought him off one ride. It’s been fast forward, we’ve come together so quickly. I feel like we’ve developed consistency and trust, now it’s time to start pushing the boundaries.”

Jackson operates her own training facility, Windfall Farm, in Florida and is coached by Cesar Parra. Her husband and daughters aged five and six travel to shows and the family camps out.

Both Hickey and Jackson are on their way to Gladstone N.J. for the USEF National Intermediate Championships.


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Hometown Girl Jennifer Sirrine Dominates the Young Riders CDI***/Y Dressage at Raleigh 2006

Jennifer Sirrine could sleep in her own bed at night during the CDI-Raleigh. She only lives four miles away, in Apex. Sirrine and her 15-year old Woody Allen, by World Cup, train with Dennis Callin of Raleigh while Sirrine attends UNC-Chapel Hill.

Sirrine and Woody Allen were third of 15 in Friday’s team test (65.2) but by Saturday the pair were hitting their stride. Posting a 67.9 to win the Prix St. George and a 68.1 to capture Sunday’s freestyle, Sirrine set the bar for the young riders.

“The musical freestyle was the most fun of all,” Sirrine said. “We both love the music (Keltic and contemporary violin) and get very excited doing the freestyle.”

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Nancy Pugh Later and Alexis-D Win Grand Prix Special at the CDI***/Y Dressage at Raleigh 2006

Winning the CDI closer, the Grand Prix Special was Nancy Pugh Later's elegant Oldenburg mare by Archipel with a 63.5%. Later who owns her own farm and training facility in Florida has nurtured the sensitive mare all season handpicking shows which best suited her training at the time.

But it was at Raleigh, that Later knew her partner was ready to join the big boys, and the pair made the trip from Wellington and had their moment in the spotlight.

The final show for the qualifiers for the USET Festival of Champions has wrapped up, and the tabulations will be posted in a few days, listing the top US horses for Grand Prix and Intermediaire Championships.

DressagDaily thanks Sue Smithson who came through under difficult working conditions. While scribing as well as covering the event, Smithson is also a NCDCTA board member an did what she could along with all others who helped to manage the event after the sudden death of event organizer's husband John Malone. A special ceremony was held in John's memory prior to the evening performance of the Grand Prix Freestyle, with a poignant bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace. Our heart go out to Janine Malone and her family at this sad time.

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More news and some results On The Scene at the Raleigh CDI 2006