One of the perennial highlights of the CDS Championship Show is the CDS Young Horse Futurity, where four, five, and six-year-olds participate in two rounds of competition in pursuit of top titles and more than $12,000 in prize money.
USEF “S” judge William Warren officiated for the first day’s round of six-year-olds at Second Level as well as Friday’s second round of four-year-olds at Training Level, and was impressed by what he saw. “It wasn’t just the quality of the horses that was so super, it was the quality of the riding that was also outstanding,” said Warren. “The six-year-old field in particular was of overwhelming quality, and as a result, judging it was a bit challenging in order to sort out who should come out on top. As a judge it’s very exciting when you’re giving out 8’s and 9’s one after another. A horse would come in and I’d say to myself, ‘that’s the winner’, and then the next one would trot in and be just as good. It really came down to little details which ultimately made the small differences in scores: who was accurate in transitions, riding the corners properly, having the correct bend in figures, etc., and I believe the standings ended up the way they should. I think what we saw in terms of quality says a lot about CDS and this great program they have here.”
Fresh off of winning a national title at the Markel/USEF Young Horse National Championships at Lamplight last month, Craig Stanley of Madera, Cal. and his own home-bred KWPN gelding Habanero CWS (Idocus x Caliente DG by OO Seven) earned the top score in both rounds of competition to claim victory in the 2018 CDS Six-Year-Old Futurity and Parker Perpetual Trophy with an overall score of 77.791%. The top-placed Adult Amateur (who also claimed overall reserve championship honors) was Jennifer Wetterau of Costa Mesa, Cal. with her own KWPN gelding Hartog (Apache x Bartoga by Scandic, bred in The Netherlands) with 77.034%.
Impressing the judges to earn an overall winning score of 76.215% in the CDS Four-Year-Old Futurity was Alyssa Doverspike of Murrieta, Cal. and the talented Westfalen gelding Figaro (Furstenball x Sunshine Show by Showstar, bred in Germany, owned by Kathleen Raine and Marti Foster). The top-placed Adult Amateur entry was Catherine Reynolds of North Hills, Cal. with her Oldenburg mare Hotness (Hotline x Livadia by Impressionist, bred in the U.S. by Hilda Gurney) with 68.256%.
After a whopping score of 77%+ in the first round and another top performance the second day, winning the CDS Five-Year-Old Futurity title was never in doubt for Sandy Savage of Sacramento aboard Maureen Lamb’s Dutch gelding Ilario (Davino x Ferro, bred in The Netherlands) with a total score of 75.650%. The top Adult Amateur competitor (also finishing fourth overall) was Gundi Younger of Walnut Creek, Cal. with her own KWPN gelding In Time DG (Ravel x Festival by Sandro Hit, bred in The Netherlands by DG Bar Breeders, Inc.) with an overall score of 70.412%.
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