David Wightman Celebrates First Level Championship With Hotshot AF

David Wightman of Murrieta, Cal. finally had a chance to smile after his five-year-old Oldenburg gelding Hotshot AF won the Great American/USDF Region 7 First Level Open Championship on an impressive score of 74.044%

David Wightman of Murrieta, Cal. finally had a chance to smile after his five-year-old Oldenburg gelding Hotshot AF won the Great American/USDF Region 7 First Level Open Championship on an impressive score of 74.044%. (Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler)

At First Level, Adult Amateur competitor Lisa Teske of Solvang, Cal. and her Westfalen gelding Safari went two-for-two this weekend by earning the Full Cry Perpetual Trophy and CDS Horse of the Year title with a top score of 71.751%. After claiming multiple Reserve Champion honors over the weekend, David Wightman of Murrieta, Cal. finally had a chance to celebrate victory with his five-year-old Oldenburg gelding Hotshot AF in the Great American/USDF Region 7 First Level Open Championship on an impressive score of 74.044%.

After five tests in four days, Kasey Cannon of Moorpark was concerned her stallion Diesel CF would be too tired to perform at his best, but the young Hanoverian rose to the challenge to remain unbeatable at Second Level and earn the CDS Second Level Adult Amateur Horse of the Year title and Two Tone Malone Perpetual Trophy after winning both day’s tests for combined score of 72.168%.

Lehua Custer of North Hollywood and the KWPN gelding F.J. Ramzes continued their winning ways by easily earning top scores in both rounds of competition in the $1,000 CDS Horse of the Year Third Level Open division for an overall average of 74.615%, earning the Judith Elias Perpetual Trophy for owner Wendy Sasser. For Adult Amateurs, the Stanford Perpetual Trophy was presented to Ruth Shirkey of Livermore, Cal. and her Hanoverian mare Wyleigh Princess. As the only combination to score over 70% in the second round, the pair’s combined average of 70.865% secured their position atop the leaderboard.

In the Great American/USDF Region 7 Fourth Level Open Championship, Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, Cal. and Pernilla Ammann’s Oldenburg gelding Blenheim once again bested the large field of competitors to earn a top score of 73.167% and the unanimous victory under both judges, while Kastel Denmark’s Westfalen gelding Ray Dance cruised to his third title of the weekend with Charlotte Jorst of Reno in the Great American/USDF Intermediaire I Open Championship (73.618%).

For more information about the 50th Anniversary California Dressage Society Championship Show, including news, schedules, ride times, and results, visit the CDS website and follow along with behind-the-scenes updates and photos on the CDS Facebook page.




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