Dressage in the Rockies a Proving Ground for Region

Grant Schneidman and Superman High Point FEI In Prix St. Georges

The region’s top dressage talent converged at The Colorado Horse Park for Dressage in the Rockies August 3-5, 2007. Next year on the same weekend, The Colorado Horse Park will be hosting the 2008 North American Young Riders' Championships, and Dressage in the Rockies has set the stage. The event, which offered three separate shows for riders to earn three sets of qualifying scores and points, featured classes for professionals, amateurs and juniors, from training to the FEI levels. With more than $7,500 in prize money and awards, the events drew riders not only from Colorado, but also throughout the region.

Westmanton Stables’ Grant Schneidman and Superman have been partners for years as the eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood has moved up the levels. Owned by a syndicate of 14 partners, Superman earned the FEI High Point at show one with a win the Prix St. Georges classes with a 67.750%. Described as both sweet and explosive, the future looks bright for Superman.
Photo: Grant Schneidman and Superman - Credit: Through the Lens

Nicole Gluesenkamp also had many winners for Westmanton Stables. Partnered with Wyning Edge Friesians and Paula Marsh’s Eeltsje F, Nicole earned the Upper Level High Point during shows one and three. He has funny habits like eating popsicles, fruit salad and yogurt from a plastic spoon without breaking the spoon, Nicole says of the six-year-old Friesian stallion. The duo placed in the top ten at last year’s USEF/Markel National Young Horse Dressage Championship in the Five Year Old division and Nicole hopes to qualify for this year’s championships in Lexington, Kentucky. Nicole also was Upper Level Reserve High Point during show one with Kathryn Hobbs’ mare Sublina and Lower Level Champion during show one with Michele Leonard’s Brecht Ans.


Amateur High Point Goes to Michelle Albertus and Troy

Amateur rider Michelle Albertus claimed the Upper Level Amateur High Point during show one with her win in Third Level Test 3. Michelle rode Troy, a 16.1 hand Dutch Warmblood imported from Holland. “I just had to have him,” she remembers of the first time she rode the handsome gelding. Known as Mr. Personality, Troy competed at the Young Horse Championships in Verden as a six year old. Michelle’s goals include qualifying for the 7-9 Year Old Developing Horse Program.
photo: Michelle Albertus and Troy; Credit Through the Lens

Fifteen-year-old Evan Hills from Holladay, Utah, was one of the out of state competitors who took home top prizes. With his big grey gelding Mega Bucks, Evan claimed the Lower Level Junior High Point during shows one and two. Although Evan and Mega Bucks have only been together for a little over a month, they seemed to have secured their relationship with multiple wins throughout the event. The high school sophomore says that although he sometimes takes advantage of the excellent snowboarding at Brighton and Solitude, which are just a short distance from his home, he prefers to spend most of his free time working with horses.


Julie Hesse and Maude RF Earned the Dover Medal

Several riders also earned multiple High Point awards. Julie Hesse and Maude RF earned the Dover Medal during the third show as well as the Lower Level Amateur High Point during shows one and three.

Kenneth Rohrbach and Piet were the FEI Amateur High Point Champion during shows one and two and the reserve for show three.

Loren Kristick and Mauritius claimed the Upper Level Junior High Point for shows one and two.
photos: Julie Hesse and Maude; Credit Through the Lens

Complete show results can be found at www.cornerstonedressage.com

About the Colorado Horse Park
The Colorado Horse Park is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization. The purpose of the Colorado Horse Park is to showcase the history and heritage of the West using the horse as the primary teaching tool through hands-on educational programming, museum exhibitions, competitions, boarding and training, recreation, entertainment and therapy for all ages. For more information visit coloradohorsepark.org.

photos: Michelle Albertus and Troy; Credit Through the Lens