Elizabeth Ball and Orion Win High Performance Intermediaire I Freestyle

Friday, the FEI arena was moved from its traditional location in the Flintridge’s main ring, which is surrounded by box seats, to an upper dressage arena, arena three, which has better footing in the rain. On Saturday morning, a concerned group of judges, technical delegates, riders and show management decided to move the actual dressage court several feet east and north to avoid muddy spots before the day’s classes began in the FEI arena.

Elizabeth Ball was among the concerned group. She had brought Orion to Flintridge because she needed to ride the freestyle for eligibility. After seeing the rain and impaired footing, Ball said that “I literally asked judges how much I had to do within the freestyle itself to still be eligible. They told me to show some evidence of each movement that is required. For example, show at least two two tempis. That shows an attempt at the two’s.”

However, due to management’s timely accommodations and the move of the arena, Ball felt the footing was sufficient to try for all the elements of her musical ride, and with good results. She and Orion, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding by Jazz, won the Intermediaire Freestyle with a 70.33 percent. Orion is owned by Iris and Verena Eckstein of Olivenhain, California. Orion was followed by Barbie Breen on Octango, Laura Cooper on Settino and Nick Wagnan on Uforia.

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