Elizabeth Ball Loves to Compete at the Dressage Affaire CDI


“Word has gotten out about what a lovely show Kim Stordahl puts on at the Dressage Affaire CDI,” says successful CDI competitor San Diegan Elizabeth Ball. “I just love this show. The way Kim puts it together with great footing, and an elegant European setting yet so close to home is great!” The Dressage Affaire’s reputation has drawn the riders and has once again filled the show to capacity. Ball is happy to compete in the CDI GP and GP Freestyle here with Orion, a 16.2 hand 15-year-old KWPN gelding by Flemmingh owned by Eckstein Farm LLC. This is Orion’s second year competing in the Grand Prix CDI, and Ball feels he is better this year. “He continues to get stronger and more comfortable with the test. His piaffe is better too.” They will continue to compete in two other CDI’s this season.
Ball paired up with Guenter Seidel to perform a Pas de Deux last year in Las Vegas to “Phantom of the Opera.” On Sunday at the Dressage Affaire, she and Orion will perform their freestyle created by Karen Robinson. “I think Orion likes music. He knows when his music comes on, and he perks up. He tries hard and really concentrates.” Ball enjoyed performing before a crowd in Las Vegas without pressure, yet also enjoys sharing their freestyle with the spectators at Southern California’s CDI’s. “Orion’s owner, Iris Eckstein, loves to watch and brings friends to support us. It makes the show fun for all of us.” Competitors such as Orion and Ball as well as owners such as Iris Eckstein are those who love dressage and make the extra effort to perform the freestyles, and as a result keep our sport going.

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