An annual highlight of the championship week is the CDS Young Horse Futurity, and this year’s hard-fought competition across two days and three age divisions did not disappoint.
DG Bar Ranch has been a mainstay of West Coast sport horse breeding for decades and the results of their program were once again on display with top placings in the Futurity divisions, highlighted by the crowning of Impression DG (Devon Heir x Vittoria SVS by Krack C, bred in the U.S. by DG Bar Breeders, Inc.) as champion in the Four-Year-Old Open division with a combined score of 73.934%. Ridden by Ashlyn de Groot of Hanford, Cal., the talented KWPN gelding also claimed additional honors and prize money as the highest-scoring Cal-Bred in the Futurity divisions.
“I’m super thankful to his owner for letting me ride him and have such fun with him,” said de Groot of owner Lisa Morrow, who purchased Impression DG from DG Bar as a foal. “He’s a pretty solid guy – this is only his third show, but he’s handling everything very well. He’s very supple and elastic and that’s what everyone likes to see at his age, and I think he has a lot of potential for the future.”
Karen Cornelius, Nipomo, Cal. continued her fairy-tale weekend by scoring another victory with her Hanoverian stallion Fiderello (Fidertanz x Dancing Queen by Diorello, bred in the U.S. by Bjoern Kommerell), topping the field of 20 horses in the Five-Year-Old Open Futurity Division with a combined two-test score of 73.900%. In the Six-Year-Old ranks, the KWPN gelding Gatsby (Sir Donnerhall x Ubella by Jazz, bred in the U.S. by Chelsea Sibley) earned the top score in both Second Level tests for an overall average of 71.973%, earning the Parker Perpetual Trophy for owner/rider Amelia Newcomb of Simi Valley, Cal.
Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Championships were also presented in the Junior/Young Rider ranks. At Training Level, Kristyna Lukacova of Rancho Palos Verdes, Cal. rode her Holsteiner gelding Calaido to the win with 68.523%, while in the Second Level Junior/Young Rider division Charlotte Glitz of Pleasanton, Cal. and KWPN gelding Ursel topped the field with 65.976%. The Great American/USDF Fourth Level Junior/Young Rider Championship was claimed by Shelby Rocereto of Livermore, who rode her KWPN mare Chapeau to the win with 64.167%, and Madeleine Coronado of Danville, Cal. rode Marcia Sheehy’s Hungarian Warmblood gelding Bohem to the Intermediate I win with 63.553%.
Katelyn Mosle and Katrina Ragsdale have proven to be unbeatable in equitation classes at this year’s Championship Show: on Thursday, each claimed their age division title in the CDS Equitation Challenge, and on Saturday both riders again were presented with top honors in the USDF Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Finals. In the 13 & Under division, Ragsdale confidently rode Thoroughbred gelding Wrigley to victory with 75.000%, while Mosle partnered with the Hanoverian gelding Diavolino 5 to run away with the blue ribbon in the 14-18 Division on a score of 76.200%. “We were very impressed with the overall quality of all the riders and especially how well everyone performed their individual tests,” said judge Sarah Geikie. “But the winner of each division really stood out. For such a young age, they were very accomplished riders and had such effectiveness, confidence, and poise.”
Finally, additional championships were awarded in the Fourth Level, Intermediaire I and Grand Prix Freestyle divisions as part of afternoon and evening entertainment. After earning the CDS Fourth Level Freestyle title on Friday, Hilda Gurney of Moorpark, Cal. and her Oldenburg mare Iris returned to the main arena to claim the equivalent Great American/USDF Region 7 title with 69.750%. Charlotte Jorst’s rising star Ray Dance (eight-year-old Westfalen gelding) received his second championship title of the weekend by earning the Lilian Van Dahn Memorial Perpetual Trophy for 70.438% in the $1,000 CDS Horse of the Year Open Intermediate I Freestyle division.
In the feature class of the evening, Heidi Gaian of Hollister, Cal. and her Holsteiner gelding Chicago galloped away with the coveted Lt. Col. Hans Moeller Perpetual Trophy after earning a top score of 68.750% in the CDS Horse of the Year Grand Prix Freestyle class. Then the party continued well into the night as hundreds of exhibitors gathered for dinner, birthday cake and festivities, sharing memories of the history of dressage on the West Coast and celebrating CDS’ 50th anniversary.
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.