Honoring requests by competitors, Cornerstone Event Management offered the FEI Amateur division for the first time as part of its 2017 CDI series, and the Dressage Affaire showcased five talented combinations vying for the judges’ favor. Coming off a pair of CDI-AM wins at the Festival of the Horse CDI in Burbank two weeks ago, Tiffany Mahoney once again topped the scoreboard in the CDI Prix St. Georges for Amateurs with 65.605% aboard her Westfalen gelding Rey del Mundo (Rock Forever x Fiona by Ferragamo). But the following day, Elma Garcia and Wenesa (Hanoverian mare, Westernhagen x Dancing Girl by Davignon) turned the tables in the Intermediaire I for Amateurs to earn the blue ribbon with a score of 65.053%.
Meanwhile, Rachel Robinson and Westfalen mare Indira (Insterburg x Daylight R by Danny De Vito) claimed an individual silver medal at last year’s FEI North American Young Riders Championship in Colorado, and they appear to be poised for a chance to earn more hardware as they swept the CDI Young Rider Division at the Dressage Affaire with winning scores of 64.842%, 69.158% and 70.375% in the Team, Individual, and Freestyle tests respectively. Also sweeping her division was FEI Junior competitor Aleyna Dunn, who continued to improve all weekend with Cecile von Martels’ Dutch Warmblood mare Bivera (Florett AS x River Dance by Tower of Magic) to earn top honors in the CDI Junior Team Test (66.703%), Individual Test (67.263%), and Freestyle (71.200%).
“Once again it was a great, well-run show in a lovely venue with a large turnout, just like we’ve come to expect to see at these California shows,” said Geikie. “We had so many good horses and riders there, and saw quite a few up-and-coming pairs that demonstrated the depth of talent here on the West Coast.” Complete results for the 2017 Dressage Affaire CDI and open show are available at www.horseshowoffice.com. For more information about Cornerstone Event Management and their lineup of 2017 dressage competitions, visit www.cornerstonedressage.com.