BURBANK, CA - On the final day of the Festival of the Horse CDI 3*/Y/J Presented By HorseShow.com in San Juan Capistrano, competitors vied for top honors in entertaining FEI freestyles. Canada's Rochelle Kilberg claimed the win in the Intermediaire Freestyle on a score of 69.583% with "Rudy", an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Rotspon x Waldluft by Werther, owned by Kilberg and Ben Vermeulen). "I thought my ride was really good," said Kilberg. "He's a little tired but the electric atmosphere in the arena woke him up a bit. He did a great job for me today." Finishing second with 68.583% was Heather Oleson (USA) riding her 14-year-old Westfalen gelding "Escorial" (Ehrentusch x Funerailles by Fruhlingsrausch), followed by Charlotte Jorst (USA) with Skagen Holding's "Tristan" (2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding [Burggraaf x Gastron by Kaiserstern) with 66.292%.
Despite being ill, Mackinzie Pooley (USA) prevailed to win the Young Rider Freestyle with Deena Smith's 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding "Brigadier" (Batido x Lady Deco by Art Deco) on a score of 69.083%. "He took care of me because I'm not feeling very well," said Pooley. "We only had a 20-minute warm-up, but it paid off. He's very well trained and I had to trust that today." A close second with 69.042% was Brandi Roenick (USA) with her own "Pretty Lady" (13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by Iglesias), followed by Monica Houweling (CAN) on the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare "Rifradin" (Gribaldi x Atradin by Formateur, owned by Linda Houweling) with 66.792%. "I thought the top Young Rider freestyles were very creative with interesting choreography, and the artistic aspect of their tests was very good," noted judge Mary Seefried (5* AUS). For the Juniors, Julia Burke (CAN) earned the winning trophy for her freestyle with her own 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding "Patrick" (Balhinrobe Pearl x Serena Dawn by Northern Minuet) with 58.042%.
Complete results are available here. Videos of select CDI rides from throughout the weekend are available on Cornerstone's designated YouTube channel sponsored by HorseShow.com.
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