Hart And Brueckmann Stay On Top At USEF Para-Equestrian Selection Trials

After finishing first and second in yesterday’s Team test for Grade I, II and III riders, Rebecca Hart enjoyed a repeat performance today, June 26, in the Individual test at the Para-Equestrian Selection Trials for the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games. However, while Nortessa was on top yesterday and Kazan second, they switched places today and Kazan claimed the top spot on 68.88 percent.

“I was happy with them again,” Hart said. “Kazan I was really happy with because I was able to bump the walk up again, which was kind of our goal. It was nice to just kind of go in there and do what we needed to do.” Hart, 25, rides with Para-Equestrian team Chef d’Equipe Missy Ransehousen in Unionville, Pa., and Kazan is owned by Kerri Sowers.

Third place went to Grade Ia rider Laura Goldman on Trudy Phillips’ 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Carlingford JD with a 66.66 percent. Carlingford JD has competed through third level dressage and training level eventing. “He’s a really sweet boy,” Goldman, Cleveland, Ohio, said. “There were things I enjoyed about today’s ride and things I need to work on. It’s improving little by little.”  

Young Rider and Grade II rider Jonathan Wentz, 19, claimed fourth on NTEC Richter Scale. NTEC Richter Scale is owned by Wentz’s coach and sponsor, Grand Prix rider Kai Handt. Wentz is a sophomore at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, triple majoring in political science, economics and history with hopes of attending law school after graduation. “I really want to own a dressage barn one day,” Wentz said. “But right now I’m looking at what will take care of the funding to support my hobby.”

In the Individual test for Grade IV riders, the top placing also stayed the same with Robin Brueckman on Elly Schobel’s elegant Raison D’Etre finishing first (66.66%) for the second day in a row.

“I pushed on the gas a little bit more,” Brueckmann said. “Both my horses responded and they both got better scores. There’s a Corvette show in town and I kept thinking, ‘You know, there’s a Corvette show in town and I’m on a Ferrari.’ The simple changes were really good and the extensions were really good.“

Also for the second day in a row, second place went to Moneypenny and Susan Ellen Treabess, 32, on a 65.05 percent. Treabess and Moneypenny, a 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Katy Peterson, made the 45-hour drive from Winters, Calif., about a week ago. Treabess rides with Ellen Eckstein and Steffen Peters in California.  “She’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of horse,” Treabess said of Moneypenny. “She’s half-Thoroughbred so she can be a little bit hot, but she’s very professional in the way she performs. She’s very rideable.”

Holly Bergay, 17, from Castle Rock, Colorado, finished third in the Grade IV division Individual test with Robin Garrett’s Grand Ballerina. Bergay started competing at able-bodied dressage shows when she was 6-years-old and has ridden “Bella” through Prix St. Georges. Bergay trains with Sarah Dodge, and caught a ride with Treabess from Colorado.

Jennifer Baker was fourth on Duel with a 62.15 percent. The two have only been a team for nine weeks. “He was a good boy. He was very active,” Baker said. “I really feel like he was a lot stronger than he was yesterday. He was a little less tense and more confident in himself.”

Photos: Rebecca Hart finished on top of the USEF Para-Equestrian Individual test for Grade I, II and III riders with Kazan (68.88%) Photos By Lisa Slade
Robin Brueckmann also finished sixth, on Radetzky, in the Individual test for Grade IV riders at the USEF Para-Equestrian Selection Trials for the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games. Photos By Lisa Slade
Holly Bergay and Grand Ballerina were third in the Individual test for Grade IV riders at the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games Para-Equestrian Selection Trials on 64.94 percent.  Photos By Lisa Slade