Medfield, Massachusetts, USA. Heather Blitz riding Oak Hill Ranch's 2008 Danish Warmblood stallion Ripline (Hotline x Blue Hors Cavan - Rambo) continued their winning form at the Eastern States Dressage & Combined Training Association (ESDCTA) Memorial Weekend Dressage Show in Allentown, NJ, May 23-25, 2014. The pair won both the USEF Young Horse 6 Year Old class with a score of 8.6 and the Young Horse Test Of Choice Open with 8.5. Ripline is producing solid, consistent performances this season following a second and first place respectively in Third (3:1) and Fourth Level (4:1) classes at the New England Dressage Association (NEDA) Spring Show earlier this month.
"'Rip' is really developing strength and is settling into such a super connection. He feels very comfortable in the show ring and seems to enjoy it a lot. It's like he goes to his stall at night and reads the 'How to be Great at Dressage Manual'," said Blitz.
The owner and breeder of Ripline, Richard Freeman of Oak Hill Ranch in Folsom, Louisiana, noted; "From the beginning, our entire staff recognized Ripline was an outstanding horse. He was the first United States bred stallion approved by the Danish Warmblood Society. I am delighted to be in partnership with Heather in this phase of his development. As an international level rider, Heather is in position to develop him to his fullest. His dam line is strong and his potential as a stud is eagerly anticipated."
Blitz, who is aiming Ripline at the Young Horse Dressage Championships in August, added; "We'll now be seeking our second qualifying score, and we will spend the rest of the summer training with no shows until the USEF Young Horse Championships in Wayne, IL in August. After that we'll look into the Young Horse competition at Dressage at Devon, PA in September.