Adult amateur riders showing off their Third Level freestyles were first in the Alltech Arena early Sunday morning, but it was the final competitor down centerline who impressed the judges the most on the last day of national championship action at the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, held November 5-8, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
In the Intermediate II Open division, less than four-tenths of a point separated the top three finishers but ultimately emerging as Champion with 68.509% was Heather McCarthy of Prairie Grove, Ill. (qualified in Region 2) riding Sandi Chohany’s Oldenburg gelding Sandro Paix (Sandro Hit x Ariyola by Absatz), a horse she’s developed all the way from Second Level. “In Saturday night’s Grand Prix freestyle, the atmosphere was a little too electric for him, so for this class I really focused on trying to have a relaxed ride and he was a different horse today. It was a very nice fluid test and I was very happy, he stayed with me,” said McCarthy.
Stacy Parvey-Larsson of Reddick, Fla. (Region 3) finished a close second with 68.158% aboard Benidetto, a Hanoverian stallion (Belissimo M x Crispy Sweet by Cordoba) who she owns with Linda Woltz and has also brought along from a young age. “I got him in the fall of 2009 and brought him through the young and developing horse programs. The journey’s been amazing,” said Parvey-Larsson. “It’s a little bit like rolling the dice with a stallion, but he was a really good boy and came through for me today. He was spot on and I’m really happy with him.”
More information including final results, photo galleries, and news archives from the 2015 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® are available on the official event website www.usdressagefinals.com. Video on-demand from select championship performances is also available on the USEF Network at www.usefnetwork.com. A complete archive of each competition day's results is listed at this direct link.