Temecula, CA - The first annual Temecula Dressage Classic at Galway Downs was a large success for riders looking to gain more qualifying scores for Young Horse. With over 200 entries, the Temecula Dressage Classic was incredibly popular with riders in the area and also served as a Regional Championship and NAJYRC Qualifying event.
On Saturday, June 9th, Sarah Lockman blew away the FEI Young Horse finals (6 YO) on Saturday, scoring an impressive 83.00 on Balia, owned by Gerry Ibanez, to win the open division. Jennifer Wetterau also blew the test out of the water, scoring an 81.80 on her horse Hartog for first place in AA. David Wightman also had a strong ride in the open division, riding his horse Hotshot to a 73.4 for second behind Sarah Lockman.
The show also saw high scores in the FEI Young Horse finals (4 YO) with Alyssa Doverspike on Figaro, owned by Kathleen Raine, winning the open division with an 82.80, followed by Kim McGrath on MSJ Celebrity, owned by Terri Wood, with a 79.40 and Rebecca Rigdon-Blake on Jagger with a 78.00.
The FEI Young Horse Finals (5 YO) closed with two strong tests from Carlos Santos on Inferno M, owned by Candice Warren, (81.20) and Rebecca Rigdon-Blake on Iquem (80.40).
On Saturday afternoon, Dawn White O’Connor rode a beautiful Developing Grand Prix test on Bailarino owned by Four Winds Farm, placing them first with a 67.563. Nicholia Clarke of Dressage Unlimited followed with a close 67.313 on Quincy, owned by Jennifer Mason.
Earlier in the day, former Olympian Jan Ebeling stunned the judges in the USEF Developing Prix St. George riding Bellena, owned by Ann Romney, to a 77.5 for an easy win. This was a high scoring class (scores ranging from 65 to 77.5) with a total of six riders, including Amy Miller, Kathleen Raine, Rebecca Rigdon-Blake, David Wightman, and Christine Unruh.
Jan Ebeling also won the FEI Grand Prix on Indeed V, owned by Vantage Equestrian Group II, scoring a 77.50 against a highly competitive class of 7 other riders, including Nick Wagman, Guenter Seidel, and Amber Smigel.
The Junior and Young Riders for team and individual tests were also held. Christian Simonson won both the Young Rider Team and Individual tests with FRH Rassolini owned by Christinia Morgan, scoring a 70.735 and a 73.015 respectively. Katelyn Mosle also won both the Team and Individual Junior tests on Sir Maestro owned by Jenifer Luce-Zakhary, scoring a 70.606 and a 71.103 respectively.
The show was happy to see so many competitors riding great tests and receiving so many qualifying scores. Judges included Lilo Fore, Joan Macartney, Jeanne McDonald, and Louise Koch. Management is already looking forward to another great show next year.