Wayne, Ill. – Isabel Linder and Elvis maintained their lead to claim the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship on Saturday. Combinations in each division complete two tests, both counting towards 50% of their overall score, to determine the champions.
Linder (Kewadin, Mich.) and Elvis carried their momentum into Saturday’s FEI Junior Individual Test to win the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship with an overall score of 68.961%. She and Hai Wei’s 13-year-old Westphalian gelding performed a consistent test to place third with a score of 66.930% following Friday’s FEI Junior Team Test score of 70.991%.
“He felt really good today. He really listened, and we improved upon the trot work, so I really was happy with the test and happy with him,” said an excited Linder. “We were able to put in a nice, clean test yesterday that carried into today. I have a great horse and great team.”
After placing sixth in the team test with a score of 66.982%, Kayla Kadlubek (Fairfax Station, Va.) and her 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding Freewill added more energy to place second in the FEI Junior Individual Test with a score of 68.070%. This propelled them to the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage Reserve National Championship with an overall score of 67.526%, finishing her junior career on a high note.
“I had a really good test today. I was happy with my horse all weekend. He gave me his all. I went for a little bit more today to get the higher marks, which turned out well. He has improved so much since I had him,” said Kadlubek.
Juliet Hess (Atlanta, Ga.) and Diano, Julia Stainback’s 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, placed third overall with a score of 67.237% following the team test score of 68.509% and the individual test score of 65.965%.