Burbank, CA - Another full schedule of intense dressage competition across three arenas marked the second day of California Dreaming Productions' Mid-Winter Dressage CDI-W/Y/J/U-25, being held February 20 - 22 in Burbank, Cal. Highlighting the day's CDI action in the Equidome were victories by hometown favorites Kathleen Raine aboard Breanna in the Grand Prix Special as well as Elizabeth Ball and Avanti in the Intermediaire I. In front of an appreciative crowd enjoying a fantastic brunch on the VIP ringside terrace, Kathleen Raine and her longtime partner Breanna (Hanoverian mare [Brentano II x World Queen by Weltmeyer] owned by Raine, David Wightman, and Jennifer Mason) ruled the day in the CDI Grand Prix Special. The pair recently returned to California from a successful European tour with a stopover in Florida, and today added another international victory to their resume with a solid score of 70.765% and the unanimous victory from all five judges over second-placed Beatrice Marienau and her KWPN gelding Stefano 8 (Gribaldi x Gracia by Actueel) with 68.078%. Despite Breanna's extensive travel schedule over the last few months, Raine had no doubt the elegant mare was up to today's task.
"She is so fit right now, and she's an easy traveler who settles easily into wherever we go, so she's not tired at all," Raine explained. "Yesterday in the Grand Prix we had a few mistakes that were costly, but I was happy overall with how she felt. Today I felt like we were a little more on the money - she got a little spooky for a moment but came right back to me and it was a consistent and clean ride. It's good to be back and I really enjoy the shows here in California because it's great competition and obviously we have a lot of top riders here."
Formed by a partnership between long-time show organizer Glenda McElroy of Burbank, CA and Grand Prix riders and trainers David and Alisa Wilson of Chino Hills, CA, the goal of California Dreaming Productions is to bring a fresh face to international-level dressage competition on the West Coast. Additional show information is available on the new California Dreaming Productions website, as well as regular updates posted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/californiadreamingproductions. For more information, contact Glenda McElroy, firstname.lastname@example.org, or David and Alisa Wilson, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
See video of the winning ride on CDP Live!