After earning 64.140% for the their FEI Young Adult U-25 Grand Prix Test, 22-year-old Katrin Dagge and Dream of Love came out on top of the leaderboard in the field of five. The Bonita Springs, Fla., native and her mother Birgitt Dagge’s 13-year-old Oldenburg stallion had a nice test, highlighted by quality trot work. The pair claimed the USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship presented by Dressage Today title with a final score of 64.404%. “It went great today,” Dagge said. “I thought we had very nice passage and piaffe. I’m so proud of him, I’m so proud of us.” Dagge plans to continue working on the Brentina Cup test as well as Grand Prix movements with Dream of Love. “It has been a learning curve,” she explained. “We have had to work on the different steps to get to the Grand Prix level.”
Twenty-two-year-old Katrina Hiller (St. Germain, Wis.) rode her own The Toy Soldier to Reserve Champion honors after ending up with a final score of 62.279%. She and the 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding, who she has had since he was three, scored a 63.326% in their test on Saturday.
“I was happy with my ride. He was so willing,” Hiller said. “We are still green at this level but that was the cleanest test we have ridden.”
Rachel Chowanec (Columbia, Conn.) and Lendon Gray’s Embrujado XI finished in third place in the championship with an overall score of 61.465%. She and the 16-year-old PRE gelding had a nice test with clean one tempi changes, earning a 61.442%.
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