Lamplight CDI 3* and Spring Dressage

Amanda Johnson and Pip Are Intermediaire Victors at lamplight CDI**

By Lynndee Kemmet for

There was no doubt who ruled the CDI Intermediaire competition at the 2008 Lamplight CDI*** after Amanda Johnson and Pip took wins in both the Intermediaire I and the Intermediaire Freestyle.

"This weekend, he was right there for me. Everything I asked him to do, he was there. He was really great. He's come such a long way and he's such fun to ride," Johnson said of her partner. The pair hadn't competed in a CDI since doing Dressage at Devon last fall, basically because, as Johnson said, "I didn't have the finances to go to Florida." Hence, she expressed great appreciation to Lamplight for hosting the CDI. "It's such a beautiful show grounds and it was a wonderful competition. It's so great to have this for riders like me who don't have the resources to go to Florida and do the CDIs there. Also, with the gas prices being so high, it's hard to travel. So this is wonderful," she also thanked those who sponsor the CDI classes, especially Tempel Farms for sponsoring the classes she won. "The sponsors deserve credit.[#26558 override=""" title="""] Read More...[#26558 override="." title="."]

Kassandra Barteau is Cleaning Up in Her Backyard at Lamplight CDI***
By Lynndee Kemmet for

This past winter, Kassandra Barteau drove 24 hours with her family to reach the Florida show circuit where she collected a mass of blue ribbons. This weekend she's only had to drive 25 minutes to add to her blue ribbon collection.

"We had a great season in Florida," Barteau said, "And now it's going really great up here at home. And the show this weekend is so convenient. I love it." The Barteau dressage clan, owners of KYB Dressage, which includes not only the 19-year-old Kassandra but also parents Yvonne and Kim, is based in Gilberts, Illinois.

One of several sponsors of the weekend CDI, was Grand Prix Equestrian home of KYB Dressage, a new facility due to open in June partnered with longtime owner, Ginna Franz. Read More.....

Who's that Girl? It's Australian Dressage Rider Kelly Layne
By Lynndee Kemmet for

Kelly Layne needs no introduction in Australia. The daughter of Australian Grand Prix rider and judge Helen Anstee, Layne is one of Australia's leading dressage riders having represented her country at the 2006 World Equestrian Games. But last summer, she left her native country for American soil and this month she's introduced herself to Americans by taking the Grand Prix blue ribbon on the opening day of the Lamplight CDI.

Layne has been living in the U.S. only since last August when she and her American husband, Steven Layne, moved to Parker, Colorado from Australia. Her husband had been an American Air Force fighter pilot based in Australia and now works in the aviation industry in the U.S.

"I'm really loving being in Colorado. I've met lots of really lovely people there. It's absolutely wonderful," Layne said of her new home turf. She's also loving being back in the show ring with her Grand Prix partner, Amoucheur, a.k.a. Smooch. The Grand Prix win was a great birthday gift for Amoucheur, who turned 15 on Friday.[#26558 override="Read More...." title="Read More...."]

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Patricia Becker and Sandor Capture Prix St. Georges Win on Opening Day of Lamplight CDI

Patricia Becker and Sandor took the blue ribbon in the opening day Prix St. Georges at the Lamplight CDI with a score of 67.90 percent. Becker didn't have to travel far for her win as she lives in Illinois and is based at Fireside Farm, owned by Carole and Frank Allgauer.

"Sandor is a super sensitive, hot horse. But when he's on, he can be pretty brilliant," Becker said of her partner. Sandor was clearly 'on' in the Prix St. Georges but Becker said that's rather typical of the nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Flemingh. "He's a complicated horse, but what's good about him is that when he goes in the ring, he's really focused. He's a worker when he gets in there, he knows his job. He's a fun personality and I'm really lucky to have him," she said.

Becker has co-owned Sandor since he was four and was purchased in Holland by Becker and a client. After that client decided to give up share ownership on the horse, Becker's long-time friend Anne Ramsay stepped in. "She didn't want to see me lose the ride so she stepped up and bought the other half of him," Becker said. Read More....

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USEF National Para Equestrian Championships and Paralympic Selection Trials Set to Begin Friday
By Stacey Meier

Lexington, KY – The United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) 2008 National Para Equestrian Championships and the USEF Selection Trials for the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team-Equestrian begins this Friday, May 16 at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL and will conclude Sunday, May 18.The USEF National Para Equestrian Championships and the USEF Selection Trials for the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team-Equestrian will run concurrently with the dressage competition kicking off Friday with the Team Test; the Freestyle is early in the evening Saturday and Sunday concludes the competition with the Individual Tests. Though pinned separately, the combined average score from the respective classes will determine the Champion and Reserve Champion.

The following riders/horses will be competing in the 2008 USEF National Para Equestrian Championship; Long-listed Paralympic rider and horse combinations with an asterisk by their name are competing in the USEF Selection Trials for the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team-Equestrian as well as the National Championship.Read More....

* Friday, May 16, 2008 - CDI
* Friday, May 16. 2008 - May I - Open
* Friday, May 16, 2008 - Paralympic

Contact: DressageShowInfo@aol
Closing date: April 18, 2008
Website: Lamplight Equestrian Center

Official Qualifying Competition for:

* Para Equestrian Olympic Selection Trials
* 2008 Markel/USEF Young Horse Selection Trials - Cental USA
* 2008 USEF Grand Prix High Performance Qualifier
* 2008 USEF Intermediaire I High Performance Qualifier
* FEI North American Junior and Young Riders’ Championships
* USEF National Junior, Young Rider & Brentina Cup Championships
* USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championships
* Great American/USDF Regional Qualifier
* USDF/Dover Adult Amateur Medal Program

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