Laura Cooper and Settino Win the High Performance Prix St. George

The proximity and draw of competing this year in June at the Festival of Champions here on the West Coast at San Juan Capistrano motivated  a few of the High Performance I-I riders to stay and compete. Friday’s Prix St. George class originally had seventeen competitors entered. Weather conditions caused the class to shrink to only three who competed with the following results: first were Laura Cooper and Settino with a 67.08, second were Nick Wagman and Uforia with a 66.8 and third were Charlotte Jorst and Asterios. Both Wagman and Cooper are vying for a spot in the top twelve to ride at the Festival of Champions and hoped the scores earned here would bolster their placing position. In addition, both needed to ride the freestyle in order to be eligible for the Festival of Champions.

Laura Cooper was delighted with Settino’s performance in the PSG. Settino is a nine-year-old KWPN gelding by Jet Set D out of Leval Blanc. He had already won two Developing Horse Prix St. George competitions this year and is qualified to go to Kentucky to compete this summer. Settino has been in training with Steffen Peters since 2006. “Steffen rode him while I was pregnant, and I have been riding him since the fall of 2007," Cooper said. She added that after his success in the Developing Horse classes, “We decided to go ahead and try the CDI’s this year. He did quite well at Del Mar, and I think he did great here at Flintridge under the circumstances. I really would not have competed this weekend if I didn’t have to for our eligibility for the Festival. He had no issues in the warm-up, so we took it conservatively in the test.” When asked about his strengths, Cooper answered that, “They are his elegance and his trot work and his suppleness. Also, he has a good mind for being so young.”

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