The Southern California dressage winter show season kicked off at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center over Super Bowl weekend with a wonderful turnout. The exhibitors demonstrated some fantastic rides throughout the weekend making it a fun show to watch.
A large number of FEI open horses battled it out over both days. On Saturday, Leslie Morse and Kingston won the Grand Prix with a 73.750%, Marie Meyers and No Doubt led the Intermediaire I Open with a 63.750%, and Jennifer Hoffman and Herzberg won the Prix St. Georges – Open with a 72.750%. Sunday was another day of amazing competition.
In the Grand Prix Special Leslie Morse and Kingston took first again with a 72.400%. The Intermediaire I Open turned out to be an exciting class with a three-way tie at 69.750 % for the leading spot that had to be broken by the coefficients leaving Mette Rosencrantz and Basquewille with the top honors. In the Prix St. Georges Open Elizabeth Ball Cousyn and Raphael shined with a 71.750%.
L.A. Winter Dressage Show
Markel Sponsors 2004 Dressage Series High Point Awards
An exciting addition to the Cornerstone Managed shows this year is the new “2004 Dressage Series High Point Awards” generously sponsored by Markel Insurance. Markel Insurance will be providing champion neck ribbons and beautiful dress coolers to the high percentage winners at the Cornerstone Managed horse shows through out the year. Our open high percentage leader was Shannon Barnes riding her own horse, Sweet Revenge, to a 76.364% in the Training Level Test 1 Open class. Sam Lewis and Lowbrow won the Amateur/Jr/YR high percentage award for their 75.000% ride in the Training Level Test 2 Amateur class.
John Seger, director of Agent development for Markel Corp, was on hand for the awards presentations. Markel has been making an impact throughout the United States, currently title sponsors for the Markel Winter Amateur Dressage Championships being held throughout the Dressage in Florida Winter circuit. In addition to the High Point Series Markel is sponsoring the Cornerstone Series three CDI's, and the US Olympic Selction Trials in June.
It was an enjoyable show, with great exhibitors, and fantastic rides. If this show is a precursor for the competition year then we can look forward to great exhibitors at all levels of dressage and some amazing shows. Good Luck in the following season!
Images copyrighted: Sheri Scott
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