Lientje Schueler counts herself lucky. After only eight weeks in training and in their first big show together, she swept the 4-year-old classes at the Del Mar National Horse Show with a horse appropriately named Regalo. Owned by Pinky Roberts of Escondido, CA, the 16-hand bay Oldenburg gelding by Rosario out of Dandiell (damsire Nandino) received high marks in the $250 USEF Young Horse Test for Four-Year-Olds from veteran judges William Solyntjes and Melissa Creswick, who praised the “generous and talented” horse, which was “quite well-developed already.” Solyntjes called the horse’s canter the best of the gaits, for which it received an 8.5. The trot, which showed “very good rhythm and ground cover” along with an uphill tendency, earned an 8.2. The walk received a 7.7. With an 8 for submission, the total score was an 81.00 percent.
Schueler, who for six years has been assistant trainer to Shannon and Steffen Peters at their Arroyo Del Mar facility in San Diego, was delighted. “He has a great work ethic. I saw him in the winter, right before Christmas, when I was home visiting my family in northern Germany.” She immediately e-mailed Roberts, who knew a good thing when she saw it. She’s the owner of the talented Swedish mare by Bellini, Chocolatt, whom Schueler also rides. Said Roberts, “I think Regalo has a great future.”