Lisette Milner Finishes On A High Note

Lisette Milner finished a successful season in Florida with fireworks. Riding Lorenzo's Fire, her eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion by Zuidhorn, Milner won Fourth Level, Test 1 (67.179) and placed fourth in Fourth level, test 2 (62%) at Dressage at Equestrian Estates. Lorenzo's Fire has been high-point champion at almost every show this season at third and fourth levels; next season she plans to move him up to PSG/I-1. A handsome and talented horse, he is considered one of the brightest rising stars in dressage at the moment.

Milner and Skydancer, an 18.2h, nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Larinero, won the USET Intermediaire 1 Freestyle with a very good score (68.797), despite a couple of mistakes in the test.

"In the middle of the test we perform a canter circle with tempi changes, but we missed the changes. It was obvious, and I knew I had to make up some points somehow," said Milner. I was thinking really hard, and decided that on my last centerline I'd do a series on ones instead of my usual extended trot."

With all the judges waiting breathlessly, Milner did her series of changes, but did one too few for the movement to count. "It worked out beautifully and all the judges told me later that they were all doing the same thing - waiting for another change. But my music ended and I halted - one change short!" It's a good thing that she made up for the mistakes with a, otherwise brilliant test.

Last year Skydancer also placed third in the USET Intermediaire 1 qualifier (66.250% ) and third in the USET Prix St. Georges qualifier (65.917). He competed at the Festival of Champions and was ranked fourth in the United States in Prix Saint Georges/Intermediaire-I.

Text by Amber Heintzberger

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