Uforia, the lovely and talented seven-year-old KWPN mare by Negro, rose to the occasion once again for her appreciative owner/ rider Nick Wagman. Wagman chose to stay and compete at Flintridge to help ensure that his ranking was within the top 12 for the Intermediaire Championships. After his freestyle on Saturday, in which the mare was reacting to noises near the arena, Wagman stated, “We need at least a 68 percent in the I-I to make the top 12 in the rankings.” After their win in Sunday’s I-I with a 68.50, Wagman was delighted! “We have had a tough weekend with the conditions and weather. She hated the arena (which is by the entrance gate to Jet Propulsion Laboratories) and was over-reactive to legitimately scary noises. Today I just kept it low key so she was manageable and wouldn’t scoot.”
Wagman has been very happy with Uforia’s performance as she is only seven this year. “This is her year of firsts: first National Championship qualifying season at FEI, first I-I, first freestyle and her first CDI.” Uforia is proving herself to be the right female for the job, her scores on Sunday assures them of a spot at the San Juan Capistrano Festival of Champions.