Andrea Woodard of Wellington, Florida, put in another elegant and clean test on her Oldenburg mare Ravenna (Sir Donnerhall I-Romanze, Blue Hors Romanov) to win the Markel/USEF National 6-Year- Old title. Bred in Germany by Britta Luebbers, Woodard bought her as a 3-year-old. They also received the Oldenburg Breeders' Horse Society award and an overall score of 8.164. The highlights of their test included the canter.
With a careful plan for young horses, Woodard has cautiously aimed for the championships this year, allowing her mare time to grow up and mature.The judges commented on the mare's three clean, clear and high-quality gates, and rewarded her with an 8.6 in the trot, an 8.3 in the canter, a submission score of 8.3 and a prospect score of 8.7. "It feels wonderful.
This is what I've been building up towards for such a long time now." said Woodard. I actually tried to qualify her for the 5-year-olds last year and she got qualified, but I didn't think she was mentally ready to take the long trip from Florida. This year, I felt like she was much more prepared and mentally ready. We went for it and it paid off. I'm super excited and very happy with her. It feels like we are on the right track and it's promising for the future."
Werner Van Der Brande and Fly By Fly Into Reserve
Werner Van Der Brande, who lives in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, earned the reserve championship on Linda Sommer's Flyby FLF (Falsterbo-Whirliegirl, Wonderland). In the 6-Year-Old Preliminary Test they received a 7.8 and in Sunday's test, they were given a 7.98. The Hanoverian gelding's highlight was in his ground covering canter where they received an 8.2.
"We have been working hard to get him ready and that was the goal. We did it, and it feels really nice. Overall, the trot work was stronger and we had a bit more energy. I felt like he was more with me and I didn't have to push him all of the time."
Additionally, Flyby FLF was awarded the U.S.-Bred Award as recognition of the top U.S.-bred horse in the class.
Michael Bragdell and Finery Tie A Yellow Ribbon
Michael Bragdell earned the yellow ribbon with an overall score of 7.6 on Anne Howard's Oldenburg stallion, Finery (Furstenball-Sonetta, Diamond HIT). The pair earned a high score of 8.5 for their active and rhythmic walk.
"It's always so exciting to come here. Lamplight is a great facility and puts on a great show with a championship feel. It's fun to come here and compete. With my horse, I'm so proud of how far we have come and to compete here. Today there was an award ceremony going on in the other ring, and he held it together and stayed focused during the test. I was really proud of him and couldn't ask more of him."
Rider / Horse / Preliminary Test (40%) / Final Test (60%) / Total
1. Andrea Woodard / Ravenna / 7.9 / 8.34 / 81.64
2. Werner Van Den Brande / Flyby FLF/ 7.8 / 7.98 / 7.908
3. Michael Bragdell / Finery / 7.6 / 7.6 / 7.6
4. Cyndi Jackson / Sir Amour / 7.12 / 7.64 / 7.432
5. Angela Jackson / Gaston TF / 7.36 / 7.3 / 7.324
6. Bridget Hay / Fauna / 7.28 / 7.26 / 7.268