Rosalut HF Earns Top Honors in the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Four-Year-Old National Championships

Rosalut HF (Photo: Carolynn Bunch Photography)
Rosalut HF (Photo: Carolynn Bunch Photography)

In the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Five-Year-Old National Championships presented by HorseShow.com Rosalut HF earned top honors in the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Four-Year-Old National Championships. Fifteen of the best horses from the 2010 foal crop completed the USEF Dressage Test for Four-Year-Old Horses for a second time to earn the remaining 60% of their championship scores. Carly Taylor-Smith (Malibu, Calif.) and Rosalut HF (Rosenthal x Legacy/Salut) turned heads throughout the week, winning both classes, to be named the Four-Year-Old Champion on an overall score of 8.956. Nikki Taylor-Smith's Oldenburg gelding was the winner of Saturday's class with a score of 9.04, in a performance made all the more impressive because they competed after a long break as a thunderstorm passed. Taylor-Smith and Rosalut HF have only been partnered together since February, but nonetheless were able to earn top marks. On Saturday, the gelding's gaits were regarded highly, scoring 9.3, 8.4, and 9.4 for the trot, walk, and canter, respectively. Additionally, he received 8.8 for submission and 9.3 on general impression. The pair also received the Highest Place U.S. Bred award.{C}

"My test on Thursday was really good; he was really easy. We had a really steady connection and he did everything I asked," Taylor-Smith said. "I was a lot happier with that test than today's test. Today he was a little bit on fire. I don't know if he was grumpy because I brought him out late, or maybe I rode him for too long. I don't know if he heard something, but I could really feel like he was going to buck. But he kept his cool."

Earning Reserve Champion honors was the KWPN mare Famebria DG (Idocus x Valeska DG/Krack C) with rider Willy Arts (Hanford, Calif.) on a score of 8.468.The pair was finished second in both classes, receiving 8.7, 8.2, and 8.7 for its trot, walk, and canter, respectively, in Saturday's test. Natalie Bryant and DG Bar Ranch's mare also earned an 8.4 for submission and an 8.7 for general impression.

Stacey Hastings (Mooresville, N.C.) and her and Ronald Woodcock's Furst Aurum (Furst Romancier x Kapela/Rohdiamant) collected third-place honors on an overall score of 8.296. The Oldenburg gelding received an overall score of 8.48 on Saturday, with scores of 8.6, 8.0, and 8.4 for the trot, walk and canter, respectively. He earned an 8.6 for submission and an 8.8 for general impression

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