Wellington, FL – At last year’s Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championship in Lamplight, Illinois, Caroline Roffman and her Hanoverian gelding Bon Chance won the Five-Year-Old division. This year, Roffman will compete three horses at the National Young Horse Championships and the Developing Horse Championships; San City will compete in the Five-Year-Old division, Bon Chance will compete in the Six-Year-Old division, and her Hanoverian gelding, Pie will compete in the Developing Horse Championships. Roffman is hoping that three is truly a charm.
“Bon Chance has developed wonderfully and has truly matured and come into his own. He has so much talent and presence and I can’t wait to show him off,” Roffman said, adding that in addition to winning the Five-Year-Old Championship, Bon Chance was Reserve Champion in the Four-Year-Old Championship in 2009.
Roffman also has the chance to defend her Five-Year-Old Championship title, this time aboard San City, a five-year-old stallion owned by Linda Crabtree. “He was shown by Linda’s daughter and successful event rider Katie Wooten last year in the Four-Year-Olds,” Roffman said. “I was given the ride on San City last fall and have trained and developed him with these championships as our goal. San City has the presence of a stallion but the rideability and character of a gelding. He is both beautiful and talented and has developed beyond what I thought he could have in a relatively short amount of time.” Roffman said she has even bred one of her mares to San City. “I like him that much!” she said. “He is San Remo x Bolero and bred by Marefield Meadows.”
Roffman, who was named the 2010 FEI Rising Star by the International Equestrian Federation and received her award at the FEI Awards ceremony in Taipei, is also looking forward to riding her horse Pie, a Hanoverian by Worldly, in the Developing Horse Championships. “Pie is very special to me, not only because I have had him for many years but because of his loving character and overachieving nature,” she said. “Pie showed as a six-year-old and qualified for the championships, but was unable to attend. He had nearly two years off and underwent a last effort surgery. To my delight he came back and has developed rapidly. This has been his first full year of showing and he has exceeded my expectations.”
Following the National Young Horse Championships, Roffman is planning to head to New Jersey to compete in the National Brentina Cup Championships at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions in Gladstone. Roffman will compete aboard Beemer, a 13-year-old Holsteiner owned by her trainer Lars Petersen. Roffman and Beemer have had a very successful season competing in preparation for the Brentina Cup. “I am very excited for this year’s Brentina Cup competition. It is my first year riding at the Grand Prix level and to be given such an opportunity to ride and show a horse like Beemer is a dream come true. I cannot thank Lars enough for that! Beemer is a wonderful horse with a winning character. He is a sales horse so I am hoping I will still have the chance to ride him when Gladstone arrives, but at the same time I would be happy to see him find his future rider and watch them start their career together.”
The 2011 Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championship will take place at Dressage at Lamplight in Wayne, Illinois, August 26 – 28. The 2011 National Brentina Cup Dressage Championships will be held at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey, September 8-11.