Wayne, IL- WakeUp, an American Warmblood stallion bred by Beverly McLean, earned his third National Championship title today with rider and owner, Miles. WakeUp previously won in the Young Horse division as a six-year-old in 2011 and the Developing Horse Prix St. Georges in 2013. Today's final test showcased the stallion's brilliant cadence to score a 68.458%, for an overall score of 69.934%.
"WakeUp was awesome. It was a clean test and he was a good boy, I am thrilled with it because it's an excellent way to go out as his final test at these championships. Everything he has given me so far has been brilliant, so everything else is icing on the cake," said Miles.
Finishing as the Reserve National Champion was Equestricons ET Viola ridden by Marcus Orlob (Annandale, N.J.). Equestricons ET Viola, a Hanoverian gelding, owned by ET Adventure LLC and bred by Britta White, was consistent through the final test to score 67.333%, for an overall score of 67.628%.
"I gave him a little too much fire today, so that was an error on my part, otherwise he did a great job. He's a great horse and I am really happy with him," said Orlob.
Taking third overall was the 2012 Five-Year-Old Young Horse Reserve National Champion, Elfenfeuer, owned and ridden by Alice Tarjan and bred by Ewald Grotelueshen. The pair was fourth after the preliminary test, but was able to move up a notch on the leaderboard on the strength of a solid final test, scoring 66.375%, for an overall score of 66.509%.
"Today was definitely better than our first test even though we still struggled with balance issues. She's grown up so much this weekend, she's really come along," said Tarjan.