Abby Fodor Takes Children Dressage National Championship
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Wayne, Ill. – Abby Fodor and Slip and Slide maintained their lead to claim the USEF Children Dressage National Championship. Combinations in each division complete two tests, both counting towards 50% of their overall score, to determine the champions.
Fodor (Bloomsbury, N.J.) swept the division to win the inaugural USEF Children Dressage National Championship. After topping the FEI Children Team Test with a score of 67.889%, Fodor and Slip and Slide, Marie Fodor’s 14-year-old Quarter Horse/Haflinger gelding, perfected their simple changes to win the FEI Children Individual Test with a score of 69.063%. The 13-year-old Fodor started riding at three-years-old, and her experience in different disciplines aided her in winning her first national championship.
“I thought [Slip and Slide] progressed; he was just a lot better today. I’m really shocked [that I won] and really proud of him,” said Fodor.
Beatrix Leggingwell (Lake Villa, Ill.) and Luke Skywalker, a 17-year-old Hanoverian mare, picked up where they left on Friday, displaying a strong test despite inconsistent extension work. They earned a score of 66.771%, following Friday’s score of 66.389%. This resulted in an overall score of 66.580% for the USEF Children Dressage Reserve National Championship title.
“We had to be more cautious today because he is a spookier horse. There were some movements that were a little harder for us, but he was really trying his best to stay with me,” said a thrilled Leggingwell. “The horse gave his all. I had my first competition with him this year, and he got me here, so it is cool to be here.”
Madison Waller (Beaumont, Texas) and Diablo DC, Waller Farms’ nine-year-old Lusitano gelding, placed third in the individual test with a score of 64.740%. This moved them up to third place overall with a score of 64.592% after scoring a 64.444% on Friday.
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