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. The USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship sponsored by The Dutta Corp. and Performance Sales International proved to be a showcase of both the U.S. breeding programs and the success of the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Program. Three of the horses that contested these Championships, including winner Pikko del Cerro HU, are U.S. bred, while seven are graduates of the Young Horse program. Horses Unlimited's Pikko del Cerro HU (Pik L- Rohweena by Rohdiamant) held the lead to claim the Developing Horse Championship with rider Lisa Wilcox (Loxahatchee, FL) after earning an overall score of 70.482%. American breeder Anne Sparks of Horses Unlimited
could not be there as she was hosting an auction at her farm in new Mexico, which successfully sold forty young horses adding to the US developing program across the country, but was thrilled to get the news and is looking forward to the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Intermediare Championship, a selection trial for the Pan American Games.
Wilcox is close friends with Florida neighbor Mikala Gundersen when Mikala won the 6 Year Old's Championships in 2009. Gunderson who is Danish also rides for Horses Unlimited knew the horse had an opportunity to compete for the US and suggested Wilcox take over the ride. “For the last year Lisa and Cerro have worked very hard to progress in the training and it seems to be paying off. “ noted Sparks. “She has told me several times that it feels like she got her "Rodie" back. I love hearing her say that, it's such a compliment. (Rohdiamont, Wilcox's former Grand Prix mount).
“Pikko del Cerro HU was from my third foal crop. He was from the second foal crop I had by Pik L and out of a mare I bought exclusively to breed to him. The moment I saw Cerro hit the ground I knew I had a stallion prospect. He has given me so many unbelievable moments and the wins haven't stopped coming yet. I will never forget the first time I ever had a horse show in a breed show. It was at Devon and Cerro scored a 90% in-hand and was the Born in the USA Champion. Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to being at Gladstone in two weeks and seeing Lisa and Cerro compete in person for the I-I championship.
"We selected the date of our auction at a time when we felt most buyers would have an opportunity to look and purchase from our breeding program. Unfortunately that date overlapped with the Developing Horse Championships but I'm really looking forward to being at Gladstone in two weeks and seeing Lisa and Cerro compete the Intermediare Championship and selection trial for the Pan American Games.” said Sparks.