American Rider Kassandra Barteau Second in B Group of FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final for Young Riders
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Lexington, KY – Before a packed house at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final for Young Riders in Frankfurt, Germany, American rider Kassandra Barteau saved her best performance for last with GP Raymeister and finished second in the ‘B Group’ of the Freestyle. In her last year of Young Rider competition, the 21-year-old from Maple Park, IL and the 10-year-old Holsteiner stallion owned by Grand Prix Equestrian and Ginna Frantz, scored 68.65% to finish second behind Charles Hutton of Great Britain on a score of 71.8%.
Barteau, who is consistently one of the top Young Riders in the US, is the reigning Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Young Rider Dressage Champion and won the Freestyle at the 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships – both with GP Raymeister. The pair was 10th in the Team test on Thursday in Frankfurt, then ninth in the Individual on Friday, but the Freestyle is where they really excelled. Choreographed to music from Blues Brother 2000 by Barteau and her mother Yvonne – the final touches were done by Terri Gallo. “I am very proud of Raymeister,” said Barteau. “He was super relaxed with the bigger crowd tonight and we had a clean ride. The whole trip has been a great learning experience, I was able to watch the CDI-W Grand Prix and I look forward to watching the A final tomorrow.”
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