Anna Stovall Plays It Safe Then Goes For The Big Win

Sunday, August 27, 2017
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Anna Stovall and Frankie

Anna Stovall and Frankie © Annan Heppner/Phelps Media Group

On a beautiful morning at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, Anna Stovall of Chesapeake, Virginia, rode a harmonious and clean test to claim the Developing Prix St. Georges Championship at the Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships. The pair placed fourth in Thursday's Prix St. Georges with a 68.421 percent. Stovall and Frankie came from behind on the final day of the division with an impressive 71.179 percent in the Developing Prix St. Georges to win the overall championship. "I wanted to ride the first test (on Thursday) a little conservative and really point-to-point, demonstrating that we can execute the test technically. Today, I felt comfortable going ahead and giving it a little gas and it paid off."

Anna Stovall in Winners Circle

Anna Stovall in Winners Circle with owner Catherine Haddad-Staller ©Susan J Stickle

Frankie was schooling Third Level when Stovall took over the ride from her "boss". Catherine Haddad-Staller bred and raised the 8-year-old Hanoverian mare Frankie (Florencio-Aronja, A Jungle Prince). She has developed the talented mare under Haddad-Staller's watchful eye on her own up through the levels. Stovall started working with Catherine Haddad-Staller a US Dressage Team veteran, three years ago. She's been in Catherine's program since the beginning and Catherine bred her. "We've worked together and developed a partnership. Now here we are! She is a star and my partner. Her attitude is 100 percent willing every single day."

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Watch the Video Anna Stovall & Frankie (Florencio x Aronja x A Jungle Prince) are the 2017 Markel Horse/USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage National Champions.

Stovall plans to do Developing Grand Prix next "she's ready". The will be headed back to their beautiful base in Chesapeake, Virginia where through the fall they will take it easy, enjoy being at home and have some fun out in the fields before heading to Florida.

Their first trip to the Markel/USEF Developing Horse National Championships has proven to be an exceptional one. “I love [Lamplight]! It has been a great experience. It is a beautiful facility and it’s so well run, so I have really enjoyed every moment of it,” said Stovall.

Endel Ots and Lucky Strike, Markel/USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage Reserve National Champion

Endel Ots and Lucky Strike, Markel/USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage Reserve National Champion ©Susan J Stickle

Moving up from third place following Thursday’s test with a 68.59%, Endel Ots of Wellington, Florida, claimed the reserve championship in the Developing Prix St. Georges division. Aboard Max Ot's 7-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Lucky Strike (Lord Laurie-Heidi, His Highness) they earned a 70.637 boosting the combination to reserve champion in the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges National Championship.

When asked about the difference in the performance today with Max Ot’s seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Ots responded, “I just relaxed a little bit more and let him go and try for it. It was a nice, clean test and I was very happy with him.”

Thursday's leader, Carly Taylor-Smith, fell to third place after scoring a 68.725 percent in the Developing Prix St. Georges on Nikki Taylor-Smith's 7-year-old Oldenburg gelding Rosalut NHF (Rosenthal-Legacy, Salut). She also received the Oldenburg Breeders' Horse Society award for the highest-placed Oldenburg in the class and the U.S. Bred Award, given to the top U.S. bred horse in each division.

“My test was very different than Thursday. He was one hot tamale,” said Taylor-Smith. “He is still only seven and I know he is still green and has a little growing up to do. Overall quality of that horse is really special. I am still very happy despite his spicy-ness.” Taylor-Smith scored a 70.43% in Thursday’s preliminary test, winning the class, and a 68.72% in Saturday’s test, placing sixth.

USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Test

ResultsTop Six: Developing Prix St. Georges Dressage National Championship

Rider / Horse / PSG Score (40%) / Dev. PSG Score (60%) / Total

1. Anna Stovall / Frankie / 68.421 / 71.179 / 70.076
2. Endel Ots / Lucky Strike / 68.596 / 70.637 / 69.821
3. Carly Taylor-Smith / Rosalut NHF / 70.439 / 68.725 / 69.411
4. Eva King / Drake / 67.368 / 70.000 / 68.947
5. Nora Batchelder / Faro SQF / 68.246 / 69.020 / 68.710
6. Laura Graves / Fizau / 67.325 / 68.971 / 68.313