Ayden Uhlir Storms to the Top Spot at the Dutta Corp/USEF Festival of Champion's Young Rider Division
Friday, October 11, 2013
Posted by Eileen Schnettler and Helen Murray
Standing second in the division are Rachel Chowanec and Embrujado XI. Chowanec (Columbia, Conn.) utilized the 15-year-old PRE gelding's impressive gaits to score 65.474%.
"Overall he felt pretty solid and we went for it with a lot of things," said Chowanec. "With the tempis, we pushed them a little bit to get them all bigger and it felt very good."
Chowanec competed in the 2012 USEF Young Rider National Championship and finished in fourth place. This year she is focusing on how to manage Embrujado XI when he is easily spooked.
"Over the years it's kind of been what works with that day," Chowanec explained. "Some days I really have to slow him down and get him thinking about me and rely on my aids. Other days, like today, he was really behind me so I had to push him forward and push him through the spookiness, not go around it."
Kaitlin Blythe rode Daverden into third place. Blythe (Rougemon, N.C.) and the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding produced a solid effort scoring 65.053%.
The AGCO/USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship competition continues Friday, with riders performing the FEI Young Rider Individual Test, which will count for the remaining 50% of the overall average.
Find out everything you need to know about the championships at http://www.usefconnect.com/festival/.
Susan J Stckle is the offiial photographer of the Dutta Corp/USEF FEstival of Champions
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