Celsiana William’s Long Journey to Finals Yields Top Results

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Posted by Alice Collins for Jump Media



Celsiana William’s move across the country to pursue her dressage dreams proved a good call when she and Prima Ballerina captured the Fourth Level Jr/YR champion’s sash with 70.694% at the 2022 US Dressage Final. The mare by Bon Bravour was awarded a high score of 72.361% from the judge at C thanks to lots of eights.

Feeling the Pressure

“This was my first time competing at Finals, and I was nervous,” admitted the 20-year-old. “I’ve never ridden in an arena like that before. I felt the pressure, but Bella was so easy that she gave me confidence. When you get a good mare, it’s the best thing ever. She was very focused but she’s only nine. I wasn’t expecting to win, that’s for sure. She sometimes gets a little nervous at big shows and she’s never been to Finals before, so it was a big deal for us to get here.”

William bought the mare sight unseen after falling in love with the horse on a video when she was a four-year-old. Initially, she produced the mare almost totally by herself.

“I grew up in a rural part of California and there weren’t many dressage trainers around, so I worked with Brian Hafner — who is my coach now and has been for 10 years — but I didn’t see him often,” she explained. “It’s been quite a journey. Now we live in Ocala, Florida, and I get to ride with him all the time. We’re going to try to make the Young Rider team next year, as it will be my last year to do it.”

High Scoring 

In the day’s other two young rider classes, Lauren Polk’s score of 72.356% was boosted by a high mark of 76.724% from the judge at M for a charming test in the Training Level championship. She and Diano, a 19-year-old gelding by Don Renoir, topped a class in which the top five combinations all achieved at least 70%.

In the Second Level Jr/YR tussle, Taylor Allen came out on top, riding the 12-year-old mare Fleur De Lis, by Tuschinski. Their score of 69.405% topped the field of 18 starters. 

Sunday’s classes conclude competition in the 2022 USDF Finals. Catch up with all the action via the USDF Facebook page, the US Dressage Finals website, and on the USEF Network. To learn more about the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, view results and day sheets, and read daily news releases, visit the official US Dressage Finals event website. Next year’s USDF Finals take place November 9-12, 2023. Mark your calendar!

About USDF

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