Clean Sweep for Rebekah Mingari at Young Rider Dressage National Championships
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Posted by Dana Rossmeier, US Equestrian Communications Department
Wayne, IL - The U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions ended on Sunday with the remaining divisions crowning their champions. Rebekah Mingari earned the National Champion and Reserve National Champion titles in the AGCO/USEF Young Rider Dressage division with Allure S and Elzarma TF, respectively.
Rebekah Mingari (Louisville, KY.) guided Kerrin Dunn’s mother-and-daughter mares, Allure S and Elzarma TF, to the AGCO/USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship and Reserve National Championship, respectively.
Mingari and Allure S, the dam of Elzarma TF through embryo transfer, had a great ride in the FEI Young Rider Individual Test to score a 68.816%. She and the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare earned a 70.132% during Saturday’s FEI Young Rider Team Test for an overall score of 69.474%.
“It has been neat to watch these [mares] grow up, and our partnership together is incredible. I love both of them. To win this is amazing. It’s a dream come true,” said Mingari.
Mingari, who works for Dunn and trains with Angela Jackson, has had the opportunity to watch the mares develop. Jackson brought Allure S through the young and developing horse divisions, competing numerous times at the USEF Dressage National Championships.
“I love both of these horses. I rode Elzarma TF when she was a four-year-old, and she was my project horse and taught me how to start with young horses,” said Mingari. “I have watched Allure S ever since she was a six-year-old, and I got to get on her every once in a while. She was my ultimate dream horse to get to ride.”
Mingari and Elzarma TF, an eight-year-old KWPN mare, earned scores of 68.684% in the team test and 67.719% in the individual test for an overall score of 68.202%.
Anna Weniger (Apex, N.C.) rode a precise test with Don Derrick to move up from fourth place after the team test to third place following the individual test. They earned scores of 67.719% in the team test and 68.114% in the individual test for an overall score of 67.917%.
“I’m really lucky to be able to ride such a cool horse,” said Weniger, who trains with her mother Dawn Weniger.
Originally, Dawn bought the 13-year-old NRPS gelding as a grand prix horse for herself. “He is super fun, well-trained, and has taught me so much. It’s really incredible to compete in competitions with him,” added Anna Weniger.
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