Endel Ots Holds Lead at the USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Posted by Dana Riddlemoser & Kathleen Landweh



Endel Ots (Wellington, FL.) and Lucky Strike maintained their lead for the USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship. He and the nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Max Ots earned a score of 73.853 percent in the FEI Intermediate I Test. “I was very happy with this test. It was clean, and he was very with me today. I was really happy with his effort. After [everything] that happened [before the Pan American Games], I have been doing [light work] to make sure he feels the best he can. That is a goal all three days, just to have clean, nice rides. He did that yesterday and did that today, so I was very happy with him.”

Photo - Endel Ots and Lucky Strike (

Rebecca Rigdon (Cardiff By The Sea, CA.) and La Fariah, her and David Blake’s 10-year-old Rhinelander mare, placed second in the test with a score of 72.941 percent, and Anna Marek (Williston, FL.) and Einstein JP, her 10-year-old KWPN gelding, followed with a score of 71.008 percent. The championship will be declared on Saturday following the FEI Intermediate I Freestyle Test.

Complete division results

On today’s test:
Marek: “I was very happy with Einstein because he and Clair are completely different rides. Wind isn’t his friend, normally, and he was a good boy in [the ring]. I added a bit more power today...[there was] more expression in the trot and [we were] more forward in the mediums.”

Rigdon: “She felt really good for not having competed since February. I was super happy with her. She got a little hot, percolated a little bit, but I was able to get her back down and go on with the test. She’s better in the I-1 than the Prix St. Georges because it keeps her more busy.”

Keep up with the 2019 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions on USA Dressage Facebook where you can find winning rides and daily photo galleries, USEF Network Twitter, and USEF Network Instagram featuring Instagram Stories. Use #USADressage and #FestivalofChampions.