Final Title of 2022 US Dressage Finals Goes to One Dollar "Rockstar"

Monday, November 14, 2022
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Under a dusting of wintry snow, the Kentucky Horse Park played host to the fourth and final day of action in the 2022 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® on Sunday, November 13. The remaining 11 champions of the year were crowned at a show where competitors travel from all over the country to vie for the more than $120,000 in prize money.

Photo - Bridget Bursey and Forty Creek in their winning lap of honor. (SusanJStickle.com)

Bridget Bursey’s powerful, harmonious test on the “wild child” mare Forty Creek, which she bought for one dollar, vanquished all comers in the Fourth Level Freestyle Open. Two judges awarded the pair over 74%, and they finished on 72.989% to net the biggest win of their career to date.  

Watch the winning Fourth Level Freestyle Open ride for Bridget Bursey and Forty Creek. Video by US Equestrian.

“I’m super excited because ‘Stella’ has had a couple of injuries and a baby,” said Bursey of the 12-year-old by UB40. “I started her at four, and she became mine when she was five — I got her for $1. She was a wild child, but we got along pretty well, so my clients decided she was best with me. I can’t thank them enough because she’s wonderful — my little rockstar.”

Dollar Diva

Bursey was due to compete in this class last year, but injury ruled them out just before the show. This year the mare, who was bred by Susen Shumaker, picked up two eights for music, to a score compiled by Hailey Guard of Guardian Dressage — who also owns Forty Creek’s full sister.

“It was worth the wait; Stella’s a fantastic horse,” added Bursey, who hails from Stillwater, Minnesota, and drove 14 hours to ride at Finals. “She’s a diva, she likes things her way, and you have to do it that way; then you’re good to go.”

Heather Mason's Continued Reign

Before lunch time, the hard-working Heather Mason had already picked up two champions’ sashes and a reserve champion title. She dominated the top two placings in the First Level Freestyle Open championship, winning on Manuskript SCF with 72.341% and following behind with 74.867% on Shmoky Quartz. Manuskript delivered a second win in the Second Level Open final. His 72.341% performance delivered Mason win number seven of a victory-stuffed week. Not to be outdone, her nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding New Beginnings added another reserve champion title, finishing behind Bursey.

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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