Five-Year-Old 2017 Markel Young Horse Division

Sunday, August 27, 2017
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Craig Stanley and Habanero CWS

Craig Stanley and Habanero CWS (Photo by:

UPDATE: Alyssa Doverspike a full-time groom for her trainers David Wightman and Kathleen Raine of Adventure Farms in Wildomar, California, came across the country with her boss to ride in the same division and won 5-Year-Old National Title at the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championship. The judges enjoyed the elegant Hanoverian gelding's cadence and elasticity of his trot and gave her an overall score of 7.748 clinching the national title.

A mix of new names and familiar faces will go down the centerline to contest the 2017 Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships August 24-27, at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. A total of 68 combinations will chase titles across the Four-, Five-, and Six-Year-Old divisions as well as the Developing Horse Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix divisions. Combinations in each division will perform two tests. The first test will count 40% towards their overall scores, and the second test will count 60% for a combined score to determine the champions.

What makes this competition unique is that for the the Four, Five, and Six-Year-Old divisions, the judging panel addresses each rider at the end of the test. On the speaker system for all to hear, their comments on gait, transitions, and submissiveness are discussed. Each gait is scored from a 1-10, and this is announced for spectators as well. This is often helpful to the competitor after the first test, to improve on their presentation.

Championship veteran and currently ranked first in the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championship Five-Year-Old division, Craig Stanley (Madera, Calif.) and his own KWPN gelding Habanero CWS were victorious in the 2016 Four-Year-Old National Championship. The combination will look to repeat a win in the 2017 Five-Year-Old National Championship title.

Five of the 14 combinations competed as four-year-olds in 2016, including Angela Jackson (Henderson, Ky.) and Sandeman, Julie Cook’s Hanoverian gelding. Petra Warlimont (Evergreen, Colo.) will compete with Alysa Levine’s Hanoverian mare, Darkstar while Nadine Schwartsman (Eagle, ID) will return with Harvard R, Nancy Weaver’s KWPN gelding. The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Five-Year-Old Preliminary Test will begin on Thursday, August 24 followed by the FEI Five-Year-Old Final Test on Saturday, August 26.

Markel/USEF Five-Year-Old Ranking List 2017

USEF Five-Year-Old Results

Five Year Old Competitors
Athlete (In Alphabetical Order) Horse

Anne Buchanan- Rosette B
Breeder: Elisabeth Kirschner Breed: Oldenburg Owner: Anne Buchanan
Sire: Blue Hors Romanov Dam: H Chinira Dam's Sire: De Niro

Jamie Dancer- Hotstreak CF
Breeder: Mary Stanton Breed: Hanoverian Owner: Jamie Dancer
Sire: Hotline Dam: Rococo OSH Dam's Sire: Rotspon

Laura Decesari- Rossi
Breeder: Carol & Norman Reid Breed: Swedish Warmblood Owner: LL Dressage Group, LLC
Sire: Blue Hors Romanov Dam: Cadenza Dam's Sire: Vivaldi

Alyssa Doverspike- Darius 55
Breeder: Dirk Ettwig Breed: Hanoverian Owner: Alyssa Doverspike
Sire: Don Darius Dam: Barcelona Dam's Sire: Boss

Jane Hannigan- Elfenspiel
Breeder: Jurgen Middlebeck Breed: Oldenburg Owner: Ruling Cortes, LLC
Sire: Bordeaux Dam: Solera Dam's Sire: Rohdiamant

Angela Jackson- Sandeman
Breeder: Eggerk Groenewold Breed: Hanoverian Owner: Julie Cook
Sire: Sir Donnerhall I Dam: Flora Dam's Sire: Florencio I

Judy Kelly- Quintess
Breeder: Werner Wesch Breed: Hanoverian Owner: Judy Kelly
Sire: Quaterhall Dam: Wakira Dam's Sire: Wolkenstein II

Birthe Laufer- Furstentusch N
Breeder: Susanne Neesen Breed: Rheinlander Owner: Alice Beacham
Sire: Furstenball Dam: Eskina Dam's Sire: Ehrentauch

Karen Lipp- High Five
Breeder: P. Rulkens Breed: KWPN Owner: Karen Lipp
Sire: Apache Dam: Verina Dam's Sire: Welt HIT II

Ericka Reinig- Bellisambrosso RTH
Breeder: Alanna Sellers Breed: Westphalian Owner: Alanna Sellers
Sire: Belissimo M Dam: Sweet Samba Dam's Sire: Sir Donnerhall I

Nadine Schwartsman- Harvard R
Breeder: Red Wagon Farm Breed: KWPN Owner: Nancy Weaver
Sire: Sir Donnerhall Dam: Coco Chanel R Dam's Sire: Farrington

Craig Stanley- Habanero CWS
Breeder: Craig Stanley Breed: KWPN Owner: Craig Stanley
Sire: Idocus Dam: Caliente DG Dam's Sire: OO Seven

Petra Warlimont- Darkstar
Breeder: Heinrich Giesslemann Breed: Hanoverian Owner: Alysa Levine
Sire: Destano Dam: Riveria Dam's Sire: Rotspon

David Wightman- Hotshot
Breeder: David Wightman Breed: Oldenburg Owner: David Wightman
Sire: Hotline Dam: Daytona Dam's Sire: Spielberg