Isabel Linder and Elvis Carry Momentum and Take the Junior Championship Title

Sunday, August 27, 2017
Posted by Dana Rossmeier, US Equestrian Communications Department


Isabel Linder and Elvis

Isabel Linder and Elvis (Photo:

Wayne, Ill. – Isabel Linder and Elvis maintained their lead to claim the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship on Saturday. Combinations in each division complete two tests, both counting towards 50% of their overall score, to determine the champions.

Linder (Kewadin, Mich.) and Elvis carried their momentum into Saturday’s FEI Junior Individual Test to win the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship with an overall score of 68.961%. She and Hai Wei’s 13-year-old Westphalian gelding performed a consistent test to place third with a score of 66.930% following Friday’s FEI Junior Team Test score of 70.991%.

Watch Linder’s winning ride here.

“He felt really good today. He really listened, and we improved upon the trot work, so I really was happy with the test and happy with him,” said an excited Linder. “We were able to put in a nice, clean test yesterday that carried into today. I have a great horse and great team.”

After placing sixth in the team test with a score of 66.982%, Kayla Kadlubek (Fairfax Station, Va.) and her 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding Freewill added more energy to place second in the FEI Junior Individual Test with a score of 68.070%. This propelled them to the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage Reserve National Championship with an overall score of 67.526%, finishing her junior career on a high note.

“I had a really good test today. I was happy with my horse all weekend. He gave me his all. I went for a little bit more today to get the higher marks, which turned out well. He has improved so much since I had him,” said Kadlubek. 

Juliet Hess (Atlanta, Ga.) and Diano, Julia Stainback’s 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, placed third overall with a score of 67.237% following the team test score of 68.509% and the individual test score of 65.965%.

FEI Junior Individual Test results