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Karen Lipp Tops the Field in Fourth Level Open Championship at US Dressage Finals

Monday, November 11, 2019
Posted by Yellow Horse Marketing for the US Dressage Finals
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Just a day after earning reserve honors in the Third Level Open division, Karen Lipp of Ball Ground, Ga. (Region 3) and her six-year-old KWPN gelding Infinity (by Dreamboy) returned to the ring to earn a top score of 70.139% in the Fourth Level Open Championship as the only combination to score above 70 percent. Lipp was not only excited about the day's performance, but also with her mount's potential for the future. "The more he does the better he is, and he was more relaxed today. He's a young horse but he enjoyed the challenge of it, and he's willing to try everything I ask him to do," she explained. "When I tried him as a four-year-old, I knew within a minute that I had to have him. I jokingly like to tell people that I'm that great, but he's so good and easy to train. I'm super fortunate to have him."

Photo - Karen Lipp & Infinity (Susan J. Stickle)

After escaping wildfires near his home in Penngrove, Cal., Region 7's Brain Hafner drove two horses across the country to attend his first edition of the Finals. His efforts were rewarded when he score 69.074% to claim Reserve Championship honors board his 10-year-old KWPN mare Enjoy Point J (Westpoint x Invisible by Wagenaar). "My mare was really with it as far as rideability and consistency and she put in a really good test. I was really happy with how she did today," Hafner noted.

Watch archived streaming videos of Championship classes on the USEF Network HERE. Championship competition resumes Sunday – follow the action through updates on the USDF Facebook page and the US Dressage Finals website, as well as watch live online streaming on the USEF Network. To learn more about the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, download competition information, review day sheets and results, and read daily news releases, visit the official event website at www.usdressagefinals.com.