Kerrigan Gulch Over the Moon with Win in Grand Prix 12-25

Thursday, August 20, 2020
Posted by Kathleen Landwehr and Leslie Potter



Excitement continued to grow as the second day of competition delivered excellent riding at the 2020 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions. Competitors in the Adequan®/USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ National Championship and USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship each had their second turn in the arena, and the Horseware Ireland/USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship riders made their show debut at HITS Chicago at Lamplight Equestrian Center.

Photo - Kerrigan Gluch and Vaquero HGF (SusanJStickle.com)

Adequan®/USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ National Championship
Competitors in the Adequan®/USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ National Championship kicked off the second day of competition at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions bright and early on Wednesday. Seven horse-and-rider pairs completed their FEI Grand Prix 16-25 Test, which is the second of three rides each pair will complete in their quest for the national championship.

Kerrigan Gluch (Wellington, Fla.) and Hampton Green Farm’s 13-year-old Andalusian stallion, Vaquero HGF, turned in a clean and polished ride to finish first in the class with a 68.744%.

“Today was one of the best rides I’ve ever had in the arena,” said Gluch. “I really focused on honesty and harmony throughout the whole test and just being as relaxed as I possibly could, and I think this test showed that I accomplished that. Honestly, I’m over the moon happy.”

Gluch and Vaquero HGF are currently second in the Brentina Cup overall standings, just behind Sara Hassler (Chesapeake City, Md.) and Harmony’s Boitano, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Leslie Malone. Hassler and Harmony’s Boitano finished second in today’s test with a 67.487%. Rebecca Roman (Birmingham, Ala.) and Nancy Roman’s 19-year-old KWPN gelding Ultimo earned a score of 64.154%, putting them in third place for the class and the division.

From the Mixed Zone:

Tell us about your ride.

Gluch: “Very consistent to yesterday. I fixed a little bit of the bobbles that I had yesterday and changed those a little bit so I had a cleaner test than yesterday, so that was the main goal, just to fix those little things and have a clean test, happy ride. Him relaxed, myself relaxed, and that’s what I did.”

How long have you been riding Vaquero?

Gluch: “Since 2015, so a while. I did the Young Rider European Tour with him and then took time to bring him to U25.”

What are you goals going forward with him?

Gluch: “I would like to make the U25 European tour next year. It’s my last year at U25 next season, so that’s my goal, to make it on another team with this horse. So that’s where we’re focused on after this competition.”

Tell us about your Freestyle.

Gluch: “It’s a brand new freestyle to me. I just finished it up over the summer. It’s done by Marlene Whitaker. It’s very fun music. I really love the choreography. I think it really highlights him and how he can perform well and what things highlight him as a horse. I’m very excited.”

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