Michelle Gibson and Lex Barker One Step Closer to USEF Intermediaire Championship at the USET Foundation Dressage Festival of Champions
Saturday, June 17, 2006
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Michelle Gibson stole the show again after winning the Prix St Georges test yesterday with a 71.550%, along with Elite European Sport Horse's flashy partner, Lex Barker ( Hanoverian by Longchamp x Wilhelmine), topping the Intermediaire I class with another win. The group of 12 riders vying for the 2006 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Intermediaire I Dressage Championship rode their Intermediaire I test today after yesterday’s Prix St. Georges. Today’s top three finishers agreed that even though the classes are weighted, they don’t strategize around that. They just try to give 100% each day and try to improve upon something they may not have done well the previous day.
Gibson, of Wellington, FL, and her leggy mount, Lex Barker, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding ended the day with a score of 72.55%, enough to keep her on top of the leader board. “He’s the same every day,” Gibson said of Lex. “He makes it easy for me. In a lot of ways he was even better today than yesterday.”
"I honestly was not expecting to be here." added the USET Team veteran. "I just entered the qualifying classes this season to give him more experience, and here we are."
All three of today’s Intermediaire I top placed riders said they prefer this test to the Prix St. Georges because it shows off the lines of the horse better. They agreed that it flows much better, especially for larger horses. The riders will not ride again until Sunday at which point they will ride their freestyle.
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