Patience Pays Off for Jennette Scanlon and Bronson

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Posted by Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society


Jennette Scanlon and Bronson are on a roll at the 50th Anniversary CDS Championship Show, winning the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Open Training Level Championship on the second day of competition

Jennette Scanlon and Bronson are on a roll at the 50th Anniversary CDS Championship Show, winning the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Open Training Level Championship on the second day of competition. (Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler)

He may be only four years old, but with a composure well beyond his years the Oldenburg gelding Bronson has already earned two Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Championship titles in just the first two days of competition at the 50th Anniversary California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Show, being held September 21-24 in Rancho Murieta.

After earning their first victory for their Four/Five-Year-Old Materiale performance on Thursday as part of the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Breeders Championships-West Coast Final, Bronson returned to the ring on Friday in the experienced hands of rider Jennette Scanlon of Auburn, Cal. to claim the Region 7 Open Training Level Championship as the only pair to impress the judges enough to break the 70% mark (71.932%).

“I feel so fortunate that his owner really understands the proper development of a young horse,” said Scanlon, who has trained the promising youngster for the last year for owner Leslie Blaney. “Because Bronson is so talented, it would be easy to push him too fast. But my philosophy is to make sure to develop a horse’s mind and body together, so we are taking it slow with him and we do different classes like the materiale to get mileage and experience for him. I don’t want the act of going in the ring to get redundant for him, and we do lots of different activities to keep the work fun and eliminate mental stress from the equation. So far I’m very impressed with how he’s handling everything about this show like a pro.”

In the Great American/USDF Training Level Adult Amateur division, Hilari Fleming of Reno, Nev. rode her KWPN gelding In Time DG to a dominant victory on the strength of a score of 73.295%, while Kristen Lee Aggers of Windsor, Cal. and her Oldenburg mare Donnabella earned the unanimous victory under both judges to easily top the leaderboard in the Open Second Level Championship with a score of 70.305%.

Also earning agreement from the jury for a top score of 71.037% to top a large field for the Second Level Adult Amateur title was Kasey Cannon of Moorpark with her Hanoverian stallion Diesel CF, who she purchased sight unseen off of a video from Europe 18 months ago. “I actually saw him for the first time in the Amsterdam airport when he was on his way to the States. Sure, it was a gamble, but it worked out and I think we’re lucky to have each other,” Cannon explained. “He keeps impressing us: he’s so consistent and reliable and handles travel well, so it’s no problem being away from home. Plus it’s fun because there’s no stress in riding him. He seems to easily handle Second Level because he has a talent for collection and is really coming into his own, very rideable and adjustable. He’s the horse of a lifetime.”

Jamie Pestana of Livermore, Cal. and Winzalot have found plenty of success at the CDS Championship Show in years past, and the 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding once again lived up to his name by winning the Great American/USDF Intermediate 2 Open Championship with 67.303%. Meanwhile, Adrienne Bessey of Thousand Oaks was all smiles as she rode her charismatic Oldenburg gelding Wintersnow to win the Adult Amateur division with 66.250%. The pair then returned to the winner’s circle for the second time in one day, this time to accept the Rubinstein Memorial Trophy for CDS Adult Amateur Grand Prix Horse of the Year (64.500%). “What keeps him going? I think he genuinely enjoys his job,” said Bessey. “Even if you try to give him a day off, he’s always looking around for something to do. He’s so enthusiastic and always wants to go.”

Thousands of dollars in prize money and awards were on the line as the first group of hotly-contested CDS Horse of the Year classes got underway, and in the $1,000 Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges division, 17 horse/rider combinations cantered down centerline in pursuit of the Global Imaging Perpetual Trophy. But it was a familiar face who ultimately emerged victorious with a score of 68.816% as Brian Hafner’s former High Performance partner Lombardo LHF now carried Laurie Everson of Loomis, Cal. to the winner’s circle.

“I took my horse to Brian for training, and he asked me if I might be interested in leasing Lombardo,” Everson explained, who has now had the ride on the Hanoverian gelding for a year. “How can you turn something like that down? Having the opportunity to ride a schoolmaster like him who knows all the Grand Prix movements has been amazing. Our test today felt great – it wasn’t mistake-free, but he knows his way around the arena, sometimes a little too well – he likes to throw in extra changes! The Championships this year have been fabulous – they’re always improving this facility and I’m delighted to be here and be a part of it.”

Hilda Gurney (L) and Adrienne Bessey (R) were all smiles during awards ceremonies at the 50th Anniversary CDS Championship Show

Hilda Gurney (L) and Adrienne Bessey (R) were all smiles during awards ceremonies at the 50th Anniversary CDS Championship Show. (Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler)

An astounding field of 25 horses and riders vied for rights to have their names added to the impressive roster of champions on the Bent Roswall Memorial Trophy for the $1,000 CDS Open Prix St. Georges Horse of the Year division. Rising to the top and rewarded with the best score from both judges was Kelly Casey Mykrantz of Oakley, Cal. who rode Amy Riker McGirl’s eight-year-old KWPN gelding Emilion SA to victory with 74.342%, while for Juniors and Young Riders at the Prix St. Georges level, Shelby Rocereto of Livermore rode her KWPN mare Chapeau to the win with 66.118%.

Music filled the air once again in the main arena on Friday afternoon as two additional CDS Horse of the Year titles were presented for Third and Fourth Level Freestyles. After winning Thursday’s CDS Dressage Seat Equitation Challenge (14-21 division), Katelyn Mosle put her equitation skills to work by piloting the Hanoverian gelding Diavolino 5 to victory over a full field of adults and professionals in the Third Level Freestyle division with a top score of 72.067% to claim the Alexsandra Howard Memorial Perpetual Trophy, while Hilda Gurney of Moorpark, Cal. earned her second freestyle title in as many days by winning the Ran Averett Perpetual Trophy for CDS Fourth Level Freestyle Horse of the Year with her Oldenburg mare Iris (73.100%). FEI World Cup competitor Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nev. put her international experience to good use in guiding her Danish Warmblood gelding Kastel’s Akeem Foldager to win not only the Great American/USDF Region 7 Grand Prix Freestyle title (70.750%), but also proved to be the best of 10 competitors in the CDS Open Grand Prix Horse of the Year division (69.500%) and claim the Sherry de Leon Memorial Trophy for the second year in a row.

In the CDS Young Horse Futurity, talented youngsters battle for top scores in two tests over two days of competition to earn championship honors and a share of a $20,000 purse. In Friday’s conclusion of the Adult Amateur divisions, Hilari Fleming rode her KWPN gelding In Time DG (Ravel x Festival by Sandro Hit, bred in The Netherlands by DG Bar Breeders Inc.) to their second victory of the week in the Four-Year-Old division, taking the INXS Perpetual Trophy home to Reno. A big performance in the second round by Lauren McKeand of Clovis, Cal. and her KWPN gelding DG Hollywood (Rock Forever x Natasha by Bachus, bred in The Netherlands by Stal Krol) gave the pair the overall victory in the five-year-old division with an average two-day score of 67.606%, while in the six-year-old ranks, Kasey Cannon’s Hanoverian stallion Diesel CF (Dressage Royal x Ria Grande, bred in Germany by Gut Buschhof Hengsthaltung Kothe) earned yet another blue ribbon with top marks for both of their Second Level tests to claim the overall division championship with 71.026%.

For more information about the 50th Anniversary California Dressage Society Championship Show, including news, schedules, ride times, and results, visit the CDS website and follow along with behind-the-scenes updates and photos on the CDS Facebook page.