Rebecca Hart Earns Sixth USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
"When I first rode her, I knew she was very special," said the Grade II rider of Schroeter's Romani. "She was really willing to work with me, and her body and my body worked right away, and mentally we were right in sync."
Hart, who has enjoyed seeing the sport of para-equestrian dressage grow in the United States,believes that all the riders in the program are inspiring each other to reach new competitive heights.
"I think that pressure is always there," said Hart of her quest to capture her sixth National Championship. "To see the growth (in the sport in the U.S.) from where it was when I first started is amazing. The pressure is always there, but that is a good thing."
"I came here with very few expectations and I'm very satisfied with my horse," said an excited McIntosh. "She is a little green, but she was great all week and I'm very happy."
Finishing the championship in third place were Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own 19-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Nice Touch, on a total of 71.582, after winning the Grade 1A Freestyle with a score of 74.
In Grade IV competition, Susan Treabess (Winters, Calif.) and Kathryn Hill's nine-year-old PRE stallion, Kamiakin, completed a sweep of their division, winning the Freestyle with a score of 73.500 and winning the Grade IV National Championship on 71.128. Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) was the overall winner of Grade III competition, finishing on an overall total of 70.442 with Rebecca Reno's 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Lancelot Warrior. Peavy also won Thursday's Freestyle with her other horse, Rebecca Reno's 8-year-old Trakehner gelding, Ozzy Cooper, on a score of 74.333. Hart was the overall victor in the Grade II Championship and Freestyle with Schroeter's Romani. In Grade 1B, Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) won the overall competition with Patricia Mclean Mendenhall's six-year-old Mecklenburg gelding, NTEC Cuplee, on a total of 71.389. They also won the Freestyle on a score of 74.167. McIntosh won the overall Grade 1A championship, while Trunnell won the Freestyle.
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