Rebecca Hart Gains the Early Lead in 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Posted by Helen Murray
Hart (Unionville, Penn.) and her own 11-year-old Danish Warmblood mare produced an expressive and flowing effort on Tuesday to hold the early lead in the National Championship. The combination who are in their first competitive season together have continued to progress throughout 2014 and the two-time Paralympian has been working diligently to improve the mare's performance in the ring.
"I was really happy, it was one of those test you enjoy the whole way through," said Hart. "We've been working on her performance and consistency in the ring because she can be a little distracted and to have her go down the centerline and really focus was great."
Hart spent much of the spring competing Schroeter's Romani in Europe and believes the experience was invaluable.
"I think the European tour really helped us on our focus."
"We've been working really hard to get Rio more forward and consistent," said McIntosh. "And she was the best she's ever been today."
Lying in third place in the championship are Grade 1A competitors Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Tx.) and her own 19-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Nice Touch who scored 71.304 in the afternoon session.
Susan Treabess (Winters Calif.) and Kathryn Hill's nine-year-old PRE stallion Kamiakin, the first combination down centerline in the Dick and Jane Brown Arena, were the winners of Grade IV Team Test with a score of 69.444. As the final entry in Tuesday's Grade III competition, Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Reno's 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding Lancelot Warrior proved unbeatable scoring 71.220. Hart and Schroeter's Romani were the top placing finishers in Grade II competition with just Cullen and Latte needing to perform her Team Test on Tuesday morning. In Grade 1B, Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) bested herself posting a score 70.667 with Victoria Dugan's 14-year-old Warmblood gelding Willi Wesley. While, McIntosh and Rio Rio were the winners of the Grade 1A Team Test.
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