Renee Johnson and Kamuela are a Perfect 10 at Woodside Autumn Dressage
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Posted by Jennifer Walker
Renee and Kamuela's score in that test, 71.17%, was enough to earn them the titles of Markel/Cornerstone FEI High Point Champion and FEI High Percentage Champion, plus Renee was reserve champion with Kamuela's cousin, Kai. Renee has owned 19-year-old Kai since he was a yearling. "It's really special to win FEI High Percentage Champion and Reserve Champion with my horses," she commented. "We have some wonderful supporters. It's good to have those awards available, and I appreciate the show's management and sponsors for providing them. I've been showing these two horses for a long time, and it's nice to see that even though they're getting up there in age, they're still competitive. I'm happy to be able to ride them well enough to do so well, and that the judges are generous enough to reward us."
Katie Hoefs-Martin also earned dual championships when she and St. Louis won the Open Lower Level High Percentage Champions for their 76.25% in Training Level, and she and SC Island Jubilee were Open Upper Level High Percentage Champions for their 65.571% in Fourth Level.
Any new partnership means there is a lot of work to do to get to know each other. Jennifer is learning that Arento might have some quirky show day habits. "About three minutes before we went into the ring, he let out a pretty impressive buck," she recounted. "If he'd let out another one, I would have been on the ground; as it was, I was on his neck. But, then we went in and he did his job like a total gentleman, and it was one of our highest scoring rides. We got an 8 on our final halt. I thought that was pretty funny; it was like he was saying, 'I'll do anything if it means we're finished.' I guess I need to just let him be a dork in the warm up and it will go fine in the arena."
Jennifer is a long-time supporter of Woodside Dressage. "The shows are very professionally run," she said. "The staff is great; I like working with Glenda and Jennifer. I always know what I'm getting when I go to a Cornerstone show. The facility is great, too. I liked the new footing; the horses seemed to handle it really well. It keeps the spring in their step throughout the show. It's also nice that it was in the warm up and show ring, so the horses aren't going back and forth between different kinds of footing."
For the Reinigs, attending breed shows is an important part of their program. "Participating in breed shows is a valuable part of a young sport horse's development and education," Kevin explained. "The experience of attending the show gives them an advantage as future competition horses over those who did not participate in breed shows as young horses. It gets them in the arena in a competition environment. It also gives us a way to showcase our young horses and allows people to see what is coming along."
Kevin often has the highest scoring horses at the show, and this time was no exception. He showed Wyliegh Princess (Ruth Shirkey, owner) to a 78.9%. "Ruth purchased her to come along and be her next competition horse," Kevin said. "She purchased her in utero based on her pedigree and the performance and produce of her parents. Wyliegh has not let her lineage down. She has developed into an elegant young filly and an excellent mover. We are hopeful she will win her division again this year."
Woodside Autumn Dressage offered a beautiful setting for some highly talented horses--from old to young. For more information, including complete results, visit the Cornerstone Event Management website.
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