Riders Score Big at Woodside Spring Dressage

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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Shelby Rocereto and Chapeau take First Level by storm at Woodside Spring Dressage Photo: L. Rocereto
Shelby Rocereto and Chapeau take First Level by storm at Woodside Spring Dressage Photo: L. Rocereto
Shelby Rocereto (Kelly Casey, trainer) and her Chapeau may be a relatively new team, having been together since just last June, but they are already a force to be reckoned with. At Woodside Spring Dressage (May 16-18), the pair earned three scores in the 80s in First Level from two different judges to earn Lower Level Junior/Young Rider High Score Champion. “It was honestly incredible,” Shelby recalled. “I didn’t expect to score so well, but I was so happy. It was my first time ever getting an 80, let alone three of them.” Shelby’s Dutch Warmblood mare is sired by Centano, and they imported her from Holland last year. “Bob Tenwolde comes here from Holland for clinics a lot, and when we were looking for a new horse for me he found her for me over there. I consider him as my second trainer since he's always helping me out and asking how everything is going. Although Chapeau is seven, she’s actually pretty green because she had a baby when she was four so she’s a little behind.”While Chapeau may be relatively new to the scene, 16-year-old Shelby has a lot of experience under her belt. “I’ve been riding since I was about four doing leadline classes, and I started showing in the introductory dressage tests when I was seven or eight. Chapeau is my third horse and I have shown as high as third level, although I have learned to ride all of the movements through grand prix by riding different horses for experience.”

The pair is already qualified for CDS Championships in First Level, and with their high scores at Woodside Spring Dressage, they will move up to Second. “I’d love to compete at the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships someday, but for now I look forward to improving her and myself as a rider as the years go on. I believe I can learn a lot from her. She definitely requires patience at times, and other times you need to be strict. She’s a wonderful mare and a fantastic mover. At Woodside she got a 9 on gaits and several others on her trot and canter work.”

The Granada High School sophomore rides three to four times per week, but she manages to participate in other activities, as well. “I also play softball on a travel team as well as on the Granada High School team. Since I'm playing two sports, I've had to figure out a way to balance my riding with my softball. I will find time before or after my softball practices and games to ride Chapeau. I'm a straight A student and I make sure that I do all of my school work, as well.” McKenzie Kelley and Fuerst Hit were reserve champion behind Shelby.

Shelby’s trainer, Kelly Casey, was thrilled for her student. “Shelby is a very dedicated rider and has a fabulous mare,” Kelly shared. “She takes instruction easily and is able to execute them.”

Kelly Casey and her Emilion have a fantastic show Photo: Melissa Mulcahey
Kelly Casey and her Emilion have a fantastic show Photo: Melissa Mulcahey
For her own part, Kelly was Lower Level High Score Champion with her Emilion SA, scoring 79.8% in the Markel/USEF Qualifying Young Horse FEI Five-year-old Test. In fact, all of their scores in second level were in the mid-to-high 70s. “I'm very happy with being the Lower Level High Score Champion,” she said. “This is only Emilion SA's second show away from home, so I was pleased with how he traveled and dealt with the venue. He scores very well on all the canter work, especially the simple changes. We scored a 9 on harmony between horse and rider from two different judges, and for me that is the ultimate compliment from a judge! Emilion SA is a five-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Painted Black. He's an incredibly willing and honest horse that always tries to please.” Katie Hoefs‐Martin and Don Marteen were Lower Level High Point Reserve Champion.

In the Upper Level High Point, it was Willy Arts and DG Feikje (DG Bar and Klaas V.D. Ploeg, owners) who came out on top thanks to their score of 81.8% in the Markel/USEF Qualifying Young Horse USEF Four-year-old Test. “She is very keen and sensitive but not spooky,” Willy said of the four-year-old mare by Contango. “She has a very good work ethic and lots of power. She got high scores for her canter work, but her trot needs to become a little more steady. She is a horse with the potential to go all the way, so I look forward to seeing her progress.”

Willy has made the trip to the Woodside Dressage shows from Hanford, California, on several occasions. “The facility is very nice and the footing is good. It’s a good show place.” Tracey Hill and Rubin Black were Upper Level High Score Reserve Champion.

Ari Lopez was thrilled to find out she was FEI High Score Champion, having earned 71.842% in Intermediaire II with Corlander II, a 13-year-old Rheinlander gelding by Cordino. Angela Ridgway and Faralay II were reserve champion.

“We improved on many things at Woodside,” Ari recalled. “My piaffe, tempi changes, and zig-zag half passes all increased by at least a point. We put in a solid clean test, which I am really happy about. That's been the biggest thing for us this season, and my horse was really trying hard. I have been showing many years at Woodside at the dressage shows and three day events. The show atmosphere is always great and that's why I keep coming back.”

Dressage returns to Woodside with Woodside Summer Dressage & Breed Show (Jul 11-13). Other upcoming Cornerstone Dressage shows include Star Spangled Dressage (Jun 27-29) in San Juan Capistrano and Dressage in the Rockies (Aug 1-3) at the Colorado Horse Park.

For more information on Cornerstone Dressage shows, including prize lists and complete results, visit the Cornerstone website.