Sagacious Enjoys Strong Return to the Grand Prix at Blainville CDI
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Posted by johnny
“We were pleased with Lauren’s performance. She was striving to ride a quiet, accurate test to assure that Sagacious was fine with showing again. As a pair, both Lauren and Sagacious have proved they are consistent under pressure. They both seem unfazed by the competitive environment and that really helps them succeed,” added Guden.
The talented gelding proved to be in competitive form, and Sammis said she is looking forward to competing him at the Grand Prix Dressage Selection Trials for the World Equestrian Games at Gladstone in August. “I rode Sagacious in reserve in Blainville, in a dress-rehearsal type way,” Sammis said. “I know when it comes down to it I can ask for more and he will be brilliant.”
Sammis was thrilled with her new musical freestyle that she debuted at Blainville, choreographed by Marlene Whitaker. “My part is understanding, shaping and delivering Lauren’s vision and brilliance,” Whitaker said, adding that most of the music in the freestyle is by Yanni and John Tesh. “It was an honor to work with Lauren and Sagacious and I hope the music inspires them also. I am often still moved to tears and never tire of hearing it.”
Sammis said Blainville was her first time to ride through the new musical freestyle. “I opted out of a few things on the test because I wanted to keep it low key for our first time back,” she said. Sammis’ strategic ability to gauge Sagacious’ performance in competition has consistently served them as the successfully came up the levels into the international arena. They won the Team Gold Medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio in the Prix St George and the Individual Silver Medal for the US. In 2009, they made the successful transition to the Grand Prix winning 10 out of 12 CDI competitions entered. And their success in Grand Prix at Blainville is testimony to this pairs potential as this season progresses.
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