San Shivago Best of the Five-Year-Olds and Pikko Del Cerro HU Dominates Six-Year-Olds at the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Traveling across the country to Chicago from Westlake Village, CA was worth the trip for owner/rider Louise Koch and her own San Shivago. Bred in Germany by Walter Huning, this black Westfalen stallion (Sandro Hit – Donna by Donnerhall) performed a lovely test to earn the win in the Five-Year-Old Preliminary Test with a score of 8.38 from judges Linda Zang, Gary Rockwell, and Jeanne McDonald. 62-year-old Koch and her impressive stallion were the Champions at the Markel/USEF Young Horse Western Selection Trial for the FEI World Breeding Championships at Flintridge, CA in May.
In the Six-Year-Old division, Friday’s Preliminary Test was dominated by Horses Unlimited’s U.S.-bred stallion Pikko Del Cerro HU. This dark bay Hanoverian (Pik L – Rohweena by Rohdiamant, bred in New Mexico, USA by Horses Unlimited, Inc.) was ridden to an impressive victory and overall score of 8.2 by Mikala Munter Gundersen of Wellington, Florida. Reserve Champion at the Markel/USEF Young Horse Eastern Selection Trial earlier this year, Pikko del Cerro HU came to Lamplight with ample experience in the young horse ranks and seemed focused for the challenge, with the walk being a particular test highlight which was rewarded by the judges with a score of 9.
Today’s Preliminary Test counts as 40% towards determining overall Championship placings. The competition continues Saturday with the Four-Year-Old National Championship class and the conclusion of the Five-Year-Old division, in addition to the opening round of competition for the USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship presented by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.
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