USDF Region Three Championship Highlights 2019
Monday, October 14, 2019
The 2019 GAIG/USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships kicked of Friday at the Georgia International Horse Park with seven rings in action! The show runs in conjunction with the Atlanta National Fall Show and will conclude on Sunday, October 13th. Below, check out each days summary of the Regional Champions.
Twelve additional GAIG/USDF Region 3 Champions were crowned on Friday, including:
• In the Intermediate II Open Championship, Jody Kelly-Baxley of Destin, Fla. rode the eight-year-old KWPN gelding Caymus to victory for owner/breeder Beth Godwin over a hard fought field of 12 competitors with a winning score of 66.103%.
• Two victors shared the spoils in the Intermediate II Adult Amateur Championship as Jennifer Huber of Wellington, Fla. rode her Danish Warmblood mare Madam Noir to a tie for top honors with hometown rider Hannah Hewitt of Atlanta aboard Tammy Pearson’s KWPN gelding Fidens. Both competitors scored 64.926% for the win.
• Ciera Foley of Alpharetta, Ga. rode her own KWPN gelding Zephyr to victory in the Intermediate II JR/YR Championship with 60.515%.
• A huge field of almost 30 competitors vied for top honors in the Prix St. Georges Open Championship, but it was Anna Marek of Williston, Fla. who rode her Oldenburg gelding Snoopy Sunday to the win with 70.588%.
• As the only combination to break the 70% barrier in a 24-horse field of Prix St. Georges Adult Amateur competitors, Holly Such and her Swedish Warmblood gelding Stiletto will now take the champion’s trophy home to St. Augustine, Fla. on a winning score of 70.662%.
• In the Prix St. Georges JR/YR Championship, Camille Molten of Mount Pleasant, S.C. rode her Danish Warmblood mare Heros to the win with 61.838%.
• Also for juniors and young riders, a huge field of 24 competitors fought their way to the top of the leaderboard in the Training Level JR/YR Championship, but ultimately emerging victorious was Erin Buckner of Woodstock, Ga. with her Hanoverian gelding Picassi on the strength of a score of 70.690%.
• After earning Reserve Championship honors in the Open Prix St. Georges division earlier in the day, Shelley Van Den Neste of Newberry, Fla. and Janet Simile’s KWPN gelding Fire Fly returned to the ring Friday afternoon to claim the Intermediaire I Freestyle Championship with top marks from both judges for 72.575%.
• As the next-to-last competitor to enter the arena for the Fourth Level Freestyle Championship, Marjolein Geven of Columbus, Ga. had her work cut out for her in order to take the lead, but she rose to the occasion with Susan McCoskey’s KWPN gelding Gucci, earning top marks from both judges to cruise to victory with 74.333%.
• In the Third Level Open Championship, Jodie Kelley-Baxley earned her second win of the day, this time aboard her own KWPN gelding Grayton Beach as the pair earned the unanimous victory and impressed the judges for a top score of 74.813%.
• Leigh Kent-Scherzer of Vincent, Ala. rode her Dutch mare Encore CF to earn the narrow victory over 30 rivals with a winning score of 68.563% in the Third Level Adult Amateur Championship.
• Jordan Lockwood of Franklin, Tenn. and her PRE stallion Estudioso XLIV were the final ride down centerline in the main arena on Friday, but they made it count by taking over the lead to win the Third Level JR/YR Championship with 64.750%.
Ten additional Great American/USDF Region 3 champions were crowned on Saturday, including:
• Kristy Truebenbach Lund’s long drive north from Wellington, Fla. proved worthwhile as she won the Fourth Level Adult Amateur Championship with her young Westfalen gelding Living Lucky on a winning score of 67.153%.
• In the hard-fought Fourth Level Open Championship, Rachel Chowanec of Columbus, N.C. rode Lee Burton’s impressive PRE gelding Romano BRH to victory with a winning score of 69.514%.
• Meanwhile for juniors and young riders, Jimmy Casey of Buford, Ga. rode the Quarter Horse gelding Rhythm And Blues to win the Fourth Level JR/YR Championship with 62.917%.
• Just second in the order to enter the arena for the Second Level Open Championship, Debbie Hill of Palm City, Fla. posted a score of 72.143% which ultimately proved impossible to beat aboard Robbie Rice’s five-year-old KWPN mare Jantasy Ashlanes.
• New Forest Pony gelding Duke of the Dawn proved that size doesn’t matter as he carried owner/rider Jennifer Van De Loo of Holly Springs, Miss. to victory in the Second Level Adult Amateur Championship over 20 rivals with a top score of 71.012%.
• In a very competitive Second Level JR/YR Championship class, Emma Sevriens of Newnan, Ga. rode Marianne Jones’ KWPN gelding Ferox to the narrow win with 67.976%.
• The Training Level Adult Amateur Championship was one of the largest divisions of the show with well over 30 entries, but still there proved to be a unanimous winner from both judges as Danielle Comley of Charleston, S.C. and her Connemara/Trakehner cross gelding BDF Top Dun earned top marks for a winning average of 73.966%.
• Local favorite Charlotte Osborne of Alpharetta, Ga. wowed the judges with her talented four-year-old Dutch gelding Korano as the pair easily topped a huge field of competitors in the Training Level Open Championship with an impressive winning score 76.466%.
• Last to go in the order for the Third Level Freestyle Championship, adult amateur competitor Heather Fultz of Land O Lakes, Fla. had her work cut out for her to climb to the top of the leaderboard. But Fultz and her colorful Oldenburg mare SS Seraphina rose to the occasion and are now on the fast track to return to the US Dressage Finals in Kentucky after earning a winning score of 71.583% for their Beauty and the Beast-themed performance.
• After winning Friday’s Second Level Freestyle title, adult amateur Tina Cook of Denton, N.C. and her PRE stallion Carbonero XCVI once again found themselves in the winner’s circle, this time with a top score of 71.667% to claim the First Level Freestyle Championship.
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