Watch the Slide Show! Cincinnati Dressage Tradition First Year Show Series Finishes on a High Note

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

When horsewomen Chris Federer and Rebecca Knollman took over the dates of the popular and established shows held at Paxton Farm and created cincinnattidressagetradition.com, they filled a need in Region 2 and Central Ohio setting a new standard of quality, excellence and just plain fun. Moving the venue to the Roberts Arena, in Wilmington Ohio, allowed them the luxury of 2 indoor arenas, which could take over in case of inclement weather. A good thing; since the 2009 season was a rainy one, and the indoor arenas were put to good use. But during their final recognized event of 2009 in September, the crisp fall air and bright blue skies with a hint of color on the trees brought out the best in performances and footing.

Check out a few of the highlights, schedule and a slide show of some of the Markel/ CDT High Point Winners.

Gypsy Woods Farm in Richwood, Ohio, finally made it and brought along their team and several horses, filling up their stall fronts with plenty of ribbons. Head trainer Jennifer Roth had an excellent show winning High Point awards at both the Prix St Georges with her own Walker 34, a Hannoverian gelding by Warkant with a 70%. Roth nailed another High Point honor for owner Sharon Ridge, on the handsome London Z a six-year old Zangershede gelding during both days of competition. “We just haven’t had the chance to come to the previous shows due to a conflict in scheduling,” said Gypsy Woods owner, Chuck Smith. “We have had a great time here, and will be sure to make this a part of our planning for 2010.”

Joanne T. Smith of Gypsy Woods was busy with her two mounts Moncasin, and Twister, winning the Markel Amateur High Point Awards on both days with each horse. Moncasin, Smith’s Prix St George mount put in a stellar ride on Sunday earning the FEI Markel High Point for Amateur riders with a 68. 58%. On Saturday her third level horse Twister, Smith earned the Markel USEF Level High Point ribbon with a 65.116, which was presented by DressageDaily’s Mary Phelps, a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist. Awards were presented on Saturday evening during the barbecue feast co-sponsored by Phelps and Markel and Knollman Dressage.

Another training barn who came with a group was Kathy Priest of Woodspring Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. Priest, riding April Harris’s Weltmeyer gelding World Fire, excelled in the Grand Prix earning a 67.083 under the judge, Maj. General Jonathan R. Burton. Priest also presented her own Dutch mare by Florett As, Wild Dancer, who was High Point Third Level with a 67.179.

Priest’s student Lillian Summerfield Harris competed with three mounts, winning the FEI Markel High Point award on her Prix St Georges mount Mastermind. For the Kentucky based operation, the trip to Wilmington, Ohio is just a couple of hours, and provided the perfect warm up for the upcoming GAIG/USDF Region 2 Finals. Harris who trains with Priest year round in both Kentucky and Florida is already looking forward to the winter season where Priest will be boarding and training in Wellington at Hampton Green Farm.

One of the show’s highlights and consistently top performers was the Sandro Hit stallion, San Francisco co-owned by CDT’s Chris Federer and Rebecca Knollman. The six year old stallion, out of a Rohdiamant mare was purchased at the Elite Hanoverian Auction in April, 2008. After test riding "Franc" Becky knew he was a horse of our dreams!

Knollman who recently gave birth to her second child, a son, keeps getting stronger each week, and in spite of still not “feeling totally fit” continues to wrack up scores in the 70 percentiles, not matter what judge she rides in front of. The gorgeous six year old stallion would have been a major contender in the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championships had it not been for Knollman’s pregnancy, but he is quickly making up for lost time as he continues to dazzle the judges with his natural ability, movement and presence. He was in the CDT Dover Symposium this past June and ridden by Silke Rembacz, who travels to Ohio frequently to work with Knollman and give clinics. Dover's comments were..."Now this is an International Quality Horse! This is what we are looking for to represent the US!”

Knollman is no stranger to the auction and to the Sandro Hit bloodlines. Her own mare Solaris Hit a Markel Young Horse Veteran, helped Knollman develop her talents as a superior trainer and rider of young dressage horses. With a solid knowledge of the proper scale of training Knollman is consistent with both her own horses and her students who continue to do well at their shows.

CDT’s winter schooling show series and 2010 schedule will be adding Young Horse classes to their breed and Performance divisions. For the Central US region, there are big challenges in getting young horses qualified for the FEI Young Horse Selection trials, but with the heated indoor facilities and quality footing and management, Cincinnati Dressage Tradition 2010 will offer options for the region never available before.

cincinnattidressagetradition.com 2010 Show Schedule

Winter Schooling Show Series Featuring Heated Indoor Arena and Stalls
  • November 28 (2009) CDT 1 Thanksgiving Show
  • January 2 – CDT 2 New Year Show
  • March 20 – CDT 3 End of Winter (we hope!) Show
  • April 17 0 CDT 4 Spring Warm Up Show
  • May 14-15 – CDT Classical Times Breed and Performance Shows
  • 2010 USEF/NAJYRC Qualifying Competition
  • 2010 Young and Developing Horse Qualifying Competition
  • July 29-August 1 – CDT Summer Breed and Performance Shows
    Featuring the National Dressage Pony Cup Breed and Performance Shows
  • September 17-19 – CDT Fall Breed and Performance Shows
    2011 USEF/NAJYRC Qualifying Competition