The Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge I Blows in with the Cold Front
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
“I was very pleased with Come On’s Grand Prix,” Harding said. Come On III is an 11 year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Come Back II out of Canna, owned by Shawna Harding. As for the weather, Harding said she and her horses knew it was coming, and were prepared. “What we had on Saturday was summertime in Denmark,” Harding said, laughing. Harding believes that although the weather this past weekend was not ideal, riders should enter the show and prepare for such conditions accordingly. Luckily, she did, and it truly paid off. As for her ride on Rigo, Harding said, “I’m really thrilled with this horse…. Saturday was his first time at this test.” Harding was also pleased with Rigo’s ability to cope with the weather conditions. “Despite a layer of ice in the warm up, he handled himself phenomenally,” Harding said.
Arlene "Tuny" Page, Christopher Schruefer, and Melissa Jackson were also amongst the best for the FEI divisions Saturday. Page, riding Alina, took the blue ribbon in the Intermediare II class with a score of 65. 526%. Overall, she had a solid ride with beautiful extended trots and correct pirouettes.
As for the Adult Amateur division, Krystalann Shingler riding Tividor got the highest score for an AA on Saturday, scoring a 69.4745% in her Prix St. George class, coming in second place to Schruefer. Shingler who was the winner of last year's Markel/Wellington Classic Dressage Amateur Challenge is off and running again this year.
Day two of the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge I looked more promising weather wise, as the rain showers moved out of the Wellington area. The cold front however, did not. With highs barely reaching 50 degrees by 2pm, and winds gusting up to 25 mph, Sunday too brought its share of weather challenges. Between the flapping of banners and gusting winds, many of the horses had extra energy and spookiness in them on Sunday. However, none of the riders would complain, but rather, were simply grateful that the rain had passed.
Meisner trains with Olympian Robert Dover, who has helped her improve her riding immensely. “Working with Robert has been great… he is demanding but at the same time positive which is motivational and ends up making the quality of the everyday work better and better,” Meisner said. “I have been working this past week with both Robert and Bert together for the first time and it was very productive. I am lucky to have two amazing trainers in my corner.” Dover was also pleased with Cheryl’s ride, and looks forward to their bright future together. “I congratulate Cheryl and owner, John Risleys. Cheryl did a super job and the best thing is there are still many points to be made by her and Pagi,” said Dover.
Kassie Barteau’s debuted on Be Sé in the FEI National Young Adult Brentina Cup class, which she won with a score of 66.928%, and the Grand Prix Freestyle Class won by Susan Jaccoma with a score of 71.750%. Barteau’s ride showed lots of class and poise, excellent extended trots, and a couple of impressive passage sets.
Be Sé, an 18-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Flemmingh out of Wabatsje, owned by Diane Rosenberg, is Kassie’s prospect Brentina Cup horse. She thought that her ride Sunday was an important step in getting to know this fabulous gelding. “Be Sé felt much improved from Saturday. This is my first show with him and I am just learning all of his buttons,” she said. Kassie also said she is learning a lot through making mistakes. Also, Barteau is thankful to be a working student for Cathy Morelli, whom she calls her idol and mentor.
Barteau cleaned up Sunday, also scoring a 74.8% in the FEI Young Horse TOC in the FEI 6 Year Old Test atop GP Superstar Crusader. GP Superstar Crusader is a 6 year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Virginia Frantz. Barteau’s felt like the lead changes and the medium gaits were the highlights of the ride.
Many riders used this show as a warm up for the Gold Coast Opener CDIW-Y, which runs from January 22-24. Overall, despite the record-breaking weather, it was a successful weekend. Look forward to more coverage On the Scene in Wellington, 2010.
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