Wet Ring, Wet Horses, Wet Riders Conclude Day Three of 2009 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions
Sunday, June 21, 2009
PhelpsPhoto: Debbie McDonald checks footing before the Grand Prix Freestyle
Brentina Cup Declares a New Star Rising From the Young Rider Ranks
The winner of the Young Rider Grand Prix, which served as the second round of Brentina Cup competition, was Lauren Sprieser riding Clairvoya.
Wiese, who is heading off to college in the fall to finish her degree in government and politics, couldn't have been happier. "This is a really big accomplishment for me. It tells me that we're going in the right direction," she said.
Wiese plans to continue riding while attending college full-time and gave much credit to her coach, Pam Goodrich, for her success. "I couldn't have done this without her."
She is also heading off to college in the fall to begin pre-veterinary studies at Auburn University.After doing so well in this year's Brentina Cup competition, Eidbo said she's now quite certain that she'll continue making time to train and compete Johnny Cash even while in college.
Juniors Show the Big Boys How It's Done
A second of self pity quickly gave way to determination. "I thought 'why me?' But I didn’t think I couldn’t do it, because we’ve done it before and rain isn’t an excuse for us."
Finishing in the Reserve Champion position in Junior Rider competition was Lauren Knopp, who rode Rho Dance, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Rohdiament to a final score of 68.347 percent. The 18-year-old said that while the footing held up very well despite the rain, she was a bit conservative in her ride Saturday, especially in her extensions. Knopp said the next big stop on her competition calendar will be the FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships.
Bateson-Chandler and Dea II Hold Onto Lead in Intermediaire I
Bateson-Chandler who was Robert Dover's long time groom and then assistant trainer, now has two world class horses and will be the one to watch as she moves to Grand Prix after the Championships. And as in Friday's competition, Brons and Teutobod, a nine-year-old KWPN gelding, were right behind them. The pair's score in Saturday's Intermediaire I was 74.526 percent. Sunday's Intermediaire Freestyle will decide who will earn the title of national champion.
Adrienne Lyle Uses Sweet Persuasion To Entice Wizard to Victory in the Grand Prix Freestyle
Lyle earned her victory riding to country music, including the popular tune "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy." She said country fit her, not only because she hails from Idaho, where she trains with Debbie McDonald, but also because country is her favorite type of music. "It's all I listen to," she said. Lyle, last year's Brentina Cup champion, was determined from the get-go not to let the rain impede her performance.
Knowing that Wizard is no fan of puddles, she got up early in the morning and took him out for some 'puddle training' that consisted of giving him sugar for daring to follow her into water. The strategy clearly worked as Wizard splashed right through the wet ring, perhaps in anticipation of sugar cubes at the end. In reality, Lyle and Wizard performed well a rather difficult freestyle, one that Lyle said they had only ridden once before. "I'm very proud of him," she said.
Morse was just as proud of Tip Top, who, she said, performed well in footing that, while holding up after days of rain, was beginning to get "heavy. It was a bit tricky, especially on the centerline."
Coming in third in the Grand Prix Freestyle was Lauren Sammis and Sagacious HF, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Hyperion Farm. The pair, members of the gold-medal winning 2007 U.S. Pan American Dressage Team, scored a 72.450 percent. Sammis was thrilled with the gelding's performance especially since this is only his first season at Grand Prix. His mistakes are no surprise, she said, considering that for a Grand Prix horse, he is young and green.
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