Wiese and Lamborghini Take Lead Despite Rain in USEF National “Brentina Cup” Championship at 2009 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions
Friday, June 19, 2009
Jocelyn Wiese and Lamborghini made the best of the treacherous conditions and put is a very confident effort to take the lead on a score of 66.410%. “It would have been nice if it wasn’t raining,” said the 21-year-old rider. “But it didn’t affect my ride too much. My reins were a little slippery and I was definitely wet but I don’t think it affected my ride.”
Wiese, from Keene, NH, spent time as an Assistant Trainer at Hilltop Farm in Maryland but recently left to go back to school. The Government and Politics major at the University of Maryland was really pleased with her horse’s effort.
“I did the Young Riders Championship three times,” said Wiese. “The Brentina Cup is a stepping stone, it is a good place to get experience. It is almost Grand Prix but not quite. Good place to get our feet wet.” Her 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding tried very hard in spite of the conditions and the test had very polished work.
Photo: Amanda and Pip - Lamplight Dressage
Pip was putting in his first effort in the “Brentina Cup” and has recovered from a bout of naughtiness that plagued him when he arrived at Johnson’s barn.“He was a really naughty 9-year-old Training-level horse when I got him,” said Johnson. “The owner was really gracious and let me keep going with him. This is his first year at this level, he’s much better now – he really just needed a job. Now he’s pretty good.”
Rounding out the top three was Kim Schisler and Duvallier on a score of 65.744% – this pair has a special connection to the title sponsors of the event. Shereen and Jeff Fuqua worked out a special deal with Schisler so that it was possible for her to have the 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding. “I’m lucky,” said Schisler, who turns 28 on June 19. “It is a super opportunity.”
Duvallier lives at Collecting Gaits, where he is treated like a king. The partnership is reasonably new - they only began competing together this spring after Duvallier got hurt on the plane from California.
Schisler is based outside of Atlanta, her background is in Eventing so she wasn’t fazed by the weather either. “It seemed like typical cross country weather to me,” said Schisler. “I think it was too my advantage that it stayed cool and wet.”
The footing began to deteriorate by the end of the class – and the management determined that in the best interest of the competitors, activities would be postponed until tomorrow.
The competition resumes tomorrow at 8.00 am with the Young Rider Team Test, followed by the grand Prix at 10.20 am, the Junior Team Test at 1.30 pm and finally the Prix St. Georges at 3.40.
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