The action continued at the 2022 U.S Dressage Championships on Thursday 25 August 2022 with the second round of competition for the under 25 and senior Grand Prix riders and the first round for the Developing Prix St Georges horses and junior riders.
Round 1 Developing Prix St Georges Horses - Johnny Be Goode
Ten combinations began their quest for the U.S. Developing Prix St. Georges Horse Championship with the Prix St. Georges Test.
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Johnny Be Goode had a lovely test to win the class. LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) and Fritz and Claudine Kundrun’s 2014 KWPN gelding (by Dream Boy x Tietse) impressed the judges and earned a score 74.558%.
“I thought [the test] was really good,” said LaGoy-Weltz. “He's still quite young, doing all of this at this level, so I was super happy with him. I think that he actually even got just a hair impressed and just a hair tired as we were going in, so I think that we might tweak the warm-up just slightly and maybe have even a little bit more in store for the next test, which would be fun. I feel like he got an A for effort, and he was a super good boy.”
Martin Kuhn (New Berlin, Ill.) and Ronin, his and Kate Fleming-Kuhn’s 2013 Hanoverian gelding (by Romanov x Sir Donnerhall, were second with a score of 71.029%. Katie Duerrhammer (Greenwood Village, Colo.) and Zaphira, Kylee Lourie’s 2013 Danish Warmblood mare (by Zack x Don Romantic), finished third with a score of 68.970%.
The Developing Prix St. Georges Horse Championship concludes Saturday with the USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Test.
Round 1 Junior Riders - Madison Sumner
Twelve combinations began the U.S. Junior Rider Championship with the Junior Team Test.
Madison Sumner and Briar, fresh off a North American Youth Championships junior freestyle silver medal, continued their success by winning the class. Sumner (Wellington, Fla.) and her and Wayne Sumner’s 2007 KWPN- Friesian cross bred gelding (pedigree unknown) had a quality test for a score of 70.201%.
“It went really well. I was really happy,” said Sumner. “We had really good canter work, so I was really happy with that, and he was just with me. I was very happy for a clean test.”
Tiggy Gates (San Marcos, Calif.) and Shadow’s Dream, her 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Sandro Hit x Rotspon, were second with a score of 70.050%. Ella Fruchterman (West Lakeland, Minn.) and Holts Le’Mans, her and Todd Fruchterman’s 2011 Danish Warmblood gelding by L'Espoir x Denoir, were close behind in third on a score of 70.049%.
Round 2 Under 25 - Quinn Iverson Stays on Top
The talented field of five combinations rode the Short Grand Prix 16-25 Test to complete the second of three tests in the U.S Under 25 Championship. Quinn Iverson and Beckham continued their winning ways from Wednesday and earned the top spot in the Grand Prix 16-25 Test. Iverson (Wellington, Fla.) and Bille Davidson’s 2009 Hanoverian gelding (by Benetton Dream x Don Davidoff) had a lovely test to score 70.102%.
“He was right there for me every step of the way,” said Iverson. “I was so happy with him. He had a little energy coming in, but we were able to simmer it down and pull it off. He was such a good boy.”
Callie Rose O’Connell (Wilmington, Mass.) and Eaton, Ruling Cortes LLC’s 2009 KWPN gelding by Wynton x San Remo, finished second with a score of 69.102%. Emma Smith (Mound, Minn.) and Stedemann, her 2004 Oldenburg gelding by Stedinger x Donnerschwee, were third with a score of 65.820%.
The Short Grand Prix 16-25 Test on Thursday counted for 45 percent of the overall score. Wednesday’s Intermediate II Test counted for 40 percent of the overall score, while Saturday’s Grand Prix Freestyle Test will count for the final 15 percent.
Round 2 Senior Grand Prix - Alice Tarjan Maintains Lead
Twelve combinations started the day of competition in the Grand Prix Arena, riding the Grand Prix Special of the US Grand Prix Championship. After winning the Grand Prix Test on Wednesday, Alice Tarjan and Serenade MF took the top spot again in the division by winning the Grand Prix Special. Tarjan (Oldwick, N.J.) and her 9-year old Hanoverian mare (by Sir Donnerhall x Don Principe) had a strong test to earn a score of 73.467%.
“I was really pretty pleased with the trot tour,” said Tarjan. “I think it was probably one of the better trot tours we've put in for the Grand Prix Special, so that was nice. I think the piaffes improved over yesterday, so that was good. I missed both sets of [one tempis], and that's a little disappointing, but it's hard to get everything in the same test on the same day, so that's okay.”
Katie Duerrhammer (Greenwood Village, Colo.) and Paxton, Kylee Lourie’s 11-year old Westphalian gelding by Dante Weltino x Don Marco, finished second with a score of 71.680%. Abraham Pugh (Greencastle, Pa.) and Elfenperfekt, Alice Drayer’s 16-year old Trakehner stallion by Peron x Zauberklang, were third with a score of 68.041%
The Grand Special on Thursday counted for 40 percent of the overall score. Wednesday’s Grand Prix Test counted for 45 percent of the overall score, while Saturday’s Grand Prix Freestyle Test will count for the remaining 15 percent.
Text USEF Press Release, edited by Eurodressage - Photos © Sue Stickle and US Equestrian
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