Amateurs Shine at Woodside Summer Dressage

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This year's Woodside Summer Dressage show (July 15-17) was host to one of the three Regional Adult Amateur Competitions (RAAC) held every year to provide California Dressage Society (CDS) members a developmental path toward the highly competitive Annual CDS Championship Show. Bridget Walker (Christine Rivlin, trainer) is grateful for the opportunity to compete in the RAAC, especially after she and her ride Valentino (Christine Rivlin, owner) won her class in the Second Level Test 3 Novice with a solid score of 69.762%. "The RAAC is a great opportunity for amateurs because it recognizes how hard we work and how devoted we can be to the sport," she commented. "It is nice to have such a forum in a sport about which we all have great passion and devotion. I am learning every ride and I view every show as another opportunity to gain some experience. Showing teaches me to be disciplined about my riding."

Bridget had ridden the 17.3 hand gelding in the past, but she was off of him for two years and just started riding him again recently. "Valentino is elastic, steady and very big," she shared. "He is a lot of horse to move around, but is so talented, willing and good natured that he makes it easy."

Bridget also saw success with her second mount, Araripe dos Pinhais (Elizabeth Graham King, owner), a six-year-old Lusitano stallion born in Brazil. Araripe means "where the sun rises" in Brazillian and reflects his sire and breeder's farm in Brazil. Bridget and Ari earned the title of Markel/Cornerstone High Point Amateur Champion as well as Lower Level Amateur High Percentage Champion for their 71.892% in First Level. Jamie Meyer was Reserve Champion with Lujoso.

"Ari has a steady workmanlike attitude and great gaits," Bridget explained. "He likes doing his job and is not easily distracted by influences other than his rider. He is a very talented little horse and I especially love to ride the lateral movements with him. He got a 9 on one of his leg yields."


Elinor (Ellie) Armstrong Kennedy, also a student of Christine Rivlin, is another proponent of the RAAC. She showed in the Prix St. Georges Elite and placed second with her Sanset with 64.211%. "I think it's really good for amateurs who don't typically get to go to the big shows or championships, because they can't afford it and it's very competitive. It's a good opportunity to participate in something that has the awards presentations and everything; it's really fun, like Championships light."

The pair also won the title of FEI Junior/Amateur High Percentage Champion with their 64.737% in Prix St. Georges in the regular show, although she had hoped to ride better. "I was frustrated with myself because I made the same mistakes in all the tests and the horse is capable of so much more. Overall, I was really pleased with him, and it was a good show. I love the facility and the footing has really improved." Stacey McCarthy was reserve champion with Lyra.

This is the first year Ellie has shown the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood, sired by Lancet, at Prix St. Georges. "I got him at a bargain price five years ago because he was imported to a sales barn and had behavioral issues. I took a chance on him and he's turned out to be a really nice horse. I can take him anywhere, tie him to the trailer, and he goes around the ring and does everything I ask, as long as I ask correctly. He has a killer walk and super changes, and as long as I count he does well in the tempis. He also has a great trot extension."


Other competitors in the Elite division of the RAAC included Kristine Hegglin, won both of her classes on her Hanoverian, Davaughn. They scored 69.286% in Second Level and 65.641% in Third Level. Katrina Christy and Winterstarr won all of their Fourth Level tests in both the RAAC and the regular show with scores ranging from 64-68%, and their 68.286% earned them the title of High Percentage Upper Level Amateur Champion. Helle Rasmussen was reserve champion with Mr. Donneroy.

In the Open divisions, eventing and dressage trainer Matthew Brown of East West Training Stables was Upper Level High Percentage Champion with Fausto (Sara Schachter, owner) after receiving 71.026% in Third Level. Sara purchased the Hanoverian gelding, now nine years old, when he was three from Lucchetti Ranch and he's been in training with Matt ever since. "He's big and flashy, loose moving, and a very powerful horse," Matt remarked. "He's fun to ride and watch just because he's so powerful. He likes to work and is very engaged in it. Being an eventer, when we get to the extended canter I like to really go for it and take advantage of the chance to gallop in the dressage ring. When he knows it's coming, and he knows I'm going to go for it, it's game on. I have done some jumping for cross training, and when he sees the jump he wants it."


Matt was happy with the horse's performance, although they are still working on getting the changes to be consistent and reliable. He hopes to have them ready in time for CDS Championships this fall. "If his changes are good he could do really well, I'll take him. We ride with Volker Bromman, so I defer to him a lot on the training process."

As an event rider, Matt feels that cross training over jumps is good for the horse and rider. "I think for the most part jumping helps to apply the dressage work for me and the horses. If there's a jump in front of you, there's a specific reason why you have to be balanced and relaxed and on the aids--all the things you need dressage horses to be. I think it's easier for horses to figure out the job sometimes. Plus, I just think it's important to get out of the dressage ring sometimes. I love dressage, but I think it's important to get out and gallop and do something else, too. It keeps the horses happier and more willing if they understand the job."

Matt had 11 horses at Horse Park at Woodside just for cross country schooling while at Woodside Summer Dressage, which kept him busy going back and forth between jobs and changing gear. He also took several young horses and five clients, including Heather Steffen who rode in her first dressage show ever. It was also the first dressage show for her horse, Azuro Z, and they won several the Green Horse/Green Rider and Training Level tests. "I like bringing the clients and young horses to multiple day shows like this because it gives them multiple chances to get in the rings. I like the Horse Park and the grounds management, and the show office at these shows is always well run."

The Cornerstone Northern California Dressage series concludes September 16-18 with the Woodside Autumn Dressage & Breed Show, featuring the Woodside Series Championships.

For more information on Woodside Summer Dressage and other Cornerstone events, please visit http://www.cornerstonedressage.com and visit Cornerstone Event Management on Facebook for news and updates..

World Equestrian Games 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:23
FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA).
 
The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:36
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:18
Diana DeRosa
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Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:47
Louise Parkes
 made it double-gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy today when adding the individual title to last Thursday’s team victory for The Netherlands. He made his way into this afternoon’s top-four Jumping final thanks to a horse that he admitted was inexperienced at this level of the sport and which clearly surprised him...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:30
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Eventing

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 09:53
Plantation Field Horse Trials
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Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:49
Plantation Field Horse Trials
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Friday, September 19, 2014 - 14:57
Plantation Field Horse Trials
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Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:09
Helen Murray for USEF
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:18
Diana DeRosa
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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 11:37
USEF Communications Department
Lexington, Ky - The final day at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials at Burghley House, Stamford in Lincolnshire, England, wrapped up the event on Sunday with the show jumping phase of competition. Just two Americans were left in the competition, as Hannah Sue Burnett withdrew Jacqueline Mars' Harbour Pilot due to concern over a minor injury. In...

Reining and Western Riding

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:18
Diana DeRosa
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Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:15
Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
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Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 13:11
Louise Parkes
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Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 11:14
USEF Communication
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Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 06:19
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Driving

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 11:36
Andy Marcoux, Coachman's Delight, Inc.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:18
Diana DeRosa
Where to begin. I’m on the journey home with memories of Beezie Madden claiming the Individual Bronze Medal and Cortes C claiming the Best Horse title in the Final Four phase of Show Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Chester Weber did us proud as well claiming an Individual Silver in Driving and his team was...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:23
Cindy Timmer, FEI Communications
Boyd Exell (AUS) kept a clear head in the exciting final obstacle driving competition of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy and scored a fabulous clear round, securing a third world championship title in a row. Chester Weber (USA) won the silver and European champion Theo Timmerman (NED) took the bronze medal. The Dutch team...
Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 22:30
Kathleen Landwehr, USEF
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Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 12:08
Diana DeRosa
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Show Jumping

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:24
Arianna Delin for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
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Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:15
Arianna Delin Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
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Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:03
Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Set Your DVR or Tune In!  North Salem, NY - September 21 2014 - The American Gold Cup CSI4*- W took place September 10-14 at Old Salem Farm in New York. The coveted American Gold Cup was captured in its entirety for broadcast on NBC Sports Network for the second consecutive year. Set your DVR or tune in today at 4 p.m. EST for the full 90-minute...
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 09:39
Blenheim EquiSports
September 20, 2014 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - Amid a weekend packed full of equitation and young jumper finals, the $30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix saw twenty-five entries vying for the top prize on Saturday afternoon in the popular 1.40m highlight class. Course designer Anthony D'Ambrosio set a technical track with 16 efforts in a time...
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:00
Kendall Bierer for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Asbury, NJ - The Ridge at Riverview is excited to release the dates for their Asbury Classic. The action packed hunter/jumper competition is one of the most beautiful shows in the nation, and it will return this October 9-12, 2014 and October 16-19, 2014 to the Ridge at Riverview. The show will include a wide range of hunter and jumper classes,...
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:39
Starting Gate Communications
Arezzo, Italy — Show Jumping Team members Angel Karolyi and Emanuel Andrade helped Venezuela to secure a fifth place finish in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ held Friday, September 19, in Arezzo, Italy. A total of 13 teams participated in Friday’s Nations’ Cup, which was a showdown to the very last rider.  Following two intense rounds of...
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:33
Chicago Equestrian
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Para Dressage

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:23
Written By: FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA). The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal with her mare Royal Delight ahead of British Paralympic and reigning world champion Sophie Christiansen and Singapore's most-decorated Paralympic athlete Laurentia Tan. Morganti, who also won Individual Grade 1a silver at the Games in Normandy, beat five champions to the top spot in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) poll from the worlds of canoeing, athletics, swimming and sailing following a bumper month of global para-sport.   Since her internationa...
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 10:16
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and support staff in Aachen having a team meeting during training camp. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier Aachen, Germany  -  The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt arrived in Aachen and began their training camp this week. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Angela Peavy (Avon, Con...
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 10:16
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and support staff in Aachen having a team meeting during training camp. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier Aachen, Germany  -  The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt arrived in Aachen and began their training camp this week. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Angela Peavy (Avon, Con...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 16:56
Written By: USEF Communications
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named five horse-and-athlete combinations to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. Four combinations will serve as the Team, while one combination will compete as an Individual. The following horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team (in alphabetical order): Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley, a 2000 Warmblood gelding. Rebecca Hart (Unionville, PA) and her own Schroeter's Romani, a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare. Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Re...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 16:56
Written By: USEF Communications
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named five horse-and-athlete combinations to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. Four combinations will serve as the Team, while one combination will compete as an Individual. The following horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team (in alphabetical order): Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley, a 2000 Warmblood gelding. Rebecca Hart (Unionville, PA) and her own Schroeter's Romani, a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare. Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Re...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:44
Written By: Diana DeRosa
Susan Treabess. Photo by Diana DeRosa The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy are just around the corner and everyone headed to the Games is anxious for everything to start. Opening Ceremony takes place on August 23rd with the actual competition beginning on the 25th. While media and spectators are packing their bags, riders and horses competing in the first week and prepping for their journey to France. On Sunday, August 10th, the Endurance and Para-Dressage riders were sharing quarters at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. With camera in hand, it was the perfect opportunity to capture pictures and listen to the excited voices of the riders as they talked about the impending journey. The Para riders will be competing at the La Prairie Racecourse August 25...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:44
Written By: Diana DeRosa
Susan Treabess. Photo by Diana DeRosa The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy are just around the corner and everyone headed to the Games is anxious for everything to start. Opening Ceremony takes place on August 23rd with the actual competition beginning on the 25th. While media and spectators are packing their bags, riders and horses competing in the first week and prepping for their journey to France. On Sunday, August 10th, the Endurance and Para-Dressage riders were sharing quarters at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. With camera in hand, it was the perfect opportunity to capture pictures and listen to the excited voices of the riders as they talked about the impending journey. The Para riders will be competing at the La Prairie Racecourse August 25...
Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:06
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
  Gladstone, NJ - In only 16 days the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team will be riding down centerline at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France. In preparation for the trip overseas the final jog for each of the four U.S. team horses and individual horse occurred at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. Led by Chef d'Equipe Kai Handt, the four team duos include: Grade II rider Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Grade Ia rider Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch; Grade Ib athlete Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi W...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:44
Ottawa, ON, - The Canadian Para-Equestrian Team were in the top placings on the first day of competition at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage CPEDI3* held July 9-11, 2014 in Gloucester, ENG. Riding Double Agent, her seven-year-old Anglo-European Studbook mare, Roberta Sheffield of Lincolnshire, UK won her Grade III team test with 69.000%, and finished in second with Evelyn Little's eight-year-old gelding Dutch Warmblood, Bindro T, with a score of 68.211%. Three-time Paralympian Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC and Equine Canada's 13-year-old Oldenburg mare, Off to Paris, finished in second place in their Grade II team test, scoring 68.824%. Ashley Gowanlock of Surrey, BC and Collegiate Sweet Leilani, M. Kendalyne Overway's 13-year-old Morgan mare, earned a score of 66.360% for seventh i...
Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 05:37
Susan and Kamiakin (Photo by SusanJStickle) Kamiakin is the first Spanish Horse ever to have the honor to represent the United States in an international competition. He and his rider Susan Treabess have been selected for the US Para-Equestrian Team that is going to the WEG in Normandy, France. Kamiakin is a P.R.E. Horse bred right here in the United States by Ami McHugh of Crown J Ranch. He is owned by Susan in partnership with American, Katie Hill, who now lives in Holland, and registered with The IALHA, The P.R.E. MUNDIAL and with ANCCE. The Problem: Due to budget cuts at USEF, Susan and Kamiakin need to raise about $15,000 more to be able to attend the games. Some donations have already been sent but it is not enough to get their team to France. Now is the time for all of us, the m...
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