Verdun Hopefuls at FlintridgeBy Staff Report May 23, 2013
This weekend Dressage at Flintridge CDI1*Y/J presents what it believes to be “the future of U.S. dressage,” at the 2013 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Western Selection Trial.
Many of the top five and six-year-old horses in the nation will be attending the Flintridge show, May 23-26, vying for a spot to represent the U.S. at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses in Verden, Germany in August as well as a spot on the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Short List.
Combinations will need to score 8.2 or higher this weekend in Flintridge, California to be eligible to represent the U.S. at the World Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany, Aug. 7-11, while a score of 7.8 or higher earns a place on the Short List.
Selection Trial competition officially gets underway Friday, May 24 as both five and six-year-olds will perform their respective FEI Preliminary Tests which account for 40% of the overall score. The remaining 60% of scores will be earned Saturday, May 26 in their respective FEI Final Tests.
Nine entries will go head-to-head in five-year-old competition. Stacee Collier (Reno, NV) brings her own KWPN mare déjà vu (Ijsselmeer Ikepono x Ualani/Rubinstein) to the Selection Trial and the pair will look to showcase the form that has them earned sixth place on the ranking list for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championships presented by HorseShow.com for the five-year-old division. Kathleen Raine (Murrieta, CA), a familiar face in the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program will also be aiming to earn a top score out of Lisa Bradley’s Oldenburg mare Finesse (Festrausch x Breanna/ Brentano II).
In the six-year-old division, a field of six will vie for Verden qualification and a spot on the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Short List. Danish-born Charlotte Jorst, now based in Reno, NV, will ride the Dutch Warmblood stallion Vitalis (Vivaldi x Tolivia/Donnerschwee) that she acquired last fall. She trains with Steffen Peters.
Vitalis is owned by Skagen Holdings, parent of Jorst’s jewelry company. The pair currently stands fourth on the ranking list for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championships presented by HorseShow.com for the six-year-old division.
Also competing in the six-year-old division of the Markel/USEF Selection Trial are Craig Stanley (Madera, CA) and Brenda Linman’s Dutch Warmblood mare Caliente DG (00 Seven x Satina/Cantango). The pair are veterans of the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program having competed in last year’s five-year-old championship.
To learn more about the Dressage at Flintridge CDI1*Y/J visit; http://www.cornerstonedressage.com/
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