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Caroline Roffman Named First USEF National Dressage Champion at 2011
Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions
Caroline Roffman and Beemer.
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September 10, 2011
Gladstone, NJ - Just over 3/10ths of a point decided the Young Adult
'Brentina Cup' champion - the first Championship awarded at the 2011
Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions at the USET
Caroline Roffman and Beemer edged out Olivia LaGoy-Weltz for the top spot
with a two-day combined score of 65.822% to LaGoy-Weltz' 65.518%.
Roffman has had a very successful Young Rider career and has done very well
training and producing young horses, but Beemer is showing her the Grand
Prix ropes and has given her the first Brentina Cup win of her career.
"I'm honored to be here and feel lucky to have the opportunity to ride this
horse," said Roffman about Lars Petersen and Global Dressage Sales'
13-year-old Oldenburg gelding.
Because Beemer has been for sale this year, Roffman didn't know if she would
still have him in the barn to be able to bring him to contest these
championships. She capitalized on the opportunity of him not getting sold.
"It was cleaner," she said about her performance in the Young Rider Grand
Prix test. "I wanted to have a clean ride. It lacked a lot of the brilliance
from Thursday, but I did a better job."
With this win, Roffman broke a string of second-place finishes at the 2011
Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships and USEF National
Developing Dressage Horse Championships presented by the Dutta Corp. and
Performance Sales International two weeks ago. She is getting her own
business going teaching and training horses and riders of all ages. She and
Endel Ots are working together in Wellington, FL. A hugely successful Young
Rider, Roffman is handling the transition into the senior ranks with class.
LaGoy-Weltz (Versailles, KY) was edged out for the Championship but she did
take the top score in Saturday's class with Riffalino. That score of 69.907%
was enough to bump her from third on the first day into the overall reserve
champion spot with a two-day total of 65.518%. Riding for Nelly van
Cuelebroek, LaGoy-Weltz was pleased with her horse and her performance.
"He was good," she said. "It was really nice to have a day in between to
just train. I went in and I went for it. I'm thrilled for him and his owner
is thrilled which is the best part."
LaGoy-Weltz is 27, the eldest of the Brentina Cup riders, and is coaching
Ari Lopez in the Junior
Championship this week in addition to riding.
Heather Ann Beachem (Alpharetta, GA) and Windsong held their ground to
finish in the top three. They were second on Thursday and swapped places
with LaGoy-Weitz on Saturday to end up third overall. Beachem, 22, only
began riding dressage in 2009 and has made a huge impression with success as
a Young Rider. Riding her 15-year-old Hanoverian, she scored 62.651% in the
Young Rider Grand Prix to have a two-day total of 63.274%.
"I felt like I rode a little bit better," said Beachem. "We're both really
green. He wasn't meant to be a Grand Prix horse... he got a little tired in
the piaffe but I got the changes today... I got the ones which made my day."
Windsong overcame colic surgery to return to the top of the sport.
Pik L Shows Endreson a Winning Start in the Junior National Dressage
The USEF Junior National Dressage Championship got underway on Saturday
morning, and three riders making their first appearance at the Collecting
Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions topped the leaderboard after the first
half of the championship.
Kya Endreson rode the veteran stallion Pik L to the top of the class - their
score of 70.486% rewarded their convincing performance in the Dick and Jane
Arena. Pik L was the reserve horse for the 2007 Pan American Games with
Susie Dutta, and the 18-year-old Hanoverian stallion is now showing Endreson
Kya Endreson and Pik L.
Owned by Anne Sparks and Horses Unlimited, Pik L looked very comfortable
back in the ring at Gladstone.
"It felt like it went really well," said Endreson. "He's such a good boy, he
tried his best. It was really neat (riding at the USET Foundation), and I
liked going early when it was quiet and cool."
This partnership started in March and Endreson is learning lots from the
"He's such a fun guy," she said. "He taught me so much, I'm really enjoying
The 18-year-old Hanoverian stallion gave 16-year-old Endreson a lovely tour
of the arena at Gladstone.
Leading the chase is Rachel Chowanec on Embrujado XI with a score of
67.189%. Chowanec, 17, from Columbia, CT, coaxed a season best performance
out of Lendon Grey's 13-year-old PRE gelding.
"It was probably one of the best rides all season," said Chowanec. "It is an
Embrujado XI was comfortable in the big atmosphere and wasn't spooky like he
has a tendency to be. Chowanec was proud of her horse.
Rounding out the top three was local rider Julia Burtt and her 15-year-old
Hanoverian gelding Aaron VI. The pair had a solid effort in their first trip
to Gladstone, and the 17-year-old kept her composure.
"He was a good boy," said Burtt. "It was hot and we both got kind of
tired. But he kept it together and stayed with me."
The second half of the championship concludes Sunday.
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