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USET Foundation Awards National Intermediaire I Championship Trophy to Christopher Hickey and Regent
Chris Hickey and Regent, winners of the USET Foundation 2007 Intermediaire I Dressage Championship
Trophy, with (l-r) Pam Lane, USEF Dressage Show Manager; Brenna Kucinski,
owner; and Chrystine Tauber. PHOTO CREDIT: Susan J. Stickle.
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GLADSTONE, NJ - July 2, 2007 - The USET Foundation awarded the 2007 Intermediaire I Dressage Championship Trophy to Christopher Hickey and Regent at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions presented by
Paul Miller Auto Group, held June 14 through 17 at Gladstone, NJ.
The USET Foundation awards the Intermediaire I Dressage Championship Trophy annually to the winner of the Intermediaire I National Championship. Ivan Bezugloff, Jr., the founder
and editor of the former Dressage and CT - the first national periodical dedicated to the sport of dressage - donated the trophy to the United States Equestrian Team. The first recipient was Lendon Gray in 1981.
At the Dressage Festival of
Champions, Hickey, 38, of Colora, MD, riding Regent (Flemmingh x Jenny), a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Brenna Kucinski, earned an overall score of 72.063% to win the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Intermediaire I Championship/Pan
American Games Selection Trials.
The championship was comprised of three rounds of competition held over three days. Hickey and Regent won the Prix St. Georges with a score of 71.150%, placed second in the Intermediaire I with 71.400%, and won
the Intermediaire I Freestyle with 74.50%. The classes were weighted 45% for Prix St. Georges, 30% for Intermediaire I, and 25% for Intermediaire I Freestyle.
"I am honored and pleased to have competed in this championship and to have
been presented with this trophy from the USET Foundation," Hickey said. He noted that Gladstone, the historic headquarters of the USET Foundation, is a special competition grounds for him, especially the Dick and Jane Brown Dressage Arena and the
famous barns of Hamilton Farm. "Gladstone gives a grand feeling and appearance," Hickey said. "The ring is amazing and to stay in the barns at USET is so fun. It's a wonderful feeling for the riders and the owners, and that's very
During the awards presentation at the Dressage Festival, owner Brenna Kucinski accepted the USET Foundation Intermediaire I Dressage Championship Trophy. The original trophy donated by Mr. Bezugloff remains on display at
Gladstone while the 'keeper' trophy is now on display at Hilltop Farm in Maryland, where Hickey is the Director of Training. "It's in our viewing room at the main office at Hilltop Farm in one of our trophy cases," he said. "I'm very happy
about it. It's a great addition to our trophy case, that's for sure!"
Hickey described what the Intermediaire I Dressage Championship Trophy represents, noting, "It has such meaning to it. It means that so much has been put into the
horse's training and care, and the relationship between the owner and the rider is long and building and developing. Winning a trophy like this, you learn to appreciate trophies even more because when you walk into another farm that has trophies on
display, it gives you more respect for what goes into earning them."
As the winner of the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Intermediaire I Championship/Pan American Games Selection Trials, Hickey was also named as a member of the team
that will represent the United States at the Pan Am Games, which will be held July 14-29 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After the Pan Am Games, Hickey will represent the U.S. in Verden, Germany, August 2-5, aboard Hilltop Farm's Cabana Boy in the
Five-Year-Old division at the FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Championship for Young Horses in Dressage.
"I believe this is the first time a rider has been on a U.S. team and the Young Horse Championships in the same year," Hickey pointed
out. "At Hilltop we are very excited for me to go to the Pan Am Games and then also a few weeks later turn around and go to Germany with a five-year-old. That just gives me a wonderful feeling to be able to qualify and represent the U.S. in two major
international shows in the same year."
Previous Recipients of the
National Intermediaire I Championship
Donated by Ivan Bezugloff, Jr.
1995 Belinda Nairn
1996 Belinda Nairn
1997 Guenter Seidel
1998 Christine Traurig
1999 Debbie McDonald
2000 Jan Ebeling
2002 Susan Dutta
2003 Kristina Harrison-Naness
2004 Steffen Peters
2005 Steffen Peters
2006 Michelle Gibson
(National Intermediaire I Trophy was not awarded in 1984 and 1986)
non-profit United States Equestrian Team Foundation supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing international, high-performance athletes and horses in partnership with the United States
Equestrian Federation. For more information about the USET Foundation or to make a donation, please call (908) 234-1251 or visit its website at www.uset.org.
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