Articles: Press Release
Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program Kicks Off With First Two
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2007
Lexington, KY - Some of the most promising dressage prospects in the
country were showcased in the quest to qualify for the FEI World
Breeding Championships in Verden, Germany, as the 2007 Markel/USEF Young
Horse Dressage Program kicked off with two of the three official
The first selection trial took place at Dressage at Lamplight, May 18-20
in Wayne, IL, as part of the central selection trial. In the
five-year-old division, the championship was awarded to Solaris Hit, a
black Hanoverian mare (Sandro Hit x Great Rubina, by Rubinstein I; bred
in Germany by Heinrich Giesselmann). This mare was triumphantly ridden
by owner Rebecca Knollman of Maineville, OH, to an overall score of
7.808. Reserve Champion was Vanessa Carlson's dark bay Hanoverian mare,
Roccoca WF, (Rienzi x Turtletaubchen, by Tin Rocco; bred in the United
States by Vanessa Carlson, Claremore, OK), ridden by Verena Stock to an
overall score of 7.320.
Claiming the six-year-old central selection trial championship with an
overall two-test score of 7.128 was Welt Cup, a bay Hanoverian gelding
(Weltmeyer x Graefin, by Gambler's Cup; bred in Germany by Fenna Schulte
Landwehr) and ridden to victory by Louisa Marcelle Eadie for owner
Judith Sloan of Millbrook, NY.
The second Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trials continued
at Dressage at Flintridge, May 25-27 in La Canada-Flintridge, CA, as
part of the Western selection trial. Champion of the five-year-old
division with an overall two-test score of 8.376 was Lord Albert, a bay
Hanoverian gelding (Londonderry x Brenda, by Brentano; bred in Germany
by Dr. Albert Schmidt), ridden and owned by David Blake of Westlake
Village, CA. Reserve Champion was DG Bar Ranch's U.S.-bred Valeska DG,
a chestnut Dutch Warmblood mare (Krack C x Polimbria, by Farrington),
ridden by Willy Arts to an overall score of 8.112.
Claiming the Six-Year-Old Western Selection Trial Championship was
Sancette, a bay Hanoverian gelding (Sandro Hit - Cascade by Contender;
bred in Germany by Dietrich Meyer), and ridden to victory with an
overall score of 8.020 by Dirk Glitz of San Jose, CA, for owner Gwen
Blake of Enumclaw, WA. Only five one-hundredths of a point behind with
an overall score of 7.968 was Lars Holmberg of Sylmar, CA, with his bay
Danish Warmblood stallion, Mix Max DVH 840 (Milan x Gitte by Bajazzo;
bred in Denmark by Joergen Olsen).
The third and final Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trial
will be held at the CDI-W/Y/J Raleigh and Capital Dressage Classic, June
1-3 in North Carolina.
For more information, contact Jennifer Keeler, USEF's National Director
of Dressage, at (859) 225-2024 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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States Equestrian Federation(r), Inc. (USEF) is the regulatory body for
28 breeds and disciplines, including our country's international teams
competing in the disciplines of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing,
para-equestrian, reining, show jumping and vaulting. With over 87,000
members, it is the country's largest multi-breed organization and
annually license more than 2,800 competitions nationwide. The USEF
governs all aspects of competition, including education and licensing of
all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate shows.
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