California Riding Magazine • November, 2012

Show Report:
Dressage Season Finale
CDS Championship Show enjoys peak participation.

by Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society

CDS Training Level Horse of the Year Donar's Diablo with rider Kelly Phillips and owner Kim Crandall. Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler

Having spent the summer in Europe for the 2012 Olympic Games, U.S. Team and CDS member Jan Ebeling still made time to come to the California Dressage Society Championships, an event which he has attended for more than 20 years.

"The CDS Annual Show is always a very prestigious occasion, and this year I was most impressed because of how large a show it turned out to be," said Ebeling, who coached three students with four horses over the weekend. "They worked all year to get here, they all did really well, and are very happy. We had a great time."

Mackenzie Cameron and Damian DG, Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler

Mackinzie Cameron traveled south to Burbank from Santa Cruz to attend her very first CDS Championship Show. In addition to winning three championship titles with her horse, Damian DG, she was thrilled with her experience and the atmosphere. "I've had such a good time here," Cameron said. "Everyone involved with the show has been so welcoming and encouraging, and it's been a great experience for both me and my horse."

Trainer Karen Ball of Coto de Caza brought six students to the show, which was her 15th CDS championship. "We were super happy with this show, and for several of my students it was their first time," she noted. "It's always one of the highlights of our year."

Those enthusiastic responses were typical reviews from those who took part in what organizers say is the largest championship in CDS' 45-year history. Final championship ribbons were presented Sunday, Oct. 7 in Burbank for the 45th Anniversary California Dressage Society Championship Show Presented By, held in conjunction with the CDS Young Horse Futurity (including the Cal-Bred Futurity), the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Dressage Championships, and the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Breeders Championships West Coast Series Final. Riders, owners, and spectators enjoyed four days of spectacular dressage, camaraderie from across the region, and special anniversary celebrations marking four and a half decades of CDS service to its members and the sport.

Handlers such as Willy Arts of DG Bar Ranch presented their best young stock in Saturday's Dressage Sport Horse Breeding classes. Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler

Horse Of The Year

With bragging rights, perpetual trophies and thousands of dollars in prize money on the line, competition for CDS Horse of the Year awards on the last day of the championships remained intense. D'Re Stergios of Petaluma won her second Adult Amateur Grand Prix class of the weekend, this time claiming the CDS Horse of the Year title and the Rubinstein Memorial Trophy with her Oldenburg gelding Johnny (68.723%). The Pelton Family Trophy for Open Intermediaire II was awarded to Carolyn Adams of Pleasanton riding her Hanoverian stallion Winterprinz (70.066%), while in the Adult Amateur division, Dani Judy of La Mesa rode her Oldenburg partner Antaeus to the blue ribbon with a score of 63.947%.

During afternoon freestyles, Echo Casale (Trabuco Canyon) was triumphant at First Level with her American Warmblood Abeta Storm (68.333%), while the Second Level win went to the Bulgarian gelding Apel, earning a score of 73.917% with rider/owner Anne Howard of Ben Lomond. Tigger Wright made the trip from Oakland worthwhile by winning the De Medici Perpetual Trophy for Third Level Freestyle with Cynthia Rowland's Friesian mare Hilde Fan't Alddjip (69.500%).

In a fight for the CDS Open Training Level Horse of the Year honors, Donar's Diablo proved that size doesn't matter as Kim Crandall's half-Welsh pony gelding topped the field on an overall score of 71.734%, winning the Peter and Bonnie Lert Perpetual Trophy with rider Kelly Phillips of Fallbrook. From a field of 20 Adult Amateurs contesting Training Level, once again emerging victorious was Mackenzie Cameron riding her 4-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Damian DG, winning both rounds of competition for a total average of 70.661% to claim the Melissa Creswick Perpetual Trophy.

Show spectators took a walk down memory lane in a special CDS display commemorating their 45th anniversary. Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler

The Full Cry Perpetual Trophy for Adult Amateur First Level was awarded to Janet VerPlank (Fairfield) who swept both classes in her division with her Dutch Warmblood gelding Baronchelli to finish on an overall score of 69.373%. Nancy Szakacs of Hollister and her Westfalen gelding Rudi Regali were the strongest performers in the Adult Amateur Second Level division, winning the Two-Tone Malone Trophy on an overall score of 68.247%. Adult amateur rider Yvette Diuri of Rancho Santa Fe scored her second decisive victory in two days at Third Level with a score of 70.927% to win the Stanford Dressage Club Trophy with her Dutch Warmblod gelding Winsome, while Susan Halasz Martin of Simi Valley and Karen Drown's Oldenburg mare Natasha took home the Judith Elias Perpetual Trophy for CDS Open Third Level Horse of the Year with 71.335%. Wrapping up the CDS Horse of the Year classes was Adult Amateur Jacqueline Real-Salas, who with her own Oldenburg gelding Rustringer earned 66.740% to top their Fourth Level division and take the Fox Run Perpetual Trophy home to Temecula.

Titles Galore

Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Championships also concluded on Sunday, with titles awarded at First, Third, Fourth, and Intermediaire I levels, as well as for Young Riders. In a highly-competitive Open First Level Championship, the top eight horse/rider combinations scored over 70 percent; but ultimately emerging victorious was Julia Mineikis of Reno, NV riding her own Oldenburg gelding Felix to a top score of 76.048%. Juniors and Young Riders contested both First and Third Levels, with the Hanoverian gelding D'Esprite carrying Chelsea Peroni of Wilton to win with 66.290% at First Level, while Kalynn Harrington of Agoura Hills followed up on Thursday's freestyle championship with another victory at Third Level with Elly Schobel's American Warmblood Raison D'Etre (66.795%).

Louise Koch of Westlake Village, riding her own Westfalen stallion San Shivago, added another accomplishment to their roster by winning the Open Fourth Level Regional Championship on a score of 71.438%, while Jacqueline Real-Salas won her second championship of the day with Rustringer, scoring 70.938% to win the Adult Amateur class. In the Open Intermediaire I division, San Diego's Rebecca Rigdon rode her elegant Holsteiner mare Solei to the win with 71.776%, while in the Adult Amateur division, Elizabeth Keadle of Rancho Santa Fe added a Regional Championship title to the previous day's CDS Horse of the Year victory by earning a score of 71.842% on her Rheinlander gelding Rower Be.

Kathleen Raine and Breanna accept prizes from Olympian Jan Ebeling, Anne Margaret Meyers of, & CDS Board member Ellen Corob. Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler

Mackinzie Pooley of Coto de Caza finished off her weekend with another victory, this time with her NAYRC partner Brigadier (Oldenburg gelding owned by Deena Smith) in the he Young Rider Team Test Championship (65.197%). Ryan Bell of Rancho Mirage rode his own Hanoverian gelding D'Aristocrat to win the JR/YR Intermediaire I Region 7 Championship on a score of 61.184%. Finally, In the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Final (13 and under division), Taite Hylton of Los Angeles rode Pink to victory with a score of 79.000%. Bryce Quinto (Studio City) also earned a ticket to next year's Medal Finals in Colorado by winning the 14-18 division with Karenin on 75.000%.

Breeding Final

In addition to a full day of championship rides, in-hand sport horse breeding competition was also featured with the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Breeders Championships - West Coast Final. Jackie Ahl-Eckhaus of Sanger presented Si Donna MVS (Sir Donnerhall x Lumara by Flemmingh), a 2-year-old Oldenburg filly which she owns and bred, to claim the Filly Championship by earning a score of 78.850% from judges Gail Hoff-Carmona and Melissa Creswick. In the Colt/Gelding Championship, Willy Arts presented the 3-year-old Dutch Warmblood colt Escobar DG (Vivaldi x Festival by Sandro Hit) for owner/breeder DG Bar Ranch to win the division title with a score of 80.000%. Arts then returned to the ring with Debra Pulver's 4-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Dalina DG (Jazz x Satina by Contango) to win the Mare Championship with a score of 81.300%. In the Current Year Foal Championship, Shelley Housh of Blue Jay handled her own Sterling's Brigadier SH, a grey Shagya colt (Sterling Silver x Nicolatina Star by Starwalker), to a score of 68.650%, while the Stallion Championship was awarded to the 6-year-old Oldenburg Sondheim OLD (Sandro Hit x Galana by Rohdiamant), presented by Burbank's Jaye Cherry for owner Marta Kauffman to a score of 84.375%, the highest score awarded for the Dressage Sport Horse Breeding classes.

Complete results and event coverage for the 45th Anniversary California Dressage Society Championship Show Presented By is available on the CDS website, The California Dressage Society, formed in 1967, is a non-profit organization devoted to furthering interest in dressage. It is one of the largest dressage organizations in the nation with more than 4,000 individual members in its 36 Chapters and a rich history of equestrian sport on the West Coast.