California Riding Magazine • July, 2011

Winner's Circle

What Injury?

Guenter Seidel and UII enjoyed a triumphant return to Germany last month with wins in the Grand Prix and GP Freestyle at the Hamburg CDI Four Star. The early June accomplishment happened one year and a week after the San Diego-based, German-born dressage star broke his pelvis in a freak fall from UII while in Germany preparing for the World Equestrian Games. Californians got to see this dramatic pair's comeback in March, when they won the Freestyle at the Dressage Affaire in Del Mar. And, Guenter was in especially fine form for the stick horse quadrille he and superstar friends, including Steffen and Shannon Peters and Elizabeth Ball, performed for fun at the Del Mar Nationals.

Jump On!

Our area's show jumping squads for the North American Junior/Young Riders Championships were determined after a final jumping trail in San Juan Capistrano last month. They are tasked with carrying on Zone 10's great track record in competition against teams from around the country, as well as Canada and Mexico. The Championships take place July 27-31 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

Congratulations to the Young Riders team members Cayla Richards and Faustino, Kendall Skreden and Esperanto, Danielle Korsh and San Diego, Sage Flynn and Hot Pants, and alternate Jocelyn Neff and Gaja 20. And to the Junior Young Rider team of Hannah Warde and Boragway, Kilian McGrath and Astin's Obsession, Brittany Albrecq and Union Jack, Madison Bradshaw and Corrolino, and alternate Viva Hallinan and Pomme D'Abi.

Young Horse Competition

Young dressage horses were the stars at the Flintridge Riding Club for Dressage at Flintridge CDI*/Y/J, May 26-29. The event hosted the Markel/USEF Young Horse Western Selection Trial for the FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Championships in Verden (GER) and the final Pan American Games qualifying competition for Southern California, so competitors were at their best.

In the Five-Year-Old division of the Markel/USEF Young Horse Western Selection Trial, the standout performer was Sanceo, a brown Hanoverian stallion (San Remo x Rivera by Ramiro's Son II, bred in Germany by Gerhard Dustmann) ridden by Sabine Schut-Kery of Thousand Oaks, for owner Alice Womble-Heitman of Hempstead, TX.  Winner of last fall's California Dressage Society (CDS) Young Horse Futurity as a four year old, Sanceo impressed the judges to earn 8.12 in the Preliminary Test (40%) and 8.30 in the Final Test (60%)for an overall score of 8.23, the championship ribbon, and a possible ticket to Verden. "This stallion is such an elegant and light type of horse," noted judge Natalie Lamping (4* USA). "He's just what we're looking for in this division." Reserve Champion was the U.S.-bred bay Dutch Warmblood mare Bakara (Sir Sinclair x Thea by Idocus).  Ridden by 2007 Verden competitor Willy Arts of DG Bar Ranch, Bakara earned scores of 7.38 and 7.60 for an overall 7.51 for owner and breeder Janice Kissel of San Luis Obispo.

In the demanding six-year-old tests, Sherry Van't Riet of Monte Nido rode her own brown Oldenburg gelding Sir Deauville (Sir Donnerhall x Estella by De Niro, bred in Germany by Karl-Heinz Drees) to win the championship title with scores of 7.38 and 6.90 (7.09 overall), while in reserve was last year's CDS Five-Year-Old Futurity champion Soleil (bay Oldenburg gelding, Sunny Boy x Ricoletta, bred in Germany by Werner Martens Achternhoff) owned and ridden by Bekki Vrono from San Dimas with an overall score of 6.74.

Despite the quality of rides in the CDI* classes, there was no match for Jan Ebeling and the striking black mare Rosenzauber 8. Having just returned to the U.S. from an FEI World Cup Finals appearance, Ebeling rode Deborah Harlan's ten-year-old Hanoverian (Rotspon x Shining Sun by Shogun) to a sweep of the division with strong scores of 70.263% in the Prix St. Georges, 70.702% in the Intermediaire I, and 70.292% in the Freestyle. "My favorite things about this mare are her lightness and how good in the contact she is," said judge Lamping. "She's so pleasant to watch."

Report provided by Yellow Horse Marketing for Cornerstone Events.

Lane Clarke and Granville's Casseur de Prix.
Photo © Flying Horse Photography

Clark in the Fast Lane

Lane Clark and Granville's Casseur de Prix were lickety split in the $30,000 Blenheim OC Register Grand Prix. Veteran riders Rusty Stewart on Bristol and Francie Steinwedell-Carvin and Taunus were right behind him in the three-way jump-off on Sat., June 11.