California Riding Magazine • April, 2012

Cal Poly Dressage Team
Headed to Nationals
Successful show season wraps up after weekend at Stanford

(left to right) Lauren Eberle, Rachael Knopf, Coach/alumnus Adrienne Klamt, Bree Greer, Jenny Kerr, Kayla Kauffman, Katie Rhodes-Long, Coach Sara Robinow.

The Cal Poly Dressage Team qualified for the Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Championships. After a very successful culmination to the collegiate equestrian competition season, Cal Poly became the Regional Champions after a two-day horse show at Stanford University March 3-4, qualifying for the National Championships which will be hosted by Centenary College in New Jersey April 28-29.

Sara Robinow coaches Jenny Kerrin during her warmup.

Katie Rhodes.

Going into the Regional Finals the team standings were very close, with Cal Poly, Stanford and UC Davis all within one point of each other. On Saturday, Cal Poly won in team rankings, and also took first place in three out of the four divisions of competition. Jenny Kerr at First Level, Lauren Eberle at Lower Training Level and Bree Greer at Introductory Level each won their classes. Greer took High Point Rider with a score over 70%. Eberle won on a tiebreaker with teammate Katie Rhodes-Long, who competed as an individual for Cal Poly. On Sunday, Kerr and Eberle took third, Greer won Introductory level again (and remains undefeated in the league) and Rachael Knopf won Upper Training and High Point Rider with a score of 72.4%. Greer and Knopf also both qualified individually to compete at the National Championships. Kerr, Kauffman, Eberle and Greer will comprise the team on Day 1 of Nationals; Knopf and Greer will compete as individuals on Day 2.

Lauren Eberle enters the arena..

Kayla Kauffman waits for judge's signal.

Bree Greers during the High Point Test.

Stanford and UC Davis are sending individual riders to the Nationals. First Level rider Kate Erickson will represent Stanford and Lower Training level contender Kelsey Mock will ride for UC Davis.
In collegiate competition, which is regulated by the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (www.teamdressage.com), the host school provides horses for all the riders and horses are assigned by lottery. Each rider has 10 minutes to ride their assigned horse in order to warm up and become acquainted with its individual quirks and way of going. This system emphasizes the rider skill and levels the playing field so an effective rider can be competitive regardless of financial situation.

The Cal Poly Dressage Team practices at the Equine Center on campus with their four team horses. No riding experience is necessary to join, and riders of all backgrounds and abilities are welcome. Student Coach Sara Robinow guides riders through routines during the week and in the warm-up ring at shows, assisted by alumnus Adrienne Klamt and faculty advisor Alaina Parsons.

For more information visit www.calpolydressage.com.