Culpepper Dressage Show
We had a great weekend on June 18-19 at the Culpepper Dressage Show. Lara & Mitch Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) continues to be rock solid at Third Level. He earned a 70.6% in his Freestyle and won Third Level Test 3 with a 69.4%. Marydell Farm’s David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon) won his Four-Year Old test each day with a 77.8% and a 78.8%. The judges’ comments were glowing about this young stallion and we look forward to the next steps in his career. Michael’s student Beth Custalow rode her own Bvlgari (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant) earned a 2nd and 1st place in her Fourth Level Test 3 classes. Quinnten Alston was also busy handling for clients at the concurrent Breed Show. We so appreciate Rosinburg Events and other show managers continuing to hold USDF Breed Shows for our young horses. And speaking of appreciation, Michael’s fabulous groom Natalie Wolfer was awarded the Best Groom Award!
It was an absolute perfect finish to our Florida show season when Chris and Witness were invited to be on Team USA for the first ever CDIO3* Nations Cup competition in Wellington, Florida. Chris and Witness started the weekend out strong with a 2nd place finish in Friday’s Prix St. Georges, but they really shone in the Freestyle under the lights on Saturday night.
Any who has endured the loss of a horse can understand the sorrow and despair that descends like a shroud over everyone involved. Any who has witnessed a horse struggle through serious illness can understand how emotional it is to watch horses fight for their lives and how much respect such horses earn amongst their caregivers.
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The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.
In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell and Selten HW besting 19 other horses to win with a score of 8.56.