Michael Scores Over 80% - twice!
We had a great weekend at the WPDA Summer Sizzler shows on July 30-31. Two of Michael’s students reached big milestones. Beth Custalow qualified for the USDF Regional Finals at Fourth Level and Robin Birk won her very first Intermediaire I test with a 64.3%. Congratulations Beth & Robin!
Michael had a pretty good weekend riding too. He moved Kaja Brix’s wonderful gelding Feuerbach up to Prix St. Georges and won his classes both days with scores of 71% & 68%. Then it was onto the Freestyle’s. This was the first time showing either Witness or Qredit in a Freestyle, but you wouldn’t have known it watching. Qredit earned scores of 80.5% and 74% over the two days, and Witness earned an 82.72% and a 72% over the two days. Yes – that was two 80% rides! While the heat had everyone a little tired the second day, we couldn’t be happier. A huge thank you to Karen Robinson who created these freestyles for Michael!
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