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USDF Region 8 Championships

dsc_0354_web800x800This year we again traveled to the USDF Region 8 Championships in Saugerties, NY.  At the large HITS facility, there were over 1600 rides scheduled over the four days of competition – a massive show!  Jessica Fay has had a fantastic season with her horses and Regionals ended on a high note for the 3 mares she qualified.  Quinzy HTF (Qredit-Cordoba) was 2nd in her First Level warm-up class with a 74%, placed 6th in the USDF Training Level Championship with a 69%, and finished in the top third of 39 horses in her First Level Championship ride.  The 4-year old Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) really stepped up for this big show as well.  She was 2nd in her Training Level warm-up and finished 5th with a 70% in the USDF Training Level Championship.  Jess finished her rides with Michelle Roberts’ homebred mare Donarsagan (Donarweiss GGF-Walstreet Kid).  In just her first year of showing, Sagan has been rock solid and wrapped up her year with a 67.6% and earned 7th place in her USDF Second Level Championship.

Michael’s student Beth Custalow qualified for the USDF Regionals with her longtime partner Bvlgari (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant).  The showed improvement in their tests over the weekend.  Michael also had a busy show riding four horses.  Witness Hilltop (Hamlet-Burggraaf) competed in the open show and put in two very strong Grand Prix tests that were rewarded with scores of 68% & 69% and he finished 3rd and 1st in large FEI Test of Choice classes.  Michael and Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino) competed in the Prix St Georges Championship. They had two costly mistakes, but finished 13th of 39 – not bad for a 7-year old in one of the most competitive divisions.  Partnered with Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach (Florestan-Welcome), Michael won his FEI Test of Choice class on Thursday with a 69.55 and finished 4th in the USDF Intermediate I Championship.  They earned the Wild Card score needed to secure a place at the US Dressage Finals in November.  Our show wrapped up with Qredit Hilltop’s (Quaterback-Dream of Glory) Intermediate II Championship Test.  Qredit was steady and consistent throughout the test and earned a 67.368%, was Reserve Champion, and earned a spot for the US Dressage Finals.  A great end to a wonderful show.  Thank you to NEDA and all the volunteers who do such a fantastic job each year.

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