VADA/NOVA Spring Dressage Show
There’s nothing quite like the first show of the year! Hilltop trainer Jess Faye took two coming 4-year olds to the VADA/NOVA show at Morven Park the weekend of April 9-10. Despite snow, gusting winds up to 50 mph, and a morning temp in the 20’s, it was an excellent outing for Elizabeth’s Elan (aka Enya) and Quinzy HTF. As Jess said, “showing anywhere after this will be easy!”
Quinzy (Qredit-Cordoba) showed only on Saturday and won both her Materiale class (76%) and her Training Level Test 3 (71.364%). Enya (Quite Easy-Calimero), in her first undersaddle show ever, got hit with the worst of the weather conditions but gained a lot of confidence over the weekend. Her scores at the first day of 62.5 & 64.8 earned her 3rd & 2nd place at Training Level. On Sunday, she was able to show more relaxation and less playfulness as she settled into the show routine. While she again earned a 2nd and a 3rd, her scores jumped to 69% & 72%. Enya’s breeder/owner Beth Gildea braved the weather to see Enya’s first riding show. It’s a long time from planning a breeding to seeing them out competing!
Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year.
With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines.