Caddilac FSZ Cruises to a Win in the Four-year-old Division
Eight horses contested the USEA Young Event Horse Four-year-old division at the Event at Rebecca Farm today and the scores were high. Robyn Fisher Nash’s Caddilac FSZ dominating on a score of 85.8. Bred by Willie Arts in Holland Caddilac is by the U.S. Holsteiner stallion, Contofino, out of a show jumping mare Coloma. “This is one I am going to hold onto,” said Robyn whose husband Shawn started the youngster under saddle. “Cadillac has the most wonderful temperament and although I think he will excel in any discipline, I want to take him as far as he can go in eventing.” The iron gray gelding scored an average of 9 in the Jumping and Potential Section.
Not far behind on a score of 84.3 was Jennifer Wooten-Dafoe’s new ride Anika, sired by another Holsteiner stallion Lintas. “Anika is “American made”, said Jennifer. “She was bred in Michigan and was purchased by Erin Spohr as a two-year-old. When I first saw her I liked her but wasn’t sure I wanted to buy her. Then I sat on her and there and then I had to have her.” Jennifer owns Anika with her biggest fan and supporter, her grandfather Marvin Olson.
Veterinarian Emily Sandler Burtness’s youngster, Irish Blend, shown by Tamra Smith placed third on 82.1. By the Hanoverian stallion Rascalino, Irish Blend is out of an Irish Sport Horse mare Miss Congeniality.
On the same score of 82.1 was the fourth placed horse Rouge et Blanc DF ridden by Jenny McFall and owned by her husband, Earl. Sired by Dragonfire Kirin, a nine time World Champion Morgan and out of a Bold Ruler mare, “Roger” is the nephew of Jenny’s former ride Dragonfire Kubla Khan, the little Morgan that took her all the way to the advanced level a few years ago.
The quality of the four-year-olds was of a very high standard with the seven that completed the competition all scoring over the 70 mark. “This is the best group of four-year-olds we have ever seen,” said Young Event Horse Judges Marilyn Payne and Robert Stevenson. “They are exceptional young horses and were very well ridden. It is going to be exciting to watch how they progress and move up the levels.”
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Fleeceworks Cinco Does It Again!
In the Five-year-old division, the 2011 Four-year-old West Coast Champion wowed the judges who awarded him an 88.1. “What was there not to like?” said Marilyn Payne. “This horse was hard to fault, great attitude, very athletic, willingness to go forward, excellent form, he was a real pleasure to judge.” A Holsteiner through and through, Cinco is by Cascani, out of Kawas Joy and is owned by Judith McSwain of Ramona, California. Tamra Smith has trained and ridden him for the last two years.
In second place on an 82.9 was Calidore owned by Samantha Magowan and ridden by Gina Economu of Los Angeles. The judges gave this Dutch Warmblood gelding 45.75 for his Jumping and Potential. Marilyn Payne loved his attitude. “Attitude goes such a long way and he is such a rideable horse,” she said. Calidore is competing in the training level Classic Three-day this weekend and Gina also competes him in the Five-year-old Jumper Classes at home in California.
Rounding out the top three was Ballycreen King’s Orbit owned and ridden by Katherine Mellis and Irish Sport Horse by King’s Master out of Ballycreen Anouschka who scored 78.5.
Out of the 15 horses that competed, 13 of them scored in the seventies showing the depth of talented young horses coming up the levels. Many of them are entered in the horse trials this weekend and it will be fun to see how they perform over Ian Stark’s challenging courses.
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