Nearly a decade ago Dieke Dresch rode in her first and only classic format event and it was not a successful weekend as she was bucked off on Roads and Tracks and her horse was uncontrollable in the vet box, however, this past weekend Dieke got her chance for redemption at the Indiana Eventing Association’s SmartPak USEA Training Three-Day Event. The 25-year-old rode her own Razor’s Edge, a nine-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (No Actor x Confrence Champ) to the win – finishing on a 41.6.
“I wanted to compete in the Training Three-Day because my good friend Sara Millett rode in it last year,” said Dieke. “And she told me how much fun it was and how much she learned. She had told me how greatly her and horse improved because of it, and it gave her the confidence to ride at Preliminary for her next show. I knew it would be fun and I would learn a lot . . . what I didn’t realize was how much fun and how much I would learn!”
Dieke started the weekend in second place with a dressage score of 33.6 and remained in that position after going clear on all four phases of Endurance day. However, show jumping took a toll on the standings with only one rider jumping a clear round. Despite having two rails down, Dieke was able to move into the blue ribbon position when overnight leader, Brad Hall and Eva knocked down three rails.
“I really want to say my favorite part about the competition was steeplechase, but that’s not exactly true,” continued Dieke. “It was really fun and I think Razor enjoyed himself, but the way he felt on cross-country could not be rivaled. As soon as he left the start box he was ready to go. Steeplechase set him up for cross-country in no way that I can explain. He ate up the course and it rode like I was on a machine. Usually it takes him about four jumps to settle in, but he was ready to go as soon as we left the start box. Every jump was spot on and he had so much confidence. It also helped that he was extremely fit and had no problems with the speed, length, or number of jumps. He was just as ready to go at the end as he was at the beginning.”
In the summer of 2009, Dieke moved from her home in Michigan to Louisville, Kentucky to train with Martha Lambert (who also coached the 2010 Indiana T3D winner, Sara Millet) and the very first day Razor was brought in from the pasture with a sweeney shoulder. However, Razor has recovered well despite an initial fear for his life.
“Razor is really an amazing horse,” said Dieke. “He wants to please you so much and if he can do it he will. He listens to every aid I give him immediately. Whenever I get off from riding and someone asks me ‘How was your ride?’ I give them a confused look and say, ‘He was good, he is always good.’"
Dieke and Razor are planning on heading to Georgia in September to compete at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships and then hope to move up to Preliminary at the end of the year.
For her win in the SmartPak Equine USEA Training Three-Day, Dieke won a Five Star Tack Bridle, a SmartPak Wellfleet Halter and engraved lead, a pair of FITS Breeches, and a $200 Point Two Gift Certificate. She was also entered in a drawing to win a Stackhouse Saddle, a year’s supply of SmartPaks, and a Fleeceworks Saddle Pad Set.
Second place went to Brad Hall and Cindy Bonamarte’s nine-year-old Trakehner mare, Eva. The pair led from dressage on a score of 30, but three rails down in show jumping dropped them out of the top spot. Rounding out the top three was Kelly Mahloch and Brazilian Tommy, an 18-year-old Thoroughbred gelding.
The Indiana Eventing Association also offered a Novice Three-Day event which was won wire-to-wire by Hannah Maloney and Paxton, a five-year-old Paint/Thoroughbred gelding, who added nothing to their dressage score of 33.2 to take home the blue ribbon.
Sarah Gavin and Top Notch and Rachel Finlin with Skipping Stones finished second and third respectively.
This Series would not be possible without the support of: Title Sponsor: SmartPak Equine; Presenting Sponsor: Stackhouse Saddles; Silver Level Sponsor: Fleeceworks; Legacy Sponsor: Five Star Tack; Platinum Sponsor: Point Two; Elite Sponsor: FITS