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June 21, 2009

Kassandra Barteau Scores A Hat Trick

Kassandra Barteau won her third national young rider title in her last eligible year aboard GP Raymeister.

Kassandra Barteau knew how to win a young rider championship before she entered the ring on GP Raymeister, and when she exited with a 72.38 percent she added a third consecutive title to her resume of accomplishments.
   
“I’m really proud of Ray,” she said of the young stallion. “He was super today. I felt like the whole test flowed together nicely. He was a little timid about some of the puddles, so I rode him carefully through it, but even with the conditions he was super.”
   
Barteau is aging out of the young rider ranks this year, so she plans to go out with a bang by competing in the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Kentucky in July. She’s also aiming for the Young Rider World Cup in Frankfort, Germany, in December.
   
“I was crying during the National Anthem,” Barteau said. “I felt so happy and fortunate that my horses have been so well-behaved in competition and for all the support that Cathy [Morelli] and my mother and Ginna [Frantz], Ray’s owner have given me.”
   
Bentley and Meagan Davis had another well-ridden test today, and their 69.68 percent was enough to keep them in the reserve championship position.
   
“I’m so excited to be here after only riding Bentley for seven months,” Davis said. “Working with Lendon Grey and Courtney King-Dye has helped so much. He was such a good boy, and I’m so proud of him. Bentley is an incredible horse, and as our relationship develops we’ll be a really strong team.”
   
Caroline Roffman and Accent Aigu FRH improved on their Friday performance by putting in a lovely and fluid pattern to place second in today’s test (69.94%). Mary Cameron Rollins and Rose Noir also stepped up their performance and finished fourth (69.31%).

 

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