Dressage rider and trainer Caroline Roffman of Lionshare Dressage put in an impressive ride on Sagacious HF in the Young Rider Grand Prix at the Gold Coast Dressage Association(GCDA) Fall Fling. She and Sagacious scored 72.442 percent and received 8’s on the piaffe, quite an accomplishment for their first show together.
Roffman said she was really pleased with the horse's performance and was thrilled to receive such excellent scores. “Though we are just getting to know each other, I feel like he is already trying to please me,” Roffman said about the 13-year-old KWPN gelding. A big group of fans were on hand to support Roffman and Sagacious, including her mother Andrea Nason, Sagacious' owner Al Guden, her business partner at Lionshare, Endel Ots, her fiancé Travis Laas, her grandparents and all of her working students. They were able to cheer the new team on to an amazing success.
Sagacious, (Welt Hit II x Judith x Cocktail) just recently came to Roffman after the U.S. Olympic selection trials in June, and they are now working with her longtime trainer, Danish Olympian Lars Petersen. Roffman plans to campaign the horse during the winter show circuit in Wellington, and although she has no set plans, the pair seem to have a good shot at competing in the Under 25 division at Aachen.
Roffman knows the thrill of being in winner circle as she currently holds the title of the 2012 Intermediare I National Dressage Champion. She is a rising star on the dressage scene as a trainer, rider and instructor. Earlier this year at Lamplight, Roffman won the USEF National Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage Championship aboard Her Highness O. She is looking forward to much more success this season, especially after having such an amazing first show with Sagacious.