Friday, Mar. 1, 2024

Bling, Fabulous Freestyles And Pretty Ponies: Favorite Photos From The U.S. Dressage Festival Of Champions

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It was a busy weekend at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois, as 14 national champions were crowned at the U.S. Dressage Festival Of Champions.

From young riders to young horses to top Grand Prix combinations, we covered all the action, but some of the best parts of the week aren’t about who wins, but the smaller details that go into a spectacular week of horse sport.

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Check out some of our favorite moments below!

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Rebecca Rigdon was thrilled with her 4-year-old test on Jagger, which earned her the reserve championship in the Markel/USEF Young Horse 4-Year-Old Dressage National Championship. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

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Stacey Hastings sported a lovely burgundy ensemble with Helle Belle Norene in the 6-year-old classes. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

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Fashion was on full display at Lamplight. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

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Angela Jackson sported an American flag on her saddle in the Developing Horse Prix St. Georges test with Figaro H. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

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Molly Paris gave Countess some praise after her Brentina Cup Grand Prix freestyle. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

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Charlotte Jorst was thrilled with Kastel’s Nintendo after their Grand Prix freestyle, which clinched them the Grand Prix National Championship. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

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Allison Shields sported a beautiful blue shadbelly in the Young Rider division aboard Elzarma TF. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

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Summer is in full bloom at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

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Mette Rosencrantz waved to her supporters after her Grand Prix freestyle with Marron. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

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Jennifer Schrader-Williams was overcome with emotion after her Grand Prix ride with Millione. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

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Nick Wagman came all the way from San Diego and clinched the national Grand Prix reserve championship with Don John. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

Michael Bragdell thanked SenSation HW after winning the 5-year-old championship. Photo by Kieran Paulsen.

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The entrance to the Lamplight Equestrian Center with a schooling ring flanked by willows in the background. Photo by Kieran Paulsen.

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Sandeman showed his talent for the haute école after placing second in the 6-year-old championship with Angela Jackson. Photo by Kieran Paulsen.

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Some of the best young horses from across the country came to compete. Photo by Kieran Paulsen.

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The judges called Alice Tarjan’s horse Serenade MF a “lovely, modern type.” Photo by Kieran Paulsen.

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