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October 2, 2009

Great American/USDF Region 8 Championship Tidbits

•    Marlee O’Neill, riding the Hanoverian gelding Leonardo, earned a score of 62.23 percent to become the junior/young rider Prix St. Georges champion. O’Neill rides with Sharon McCusker, from whom she bought Leonardo.
        The 18-year-old started her freshman year at the University of New Hampshire two weeks before the Region 8 championships.
        O’Neill said that she and Leonardo, who have been together for about a year, have had their “ups and downs.”
        “He was fourth level when I got him, and now I’ve taken him to Prix St. Georges,” she said. “He didn’t have a lot of show experience and is kind of a nervous guy. But now we’ve come together as a team.”

•    Molly Maloney earned the junior/young rider first level championship with Fly Boy (72.63%). The 16-year-old rider has owned the 6-year-old Oldenburg-Hanoverian cross since he was 2. She trains with Wes Dunham in Millbrook, N.Y.
        Maloney competed in the training level championships last year and earned the highest score in her class but accidentally carried her whip into the ring with her. “So, I got disqualified. That’s why it feels good to make it all the way this time,” she said. “I’ll never make that mistake again.”

•    Diane Glossman, of New Hope, Pa., and her 13-year-old Bavarian Warmblood mare Cheer 4 were crowned the adult amateur Prix St. Georges champions (63.15%). The pair also placed fifth in Intermediaire I.
        Glossman trains with Hans Dressler and is a former Wall Street investment analyst.
        “I’m now retired, and I have more time to ride and compete,” said Glossman, who took four horses to the championships.
        She bought Cheer 4 in Germany three years ago. “My goal is to be able to ride a great Intermediaire I with her, and this was our first year showing at that level,” she said.

 
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