Lars Petersen might have an unexpected detour to make this summer. He’s been notified that he might need to contribute to the Danish team’s efforts at the European Championships, so he’s getting Succes ready.
The first step in that preparation was winning the Grand Prix B test (66.62%) and the Grand Prix Special (71.56%) at the Raleigh CDI-W/Y/J Capital Dressage Classic, June 1-3 in Raleigh, N.C.
It seems as if Hannah Holland Shook was meant to be a dressage rider. Even though she began her riding career in the hunter/jumper world as many youngsters do, there was something different about her affinity for flatwork.
“My dad always called me his ‘pattern child’ because I loved patterns, and he’s a designer,” said Shook. “So I thought it was rather funny that I got into dressage because it’s very much about the pattern. And it’s also a challenge, and I love the challenge.”
Last year, Canadian Ashley Holzer and Pop Art dominated the small tour during the winter dressage circuit in Florida. And at the Gold Coast Opener CDI***, they showed they're ready to do the same at Grand Prix. Holzer and the flashy chestnut gelding won both the FEI Grand Prix freestyle and the Grand Prix CDI.
In any realm of study, be it science or music or horsemanship, the logical first step in the pursuit of knowledge is to become acquainted with what others have already learned. Time is saved and knowledge is advanced when each generation makes use of what was learned previously and adds to it rather than starting over.
After being pinned the Region 8 Intermediaire I freestyle Champions, Chris Hickey and Werbellin replaced the traditional victory gallop with an all-out victory run that led announcer Brian O'Connor to say, "Now there's a man who's really sure of his stallion."