Leslie Morse & Tip Top Dominate US National Grand Prix

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Leslie Morse and Tip Top dominating US National Grand Prix. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Leslie Morse and Tip Top dominate US National Grand Prix. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

GLADSTONE, New Jersey, USA, June 19–Leslie Morse and her 2006 World Championship and World Cup stallion Tip Top dominated the Grand Prix at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions National Championships Friday.

Morse, of Beverly Hills, California, produced a mistake-free but conservative performance for a score of 72.00 per cent in warm, humid weather a day after the event was washed out by day-long torrential rains.

Pierre St. Jacques, of Anthony, Florida, riding his 2003 Pan American Games team gold medal mount Lucky Tiger placed second with 68.596 per cent while U.S. 2008 Olympic team reserve Michael Barisone of Long Valley, New Jersey, was third on the still-developing Olympus with 67.532 per cent.

Leslie Morse and Tip Top in the Grand Prix victory gallop at US National Ground Prix Championships. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Leslie Morse and Tip Top in the Grand Prix victory gallop at US National Ground Prix Championships. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Morse, who still is upset at the condition of her other top horse, the 17-year-old stallion Kingston, that led to them being rung out of the FEI World Cup Final Grand Prix in Las Vegas in April–a decision she said she agrees with and was preparing to dismount when it occurred because the horse did not feel right–said that she fulfilled her goal with Tip Top of a “solid, solid ride.”

The change in the weather, she said, from chilly, torrential downpours and the first day of the championships to warm and humid Friday did not affect Tip Top’s “good, good” performance.

Pierre St. Jacques said that after the Pan American Games which is at small tour-level, he went through some changes in his personal life that led to him to put Lucky Tiger’s competition development on hold. However, he kept Lucky Tiger used to the ring by taking him to shows to work but not compete. “We just chilled out, hanging out at shows,” he said.

Pierre St. Jacques and Lucky Tiger. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Pierre St. Jacques and Lucky Tiger. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Morse said the aim is to continue to move forward with Tip Top, to build on what they have achieved in the past.

Because of schedule changes, the Grand Prix Freestyle will be held Saturday and the Special Sunday.

The crowd enjoyed the ride of Tara Stegen and New Tango who unexpectedly reared but she quickly brought him under control and proceeded with the rest of the Grand Prix as if nothing had happened.

Grand Prix
E: Foy H: Fore C: Mechlem M: Lamping B: Gurney
Ride Time Entry # Rider Horse Stat/Div Term Reason Test E H C M B Total % Pl. Verified
12:05:00 PM 512 Morse, Leslie Tip Top 962 No No FEI Grand Prix 2009 341 337 339 339 336 1692 72.000% 1 No
10:20:00 AM 515 St Jacques, Pierre Lucky Tiger No No FEI Grand Prix 2009 329 333 318 316 316 1612 68.596% 2 No
10:52:00 AM 502 Barisone, Michael Olympus No No FEI Grand Prix 2009 320 318 315 316 318 1587 67.532% 3 No
11:41:00 AM 509 McCusker, Sharon Juli Sherif No No FEI Grand Prix 2009 319 314 317 310 312 1572 66.894% 4 No
11:00:00 AM 516 Koffler-Stanfield, Reese Goubergh’s Kasper No No FEI Grand Prix 2009 311 314 318 303 318 1564 66.553% 5 No
11:49:00 AM 507 Lyle, Adrienne Felix No No FEI Grand Prix 2009 317 324 319 300 302 1562 66.468% 6 No
11:33:00 AM 504 Francis, Shelly Dominion No No FEI Grand Prix 2009 315 311 303 304 312 1545 65.745% 7 No
11:25:00 AM 517 Stegen, Tara New Tango No No FEI Grand Prix 2009 307 313 309 300 302 1531 65.149% 8 No
10:28:00 AM 508 Lyle, Adrienne Wizard No No FEI Grand Prix 2009 307 310 298 307 297 1519 64.638% 9 No
11:57:00 AM 514 Sammis, Lauren Sagacious HF No No FEI Grand Prix 2009 305 302 294 304 296 1501 63.872% 10 No
10:36:00 AM 510 Moran, Jo Minna No No FEI Grand Prix 2009 300 295 299 297 292 1483 63.106% 11 No
Tara Stegen and New Tango. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tara Stegen and New Tango. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

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