CABANA BOY RIDDEN BY CHRIS HICKEY US DEVELOPING HORSE CHAMPION

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Cabana Boy ridden by Chris Hickey. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Cabana Boy ridden by Chris Hickey. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 23–Cabana Boy, bred in the United States and ridden by Chris Hickey won the U.S. Developing Horse Championships Sunday to complete an historic Triple Crown of young horse titles by adding to the five and six-year-old victories won by the pair.

Cabana Boy and Hickey, the head trainer of the owner, Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, won the championship presented by the Dutta Corp. and Performance Sales International with a score of 73.44 per cent, a combination of two classes both of which the pair won. Cabana Boy is by Contucci out of a Bordeaux mare and was bred by Douglas and Shannon Langer in Wisconsin, not far from where the championships were held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Chicago’s western suburbs.

In second place was Don Bailey, by Donnerhall out of a Pik Bube mare, ridden by George Williams of Delaware, Ohio for 68.29 per cent. Don Bailey is owned by Elizabeth Juliano of Gates Mills, Ohio. Third place on 67.47 per cent went to Chicago, by Calido I out of a Corleone mare, and ridden and owned by Heidi Gaian of Hollister, California.

Don Bailey ridden by George Williams. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Don Bailey ridden by George Williams. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Cabana Boy, Hickey said, was a “poster child” for American breeding.

To win the five and six-year-old titles and then the Developing Horse title at age seven was a once in a lifetime achievement for a rider, he said.

And for Hilltop Farm owner, Jane McElree, who celebrated her 80th birthday this year, Cabana Boy’s success was the “icing on the cake.”

Hickey said the nickname for the bay Hanoverian was The Mayor of Hilltop Farm. “He knows everything, is a real busybody.

“His confidence  of going into the show ring with the attitude that he knows all the people are there to watch him is what makes him a great show horse.”

But he said that moving up will be interesting because Cabana Boy has found it easy to perform the work so far. He has found some of the Grand Prix work easy, but is having to focus more than he has in the past on learning piaffe and passage.

Cabana Boy taking a victory gallop. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Cabana Boy taking a victory gallop. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The pair will compete at Dressage at Devon next month and then take a break.

George Williams said that Don Bailey’s success at these championships was appropriate as the Oldenburg gelding was bought two years ago from Performance Sales International which jointly sponsored the event with the Dutta Corp.

He said that he began focusing on the horse last May and joked that Don Bailey would disagree with Cabana Boy’s belief that spectators were there to see him because Don knows they are there to watch him.

“”He needs to get stronger and the steadiness needs to get better,” he said, but he is “very athletic and a little hot at times” though very aware of himself.

“I like his spirit, energy and temperament,” he said, and he believes that he and Don Bailey have developed trust in each other.

Rower Be ridden by JJ Tate. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Rower Be ridden by JJ Tate. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Class: 207 – Developing Horse Championship Test Ring: 2
E: McDonald H: C: Gurney M: Zang B:
Ride Time Entry # Rider Horse Stat/Div Term Reason Test E H C M B Total % Pl. Verified
1:29:00 PM 154 Hickey, Christopher Cabana Boy Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 252 0 265 258 0 775 73.810% 1 No
1:47:00 PM 159 Williams, George Don Bailey Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 237 0 245 239 0 721 68.667% 2 No
2:14:00 PM 156 Tate, Jessica Jo Rower Be Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 233 0 248 234 0 715 68.095% 3 No
2:05:00 PM 149 Barteau, Yvonne Toscano Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 233 0 246 232 0 711 67.714% 4 No
12:45:00 PM 158 Batts, Tami Ranko Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 229 0 241 235 0 705 67.143% 5 No
1:56:00 PM 160 Gaian, Heidi Chicago Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 227 0 237 223 0 687 65.429% 6 No
2:23:00 PM 155 Rosencrantz, Mette Taison Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 227 0 235 224 0 686 65.333% 7 No
1:38:00 PM 163 Moran, Ignacio Redondo Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 231 0 225 227 0 683 65.048% 8 No
12:00:00 PM 161 O’Shea Duncan, Kelley Baryshnikov Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 225 0 224 226 0 675 64.286% 9 No
12:54:00 PM 150 Kuhn, Martin T Manhattan Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 214 0 234 216 0 664 63.238% 10 No
1:20:00 PM 157 Hecker-Jackson, Angela Rolex H Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 215 0 226 213 0 654 62.286% 11 No
12:27:00 PM 151 Williams, George Sandro Simian Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 224 0 217 207 0 648 61.714% 12 No
12:36:00 PM 152 McCarthy, Heather Bellagio Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 207 0 213 217 0 637 60.667% 13 No
12:18:00 PM 153 Steiner, Betsy Titaan Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 210 0 207 213 0 630 60.000% 14 No
12:09:00 PM 162 Hinz, Nancy Collector’s Item Open No USEF Developing Horse 2009 204 0 206 207 0 617 58.762% 15 No