Fashion Design Ridden by German Nadine Buberl is USA 5-Year-Old Champion

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DG Dancing Queen ridden by Ashley De Groote. © 2013 Tamara with a Camara
DG Dancing Queen ridden by Ashley De Groote. © 2013 Tamara with a Camara

WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 24–Fashion Design OLD, ridden by the American-based German Nadine Buberl, became the United States five-year-old champion Saturday while DG Dancing Queen ridden by the 19-year-old California amateur Ashlyn De Groote was reserve champion.

Fashion Design, owned by Michael Davis, received a score of 9.06 in the championships that counted for 60 per cent of the total and, combined with their 8.94, from the preliminary competition gave them an overall score of 9.012.

Nadine, based at Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, has competed Fashion Design OLD (Faustinus x De Niro) in Florida and the New York region over the past six months.

Ashlyn De Groot of Hanford, California, an Dancing Queen scored 8.86 in the championship event after 9 in the preliminary that gave them a total of 8.916.

Fiderhit OLD, also ridden by Nadine, produced a strong championship test for a score of 8.7 that, combined with their preliminary ride of 8.5 gave them a total of 8.62 for third place.

For Ashlyn, the championships with coaching from lifetime trainer Willy Arts “have been amazing” experience with three horses that she is riding in the five and six-year-old championships.

She has no regrets about turning down an invitation to compete Daline DG at the World Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany earlier in August.

Ashlyn has been competing Dalina DG only since February and “to push it to go to Verden would not be fair to the horse.”

Laura Wharton-Mero of Woodstock, Georgia and A) and her nine-year-old KWPN gelding, Zandor (Florencio x Amulet) won the Developing Grand Prix Championship with a result of 66.715 per cent after combining results of the qualifying and final tests.

Kathy Priest of Versailles, Kentucky on her own 10-year-old KWPN mare, Wild Dancer (Florett AS x Reality B) was reserve champion on 66.253 per cent with Katie Riley of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey and the nine-year-old KWPN stallion, Zanzibar (Consul x Farmer) placed third on 66.090 per cent and won the award of the highest placed U.S.-bred horse.

Results:

5-Year-Old Championship Test
E: – H: – C: Gribbons/Fore/Osborn – USA M: – B: –
Rider Nation Horse T Pl.
Buberl, Nadine USA Fashion Designer OLD 90.600 1
De Groot, Ashlyn USA DG Dancing Queen 88.600 2
Buberl, Nadine USA Fiderhit OLD 87.000 3
Hickey, Christopher USA Qredit Hilltop 85.200 4
Martin, Silva USA Benefactor RRS 83.400 5
Hickey, Christopher USA Doctor Wendell MF 80.000 6
Marek, Anna USA Dilona 78.800 7
De Groot, Ashlyn USA Dalina DG 77.200 8
Martin, Silva USA Di Solitaire 73.600 9
Benedict, Brandi USA Don Frederic HVH 73.000 10
McGee Harkness, Julie USA Samara 69.800 11
Lewis, Amy USA Sir Steinerman 69.600 12
Bragdell, Michael SWE Hemmingway 68.600 13
Developing Grand Prix Horse Championship Test
E: Osborn – USA H: – C: Gribbons – USA M: Fore – USA B: –
Rider Ctzn Horse E C M T Pl.
Priest, Kathy W. USA Wild Dancer 67.500 63.000 69.625 66.708 1
Riley, Katie USA Zanzibar 0.653 66.875 67.625 66.583 2
Wharton-Mero, Laura USA Zandor 68.875 65.250 65.500 66.542 3
Velden, Merrie USA Sandomere 0.680 62.500 63.875 64.792 4
Martin, Molly USA H Wrendition 59.000 56.750 58.500 58.083 5
Koford, James USA Elijah 0.559 58.500 54.750 56.375 6