German Transplant Angela Jackson Wins Three US Dressage Finals Championships
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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Nov. 9, 2014–Angela Jackson, a German transplant who has become a “local” trainer and competitor in this horse-centered area of America, won the United States Dressage Finals Prix St. Georges Championship Sunday to claim three titles, more than any other rider.
Angela rode Allure S to a score of 71.491 per cent for the victory in what was the finale of 30 championship in Adult Amateur and Open divisions ranging from beginning Training level to Grand Prix contested over three days in the second year of the event.
Angela, who lives in nearby Henderson, Kentucky, also rode the nine-year-old American-bred KWPN mare to the Intermediate 1 Freestyle Championship with a score of 69.917 per cent.
And on another American-bred, Hemmingway, the 47-year-old Angela took the Third Level Freestyle Championship on 73.878 per cent.
While these titles are not the United States championships, several hundred riders from across the country qualify in regional championships to earn a start here. All four International Equestrian Federation FEI 5* judges from the United States were on the ground juries.
Of her ride on Allure, Angela said: “The feeling you get from her in the arena is just amazing. The crowd was really into it, and she loved it. I just love a good mare.”
On Hemmingway, a six-year-old Oldenburg stallion she described the performance to the Pirates of the Caribbean music as: “My horse was energetic and right with me every step of the way. He’s had a fantastic year already, and to top it off by being champion here is just great.”
The “fantastic year” included the U.S. Six-Year-Old Reserve Championship for Hemmingway in August.
Angela grew up riding jumpers in Germany where she won the silver medal at the German Young Rider Championships among other awards. One of the highlights of her career was second place in the puissance at the Aachen Indoor Show.
She came to the United States in 1990 to improve her English, met a man she fell in love with at first sight and who became her husband.
Since then, she has built a business breeding, training and competing.
Complete results are available at: http://results.horseshowoffice.com/Shows/Classes?sid=312