Christina Vinios & Folkestone Win USA Developing St. Georges Championship, 5YO Title Goes To Carly Taylor-Smith & Rosalut

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Christina Vinios on Folkestone celebrating victory in the U.S. Developing Prix St. Georges Championships. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Christina Vinios on Folkestone celebrating victory in the U.S. Developing Prix St. Georges Championships. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 22, 2015–Christina Vinios and Folkestone won the United States Developing Prix St. Georges championship Saturday, the first major title for the rider.

Christina, 32, and the nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Fidertanz x Rubenstein) produced a ride that earned them 72.402 per cent and vaulted the pair to the championship over international riders Heather Blitz, Cesar Parra and Christopher Hickey.

In the preliminary St. Georges on Thursday, she confessed to being “a little nervous” and rode a conservative test to place second on 69.518 per cent behind Heather on Ripline.

On Saturday, however, “I really wanted to fight for every point. A couple of times maybe I pushed too hard. I wanted to show the horse the best I could.”

Cesar Parra of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey on the seven-year-old Fashion Designer OLD placed second Saturday on 71.422 per cent that put them in third in the championship. The duo had been selected to compete in the World Young Horse Championships in 2014 but opted not to go to Verden, Germany.

Cesar Parra and Fashion Designer OLD at the US Deceloping Prix St. Georges Championships. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Cesar Parra and Fashion Designer OLD at the US Deceloping Prix St. Georges Championships. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Heather Blitz of Medfield, Massachusetts and the seven-year-old American-bred stallion Ripline scored 68.333 per cent after Thursday’s 72.895 per cent, but it was enough for reserve champion.

Christina of Wellington, Florida had not scheduled these championships at the start of the year focusing instead on the Global Dressage Festival CDI schedule over winter.

Christina had ridden Folkestone in clinics with Steffen Peters in Wellington, then sent the horse to him in San Diego, California for more than two years. She flew out monthly to ride for several days.

She brought the horse back East a year ago. This year, she started working with the Wellington-based Spanish Olympian Juan Matute who was at these championships and also coached Carly Taylor-Smith on Rosalut who won the five-year-old national title.

In addition to the national championship, Folkestone was awarded the Oldenburg High Score award, an apt result as Holly Simensen of the Oldenburg Verband helped Christina acquire the horse.

Next goal: the U.S. Intermediate Championships scheduled for Wellington in December along with the Grand Prix championships presented by the Dutta Corp.

Carly Taylor-Smith riding Rosalut to the USA five-year-old championship. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Carly Taylor-Smith riding Rosalut to the USA five-year-old championship. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Carly Taylor-Smith and Rosalut NHF won the United States Five-Year-Old Championships Saturday, adding to the four-year-old title claimed a year ago.

Carly, an English transplant based out of Malibu, California scored 8.38 on the American-bred Oldenburg gelding (Rosenthal x Salut) for the victory.

David Wightman of Murietta, California made a remarkable recovery on Silberpfeil to place second with a score of 8.08 after Thursday’s preliminary result of 7.08 and 12th place but it was not enough to move the pair into the championship medals.

David Wightman on Silberpfeil in the USA Young Horse Championships. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
David Wightman on Silberpfeil in the USA Young Horse Championships. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Gail Lynn Redinger who drove her Formancier three days from Idaho for their first championships placed was third on Saturday with 8.08 that moved the pair to the silver medal place while Katie Riley of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey on Don Cesar was third in the championship.

Lois Yukins, speaking for the three judges, said that Rosalut “looks like a pleasure to ride” and gave the pair eight or better for walk, trot, canter, submission and general impression for a total of 8.38. “The collection,” Lois said, “at this age is outstanding.”

Results:

Developing Horse Prix St. Georges
E: Koch – USA C: Ayers – USA M: McDonald – USA
Rider Ctzn Horse E . C . M . T Pl.
Vinios, Christina USA Folkestone 70.441 74.412 72.353 72.402 1
Parra, Cesar USA Fashion Designer OLD 75.588 70.882 67.794 71.422 2
Tate, Jessica Jo USA Summersby 73.088 71.618 69.118 71.275 3
Bock, Amy K. USA Walk The Line 67.647 68.971 73.824 70.147 4
Hill, Debbie USA Boccaccio IOF 66.912 71.176 70.147 69.412 5
Hickey, Christopher USA Contento Sogno 71.912 68.088 67.647 69.216 6
Burson, Brittany USA Jazz Dance 67.941 70.147 68.235 68.775 7
Blitz, Heather USA Ripline 67.353 67.794 69.853 68.333 8
Lipp, Karen USA Baximiliana 66.029 68.824 65.882 66.912 9
Becker, Patricia USA Freedom 66.912 66.029 67.500 66.814 10
Riley, Katie USA Toy Story 64.853 66.324 66.912 66.029 11
Bechtloff, Holger USA Clapton JP 63.235 67.500 65.441 65.392 12
Johnson, Amanda USA Foley 62.941 65.294 66.765 65.000 13
Koford, James USA Doctor Wendell MF 63.824 0.000 0 65.882 65.000 64.902 14
5 Yr Old Final Test
C: Ayers, McDonald, Koch – USA
Rider Ctzn Horse Total Pl.
Taylor-Smith, Carly USA Rosalut NHF 83.800 1
Wightman, David USA Silberpfeil 80.800 2
Redinger, Gail Lynn USA Formancier 80.800 3
Riley, Katie USA Don Cesar 78.800 4
Jackson, Angela USA Figero H 77.200 5
Vinios, Christina USA Boston Strong 76.800 7
Hastings, Stacey USA Furst Aurum 76.800 6
Canter, Bonnie usa Fifinella Gcf 75.800 8
Tarjan, Alice USA Candescent 75.600 9
Orlob, Marcus usa Shyriana 74.200 10
Ahl-Eckhaus, Jackie USA Sidonna MVS 73.800 11
Sizemore, Michele Falesto D 73.400 12
Jackson, Angela USA My Way 73.000 13
Hastings, Stacey USA Guateque IV 72.800 14
McGrath, Kenneth USA De Blasio 71.200 15
Curtis, Brendan Flavius MF 70.000 16