Heather Blitz & Quatero win US Dressage Finals Open Int. I Championship, Elma Garcia & Wenesa Take Amateur Title

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Heather Blitz and Praestemarkens Quatero. File photo © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Nov. 10, 2017–Heather Blitz and Quatero captured the US Finals Intermediate I open championship Friday in the first appearance at this annual event of the eight-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding that has already racked up three CDI small tour victories.

Heather based in Wellington, Florida and Quatero scored 70.877 per cent, the only result above 70 per cent in the US Finals that stage separate championships of open and amateur divisions for combinations qualifying through regional championships across America.

Elma Garcia and Wenesa won the Int. I amateur championship on a score of 68.991 per cent in their second Finals.

Elma began competing the 15-year-old Hanoverian mare at national levels in California in 2011 and moved earlier this year to be near the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina. The pair competed at the 2016 Finals.

Kristy Truebenbach Lund of Wellington, Florida and Akvavit won the Grand Prix championship for amateurs on 64.800 per cent, a day after capturing the Int. II title on the 14-year-old Spanish gelding.

Melanie Montagano of Washington Township, New Jersey and Ga Deva won the open Grand Prix Championship with a score of 65.300 per cent.

Results:

Grand Prix Championship Open

Judges–E: Elizabeth Kane C: Jeanne McDonald M: Jayne Ayers
Horse
Rider
E
C
M
Total
Pl.

Ga Deva

Melanie Montagano

64.900% (1) 66.600% 64.400%
1

Galveston

Laura Noyes Putnam

64.700% (2) 66.400% (2) 64.500% (2)
2

Wizard Of Oz

Nicole Harrington

61.200% (8) 66.000% (3) 65.100% (1)
3

Bahai

Nora Batchelder

63.900% (3) 63.800% (4) 63.200% (4)
4

Benidetto

Stacy Parvey-Larsson

63.300% (5) 63.600% (6) 63.200% (4)
5

Adiah HP

James Koford

63.400% (4) 63.700% (5) 62.200% (6)
6

Merlin

Kayla Barteau

61.500% (7) 63.000% (7) 61.900% (7)
7

Ivan

Barbara Strawson

61.600% (6) 62.600% (8) 60.700% (9)
8

Benise

Judy Kelly

60.900% (10) 61.900% (9) 61.900% (7)
9

Sir Velo

Noel Williams

59.100% (11) 60.600% (10) 60.400% (10)
10

Leonardo

Kim Gentry

61.200% (8) 58.900% (11) 58.500% (11)

Warsteiner

Heather Mason

SCR

Chance

Bent Jensen

SCR

Incognito

Erika-West Danque

 DB

Zaffier

Megan Gardner

WL

Daturo II

Trisha Kerwin-Bell

Elim

Grand Prix Championship AA

Judges–E: Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez C: Michael Osinski M: Kristi Wysocki
Horse
Rider
E
C
M
Total
Pl.

Akvavit

Kristy Truebenbach Lund

65.400% (2) 64.000% (1) 65.000% (1)
1

Divertimento

Heather Boo

65.600% (1) 61.900% (4) 63.300% (2)
2

Gentleman

Kristin Herzing

63.400% (4) 63.200% (2) 62.400% (3)
3

Wynnona

Michelle Freels

64.300% (3) 63.000% (3) 61.000% (4)
4

Siglavy Aga

Stephanie Mussmann

59.300% (6) 58.600% (6) 58.300% (5)
5

Blue and White Raven

Jennifer Drescher

59.500% (5) 60.500% (5) 55.600% (6)
6

Junior

Janne Rumbough

 SCR

Wietze G

Lynnette Wadsworth

 WL

Kaboom

Mary Callan

 WL

Intermediate I Championship Open

Judges–E: Lois Yukins C: Kristi Wysocki M: Jeanne McDonald
Horse
Rider
E
C
M
Total
Place

Præstemarkens Quatero

Heather Blitz

68.947% (5) 71.974% (1) 71.711% (1)
1

Fredensdals Zig Zag

Kathy Priest

71.711% (1) 69.079% (3) 68.947% (5)
2

Ansgar

Melissa Taylor

70.132% (4) 69.079% (3) 66.974% (11)
3

Hemmingway

Kelli Mardell

70.658% (3) 68.158% (6) 67.105% (10)
4

Swiss W

Betsy Steiner

71.053% (2) 69.474% (2) 65.263% (14)
5

Caymus

Jodie Kelly

68.289% (7) 68.816% (5) 68.553% (6)
6

Ellert HB

Jordan Rich

68.553% (6) 65.789% (14) 70.658% (2)
7

Red Snapper

Jessie Steiner

68.158% (8) 66.184% (12) 69.079% (4)
8

Chigali

Emily Wyman

67.237% (9) 68.026% (7) 67.763% (7)
9

Wynston

Eva Oldenbroek-Tabor

66.053% (14) 66.842% (10) 69.342% (3)
10

Micanopy RH

Nora Batchelder

66.974% (11) 66.184% (12) 66.316% (12)

Daisy Van Wittenstein P

Jennifer Conour

65.789% (15) 68.026% (7) 64.737% (16)

HB Dschafar

Sara Schmitt

63.684% (21) 67.105% (9) 67.237% (9)

Sijmen fon LaClar

Heather McCarthy

63.421% (23) 65.000% (15) 67.500% (8)

Elancourt

Reese Koffler-Stanfield

65.789% (15) 66.316% (11) 63.816% (17)

Labatuga M

Shannon Stevens

66.184% (13) 63.553% (20) 65.132% (15)

Desdemona

Nicole Levy

64.079% (19) 63.816% (19) 65.395% (13)

Rankrado

Rosemary Julian-Simoes

64.868% (18) 64.737% (17) 63.553% (19)

Don Vino

Kristen Becker

66.974% (11) 60.526% (24) 63.816% (17)

Flavius MF

James Koford

65.395% (17) 60.921% (23) 63.421% (20)

Faye

John Mason

63.553% (22) 63.158% (22) 62.895% (22)

Madrono XXXVI

Kathryn Fleming-Kuhn

62.632% (24) 63.553% (20) 63.026% (21)

Rania

C. Michelle Folden

61.579% (26) 64.474% (18) 62.500% (23)

Zerleone

Morgan Barrows

57.895% (27) 64.868% (16) 61.316% (25)

Don Augusto

Michael Sjerven

67.105% (10) 59.605% (25) 57.237% (27)

Bentley GCF

Jody Wilson

61.816% (25) 58.395% (26) 61.947% (24)

Florence-Ra

Savannah Mixon

63.816% (20) 56.711% (27) 60.000% (26)

Katharina V.V.

Jennifer Conour

DB

Valsar

Lynn Jendrowski

WL

Smith N Wesson SRF

Shelley Van Den Neste

WL

Ritzzie SM

Caron Frisone

DB

Raymond

Kayla Barteau

DB

Dimora SCF

Brooke Voldbaek

SCR

Intermediate I Championship AA

 Judges–E: Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez C: Michael Osinski M: Natalie Lamping
Horse
Rider
E
C
M
Total
Pl.

Wenesa

Elma Garcia

69.342% (1) 69.605% (1) 68.026% (1)
1

Valentino

Terri Sue Wensinger

65.526% (4) 67.237% (2) 67.237% (2)
2

Crusedor

Gardner Bloemers

68.158% (2) 65.000% (7) 65.263% (5)
3

Damani

Alexandra Krossen

65.658% (3) 65.789% (6) 66.579% (3)
4

Walk Of Fame

Birgitt Dagge

63.816% (5) 66.711% (3) 65.658% (4)
5

Trifecta

Courtney Horst-Cutright

62.368% (7) 66.053% (5) 64.868% (7)
6

Rococo

Caron Frisone

60.789% (10) 66.447% (4) 65.263% (5)
7

New York City Slicker

Jody Swimmer

62.500% (6) 62.632% (10) 63.289% (9)
8

Ritzzie SM

Caron Frisone

61.579% (8) 63.816% (8) 62.500% (10)
9

Richthofen 7

Judy Ethell

60.763% (11) 62.868% (9) 64.184% (8)
10

Winnie Too

Cecilia Cox

61.184% (9) 60.526% (11) 60.526% (11)

Haidaseeker Playboy

Andrea Caudill

SCR

Primetime

Peggy Schueneman

SCR