Heather Blitz & Quatero Win Prix St. Georges Campaigning for USA Intermediate 1 Championship

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

WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 22, 2018–Heather Blitz and Quatero began their campaign for the Intermediate 1 United States championship by winning the Prix St. Georges Wednesday at a bigger than ever Festival of Champions. The imminent World Equestrian Games, however, has depleted the headline Grand Prix lineup.

Heather, based in Loxahatchee, Florida, and the nine-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding came into these championships as the top ranked small tour combination. with 10 victories in 12 starts in CDIs in the past 16 months.

The pair were awarded 72.853 per cent for the win with scores from the Intermediate 1 and the Freestyle to come to count to decide the title.

Jennifer Baumert returning for the second year with Handsome in the Intermediate 1 Championship placed second on 71.735 per cent. The CDI record for Jennifer, of Wellington, Florida and the 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding, ranked second in U.S. qualifying, was eight wins in 11 starts on the Florida winter circuit.

Nora Batchelder of Ocala, Florida and Faro SQF were third on 69.971 per cent.

Codi Harrison of Augusta, Kansas on Katholt’s Bossco won the Brentina Cup Intermediate II on a score of 71.941 per cent in the first year in the Under-25 division for the pair. Codi and the 11-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion competed in the 2016 and 2017 North American Young Rider Championships.

Molly Paris of Charlotte, North Carolina and Countess were second on 69.147 per cent with Kerrigan Gluch of Wellington, Florida on HGF Brio third on 68.147 per cent.

The championships for the first time combine seven competition divisions ranging from children to Grand Prix and five young and developing horse events from four-year-olds to developing Grand Prix.

The national championships come less than three weeks before the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina with America’s top five combinations on the team and a reserve and following a lengthy qualifying schedule in California and Florida then Europe. The 13 highest ranked U.S. combinations on the world standings are not competing in the Grand Prix.

This event also falls during the opening of the school year in many states and after the North American Youth Championships at the beginning of August.

Results:

Prix St. Georges
E: Foy – H: Geikie – C: Wysocki – M: Weatherwax – B: Rockwell –
Rider Nat. Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Blitz, Heather USA Praestemarkens Quatero 72.941 2 70.441 5 75.735 1 74.118 1 71.029 4 72.853 1
Baumert, Jennifer USA Handsome 73.088 1 72.647 1 69.559 3 71.324 2 72.059 1 71.735 2
Batchelder, Nora USA Faro SQF 68.529 5 72.059 2 68.971 5 70.588 3 69.706 5 69.971 3
Taylor, Melissa USA Ansgar 68.824 4 68.676 6 71.765 2 68.676 7 71.765 2 69.941 4
Batchelder, Nora USA Fifi MLW 67.647 6 68.382 7 68.971 5 70.000 4 71.471 3 69.294 5
Kelly-Baxley, Jodie USA Caymus 69.118 3 70.882 3 68.529 7 69.265 5 67.941 8 69.147 6
Wagman, Nick USA Ferano 67.059 8 70.588 4 69.559 3 67.794 8 68.676 6 68.735 7
Lopez, Ari USA Flynn 67.500 7 66.618 9 68.235 8 69.118 6 67.059 10 67.706 8
Yamazaki, Akiko USA Chopin R 66.618 9 66.471 10 66.765 9 67.353 10 66.029 11 66.647 9T
Tate, Jessica Jo USA Summersby 66.471 10 66.324 11 65.735 11 66.029 13 68.676 6 66.647 9T
Raine, Kathleen USA D’ Rosa 64.853 13 66.765 8 65.441 14 66.324 12 67.500 9 66.176 11
Jorst, Charlotte USA Ray Dance 66.029 11 64.412 15 66.324 10 67.647 9 65.882 12 66.059 12
Tate, Jessica Jo USA Dakota 63.529 15 64.853 14 65.588 13 66.912 11 65.441 13 65.265 13
Becker, Patricia USA Derk 64.706 14 65.441 13 65.735 11 65.294 14 64.559 15 65.147 14
Luca-Tyson, Ashleigh Breanne USA Sans Soucis K 65.441 12 65.588 12 63.824 15 63.529 15 65.441 13 64.765 15

 

Intermediate II
E: Foy – H: Geikie – C: Weatherwax – M: Rockwell – B: Wysocki –
Rider Nat. Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Harrison, Codi USA Katholt’s Bossco 71.618 1 70.147 2 71.912 1 72.794 1 73.235 1 71.941 1
Paris, Molly USA Countess 70.588 2 71.029 1 69.559 2 69.706 2 64.853 8 69.147 2
Gluch, Kerrigan USA HGF Brio 69.412 3 68.824 3 66.471 5 68.529 3 67.500 3 68.147 3
Manhard, Claire USA Wilfonia 66.618 4 64.853 8 66.618 4 68.529 3 68.824 2 67.088 4
Gluch, Kerrigan USA Bolero CXLVIII 63.529 10 67.353 4 64.706 8 68.235 5 66.471 5 66.059 5
Gray, Jannike USA Giraldillo Cen 64.118 7 65.147 6 67.500 3 68.235 5 61.765 11 65.353 6
Julian-Simoes, Rosemary USA Rankrado 64.853 5 64.118 10 66.471 5 64.265 9 66.765 4 65.294 7
Hummert-Johnson, Cassandra USA Something Special 64.412 6 66.324 5 64.412 9 63.676 10 65.588 6 64.882 8
Winger, Benjamin USA QC Roberto Cavalli 63.971 8 64.706 9 65.000 7 66.618 7 62.353 10 64.529 9
Roman, Rebecca USA Ultimo 63.676 9 65.000 7 63.382 10 63.382 11 63.676 9 63.824 10
Chambers, Mallory USA Urithmic 63.382 11 62.500 11 61.618 11 65.294 8 65.441 7 63.647 11
Gerlt, Allison USA Sir Lommel 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0