Endel Ots Rides Sonnenberg’s Everdance to USA Int. 1 Championship, Sara Hassler & Harmony’s Boitano Under-25 Brentina Cup Champions

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Endel Ots and Sonnenberg’s Everdance at the US Festival of Champions. © 2020 SusanJStickle.com

WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 21, 2020–Endel Ots rode Sonnenberg’s Everdance to victory in the Intemediate 1 Freestyle Friday for a sweep of the United States championship series and his second straight national title. Sara Hassler on Harmony’s Boitano captured the Under-25 Brentina Cup Championship.

Endel of Wellington, Florida and the American-bred 11-year-old KWPN mare scored 77.645% to complete the sweep of the Prix St. Georges and the Int. 1 during the week-long Festival of Champions of 14 national titles.

David Blake of Cardiff by the Sea, California on Heide Spirit clinched the reserve championship with a freestyle score of 74.700%. The pair placed second in Int. 1 and third at St. Georges.

Callie Jones of Henderson, Kentucky, and Don Philippo were third in the freestyle on 72.695%.

Endel began competing Everdance (Johnson TN x Zeoliet) at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington in February, winning two starts at small tour. Everdance was bred and owned by Sonnenberg Farm LLC of Sherwood, Oregon.

He was the Int. 1 champion on Lucky Strike in 2019 and also on Lucky Strike earned the developing Prix St. Georges title in 2018. The duo were selected for the U.S. Pan American Games team last year but the horse was injured while being transported to Miami for the flight to Lima, Peru.

Sara Hassler and Harmony’s Boitano became the USA Under-25 champions. © 2020 SusanJStickle.com

Sara Hassler and Harmony’s Boitano won the Under-25 “Brentina Cup” freestyle on 73.060% to earn the championship.

Sara, 24, of Wellington and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding Boitano won the opening Int. II but came second to Kerrigan Gluch and the American-bred P.R.E. Vaquero HGF in the Grand Prix.

Rebecca Roman on Ultimo placed second on 70.245% in the freestyle while Kerrigan and the 13-year-old gelding Vaquero scored 68.425% for third.

Sara Hassler, who is coached by her father, Scott, the former U.S. young horse coach, rode Boitano in the Intermediate 1 division at the 2019 festival. Boitano is owned by Leslie Malone who owns Harmony Sporthorses in Kiowa, Colorado.

Results:

Int. 1 Freestyle

            Judges:   Sarah Geikie William Warren Janet Lee Foy Debbie Rodriguez Kari McClain  
Pl.   Score %   Nat. Athlete Horse   E H C M B  
1.   77.645   USA Endel Ots Sonnenberg’s Everdance   80 77.375 79.325 77.125 74.4  
2.   74.700   USA David Blake Heide Spirit   76.375 74.875 70.875 74.125 77.25  
3.   72.695   USA Callie Jones Don Philippo   72.25 72.875 77.35 71.475 69.525  
4.   72.520   USA Bridget Hay Fauna   72.375 72.125 74.25 71.65 72.2  
5.   71.715   USA Dawn White-O’Connor El Torro B   70.75 70.375 74.45 72.6 70.4  
6.   71.305   USA Jami Kment Gatino Van Hof Olympia   71.875 70 72.875 70 71.775  
7.   70.220   USA Yvonne De Haan Winter   69 73.125 70.125 67.9 70.95  
8.   68.325   USA Katlyn Flett Zen   67.75 68.125 68.5 69.9 67.35  
9.   67.480   USA Emily Donaldson Audi   67.75 65.375 67.375 66.65 70.25  
10.   67.425   USA Ruth Shirkey Wyleigh Princess   66.375 66.625 67.875 66.575 69.675  
11.   66.885   USA Kathy Priest Damon’s Fantasy   67.125 66 68.8 66.15 66.35  
12.   65.230   USA Susan Jones Four Ever   65.875 63.75 64.75 64.975 66.8  

Under-25 “Brentina Cup” Grand Prix Freestyle

            Judges:   William Warren Janet Lee Foy Debbie Rodriguez Heidi Berry Sarah Geikie  
Pl.   Score %   Nat. Athlete Horse   E H C M B  
1.   73.060   USA Sara Hassler Harmony’s Boitano   72.125 75 69.675 74.75 73.75  
2.   70.245   USA Rebecca Roman Ultimo   71 69.875 69.6 71.125 69.625  
3.   68.425   USA Kerrigan Gluch Vaquero HGF   66.5 71.2 69 65.675 69.75  
4.   68.270   USA Emily Smith Quantum Jazz   67.125 68.625 68 71.1 66.5  
5.   67.035   USA Emily Smith Dublin   64 68.125 66.275 70.9 65.875  
6.   63.800   USA Mary Fischer Xama Dos Pinhais   64.75 65.875 59 65.25 64.125  
7.   63.655   USA Kaylee Christensen Chateau 28   60 64.875 64.35 65.8 63.25