Suntreader by Sandro Hit Wins 5YO US Eastern Selection Trials
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LEESBURG, Virginia. June 6–Suntreader, a U.S.-bred Sandro Hit gelding ridden by Inga Janke, on Sunday won the U.S. Equestrian Federation/Markel Young Dressage Horse Eastern Selection Trials for Five Year Old Horses.
Suntreader, bred and owned by Dr. Pamela Erdman of Stone Mountain, Georgia, received a score of 7.804, made up of 7.9 in the
preliminary test that counted for 40 per cent and 7.74 in the final test counting for 60 percent in the last of the three selection trials to determine qualification for the World Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany Aug. 4-8.
Karen Monks-Reilly of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on Aesthete, a KWPN gelding by Trento B out of a Gribaldi mare, was second with 7.764 and Ashley Wimmer of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Somerhall, by Sir Donerhall out of an Archipel mare, was third with 7.712.
The six-year-old trial was won by Christpher Schruefer on De Facto with a score of 7.752 with Laura Wharton-Mero on Zandor second with 7.448.
Inga, who lives in Warrenton, Virginia, after moving from Germany 10 years ago, said the result was “really exciting” although she had hoped for a score of 8.2 that would have qualified her for Verden.
Suntreader, she said, was bred by frozen semen from Sandro Hit that took on the first attempt.
She started riding the horse in April, 2009, and the pair finished seventh in the 2009 four-year-old championship that was won by Aesthete.
“The judges told us that Suntreader will develop into a really good horse,” she said, “and now that’s happening.”
Inga said she plans to compete Suntreader in the national championships at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in the Chicago suburb of Wayne, Illinois July 23-25.
JJ Tate, of Chesapeake City, Maryland, rode Faberge to victory in a competitive Developing Horse class. The pair was reserve national champion as a six-year-old in 2009.
The judges for the selection trials in the Midwest, West Coast and East Coast were Gary Rockwell, Natalie Lamping and Jeanne McDonald.
For complete results of the five- and six-year-old Eastern Selection Trials, click USEF 2010 East Coast Selection Young Horse Final results