Tie in California Championship’s Open Int. II, Ravel’s Owner Wins Amateur Division

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Akiko Yamazaki and De La Noche. © 2011 Jennifer M. Keeler

RANCHO MURIERA, California, Oct. 7–A tie in the Region 7 open Intermediaire II championship that could not be broken and victory by Akiko Yamazaki, owner of Ravel, in the amateur division were highlights Friday of the 44th annual California Dressage Society Championships.

The tie was between Tracey Lert of Soquel on Udo, a KWPN gelding, and Heidi Galan of Holister on her Holsteiner, Chicago, both scoring 66.053 per cent.

Akiko of Los Altos Hills rode her Hanoverian mare, De La Noche, to a winning score of 66.711 per cent in the Int. II Adut Amateur division. Akiko is the owner of Ravel, the KWPN gelding ridden by Steffen Peters.

CDS Horse of the Year Open Prix St. Georges was won by Rebecca Rigdon of Encinitas on her Holsteiner mare Solei for a score of 70.395 per cent. The Adult Amateur division went to Jill Thornton of Ramona on Souvenir, a 12-year-old Trakehner gelding on 63.553 per cent.

Leslie Webb of Bakersfield on Harmony Sporthorses’ Oldenburg gelding, Harmony’s Sandro, won the Grand Prix with a score of 68.511 per cent.

Kimberly Noon-Fishel of Walnut Creek and her gray Oldenburg gelding, Casino Royale, took the Fourth Level freestyle with a score of 67.333 per cent.

The CDS Four-Year-Old Futurity was claimed by the California-bred Caliente (00 Seven x Satina x Contango) and bred by DG Bar Ranch of Hanford with an overall score of 70.854 per cent. Melissa Mulchahey of Livermore and the German-bred Westfalen pony gelding Outrageous (Out-Break x Diddi x Sir Donnerhall) won the Adult Amateur division with an overall average of 68.575 per cent.

Both the regional championship Open Intermediaire I and Grand Prix Freestyles went to Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nevada with Tristan and Asterios, scoring 71.563 per cent and 66.000 per cent, respectively.