Biggest Ever Calfornia Dressage Championships in 45-Year History Wrap Up

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Donar's Diablo, CDS Training Level Open Horse of the Year-with rider Kelly Phillips and owner Kim-Crandall. © 2012 Jennifer M. Keeler

BURBANK, California, Oct. 7–The California Dressage Society (CDS) teamed with other regional events to become the largest championship in the 45-year history of the event that wrapped up Sunday after 340 rides over four days.

Olympians and other rider praised the championships of CDS, one of the largest dressage groups in America, that held its annual event in conjunction with the CDS Young Horse Futurity (including the Cal-Bred Futurity), the U.S. Dressage Federation Region 7 Championships and the USDF Breeders Championships West Coast Series Final.

“The CDS Annual Show is always a very prestigious occasion and this year I was most impressed because of how large a show it turned out to be,” said London Olympian Jan Ebeling of Moorpark who coached three students with four horses over the weekend. “They worked all year to get here, they all did really well and are very happy. We had a great time.”

Mackinzie Cameron who traveled 300 miles (485km) from Santa Cruz to attend her first CDS Championship winning three titles with her horse Damian DG, said: “I’ve had such a good time here. Everyone involved with the show has been so welcoming and encouraging, and it’s been a great experience for both me and my horse.”

Trainer Karen Ball of Coto de Caza brought six students to the show, her 15th CDS championship, and said: “We were super happy with this show and for several of my students it was their first time.”

Steffen Peters, a team mate of Jan’s at the London Games, his third Olympics, described the turnout as “good for the sport.”

D’Re Stergios of Petaluma won her second Adult Amateur Grand Prix class of the weekend, this claiming CDS Horse of the Year title and the Rubinstein Memorial Trophy with her Oldenburg gelding Johnny.

The Pelton Family Trophy for Open Intermediaire II was awarded to Carolyn Adams of Pleasanton riding her Hanoverian stallion Winterprinz while the Adult Amateur division went to Dani Judy of La Mesa and her Oldenburg partner Antaeus.

Echo Casale of Trabuco Canyon was triumphant at First Level Freestyle with her American Warmblood Abeta Storm, while Second Level went to the Bulgarian gelding Apel with rider/owner Anne Howard of Ben Lomond. Tigger Wright of Oakland won the De Medici Perpetual Trophy for Third Level Freestyle with the Friesian mare Hilde Fan’t Alddjip.

The CDS Open Training Level Horse of the Year honors went to the half-Welsh pony gelding Donar’s Diablo with rider Kelly Phillips of Fallbrook.

The Full Cry Perpetual Trophy for Adult Amateur First Level was awarded to Janet VerPlank of Fairfield who won both classes in her division with her KWPN gelding Baronchelli. Nancy Szakacs of Hollister and her Westfalen gelding Rudi Regali were the strongest performers in the Adult Amateur Second Level division, winning the Two-Tone Malone Trophy.

Adult amateur rider Yvette Diuri of Rancho Santa Fe scored her second decisive victory in two days at Third Level to win the Stanford Dressage Club Trophy with her Dutch Warmblod gelding Winsome, while Susan Halasz Martin of Simi Valley and the Oldenburg mare Natasha took home the Judith Elias Perpetual Trophy for CDS Open Third Level Horse of the Year.

Wrapping up the CDS Horse of the Year classes was Adult Amateur Jacqueline Real-Salas of Temecula who with her Oldenburg gelding Rustringer topped their Fourth Level division to taek the Fox Run Perpetual Trophy.