Caroline Roffman & Sagacious in American Debut in Aachen Under-25 Place 2nd

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Caroline Roffman competing Sagacious HF as the first American combination ever to ride in the World Equestrian Festival's Under-25 Division at Aachen, Germany. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Caroline Roffman competing Sagacious HF as the first American combination ever to ride in the World Equestrian Festival’s Under-25 Division at Aachen, Germany. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, June 28–Caroline Roffman, up all night with a sick horse, became the first American ever to ride in the World Equestrian Festival Under-25 Grand Prix and on Sagacious HF placed second to arguably the world’s best combination in the division.

Caroline of Wellington, Florida was on what she described as a “roller coaster” of emotions with her small tour horse, Her Highness O, in a veterinary clinic with a colic, but wiped away her tears and rode the 14-year-old KWPN gelding to a score of 68.953 per cent.

The winner was this year’s Danish champion, Nanna Skodborg Merrald, on Millibar at 71.442 per cent. Germany’s Nadine  Husenbeth on Florida 94 on 68.326 per cent was third.

Kristina Sprehe, who rode on Germany’s Olympic silver medal team last year, won the CDI4* Grand Prix Special on Desperados FRH with a score of 76.062 per cent with fellow German Jessica Werndl on Unee BB 72.250 per cent and Austria’s Victoria Max-Theurer and Blind Date third on 70.792 per cent.

“I was so impressed with Sagacious,” she told dressage-news.com after her ride in the imposing Deutsche Bank stadium where the dressage competition is staged at this world’s leading horse show. “I was concerned about him handling the atmosphere, the hustle and bustle. I wanted him to do well, not just for us but for our country. I take that responsibility seriously. It helped a lot having 20 Americans, including our top riders, standing beside the arena supporting us.”

As was the case in the Prix St. Georges in which Caroline rode Her Highness two days ago, the 24-year-old rider was the first to go in the class that had 13 starting combinations from eight countries.

Aside from a mistake in the one-tempi changes and some tension on the final centerline, the ride was light footed with the piaffe and passage and transitions among the highlights.

Her ride on Friday came after what she said “was the worst day of my life” as she feared for the health of Her Highness.

Caroline rode Her Highness Thursday morning, but the weather at Aachen this week has been unseasonably cold–lows of mid-40sF to highs in the upper 50sF (7-15C)–and from the heat of Florida where the mare drinks a lot of water she may not have been drinking enough here.

Her Highness bcame uncomfortable in the middle of the day and was treated by the U.S. team veterinarian and appeared fine. But in the evening, the horse that she said is typically stoic started feeling uncomfortable again and Caroline decided to take her to a vet clinic about an hour away and she spent the night there with the horse.

The appearance of Caroline in her first ever competition in Germany and as part of the large American contingent has created considerable buzz because although she is virtually unknown here as a rider she was named the 2010 International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Rising Star.

Caroline and Sagacious received an invitation to Aachen as the top ranked combination in the United States’ Brentina Cup Under-25 division and Her Highness is among the highest on the Tim Dutta National Intermediate I Championship rankings.

Caroline Roffman and Sagacious HF competing at the Aachen Under-25. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Caroline Roffman and Sagacious HF competing at the Aachen Under-25. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

It was less than a year ago that Caroline took over the ride on Sagacious (Welt Hit II x Cocktail) that won team gold and individual silver at the 2007 Pan American Games at small tour.

She teamed up with the Florida-based Juan Matute, a three-time Spanish Olympian, to deal with on-again, off-again resistance in the Grand Prix competition arena in her campaign to get scores high enough to get an invitation to Aachen.

The approach worked.

She competed Sagacious in two CDU-25 shows in Wellington.

Caroline brought the horses to Saumur, France to be based with Juan and his family and prepare for Aachen.

However, Al Guden of Hyperion Farm and owner of Sagacious was injured in a car accident in Florida earlier this month and could not come to Aachen.

While preparing for the ride Friday, she said, “half my mind was on Her Highness in the clinic.”

Even so, she said, “I’m blessed and very lucky to have two horses.

“We’re doing this for the first time for America, hopefully building a foundation that more and better young riders can come from America to compete here. It’s a privelege and an honor that I take very seriously.”

Caroline will ride Sagacious in the Under-25 Freestyle later this weekend.

She plans to stay for an extra few weeks to work with one of the top trainers before returning to Florida.

Results:

Grand Prix 16-25

Judge E: Andrew Gardner (GBR) Judge H: Freddy Leyman (BEL) Judge C: Dietrich Plewa (GER)
Judge M: Thomas Lang (AUT) Judge B: Leif Törnblad (DEN)
Rank HORSE – Breeding
sex\color\born\sire x siredam\
Judge E Judge H Judge C Judge M Judge B Total
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Millibar – DWB
G \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Milan x Liberty Dane
DEN
650 68.837 74.186 70.000 71.977 72.209 71.442
Nanna Skodborg  Merrald
Helle Merrald
( 4 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 Sagacious HF – KWPN
G \ Black \ 1999 \ Welt Hit II x Cocktail
USA
450 69.186 71.744 69.651 68.256 65.930 68.953
Caroline  Roffman
Hyperion Farm Inc
( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 6 ) ( 8 )
3 Florida 94 – RHEIN
M \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Fidermark I x Grosso Z
GER
350 68.953 68.023 67.558 67.326 69.767 68.326
Nadine  Husenbeth
Helga Steves
( 3 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 7 ) ( 2 )
4 BMC Ucento – KWPN
S \ Black \ 2001 \ Metall x Allegro
NED
250 68.837 67.442 66.163 68.953 68.488 67.977
Daniëlle,  van Mierlo
W.J.M. van Mierlo, A.C.J. van Mierlo
( 4 ) ( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 4 ) ( 3 )
5 Arlando – KWPN
S \ DarkBay \ 2005 \ Paddox x Mytens
NED
200 68.721 71.279 64.419 69.302 65.000 67.744
Diederik  van Silfhout
A.P.Both & De Nieuwe Heuvel
( 6 ) ( 3 ) ( 10 ) ( 2 ) ( 9 )
6 Recuerdo – LUS
S \ Grey \ 1998 \ Conspirado
ESP
100 66.628 66.628 69.302 66.163 68.488 67.442
Laura  Reija
Fernando Reija
( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 3 ) ( 9 ) ( 3 )
7 Hedebo´s First As
G \ Black \ 1998 \ First Flair R x A-Dur
DEN
66.512 67.442 63.837 68.953 67.442 66.837
Sofie  Jeppesen
Jeppesen
( 9 ) ( 5 ) ( 11 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 )
8 Cristobal 14 – HOLST
G \ DarkBay \ 1999 \ Coriander x Caribo
GER
70.233 66.395 65.116 66.860 64.070 66.535
Annabel  Frenzen
Achim Frenzen, Irmgard Lange
( 1 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 8 ) ( 10 )
9 Fontalero – HANN
G \ Bay \ 1997 \ Werther x Weltmeyer
LUX
66.977 65.581 66.628 65.814 66.279 66.256
Veronique  Henschen
Monique Henschen-Haas
( 7 ) ( 10 ) ( 5 ) ( 10 ) ( 7 )
10 Solo Bachelorette – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Welthit II x Ferro
GBR
64.419 64.651 66.047 64.302 62.442 64.372
Emily  Cousins
Emily Cousins
( 10 ) ( 11 ) ( 8 ) ( 11 ) ( 11 )
11 Lüderitz – HOLST
G \ DarkBay \ 1999 \ Lavaletto x Capitol I
GBR
61.512 60.233 60.465 60.233 59.884 60.465
Roberta  Hayler
Mr & Mrs P J Hayler
( 11 ) ( 13 ) ( 12 ) ( 13 ) ( 12 )
12 Wild Diamond – OLDBG
S \ Black \ 2001 \ Welt Hit x DON SCHUFRO
BEL
60.349 62.209 59.419 60.581 56.047 59.721
Anouck  Hoet
Karin Gillain
( 12 ) ( 12 ) ( 13 ) ( 12 ) ( 13 )
13 Dance On – OLDBG
G \ Black \ 2002 \ Dream of Heidelberg I x Welt As
GER
0.000
Victoria  Michalke
Victoria Michalke

CDI4* Grand Prix Special

Judge E: Martin Richenhagen (GER) Judge H: C. Umbach (LUX) Judge C: Susie Hoevenaars (AUS) Judge M: Francis Verbeek-van Rooij (NED) Judge B: Isabelle Judet (FRA)

Rank HORSE – Breeding
sex\color\born\sire x siredam\
Judge E Judge H Judge C Judge M Judge B Total
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Desperados FRH – HANN
S \ Black \ 2001 \ De Niro x Wolkenstein II
GER
5600.0000 74.583 76.458 75.313 74.271 79.688 76.062
Kristina  Sprehe
Paul & Albert Gestüt Sprehe GmbH; Sprehe
( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 Unee BB – KWPN
S \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Gribaldi x Dageraad 85.5972
GER
3500.0000 73.750 71.042 71.042 71.563 73.854 72.250
Jessica  Werndl
Bürchler-Keller Beatrice
( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 )
3 Blind Date 25 – HANN
M \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Breitling W x Donnerhall
AUT
2600.0000 71.042 71.146 70.417 70.208 71.146 70.792
Victoria  Max-Theurer
Elisabeth Max-Th Sponsorkreis Achleiten
( 4 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 4 )
4 Favourit – RHEIN
G \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Fidermark x Worldchamp
GER
1800.0000 69.063 70.208 67.813 68.958 73.438 69.896
Sanneke  Rothenberger
Rothenberger im Gestüt Erlenhof OHG
( 5 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 5 ) ( 3 )
5 Riccoletto – BAY
G \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Rivero II x Alcatraz
GER
1200.0000 71.563 71.042 67.083 65.625 69.271 68.917
Matthias  Kempkes
Matthias Kempkes, Michael Junker
( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 9 ) ( 5 )
6 Currency DC – OLDBG
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Clintino x Classiker
USA
800.0000 65.104 67.604 65.833 69.896 66.771 67.042
Susan  Dutta
Tim Dutha Inc.
( 7 ) ( 7 ) ( 6 ) ( 4 ) ( 7 )
7 Rubins Royal – OLDBG
G \ Bay \ 1997 \ Rubinstein I x Vargas xx
GER
700.0000 68.333 67.604 64.792 66.250 66.563 66.708
Anabel  Balkenhol
Klaus Balkenhol
( 6 ) ( 7 ) ( 9 ) ( 8 ) ( 9 )
8 Dandelion 14 – OLDBG
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ De Niro x Figaro
GER
600.0000 65.000 68.542 65.000 66.563 66.667 66.354
Uta  Gräf
Michael Lindsten
( 8 ) ( 6 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 ) ( 8 )
9 Esperanto 4 – HANN
G \ Black \ 2001 \ Escudo II x Rio Branco
AUT
400.0000 63.229 65.938 64.896 66.875 67.813 65.750
Andrea  John
Andrea John
( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 8 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 )
10 Victoria – BWP
M \ Bay \ 1998 \ Havidoff x El Corona
RSA
300.0000 64.271 66.250 61.042 61.458 63.854 63.375
Nicole  Smith
G Smith and J Clifford Smith, Di and Neill Smith
( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 )