Vitalis Wins USA Six-Year-Old Championship, Wakeup Captures Developing Prix St. Georges

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Emily Wagner riding Wakeup © Ken Braddick/
Emily Wagner riding Wakeup © Ken Braddick/

WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 25–Vitalis, as expected after competing with Charlotte Jorst just two weeks ago in the World Young Horse Championships, became the United States six-year-old champion Sunday while Wakeup ridden by Emily Wagner took the developing Prix St. Georges title to add to their six-year-old championship two years ago.

Vitalis, a KWPN stallion (Vivaldi x Donnerschwee) ridden by Charlotte of Reno, Nevada demonstrated athletic, expressive gaits; including the trot for which he was awarded 10, 7.5 for walk and 9.8 for canter along with 9 for submission and 9.3 for general impression

The score of 9.120 for Vitalis in the championship was combined with the preliminary score for an overall result of 9.152.

Charlotte and Vitalis represented the United States two weeks ago at the world championships in Verden, Germany and believes the championships are important.

“I think you put a stick in the ground and you train forward from that,” she said, “you know where to focus and what to do. The exposure is really important.”

Sunshine Tour (Sir Donnerhall  x Alabaster) ridden by Jane Karol of Concord, Massachusetts was reserve champion. The Oldenburg mare was regarded highly for her trot and canter earning 9.5 and 8.3, respectively, but receving 6.6 for walk.

Caliente DG (Oo Seven x Contango) ridden by Craig Stanley of Madera, California was placed third and the KWPN mare was the highest placed U.S.-bred award winner on an overall score of 7.940.

The American-bred Wakeup won the Developing Prix St. Georges championship a year after claiming the reserve title a year ago and taking the six-year-old title in 2011.

Emily of La Cygne, Kansas and Wakeup (Wagnis x Macho) scored 76.520 per cent that gave the pair a championship result of 75.298 per cent. The horse that Emily’s family bred was the Reserve Champion in theDeveloping Horse Prix St. Georges and in 2013 the eight-year-old American Warmblood gelding went one better.

“On Friday, I had a little bobble in the walk and I didn’t have that today,” Emily said. “I was also bolder in the extended canter and was able to show a good difference coming back. I think showing those differences really helps with the scores.”

Of the national championships, she said: “It’s a roadmap; it’s a good checkpoint and shows you’re going the right way. I think coming to these big shows as a four, five, and six-year-old is really helpful. It definitely helped him and I could come here and really ride him.”

Charlotte Jorst claimed the reserve championship with Skagen Holdings’ Adventure (Special D x Mandrain) on an overall score of 70.859 per cent.

Silva Martin of Unionville, Pennsylvaia and the nine-year-old mare Rosa Cha W placed third on an overall score of 69.724 per cent.


Six Year Old Championship Test
E: – H: – C: Gribbons/Osborn/Fore – USA M: – B: –
Rider Nation Horse Total Pl.
Jorst, Charlotte USA Vitalis 91.200 1
Bechtloff, Holger USA Clapton JP 83.200 2
Karol, Jane Sunshine Tour 81.800 3
Stanley, Craig AUS Caliente DG 81.800 4
Hill, Debbie USA Boccaccio IOF 78.200 5
Tarjan, Alice USA Elfenfeuer 77.600 6
Gentry, Kim USA Leonardo 77.400 7
De Groot, Ashlyn USA Calvin Klein 75.800 8
Degele, Heidi USA Don Fredo HD 75.200 9
Gerlach, Wanja GER Ribery 20 75.200 10
Sturzebecher, Geena USA Sambastein 69.900 11
Hastings, Stacey USA Lysias 66.700 12
Developing Prix St. Georges Championship Test
E: Fore – USA H: – C: Osborn – USA M: Gribbons – USA B: –
Rider Nation Horse E C M T Pl.
Wagner, Emily USA Wakeup 74.706 78.529 76.324 76.520 1
Jorst, Charlotte USA Adventure 0.706 71.912 72.059 71.520 2
Martin, Silva USA Rosa Cha W 71.324 68.971 69.118 69.804 3
McCarthy, Heather USA Saphira 0.653 70.882 70.882 69.020 4
Batchelder, Nora USA Bahai 68.235 67.206 68.235 67.892 5
Kment, Jami USA Zania 0.684 68.824 66.471 67.892 6
Lipp, Karen USA Fortune And Fame 66.324 71.765 64.706 67.598 7
McCarthy, Heather USA Sandro Paix 0.687 66.471 67.353 67.500 8
Hannigan, Jane USA Nobby VD Shamrock 66.176 66.912 68.529 67.206 9
Lipp, Karen USA Suraya 0.668 65.882 64.412 65.686 10
Wimmer, Ashley USA Somerhall 65.294 64.559 64.118 64.657 11
Hill, Debbie USA Lord Sisley 0.640 62.206 63.676 63.284 12
Degele, Heidi USA Lakota 65.294 61.029 62.059 62.794 13
Patzwald, Andreanna USA Zabaco 0.616 63.382 61.471 62.157 14