Emilion Ridden by Kelly Casey Is USA Five-Year-Old Champion

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Emilion SA ridden by Kelly Casey to the United States five-year-old championship. © 2014 Carolynn Bunch Photography
Emilion SA ridden by Kelly Casey to the United States five-year-old championship. © 2014 Carolynn Bunch Photography

WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 24, 2014–Emilion SA ridden by Kelly Casey became the United States five-year-old champion on Saturday in the rider’s first appearance in the national championships.

The KWPN gelding (Painted Black x Landwind II B) and Kelly improved from their preliminary victory to score 8.72 in the final after taking the opening event on Thursday with a score of 8.62.

Encore ridden by Amy Miller of Chino Hills, in Southern California, placed third on 8.4.

Kelly of Livermore, California imported Emilion from Holland a year ago,

Emilion was bought by Kelly and her friend Bob Tenwolde in the Netherlands as an unbroken three-year-old as sales prospect. Bob began training the horse in Holland until Kelly shipped the dark bay, nicknamed “Eeyore,” to her San Francisco Bay area farm in July, 2013.

Every time she thinks of putting him on the market, Kelly said, “he reveals another layer of talent. His athleticism, ability to collect and the correct use of his whole body, make riding him daily an absolute pleasure and confirm my belief that he is on the road to Grand Prix.”

Although her business, KC Dressage, is a training and sales operation with a mix of young horses, imported sales horses and amateurs the young horse championships at this Chicago suburban show ground is her first.

Results:

FEI Five Year Old Final Test
C: Weatherwax/Carlson/Hotz – USA
Rider Nation Horse Breed Sex Sire Dams Sire Birth Country Born Owner T Pl.
Casey, Kelly USA Emilion SA KWPN Gelding Painted black NLD 2009 Casey, Kelly 87.200 1
Becker, Patricia USA Edward Gelding United NLD 2009 Pecora, Joan L. 85.600 2
Miller, Amy USA Encore KWPN Gelding Jazz Sir Sinclair 2009 Miller, Amy 84.000 3
Warlimont, Petra USA Davos MCF Hanoverian Gelding Don Frederico Roadster 2009 Alvey, Susan 81.600 4
Marek, Anna USA Elian KWPN Gelding Sir Oldenburg Santano NED 2009 Stapleton, A J 81.400 5
Arts, Willy USA Escobar DG KWPN Gelding Vivaldi Sandro hit NLD 2009 Younger, Gundi 80.400 6
De Groot, Ashlyn USA DG Edorijke KWPN Gelding Spielberg Jazz NLD 2009 DG Bar Ranch, . 79.600 7
Pitts, Alyssa USA Quintessential Hit Oldenburg Gelding Quaterback Sandro hit USA 2009 Pitts, Alyssa 79.400 8
Benoit, Jennifer USA Exodus Kwpn Gelding Raymeister 2009 Sekor, Joanne 79.200 9
Palabe, Christopher USA Filou Hannoverian Gelding For compliment Dimension DEU 2014 Palabe, Christopher 77.200 10
Palabe, Christopher USA Dow Jones I Han Gelding Despara Dos Erenworth GER 2009 Palabe, Christopher 77.100 11
Hannigan, Jane USA Fackeltrager OLD Gelding 2009 Dangel, Betsy 73.800 12
Johnson, Amanda USA U Rock SWB Gelding UB 40 Tip Top USA 2009 Johnson, Amanda 73.000 13
Chumley, Lauren USA Scylla OLD Mare Quaterback Furst Igor USA 2009 Tarjan, Alice 72.200 14
Hay, Bridget USA Faolan OLD Stallion Freestyle Weltstern USA 2009 Hay, Bridget 71.000 15