Chase Hickok & Sagacious Win Under-25 Grand Prix Ahead of USA Championship

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Chase Hickok on Sagacious HF in the Under-25 prep class for the U.S.championship.© 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Chase Hickok on Sagacious HF in the Under-25 prep class for the U.S.championship.© 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 21, 2015–In their first competition since returning from European shows, Chase Hickok and Sagacious HF won the Under-25 Grand Prix against the biggest ever number of entries in the preliminary to the U.S. Championship,

Sierra Keasler rode Lux Stensvang to second place for a one-two result for American World Games team prospect Caroline Roffman who leased both the first and second placed horses to the riders.

Chase and the 18-year-old KWPN gelding that has helped create the reputations of three different riders scored 67.186 per cent with Sierra and Lux second on 66.465 per cent and Kate Peper and Akela third on 63.233 per cent.

Sagacious, owned by Hyperion Farm of Wellington, Florida, became a star for America when Lauren Sammis partnered with the horse to earn team gold and individual silver at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007.

Six years later, Caroline Roffman, selected as the 2010 International Equestrian Federation Rising Star, became the first American to compete at Under-25 with Sagacious in the prestigious World Equestrian Festival at Aachen, Germany.  The pair became reserve champion.

Chase Hickok, also of Wellington, began cshowing Sagacious in the winter of 2014 and this year went to Europe to compete in two major events.

Competing in Europe, Chase said, “was definitely a huge learning curve,” or, as she described it, “eye-opening.”

Even the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, the most competitive circuit in the Western Hemisphere, was “nothing compared to what you see in Europe, not just the level of talent and horses but professionalism. I really took it to heart, to step it up a notch to put ourselves on the same playing field.”

Sierra Keasler  and Lux Stensvang competing in the Under-25.
Sierra Keasler and Lux Stensvang competing in the Under-25.

 

For Sierra this was a big leap to move Lux to his first year at Grand Prix.

“He is such a great horse with great training,” she said.

The “training” was first begun by Caroline Roffman who bought Lux at the age of six and trained the horse  up to Grand Prix with the intention of accepting an invitation to compete in the Under-25 division at Aachen.

While Carline was in Europe with Her Highness O on the squad from which the 2014 World Games would be chosen, Sierra was riding Lux.

Sierra, she said, had done such a good job with Lux she believed “absolutely the thing to do” was to give her the chance to train and move up with the horse.

Caroline, who will be 26 years old next month, then sold Her Highness O to Denmark. Pie, another horse she owned, was leased to a European-based rider but next year will be ridden by Klendy Muller, the daughter of long-time Wellington-based Dutch rider Kerensa Muller.

“A bit of a change of gears” is the way Caroline describes the change from being a rider that competed in numerous championships to no competition riding.

“I’ve been selling a lot of horses and focusing on training,” she told dressage-news.com.

“For years, I’ve done the Young Horse and Young Rider Championships.

But what happened with her removal from the U.S. World Games team in 2014 was “a hard experience.”

“After that I needed to take a step back,” she said. “I did a lot of showing for a long time. It’s time to focus on bringing up young horses. Ultimately I’ll be back in the ring.”

Her goal now, Caroline said, is to match horses and riders as occurred at these championships.

 

Caroline Roffman with Sierra Keastker on Lux Stensvang nd Chase Hickok on Sagacious HF.
Caroline Roffman with Sierra Keastker on Lux Stensvang nd Chase Hickok on Sagacious HF.

Results:

FEI Young Rider Grand Prix 16-25 Test
E: Koch – USA H: Hotz – USA C: Yukins – USA M: Ayers – USA B: McDonald – USA
Rider Nation Horse E . H . C . M . B . T Pl.
Hickok, Chase  USA Sagacious HF 65.349 65.930 67.791 68.837 68.023 67.186 1
Keasler, Sean Sierra USA Lux Stensvang 66.512 67.907 66.628 65.930 65.349 66.465 2
Peper, Kate USA Akela 61.163 64.419 62.326 63.140 65.116 63.233 3
Thomas, Sarah  USA Argo Conti Tyme 60.814 61.977 60.581 0 61.395 63.140 61.581 4
Foster, Katie USA Sacramento 60.116 62.558 62.674 61.860 60.116 61.465 5
Goodby, Grace USA Schabos Waitongo 59.651 60.233 65.930 62.093 58.372 61.256 6
Montagano, Melanie USA Ga Deva 61.395 61.395 60.814 59.651 60.814 60.814 7
Chamberlain, Catherine UA Verdicci 58.372 58.953 60.581 57.326 55.814 58.209 8
Benson, Cassie USA Dominante XXIX 58.953 58.023 55.814 58.140 52.093 56.605 9
Blythe, Kaitlin USA Daverden 51.047 53.023 51.047 54.651 53.023 52.558 10