Ravenna Ridden by Andrea Woodard in 1st USA Championships Takes 6-Year-Old Title
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WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 27, 2017–The Oldenburg mare Ravenna on Sunday became the United States six-year-old champion, ridden by Andrea Woodard in her first American championship.
Ravenna (Sir Donnerhall I x Blue Hors Romanv) with Andrea, of Wellington, Florida aboard, won the championship with a score of 83.400 per cent, two days after capturing the preliminary class.
Werner van den Brande, also of Wellington and Flyby FLF were second on 79.800 and Cyndi Jackson of Scottsdale, Arizona on Sir Armour was third on 76.400 per cent.
“It feels AMAZING!!!” Andreas texted dressage-news.com after winning the title.
Andrea worked for Andreas Helgstrand in Denmark for four to five years before moving back to the United States two years ago. She had left the U.S. as a youngster and grew up in Denmark.
She credits working with Helgstrand Dressage for learning “everything from spotting a good horse to how to train them and develop them correctly. Educating and developing horses, there is nothing better.”
Andrea is married to Giuliano Ginanneschi and they have a three-year-old son Jamie.
She found Ravenna in Germany as a three-year-old and trained her to become the highest ranked six-year-old on this year’s US Equestrian standings.
“I have always known that Ravenna was a good horse,” she said. “But I must say that she has exceeded my expectations so far. I can feel that there is so much more power and quality still in her, and I can’t wait until the time when she gets strong enough to show it all off.
“She has special talent for the collected work, so I will keep educating her toward small tour and, later on, the Grand Prix.”
Ravenna, she said, gives her “an amazing feeling.”
“We all know how hard it is to achieve a big goal, especially with young horses, since they are so inexperienced you never know what you are going to get at a show.
“I just really tried to prepare her as well as I felt possible and this time it paid off.”