Christian Simonson & Son of a Lady Win Prix St. Georges Kicking Off US Festival of Champions

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Christian Simonson on Son of a Lady at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany this summer. File photo. © 2023 Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 21, 2023–Christian Simonson on Son of a Lady won the Festival of Champions Prix St. Georges Monday to kick off week-long national championships at Lamplight Equestrian Center in this Chicago suburb.

The 20-year-old Christian based in Wellington, Florida scored 72.764% on the 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding in the first of three competitions leading to the Intermediate 1 title and possibly his first senior championship team. He is long listed for the Pan American Games on Son of a Lady and Zeaball Diawind.

Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nevada who maintains her competition horses in Wellington was runner-up on Federle, a nine-year-old Hanoverian mare, on 71.793%.

Nora Batchelder of Williston, Florida on the eight-year-old Oldenburg mare Nova placed third on 70.970%.

Christian and Zeaball Diawind, 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, placed sixth on 70.646% in the St. Georges Monday.

Charlotte is long listed for the Pan Ams on Zhaplin Langholt, a 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, on which she placed fifth on 70.734% in the St. Georges.

The festival includes national championships of Grand Prix, Int. 1, Brentina Cup Under-25, developing St. Georges and developing Grand Prix, plus youth rider and young horse divisions.

However, with American riders devoting more time to competing in Europe in recent years, the role of the festival in team selection has diminished.

Results:

Prix St Georges (Intermediate 1 Championship)
Rank Competitor Score E H C M B
1.
Christian Simonson (USA)
Son of a Lady
72.764% 72.352 68.970 73.676 75.000 73.823
2.
Charlotte Jorst (USA)
Federle
71.793% 71.911 71.911 71.323 71.176 72.647
3.
Nora Batchelder (USA)
Nova
70.970% 69.411 72.794 70.147 70.441 72.058
4.
Lauren Sammis (USA)
Heiline’s Oh Land
70.882% 71.470 70.735 71.176 71.029 70.000
5.
Charlotte Jorst (USA)
Zhaplin Langholt
70.734% 71.029 71.323 70.735 71.176 69.411
6.
Christian Simonson (USA)
Zeaball Diawind
70.646% 72.500 70.294 68.382 70.882 71.176
7.
Anna Marek (USA)
Duvel
69.587% 69.117 69.558 70.735 69.411 69.117
8.
Sarah Gammie (USA)
Flash
67.411% 68.235 66.323 67.352 70.294 64.852
9.
Erin Bonneville (USA)
Qennett HTF
66.676% 66.764 65.441 66.176 67.794 67.205
10.
Kelly Irving-Burris (USA)
Fresco LD
66.293% 67.941 64.852 64.705 66.911 67.058
11.
Brittany Burson (USA)
Be Happy SB
65.764% 64.264 67.058 64.705 65.735 67.058
12.
Bianca Schmidt (USA)
CK Sir Shimmi
62.764% 63.235 63.823 61.617 63.088 62.058
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