Ripline and Sanceo Earn National Titles to Close Out 2014 Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships presented by, Cordiak Takes Top Honors in USEF Dressage Seat Medal Final 14-18

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Wayne, Ill. – The 2014 Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships presented by came to a conclusion on Sunday with three newly minted National Champions. Developing Prix St. Georges and Six-Year-Old horses, as well as Seat Medal 14- to 18-year-old riders, put their best efforts forward in Lamplight Equestrian Center’s Championship Arena in front of the judging panel of Christel Carlson, Sandy Hotz, and Jane Weatherwax. Sanceo took top honors in the Markel/USEF Developing Prix St. Georges Horse Dressage National Championships presented by, while in the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Six-Year-Old National Championships presented by, Ripline earned his first U.S. National Title. Bronwyn Cordiak took the title in the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Final 14-18.

Developing Prix St. Georges Horse

The 2014 Championships on Sunday featured 15 Developing Prix St. Georges horses performing the USEF Developing Prix St. Georges Horse Test. Sunday’s Championship Class was worth the remaining 60% of the overall score.

Sanceo (San Remo x Rivera/Ramiro’s Son II), ridden by Sabine Schut-Kery (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), repeated her polished effort from Friday again on Sunday, winning both classes and the title with an overall score of 76.516%. Throughout Sunday’s test, the eight-year-old Hanoverian stallion was polished and poised in the Prix St. Georges movements, distancing him from the rest of the field and earning a 76.912%. Schut-Kery expressed how grateful she is to ride a horse like Sanceo, as finding the right horse can be challenging.

“You look to have all your ducks in a row, but in the end you don’t know until you have them home,” Schut-Kery said. “To me the most important part is the work ethic and the willingness, and this horse, as an example, has the biggest heart and the best work ethic and willingness. You just cannot know when you go and try them a couple times. You can get a feel for them and see the gaits, but it’s always a little bit of playing poker, and you just hope it turns out.”

Angela Jackson (Henderson, Ky.) earned the Reserve Championship crown with Kerrin Courtney Dunn’s Allure S (Rousseau x Sizarma/Farrington). The nine-year-old KWPN mare garnered a score of 67.794% on Sunday, giving her an overall total of 69.203%. She was also the Highest Place U.S. Bred award-winner in the Prix St. Georges.

Petra Warlimont (Hygiene, Colo.) and Susan Alvey’s eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Highschool MCF (Hochadel x Ria/Rotspon), maintained their spot in third place with a score of 68.480% on Sunday and an overall total of 69.141%.