Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 4, 2020 – Pan American Games gold medalist Sarah Lockman has qualified three horses for the Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse National Championships and another horse for the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, both set to take place Aug, 18-23 at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois.
Lockman’s 2019 Pan American Games mount, First Apple, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Summit Farm, ranked seventh in the Grand Prix division. The pair made their Grand Prix debut together at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival [AGDF] earlier this year. They picked up their first international Grand Prix win in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special with a 71.128% during the Palm Beach Dressage Derby.
For the Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse National Championships, Lockman qualified three talented youngsters. Ranked No. 1 in the Four-Year-Old division, Lockman qualified Summit Farm’s Lyamora, a Dutch Warmblood mare by FERGUSON. Earlier this year, the expressive mare scored a 9.4 in the USEF Four-Year-Old Test at AGDF and scored 81% and 80.8% in her Training Level Tests at the San Diego Summer Show in July.
In the Developing Prix St. Georges division, Lockman qualified Summit Farm’s Balia and her own Dehavilland, ranked #5 and #6 respectively. Balia, an 8-year-old Westphalian mare, earned a spot at the championships with a 73.7% while Dehavilland followed closely behind with a 73.5% after their performances at AGDF. Lockman developed Dehavilland from a yearling and has worked with Balia from the age of five.
Lockman joined the Summit Farm team in 2018, pioneering the imported dressage sales program and developing a string of top competition horses. The founder of Summit Farm, Gerry Ibanez, passed away in November 2019, and Lockman continues to ride in his memory with the support of the Ibanez family as her sponsor. While at the national championships in Illinois, she will also coach one of her clients, Jennifer Wetterau riding Hartog, in the Developing Prix St. Georges.
“When Gerry and I started this together we had a handful of very lofty goals and I know he is proudly looking down on me and his horses as we prepare to head to Lamplight and smiling,” Lockman said. “Qualifying four horses with top rankings in the country in multiple age categories is something Gerry and I dreamed about. Gerry’s vision of having an incredibly talented pipeline of horses coming along so that we can help represent the United States in international competition for years to come is coming true – I only wish he was here to see it unfold exactly how we envisioned.
“We are very excited to be heading to Lamplight, although our packing will consist of masks, alcohol, sanitizer and many other things that would not normally be on the packing list,” she continued. “We are thankful to be able to participate in this special competition!”