42 States Represented at Record-Setting Attendance for US Dressage Finals


Lexington, Ky. – Nov. 7 – With 387 competitors representing a record-setting 42 states, the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® kicks off this week at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Open and adult amateur exhibitors from Training Level to Grand Prix will compete for national titles and $100,000 in prize money across 30 different divisions. Hear from some of the competitors as they settle in for an exciting week of competition:

“This is my first time [at the US Dressage Finals]. She is located in Middletown, New York and I am from New Jersey. I’m excited to be here. It’s a beautiful place and an honor to compete. We just showed in the spring First Level and got a really good score from Axel Steiner where he asked me “Why are you competing at First Level?” and I told him I wanted to do it right. He gave his blessing to move up. She is only 6-years-old and we’ve done Second Level for a month before going to championships. It’s unexpected.”Gabriela Vitta and MW Be Happy, a 6-year-old Oldenburg mare, will compete in the Second Level Adult Amateur Championship.

Gabriela Vitta and MW Be Happy
Gabriela Vitta and MW Be Happy

“We came from Boston and last year was our first year. It went ok — we had some good moments and not some good moments. Our goal this year is I want to get a ribbon. We got a ribbon at regionals so hoping we can get one here.” – Kimberly Maloomian and Russian Gold, an 18-year-old Brandenberg gelding, will compete in the First Level Adult Amateur Championship.

Kimberly Maloomian and Russian Gold
Kimberly Maloomian and Russian Gold

“We are just north of Austin, Texas. This is my first time here. It’s our first year back in the show ring so it’s pretty exciting to get to nationals our first year back. Just seeing what we have and doing the best we can. I want to have fun, relax and enjoy the moment.”Andrea Adkins and Udeck, a 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, will be competing in the Second and Third Level Open Championships.

Andrea Adkins and Udeck
Andrea Adkins and Udeck

“Last year was my first year competing here and I’m from New Jersey. He and I are competing in the U25 Brentina Cup division so we just came from Lamplight Equestrian Center [for Festival of Champions] in August. We qualified here in Region 8 for the Intermediate II and I’ll also be competing in the national Grand Prix. I would like to have a nice, clean test and to have a powerhouse of a horse.” – Mallory Chambers and Urithmic, a 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, will compete in the Intermediate II Open Championship

Mallory Chambers and Urithmic
Mallory Chambers and Urithmic

“This is our first time here. We are from Region 8 so have been competing alot in Saugerties. We have be working on suppleness and collection for Second Level, though we qualified for First Level. My goal for the week is to do well. It’s his first time and my first time at a show this big so I want to have a great outing — and hopefully contain ourselves!” – Elizabeth DaPonte and Fritz fan Signature Friesians, a 9-year-old Friesian gelding, a will compete in the First Level Adult Amateur Championship.

Elizabeth DaPonte and Fritz fan Signature Friesians
Elizabeth DaPonte and Fritz fan Signature Friesians

“My citizenship happened yesterday. I thought I was going to be able to get it in time, which is why I put in my entries and everything, but then on Friday I gave up because I didn’t think it would happen. Then on Monday the U.S. Secret Service called me to say they could do it the next day. I got a ride for Superman Tuesday night and I went to the ceremony and brought myself here the next day. We have been doing alot of Prix St. Georges work but for the Finals we are doing Third and Fourth Level. He was reserve champion in both levels at Region 9. To me, being here is already a gift. We are from Spain and I’ve lived 12 years in this country. Every year we qualify but cannot make it because we were not U.S. citizens. Just being here, especially since it happened yesterday, is such a gift and more than enough. Nothing else matters anymore. I want to enjoy the experience. If we can do as well as possible for him and myself I would be really happy.”Anartz Chanca and Superman, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Third and Fourth Level Open Championships

Anartz Chanca and Superman
Anartz Chanca and Superman

 

Christine Stephenson and Bennett
Christine Stephenson and Bennett

“I competed at the Kentucky Horse Park about 10 years ago for Young Riders, but this is my first time here with this horse. We are from California so we competed in Del Mar and LA this year. We’ve been working on tempi changes this year and they were hard for him. My goal is to do better than we have been doing or at least score as well as we have been scoring. Get in and out of the ring safely is a goal!”Christine Stephenson and Bennett, a 12-year-old Oldenburg,  will compete in the Fourth Level Freestyle Open Championship.

“We are from Columbus Ohio. This is our sixth time competing [at the US Dressage Finals] and it’s amazing. I’m really proud of us. Early in the spring I got my bronze medal. We aren’t competitive but I want to have fun. I love this show, it’s great and really fun. I want to enjoy all the excellent riding and horses and all the fun events.”
Kathryn Rizzoni and Faraday, an 18-year-old Oldenburg, will be competing in the First Level Adult Amateur Championship, as well as the First and Second Level Adult Amateur Freestyle Championships.

Kathryn Rizzoni and Faraday
Kathryn Rizzoni and Faraday

Complete daily schedules and ride times are available now here. To learn more about the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, visit the official event website at http://www.usdressagefinals.com.

Thursday, November 8

US Dressage Finals Intermediate II Adult Amateur Championship (1:20 p.m.- 2:14 p.m.)
6 entries: Alltech Arena (Ring 1)

US Dressage Finals Intermediate II Open Championship (2:14 p.m.- 4:40 p.m.)
14 entries: Alltech Arena (Ring 1)

Friday, November 9

US Dressage Finals Intermediate I Adult Amateur Championship (8:00 a.m.- 11:39 a.m.)
22 entries: Alltech Arena (Ring 1)

US Dressage Finals Grand Prix Adult Amateur Championship (11:38 a.m.-12:32 p.m.)
6 entries: Alltech Arena (Ring 1)

US Dressage Finals Intermediate I Open Championship (1:40 p.m.- 6:13 p.m.)
27 entries: Alltech Arena (Ring 1)

US Dressage Finals Grand Prix Open Championship (7:40 p.m.- 10:01 p.m.)
14 entries: Alltech Arena (Ring 1)

US Dressage Finals Third Level Open Championship (8:00 a.m.-10:46 a.m.)
20 entries: Stonelea Ring (Ring 2)

US Dressage Finals Fourth Level Adult Amateur Championship (1:24 p.m.- 3:36 p.m.)
13 entries: Stonelea Ring (Ring 2)

US Dressage Finals Training Level Open Championship (9:06 a.m. – 11:18 a.m.)
16 entries: Murphy Ring (Ring 3)

US Dressage Finals Second Level Adult Amateur Championship (10:12 a.m.- 4:36 p.m.)
38 entries: Claiborne Arena (Ring 4)

Saturday, November 10

Third Level Freestyle Open Championship (8:00 a.m.- 11:35 a.m.) 
22 entries: Alltech Arena (Ring 1)

Intermediate I Freestyle Adult Amateur Championship (11:38 a.m.- 2:35 p.m.)
13 entries: Alltech Arena (Ring 1)

Intermediate I Freestyle Open Championship (2:35 p.m.- 6:50 p.m.)
25 entries: Alltech Arena (Ring 1)

Grand Prix Freestyle Open Championship (8:00 p.m.- 11:01 p.m.)
19 entries: Alltech Arena (Ring 1)

Third Level Adult Amateur Championship (8:00 a.m. – 12:12 p.m.)
29 entries: Stonelea Ring (Ring 2)

First Level Open Championship (1:02 p.m.- 2:54 p.m.)
14 entries: Stonelea Ring (Ring 2)

Second Level Freestyle Open Championship (8:00 a.m.- 10:06 a.m.)
14 entries: Murphy Ring (Ring 3)

Fourth Level Freestyle Adult Amateur Championship (10:21 a.m.- 11:51 a.m.)
10 entries: Murphy Ring (Ring 3)

Second Level Freestyle Adult Amateur Championship (12:41 p.m.- 4:31 p.m.)
24 entries: Murphy Ring (Ring 3)

Grand Prix Freestyle Adult Amateur (4:31 p.m.- 5:16 p.m.)
5 entries: Murphy Ring (Ring 3)

Fourth Level Open Championship (8:00 a.m.- 9:39 a.m.)
11 entries: Claiborne Ring (Ring 4)

First Level Adult Amateur Championship (9:39 a.m.- 3:13 p.m.)
33 entries: Claiborne Ring (Ring 4)

Sunday, November 11

Third Level Freestyle Adult Amateur Championship (8:00 a.m.- 10:39 a.m.)
16 entries: Alltech Arena (Ring 1)

Fourth Level Freestyle Open Championship (10:39 a.m.- 2:21 p.m.)
18 entries: Alltech Arena (Ring 1)

Prix St. Georges Adult Amateur Championship (2:21 p.m.- 5:27 p.m.)
19 entries: Alltech Arena (Ring 1)

Prix St. Georges Open Championship (8:00a.m.- 10:44 a.m.)
16 entries: Stonelea Ring (Ring 2)

Second Level Open Championship (10:44 a.m.- 1:34 p.m.)
16 entries: Stonelea Ring (Ring 2)

First Level Freestyle Open Championship (8:00 a.m.- 11:05 a.m.) 
20 entries: Murphy Ring (Ring 3)

First Level Freestyle Adult Amateur Championship (11:05 a.m.- 4:34 p.m.)
32 entries: Murphy Ring (Ring 3)

Training Level Adult Amateur Championship (8:00 a.m.- 11:17 a.m.)
26 entries: Claiborne Ring (Ring 4)

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