Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 24, 2018 – The beating sun certainly had no effect on Camille Carier Bergeron as she made her way down centerline today not once, but twice Saturday morning during the FEI Young Rider Individual Test during the seventh week at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). Hailing from the providence of Quebec, Canada, the 17-year-old competed aboard her two mounts Expression and Baldacci and rode them to a first and second place finish respectively.
Expression, a 13-year-old chestnut Westphalian gelding has been with Bergeron for just over a year, competing in the Young Riders last year in Wellington. Even though this is the pairs first show in eleven months, the gelding and Bergeron won yesterday’s Young Rider Team test with a 70 percent. Today, the pair rose to the occasion and defended their first place finish with yet another rider over 70 percent. Bergeron and Expression were the first to go in the class and held the lead the entire time with a score of 70.176 percent to secure their blue ribbon.
Baldacci, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding, is a newer mount for Bergeron as the combination has only competed in one show previously. Yesterday in the Young Rider Team test, the earned a score of 65.245 percent for seventh place. Today, their score rose almost 5 percent to give them a score of 69.882 percent for second place. Bergeron plans to continue competing both her horses with her sights set on qualifying for the North American Junior Young Rider Championships in August.
Rounding out the winner’s circle was fellow Canadian Rakeya Moussa and Susan Moussa’s gelding, Davidoff V.H. Trichelhof. Moussa and the 10-year-old gelding earned a score of 67.647 percent in yesterday’s Young Rider Team test and fourth place. Today in the Young Rider Individual Test, the pair rose to third place with a score of 67.176 percent.
The CDI Young Rider division will conclude tomorrow with the Young Rider Freestyle beginning at 11:23 a.m.
FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Camille Carier Bergeron- First and Second Place
On Her Ride With Expression:
“Expression is probably the most wonderful horse I will ever have in my life. He’s such an honest horse and he likes his work – he gives you his heart in every single test. We had some mistakes in the test but in general, it was a very, very good test and he was just wonderful. When he goes into the ring he sparkles and he’s so cool to ride – every day I get to ride this horse is a good day.”
On Her Ride With Baldacci:
“It was a really good, clean test. It’s only my second show with him so we’re still trying to get to know each other – we’re still building our partnership. He’s so good in the ring, he’s always with you and he doesn’t pay attention to anything else – he won’t let you down in the ring. I have high hopes for him in the future.”
On Spending Time in Wellington:
“I’ve been coming here for four years now and I love it. It’s super to compete here and the atmosphere is wonderful. I have a really good partnership with my school and they allow me to leave for the winter season so I can compete here. I have a certain amount of work that’s due at a specific time and you’ve got to do it by yourself. I send my homework back to my school and they correct it. At the end of the session, I’ll have to go back to Canada to take my exams but that’s how I’m doing it.”
Young Rider Individual Test Full Results
Place / Rider / Country / Horse / Total Score
1. Camille Carier Bergeron / CAN / Expression / 70.176
2. Camille Carier Bergeron / CAN / Baldacci / 69.882
3. Rakeya Moussa / CAN / Davidoff V.H Trichelhof / 67.176
4. Vanessa Creech-Terauds / CAN / Fleur de Lis L / 66.500
5. Callie Jones / USA / Don Philippo / 65.941
6. Yanina Woywitka / CAN / R’Myattack / 65.353
7. Anna Weinger / USA / Don Derrick / 64.765
8. Allison Youngdale / CAN / RF Cosima 201 / 63.471
9. Kaylee Christensen / USA / Don Claudio / 60.853