Codi Harrison and Ellanor Boehning Claim Blue Ribbons on Second Day of 2018 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

Wayne, Ill – Aug. 23, 2018 – The youth divisions of the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions continued into day two at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. Under 25 riders and their mounts returned to compete in the Grand Prix 16 – 25 Test for the USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship, presented by Dressage Today. After a morning of tough competition, Codi Harrison and her own Katholt’s Bossco maintained their lead from Wednesday to walk away with the top score of 72.744 percent.

Codi Harrison and Katholt's Bossco
Codi Harrison and Katholt’s Bossco

Harrison and her 11-year-old Danish Warmblood, Katholt’s Bossco, remained consistent in their performance during the first two days of competition. Harrison purchased Bossco from Denmark three years ago and the pair has worked up through the ranks together over the years from Prix St. George to Grand Prix. The pair is coming back into the ring strong after not showing since the winter season in Wellington, Florida.

Winning Ride: Codi Harrison and Katholt's Bossco FEI Grand Prix 16-25 Test #BrentinaCup

"I was so proud of him today and yesterday. I was really happy with the overall feeling… he’s a horse of a lifetime for me.” – Codi Harrison & Katholt's Bossco hold the lead in the #BrentinaCup presented by Dressage Today Magazine after the second day of competition winning the FEI Grand Prix 16-25 Test scoring 72.74% #FestivalofChampions #USADressage

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Molly Paris and her mare, Countess, were another pair that remained consistent to take home second place two days in a row. The pair performed a steady test that would result in a 68.256 percent score. Countess, a 17-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, has been partnered with Paris for almost three years. The two are no strangers to the winner’s circle having placed third in the 2017 championship and winning a FEI CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle Competition in Tryon in September of last year.

Moving up from her fourth-place finish on Wednesday, Claire Manhard claimed third place with a score of 66.923 percent. Manhard was aboard her 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, Wilfonia. Manhard highlighted her improved compacted canter and two-tempis as the reason for moving up in Thursday’s placings.

Claire Manhard and Wilfonia
Claire Manhard and Wilfonia

U25 athletes will conclude their championship with the Grand Prix 16–25 Freestyle, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 3:45 p.m. The championship winners will be determined from an average of results from the three total tests: the Intermediate II Test (40 percent), the Grand Prix 16–25 (45 percent) and the Grand Prix 16–25 Freestyle (15 percent). The division’s tricolor will be determined on Saturday, Aug. 25, with the final class beginning at 3:45 p.m.

Following the U25 class, the nation’s top pony riders took to the ring for their first class for the USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship. Ellanor Boehning, 12, rode away from the field with an impressive score of 71.524 percent on her 15-year-old German Riding Pony Kabam.

Ellanor Boehning and Kabam

Boehning and the palomino gelding took to the ring with confidence and very little mistakes during their first test of the week. The two have been a team for four years and in that time, Boehning, with them help of her trainers, has trained him from his previous job as a world champion driving pony to be a successful dressage pony.

Winning Ride: Ellanor Boehning & Kabam FEI Pony Rider Team Test #FestivalofChampions

From competing in the FEI World Combined Driving Pony Championships to strutting down the centerline in dressage, Kabam can do it all! “It was definitely one my best tests I’ve had on him. Everything with him is basically perfect." – Ellanor Boehning on winning the FEI Pony Rider Team Test on her own 15-year-old German Riding Pony, Kabam at #FestivalofChampions

Posted by USA Dressage on Thursday, August 23, 2018

The pair competed in the Children division at last year’s national championship before deciding on competing in the Pony division in 2018. Although she describes Kabam as often being a ‘firecracker’, Boehning was thrilled with their first test on Thursday and look forward to keeping their momentum in the following days.

Abby Fodor and Slip and Slide
Abby Fodor and Slip and Slide

Abby Fodor and Slip and Slide, a 15-year-old Quarter Horse/Haflinger gelding, solidified second place with their 65.857 percent score. They have been partnered together for three years and like first place winner Kabam, Slip and Slide has changed careers throughout his life. Slip and Slide, a former reining mount, was trained for dressage by his old owner before Fodor took over the ride. The combination won the inaugural USEF Children Dressage National Championship in 2017 before switching to the Pony division.

Third place was achieved by Jordan Osborne, 15, and Cinderella with a score of 64.762 percent. Cinderella, an 11-year-old German Riding Pony, is often a tough ride for Osborne, but she says the mare, “Ella”, has continued to teach her a lot about the sport. She highlights her walk pirouettes and rein back as being the strong points during Thursday’s test.

Jordan Osborne and Cinderella
Jordan Osborne and Cinderella

The USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship is open to athletes between the ages of 12 and 16. The pony combinations will compete in two tests, the FEI Pony Team Test (50 percent) and the FEI Pony Individual (50 percent) to determine the overall division champion. They head down centerline for their final test, Friday, Aug. 24, at 8 a.m.

FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Codi Harrison – Grand Prix 16 – 25 winner

On her test:
“I was so proud of him today and yesterday. Nothing really sticks out more today to me. He’s such a big horse so it’s a lot to ask of him two days in a row. I’m really happy with the overall feeling. He’s such a good boy. I hope he can continue this for Saturday. Today, the last piaffe took a little bit to get into it, but it was such a good feeling once I had it on the centerline.”

Codi Harrison and Katholt's Bossco
Codi Harrison and Katholt’s Bossco

On Katholt’s Bossco:
“I’ve had him for three years. Lars and Melissa [Peterson] helped me find him. He was in Denmark and I found him for Young Riders. We just kept going and he has been so fun to work with and learn him. It’s been really fun. He is such a sweet boy. I think that he is a horse of a lifetime for me.”

Molly Paris – Grand Prix 16 – 25 second place

On her test:
“The test was much more subtle today. We broke in our twos which was unfortunate, but I just wasn’t there to catch her. She definitely felt more with me today, which is a good feeling so I’m really happy with her.”

Claire Manhard – Grand Prix 16 – 25 third place

On her test:
“Today we didn’t mess up the two-tempis so that’s good. Overall, I think the canter was a little more compact. Her canter wasn’t as long, which is why the two-tempis were a little bit better. We struggled with the pirouettes but we are still learning. The piaffe passage was still decent, feeling-wise. I felt relatively similar today.”

Claire Manhard and Wilfonia
Claire Manhard and Wilfonia

 

Ellanor Boehning – Pony Rider Team Test winner

On her performance:
“It was one of the best tests I’ve had on him. Everything was really solid. His half passes were amazing and so was his lengthening. Basically, the entire test was great.”

On her plan going forward:
“Everything was really solid today and it was all what I wanted him to do. I’ll work on getting him more in front of my leg, but he was really good today.”

Ellanor Boehning and Kabam 

On Kabam:
“I’ve had Kabam for 4 years now. When I got him he was a firecracker. He has been really good lately and everything with him is basically perfect. He went to two world championships as a driving pony in the singles. They tried him in pairs but it wasn’t his favorite, so we bought him and he’s now a dressage pony! I don’t know too much about combined driving, but I know that he did simple flat work. It was a little challenging to train him because he loves to be expressive. It’s fun to see where he can go though. He likes trail riding and he loves to go through the water.”

Abby Fodor – Pony Rider Team Test second place

On her test:
“He was really good and his walk pirouettes were a lot better. His trot extensions were a bit weak but the half passes were good.”

Abby Fodor and Slip and Slide
Abby Fodor and Slip and Slide

On Slip and Slide:
“I’ve been working with Slide for 3 years now. He is from Canada and he used to be a western reining pony. His old owner trained him into a fourth level dressage pony. [In my next test,] I really want to work on his trot lengthenings by pushing him forward and working on getting him more uphill.”

Jordan Osborne – Pony Rider Team Test third place

On her test:
“I was really happy with my pony. She was really good. We had a few bobbles. Usually, our trot extensions are her strong points, but she broke into the canter this time. Other things like the walk pirouette and the rein back were really solid. We didn’t have any hissy fits in the middle, which is always a bonus with her.”

Jordan Osborne and Cinderella
Jordan Osborne and Cinderella

On Cinderella:
“I’ve had Cinderella for two years and I love riding her. She is difficult but she teaches me a ton. When I do something correctly, she rewards me and gives me some great material. When I’m on the ground, she likes the snuggle and is really cute.”

On her plan going forward:
“I’d like to work on getting Ella more in front of my leg and steady in the poll. She really needs to shift her weight from the forehand to the back and kind of get that extra push.”

Results: Grand Prix 16 – 25 Test for the USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship presented by Dressage Today
Rider / Horse / Owner / Total Score
1. Codi Harrison / Katholt’s Bossco / Codi Harrison / 72.744
2. Molly Paris / Countess / Molly Paris / 68.256
3. Claire Manhard / Wilfonia / Claire Manhard / 66.923
4. Kerrigan Gluch / HGF Brio / Hampton Green Farm / 66.462
5. Benjamin Winger / QC Roberto Cavalli / Melany Lipar / 64.128
6. Mallory Chambers / Urithmic / Heather Mason / 63.718

Results: Pony Rider Team Test for the USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship
Rider / Horse / Owner / Total Score
1. Ellanor Boehning / Kabam / Ellanor Boehning / 71.524
2. Abby Fodor / Slip and Slide / Marie Fodor / 65.857
3. Jordan Osborne / Cinderella / Jordan Osborne / 64.762
4. Hannah Devine / Masterpiece / Christina Devine / 63.571
5. Paige Hendrick / Otinio / Kelly Hendrick / 63.333
6. Ella Angelo / Here-be Seren Gwyn / Pamela Geniac / 63.190

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