Wellington, Fla. – Oct. 6, 2017 – Competition at the 2017 GAIG/USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships continued on Friday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The region’s top competitors gathered together at the prestigious venue to vie for champion titles and to qualify for the US Dressage Finals to be held in Lexington, Kentucky in Nov.
In the competitive Adult-Amateur Grand Prix, it was Dr. Heather Boo who claimed the championship title and earned an invitation US Dressage Finals. Piloting her new 15-year-old Westphalian gelding, Divertimento, Boo secured her top placing with a score of 67.85 percent.
“What I’m most proud of today is that the horse I’m riding in the warm-up is getting closer and closer to the horse that I have in the test,” Boo explained. “For me to actually have the same horse going out into the test that I have in the warm up is what I’m striving for. I am working on having exact communication — he’s a very big horse, I think it’s coming together and that is harmony.”
“It’s very rewarding [to win the championship] and I don’t go out there with that expectation,” Boo continued. “I go out there riding every step, just wanting it to be the best step I can make at that moment. I’m really hard on myself when I make a mistake, which is something I have to push past in that moment. I definitely don’t take him or his power for granted, I just appreciate everything he has to give me, which is more and more every time I get on him.”
Finishing with the reserve championship title was Viola Von Lazar and her 11-year-old KWPN gelding Bolzano Utopia. The horse-and-rider combination earned a score of 64 percent to secure their second place finish in the region championships.
Rounding out the top three was Janne Rumbough and Junior, her own 15-year-old PRE gelding with a 63.1 percent.
Competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Championships will resume on Oct. 7 with the Grand Prix Open Freestyle and other championship divisions.
GAIG/USDF Grand Prix Adult Amateur Championship
Place / Rider / Horse / Score
1. Heather Boo / Divertimento / 67.850
2. Viola Von Lazar / Bolzano Utopia / 64.0
3. Janne Rumbough / Junior / 63.1
4. Kristy Truebenbach Lund / Akvavit / 62.6
5. Lynnette Wadsworth / Wietz G / 61.5
6. Barbara Burkhardt / Winnetou / 59.950
7. Courtney Varney / Edykts Enchantres / 58.850
8. Johnny Robb / Zerbino Interagro / 58.1