Prairie Farms Hosts Riders from Seven States at USET Qualifier Dressage
CO, June 6, 2003--Riders from seven states made their way to Parker,
Colorado for Dressage at High Prairie I and II which included the
only USET Qualifier in the region. This is the first year
we have had a show in May and overall Im really pleased,
said show manager Glenda McElroy. As support for the show
continues to grow, I would like to add a second USET Qualifier.
the Prix St. Georges and the Intermediaire USET Qualifiers were
won by Sue Halasz of Parker, Colorado riding Inca. The USET Qualifying
classes are held only at select shows throughout the country. Top
finishers are invited to compete at the USET Festival of Champions
in Gladstone, New Jersey. Inca, a 13-year-old Dutch gelding owned
by Barbara McElnea, also claimed the FEI High Point for Show II.
Junior/Amateur High Point Champion Show II Katie Westphal with Tami
George, representative of Markel
Insurance, sponsors of the High Point Awards at both shows.
Rider Katie Westphal of Augusta, Kansas drove more than eight hours
to show at High Prairie, but her effort was more than rewarded.
The 20 year old, who trains with Bonnie Griest, won both the FEI
Young Rider Team Test and the FEI Young Rider Individual Test, earning
the FEI Junior/Young Rider High Point at Show II and the Reserve
High Point at Show I. We have been coming to High Prairie
for five or six years, said Westphal. We just love it.
Everyone is so friendly.
Westphals partner in claiming all of the ribbons was her 14-year-old
Swedish Gelding Epigram. Hes a real puppy dog-- a licker
and a lover, said Westphal of her horse. The pair is now qualified
for the North American Young Riders Championships to be held in
August in Canada. Westphal, who is apprenticing to be a jeweler,
will represent Region Four.
rider Vance Diggins was the big winner of the High Point Awards
sponsored by Markel Insurance. Diggins, owner of Paragon Equestrian
Center, claimed three of four High Point Championships and Reserve
Championships for Upper Level Amateur and Junior riders.
were treated to judging by some of the most respected names in the
sportFEI I judges Lilo Fore, from California,
and Natalie Lamping, of Illinois. S judge Jane Weatherwax
from California rounded out the judging panel.
the entertainment at the show was a freestyle competition held during
the competitors party.
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