Riders Dream Big as Regional Qualifying Gets Underway for Inaugural US Dressage Finals Presented By Adequan®
Source: Yellow Horse Marketing for the US Dressage Finals
The inaugural US Dressage
Finals presented by Adequan®
will be held November 7 - 10, 2013 at the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park in
Lexington, Kentucky, home of the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games. For the first time in history, riders from
across the country at all levels of performance will be invited to compete over
the same hallowed ground where international champions have been crowned. "The Kentucky Horse Park is one of the
finest equestrian facilities in the world," notes George Williams,
President of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). "And I couldn't be more thrilled that
our mission to provide a national spotlight for riders at all levels,
especially adult amateurs, will now be realized there. This will be their moment to shine."
So far, more than 1,200
declarations have been received from riders seeking to qualify for what may be
the chance of a lifetime to compete on the national stage and win fantastic
prizes, bragging rights, and more than $50,000 in prize money. This group of hopeful competitors includes Whitney Harrington of Agoura
Hills, CA, who has enjoyed winning regional championship titles in the adult
amateur ranks with her mount, Laredo 183.
In addition, she has watched and supported her daughter Kalynn as she
works to qualify for FEI junior and young rider championship programs. But now it's Harrington's turn to pursue
national-level goals. "I
decided to declare because I thought it would be exciting to be able to ride in
a national finals at a huge venue against the best riders in my division, not
just from my region," said Harrington.
"As an adult amateur, it is a wonderful way to be exposed to top competitors
in our division from all across the country."
Grand Prix dressage rider and a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist, Heather
Mason of Tewksbury, NJ is no stranger to elite championship competition. In addition to finding success at the High
Performance level, in 2011 she was named as an alternate for the Pan American
Games. But Mason is so excited to try
for the inaugural US Dressage Finals and a chance to trot down centerline in
the impressive, climate-controlled Alltech Arena, she's seeking to qualify six
horses in various levels from Training to Grand Prix. "I rode in the then-American Horse Shows Association
(AHSA) 'national championships' in 1984 in Kansas City," Mason said. "There I won the First Level
junior/young rider division, and I've been waiting for them to come back ever
since! I really think a head-to-head
competition not only for professional riders but also for adult amateurs is a
great idea, and I really hope to make it."
Riders in USDF Regions 2, 5,
6, 7, and 8 will compete this weekend to earn top marks and be eligible for a
possible invitation to the Finals, followed by Regions 3 and 4 over the weekend
of October 11 - 13 and concluding with Regions 1 and 9 on October 17 - 20. For riders who have submitted a declaration
to compete at the Finals, their next step on the road to Lexington will be the
nomination phase, as competitors who earn required scores and/or placings at
their respective regional championships will have 48 hours to file electronic
nominations with USDF. From these
nominations, final invitations for the US Dressage Finals will be issued, with
entries closing October 24.
To learn more about the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®,
download competition information, review lists of declared riders and horses
from each region, and sign up to receive news and updates, visit the official
event website at www.usdressagefinals.com.
Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit www.usdf.org, email email@example.com, or call (859) 971-2277.