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by Beth Collier
Who’s Who in Maryland Dressage 2006
Every dressage rider who took the time and effort to train, take
lessons, endure the weather, and dress up last year certainly
deserves an award, regardless of final scores or placings. Here are
my favorite Maryland dressage horse and rider combinations from
For the uninitiated, “BLM” refers to the Colonel Bengt Ljungquist
Memorial Championships Oct. 19-22 at the Virginia Horse Center.
“GAIG/USDF” refers to the Great American Insurance Group/United
States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 1 Championship Show Oct.
6-8 at the Horse Park of New Jersey. BLM and GAIG/ USDF are the two
major USDF Region 1 Championships. Riders earn qualifying scores at
United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) licensed dressage shows.
USDF Region 1 includes Maryland, and Virginia, Delaware,
Pennsylvania, the eastern part of West Virginia, North Carolina, New
Jersey and Washington, DC.
New in 2006: The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Four Year
Old Dressage Test was added to the repertoire of FEI Young Horse
Dressage Tests. The USEF created a different Four Year Old Dressage
Test that was used in the inaugural Four Year Old Division at the
USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Championship Sept. 8-10 at the
Kentucky Horse Park. The FEI also added the North American Junior
Championship (NAJC), using FEI junior tests similar to USEF Fourth
Level. A rider may compete as a junior from ages 14 to 18. This
championship took place Aug. 1-6 at the Virginia Horse Center, as
part of the prestigious show known as the FEI North American Junior
and Young Riders’ Championship (NAJYRC). Riders ages 16 to 21 may
compete as either juniors or Young Riders, but not both. If
competing as Young Riders, they ride tests similar to FEI Prix
In 2006, one of the hottest topics among both politicians and
citizens (and one of great interest to dressage riders) was the
possibility of a new multi-use Maryland Horse Park. The site under
consideration is the old Navy dairy farm near Gambrills, but the
Maryland General Assembly will need to work hard for enough
political support to make funding a reality.
Now, on to those Maryland dressage
Medallion, a Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Bob and Karen Turner,
was ridden to acclaim by Janna Bakhramova of Dark Horse Stables in
Rocky Ridge. This was a super consistent pair, and always fun to
Kelly Corrigan and Wenzel Lad won the BLM Intermediaire II
Vanessa Swartz of Windsor Manor Farm in Sandy Spring ushered Orlando
to a sixth place in the GAIG/USDF Intermediaire I Open Championship.
Intermediaire I Adult Amateur
Robin Shehan and Marsaelis placed third in the GAIG/USDF
Intermediaire I Adult Amateur Championship; they were fourth in the
BLM Intermediaire I Finals. Prix St.-Georges (tie) Liebesfurstin,
owned by Debbi Bly and ridden by Susan Graham-White of Port
Republic, placed sixth in the BLM Prix St.-Georges Championship.
Becky Langwost-Barlow of Preston rode Welfenstein to a fifth place
in the GAIG/USDF Prix St.- Georges Open Championship. The latter
pair also placed fifth in the BLM Prix St.-Georges Final.
FEI Level Musical
Vanessa Swartz and the aforementioned Orlando scored an amazing
78.62% at the Dressage at Lexington Show at the Virginia Horse
FEI Five Year Old Young Horse
Unitas, with Teresa Butta of Glen Burnie in the saddle, scored 6.7
out of a possible 10 and placed 19th out of 24 entries in the
Consolation Finals for the Five Year Old Division at the FEI World
Championship for Young Dressage Horses in Germany Simply earning the
qualification to represent
the U.S. in international dressage competition is an impressive
accomplishment for any young horse. Unitas also placed fourth in the
USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Five Year Old Championship Division
FEI Four Year Old Young Horse
BW-Callista, bred by Blue Waters Farm, owned by Leslie Valente and
ridden by Tami Glover of Hilltop Farm in Colora, won the inaugural
USEF/Markel Young Dressage Horse Four Year Old Championship in
Kentucky. By Hilltop Farm’s Contucci, BW-Callista scored 9 out of a
possible 10 for a final overall score. Breeder Linda Santomenna of
Chesapeake City was there to cheer them on to victory.
Upper Marlboro resident Sharon Myers was a blue ribbon winner at the
Potomac Valley Dressage Association (PVDA) Spring Show with Cedrick.
Jennifer Truett of Dancing Horse Farm in Upper Marlboro won the GAIG/USDF
Third Level Freestyle Championship with Lydia DHF. They were also
seventh at the GAIG/USDF Third Level Open
Championship. Marylanders bid Truett a fond farewell, however, as
she has since relocated to Ohio.
Pacino, owned by Hilltop Farm of Colora and ridden by Hank Hutson,
placed second in the GAIG/USDF Second Level Open Championship and sixth in the BLM Second
Level Senior Rider “B”
Finals. Pacino also qualified for the USEF/Markel National Young
Horse Dressage Championship for the Six Year Old Division, an honor only accorded five Maryland
Rossignol, owned by Colora’s Hilltop Farm and ridden by Tami Glover,
was third in the USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Championship Consolation Finale for Five
Year Olds in Kentucky
and fourth in the BLM First Level Senior Rider “B” Finals Division.
The aforementioned BW-Callista, bred by Blue Waters Farm, owned by
Leslie Valente, and ridden by Hilltop Farm’s Tami Glover, won the
BLM Training Level Senior Rider “B” Finals and the GAIG/USDF
Training Level Open Championship.
Training Level Adult Amateur
Dorie Forte of Woodbine placed fifth in the GAIG/USDF Training Level
Adult Amateur Championship
Class aboard Froelich. The pair was sixth in the inaugural Four Year
Old Division at the USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Championship in
Tracey Goeller-Trainum and Dascha won the PVDA High Score Award for
Level Senior. Julianna LaBoy and Moose On The Loose were the ones to
watch at USDF Introductory
Level Junior, winning the PVDA High Score Award for that division.
Pas de Deux
Frederick’s own Trish De Rosa and CFS Wolf joined forces with
Heather Fay and Strollin’ Cash for
a second place ribbon in the BLM Pas de Deux Musical Freestyle