Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 2 Dressage Championships & KDA Fall Classic I
Day 4 Sunday, October 14th, 2018
By Catherine A Greenwood
Photography by Lisa Dean

Welcome to day four of the USDF Region 2 Championship competition!
We wish the rain had never come, but the rides were not dampened. The footing stayed perfect and the rain stopped in time for everyone to pack up and drive home. We hope horses and riders made it safely home to dry, warm stalls.

By the KDA measure, it was a wonderful horse show. The volunteers were generous, the competitors patient and safe, and the horses moved with the cool air like they had wings.

Pictured Right: Linda Stine riding Beerend W
Jennifer Conour took top spot atop the strong mare, Freya, with a score of 74.1% in the Championship First Level Open. The Amateur First Level Championships Judges Joan Darnell and Hilda Gurney, and scribes were stiff hipped from judging 35 rides. It was another close running class and several placings differed by less than 0.2%! When the final scores were posted, Bethany Gallagher's long striding Fabiola took the blue on a 74.7%. Selena Wilson and Stellar Hit rode to second with a 71.3% and Tracy McPherson closed the top three riding Renatus to earn a score of 69.8%.
The Championships Grand Prix Open was worth the watch with eleven competitors. Judy Kelly claimed top spot aboard Benise with a final score of 66.6%. The Fourth Level Championship Amateur class was also notably filled out with 12 competitors, tightly scored. Ashley Maul rode Fiaro Lacendos to a 66.8% and the win.
Pictured Above: Bethany Gallagher riding Fabiola

The Junior/Young Riders would not and could not be stopped by the rain. The Championship Training Level class judged by Paula Lacy and Charlotte Trentleman had moments of perfection mixed with the adventure of young riders learning the challenges of unwilling horses. Raegan McCool kept her cool as she rode to the win on the horse Goliath SSF to a final score of 74.6%. Erin Panizza and Romantic Affair claimed the second place with a 72.3%.

The Dressage Seat Medal Class, ages 14-18 Semi Final competed today with an excellent rainy day turn out. Brooke Engles and Florieux won the blue with a 85%. The Regional Equitation Adult Amateur Finals also took place with Kelli Diener riding Daughtry FS took the blue with an 81%. Well done competitors! 

Pictured Right: Meredith Denton Riding Just G competing in the USDF Dressage Seat Medal, 14-18 Semi Final
Kentucky Dressage Association would like to thank the Volunteers, Show Managers, KDA's Board of Directors, Show Committee, and the Competitors for making this show an excellent show now in the books!

R2C Top Three from Each Class
1st Level AA
Bethany Gallagher riding Fabiola 74.7%
Selena Wilson riding Stellar Hit 71.3%
Tracy McPherson riding Renatus 69.8%
1st Level Open
Jennifer Conour riding Freya 74.2%
Brianna Zwilling riding For Dea Bella 73.9%
Jennifer Roth riding Brunited 72.9%
2nd Level Jr/Yr
Bronwyn Buys Du Plessis riding Bellissimo Danzatore 70.6%
Ella Hoekstra riding Drommels 67.3%
Julia McDonald riding Dinosof 65.6%
Training Level Jr/Yr
Raegan McCool riding Goliath SSF 74.6%
Erin Panizza riding Romantic Affair 72.3%
Jusia Hollenbeck riding Isidore 67.8%
FEI Gran Prix AA
Cari Saloch riding Poukha 65.5%
FEI Intermediate I AA
Nicole Baergen riding Glen Emeril 70.5%
Susan Griffiths riding Algebraic Expression 64.6%
Lilla Mason riding Statesman 63.8%
4th Level Jr/Yr
Angelina Grossi riding Labano 63.2%
Emma Green riding Viva Las Vegas 61.1%
4th Level AA
Ashley Maul riding Fiaro Lacendos 66.8%
Andrea Bruce riding Althea 66.3%
Kelly Leasseur riding Luminus 66.3%

FEI Grand Prix Open
Judy Kelly riding Benise 66.6%
Hokan Thorn riding Django 65.1%
Nichole Smith riding Ebikur 63.5%
Equitation Adult AA Finals
Kelli Diener riding Daughtry FS 81%
Michelle Morehead riding Silhouette 80%
Karen Taylor rding Weekapaug Groove 79%
Highlights of KDA Members Competing at R2C
Top Left: Cariann Wlosinski riding Rhiannon
Bottom Left: Sydney Gordon and Helena
Top Right: Jennifer Truett riding Lafayette HQ
Bottom Right: Selena Wilson riding Vanity
In the Day 3 Recap, two lovely horse and rider combos were mislabeled. Our apologizes to Ali Potasky riding Frattini in right photo and Cathie Fergus-Watson riding Levitate in photo left.
KDA had the privileged of hiring the services of Lisa Dean Photography to capture our members special moments of R2C. Thank you to Lisa for these wonderful memories!
Above: Victoria Retamoza riding Butterfly Encounter
Below: Bethany Gallagher riding Fabiola
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