Katy, Texas – Rebecca Hart and Kate Shoemaker came down the centerline and delivered superb performances to begin the 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships today. After performing the Team Tests in their respective levels, Grade II athlete Hart has the early lead in the CPEDI3* Championship High Performance division with a score of 73.118%. Grade III athlete Shoemaker is on top of the CPEDI1* Championship National division with a score of 70.237%. Today’s totals will count 40% towards the competitor’s overall score.
CPEDI3* Championship High Performance Division
Six-time National Champion Hart wasted no time getting on top of the leaderboard early. She and her own Schroeter’s Romani put together a strong performance that featured an excellent free walk. Despite a storm rolling in, and a few distractions due to the wind, the 2002 Danish Warmblood mare stuck with her for a quality performance.
“I was really happy with her today. We have been working on her consistency, tempo, and rhythm, and we had that, but I would love to add power. She’s quite a powerful horse, and today we were consistent and harmonious, but I want to add a little spark to it and make that a little better,” said Hart.
Nearly five one-thousandths of a point separates second and third place. Grade III athlete Angela Peavy sits in second place with Ozzy Cooper, Rebecca Reno’s 2006 Trakehner gelding, on a score of 70.868%. Right behind her is Grade Ia athlete Roxanne Trunnell with Julia Handt’s Royal Dancer, a 2005 Westphalian gelding, on a score of 70.304%.
Winners of CPEDI3* Individual Team Tests per Grade
Grade Ia – Roxanne Trunnell and Royal Dancer
Grade Ib – Sydney Collier with her own Wentworth, a 2003 Hanoverian gelding – 67.880%
Grade II – Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani
Grade III – Angela Peavy and Ozzy Cooper
CPEDI1* Championship National Division
Grade III athlete Shoemaker was the only athlete to score above a 70% in the CPEDI1* division. She and her own Solitaer 40, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding, had a consistent, clean test to lead the field.
“We scored pretty evenly throughout the test, which is a good thing. My focus for tomorrow is to get more energy and a bit more spark so we can bring up our scores another half a point or so on our movements. He’s a really talented horse and I think with more time, and as our partnership develops, there is a lot of potential,” said Shoemaker.
Like in the three-star division, not much separates second and third place. Grade IV and 2010 World Equestrian Games athlete Mary Jordan is in second place with Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center’s Rubicon 75. The 2005 Oldenburg gelding excelled in his walk, and the combination earned a score of 67.548%.
“I’m very pleased with Rubicon 75. After traveling from Maine to Houston, we put down a solid ride. He’s a wonderful and talented horse, and it’s exciting to see him come into his own. I’m thrilled that the judges saw the positive attributes in him today,” said Jordan.
Trailing by nearly one one-thousandth of a point for third place is Grade II athlete Kelly Boccia and her own Donauwalzer CSF, a 2002 Rheinlander stallion, with a score of 67.471%.
Winners of CPEDI1* Individual Team Tests per Grade
Grade Ia – Roxanne Trunnell and her own NTEC Daytona Beach, a 2002 Westphalian mare – 65.609%
Grade Ib – Sydney Collier with KCR Dressage’s Scampano 2, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding – 66.240%
Grade II – Kelly Boccia and Donauwalzer CSF
Grade III – Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40
Grade IV – Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75
Complete 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship Results