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Christopher Hickey and Ronaldo

Carly Taylor-Smith and Rosalut NHF

Kerrigan Gluch and Vaquero HGF with USEF's Hallye Griffin, Judge Lois Yukins, and USEF Dressage Youth Coaches George Williams and Charlotte Bredahl-Baker

Katie Riley and Don Cesar

Kristin Counterman accepts the Anita Owen Perpetual Silver Stirrup Trophy from presenter Scott Hassler

Emily Miles and WakeUp

Heather Blitz and Ripline

Jordan Rich and Ellert HB

Hannah Bauer and Trustful

Lamplight Equestrian Center

Gold medalist Julia Lee Barton on Bonnaroo and silver medalist Tillie Jones on Flavio during the presentation for the 13 & Under division of the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals. The two riders are pictured with judges Lois Yukins, Alison Head and Kris

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Photo Wrap-Up: Lamplight Equestrian Center Hosts USEF Dressage National Championships

Written by: Mary Adelaide Brakenridge
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center
Release Date: 2015-08-26

Wayne, IL - August 26, 2015 - Top up-and-coming dressage horses and riders from across the United States gathered at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois, Aug. 19-23 for three major competitions: the Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage National Championships, the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals, and youth divisions of the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp.

Competitors enjoyed the gorgeous show grounds with their lush landscaping, horse-friendly layout and convenient amenities. Youth riders said they appreciated the chance to mingle with and watch many of the trainers competing their young horses. USEF’s dressage coaches were on hand throughout the week to observe some of the country’s most promising combinations and serve as a resource for competitors, providing training sessions as well as tips and advice.

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Chris Hickey rode Ronaldo, owned by Cecelia Stewart, to fourth place in the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Championship.

“The horses I’ve been the most successful on are the horses I made from scratch, and that’s a wonderful feeling," Hickey said. "I hope all the riders appreciate and thank the coaches and the USEF staff that come here. I think this horse show is super run, and everybody does such a good job pulling this together.”

Carly Taylor-Smith and Rosalut NHF, owned by Nikki Taylor-Smith, won the Markel/USEF Five-Year-Old Young Horse National Championship.

“We fit like a glove; I think that’s the best part about us," Carly Taylor-Smith said. "We have so much trust that the test just felt flowing. The show has been so well organized, the weather has been fantastic, people have been great, and the stabling and the footing have been good. It has run smoothly, and it has made us as riders really, really happy.”

Kerrigan Gluch and Vaquero HGF, owned by Hampton Green Farm, took the AGCO/USEF Young Rider National Reserve Championship.

“The show has been super nice," Gluch said. "It’s really fun to be always in the ring with a lot of youth riders. The horses seem to really like it and have a lot of energy. I think that’s the main thing. If the horses are happy, then everything else goes well!”

Katie Riley and Don Cesar, owned by Cesar Parra, finished third in the Markel/USEF Five-Year-Old Young Horse National Championship.

“I think he has the brightest future ahead of him, and this was a great step in his process," Riley said. "I think he’s a star for the top sport; you can already feel it in him. I love this show. I am super grateful to Markel, USEF, and all the sponsors that make it possible. It is so important for the development of our young horses for them to get used to an atmosphere like this. Thank you to the owners of Lamplight; it’s a beautiful facility!”

Kristin Counterman rode Three Times, owned by Caroline Stephens, to the AGCO/USEF Junior National Reserve Championship. She was also awarded the Anita Owen Perpetual Silver Stirrup Trophy for her outstanding sportsmanship.

“I was so happy in my ride, and my horse was so wonderful," Counterman said. "He was with me every step of the way. The facility blew me away. It is so beautiful."

Emily Miles and her own WakeUp captured the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Championship.

“I love Lamplight," Miles said. "Lamplight’s been so good to us. The footing is unbelievable. This feels like home to me. I think promoting the young horses has to be eventually the basis of our dressage in the U.S. The sponsors are amazing. They put on this beautifully run show, and we’re very blessed to have it. It was really fun for me to have my husband Jeff here this weekend - it was the first time he’s been to this national championship show for me.”

Heather Blitz and Ripline, owned by Oak Hill Ranch LLC, claimed the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Reserve Championship.

“Last year we were 6-year-old national champions, so he has had practice being at the facility, and he loves it here," Blitz said. "It’s beautiful. The pressure of the championships makes it different from a normal show, in my head and in his. It is a great program if your horse can rise to the occasion and do the difficulty of the test for the level. It is a huge honor to be here.”

Jordan Rich and Ellert HB, owned by Lucy Tidd, finished fourth in the Markel/USEF Six-Year-Old Young Horse National Championship

"I was excited to come," Rich said. "I felt like the horse was going better than he ever had felt. I was really interested to see how he would size up at the competition. The horse was absolutely super. I couldn’t have asked for a better effort from him; he just tried every stride."

Hannah Bauer and her own Trustful took third place in the AGCO/USEF Young Rider National Reserve Championship.

“I love this show grounds," Bauer said. "It’s probably one of my favorites. It was a beautiful show and a beautiful competition. I liked that it is a big show but it’s laid back and not overwhelming. I would like to thank the sponsors - The Dutta Corp. and AGCO - as well as my own team of sponsors, especially my family for the support and my trainer for help making this huge jump to Young Riders. This is my first year at Festival of Champions, and I couldn’t have had a better experience.”


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