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ALR Dressage at Regional Championships and U.S. Dressage Finals


2014/12/02



By Allyson Rogers

ALR Dressage riders enjoyed a very successful outing at both the Region 2 USDF Championships and at the U.S. Dressage Finals, both shows held in Lexington, KY at the Kentucky Horse Park. The U.S. Dressage Finals were held November 6-9, 2014 with nearly 400 Adult Amateur and Open riders from Training Level to Grand Prix competing. Intense head-to-head dressage competition across 30 championship divisions concluded on Sunday. The Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 2 Championships were held October 9-12, 2014. The Kentucky Dressage Association Fall Classic I Horse Show was held the same weekend at the KY Horse Park.

Ally’s student Jennifer Van de Loo qualified for Regionals with highly competitive scores throughout the year on her 15-year old Oldenburg gelding, Lanzelot 99 in both Prix St. George and her very first year of Intermediate I. Her assistant trainer, Nicole Ardito-Ng, also qualified on her own Royal Step, a 5-year- old Oldenburg gelding that she imported from Germany a year ago. Despite more than adverse weather conditions, and 24 hours of rain, she persevered to lay down a beautiful Training Level test in the huge open class with a score of 68%!  Jenny placed third in her Prix St. George class and fourth in her Intermediate I class, also both large, highly competitive classes.

“Sometimes it’s tempting to choose a Regional Championships that’s not as highly competitive to ‘up’ your chances of making the finals. I try to resist that so we can get an honest result going into Nationals,” said Rogers. “Region 2 Championships was one of the largest in the country with over 1600 rides and an extremely high quality level of competitors. This is the reason I think we ended up so successful going to the Finals!”

Though Nicole stayed home to hold down the fort, Jenny qualified with her great wild card scores and proved that she more than deserved to be there by placing seventh in the Intermediate I class and then put in the test of her life to claim the Reserve Champion Prix St. George Adult Amateur in the Nation!

Ally couldn’t be prouder of the continual progress and success of all of her students. “One of the most rewarding things about teaching is watching my students not only progress up the levels and enjoy competitive success, but also become more effective, confident, and secure in their own abilities,” Rogers said.

More information including final results, photo galleries, and news archives from the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® are available on the official event website www.usdressagefinals.com. Video on-demand from select championship performances is also available on the USEF Network (www.usefnetwork.com). A complete archive of each competition day’s results is listed at this link: http://www.usdf.org/usdressagefinals/competitors/results.asp. More information about USDF Region 2 is available at: http://www.usdfregion2.org/

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