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MDA Bunnies in July


Compiled by Nancy Brannon

Mid-South Dressage Academy’s (MDA) March Bunny Hop dressage show had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But show manager Elizabeth Clifton was able to secure another date for the show – July 18-19, 2020 – and renamed it Bunnies in July.

The same USEF guidelines for recognized shows that were in effect for the MDA Summer Solstice Show in June continued to apply to this show. The rules specified that no spectators were allowed, competitors were not allowed in the main barn area, and only one trainer/support person per competitor was allowed in the warm up area. Masks were mandatory at all times and participants were required to self-monitor their temperature once daily prior to entering the competition grounds. If anyone was running a fever and/or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, they must stay away. All participants were required to complete and sign the USEF waiver.

The show attracted 23 riders and 27 horses competing in classes from Grand Prix and Intermediate II down to Intro. The show began at 7 a.m. each day and “we finished by noontime,” Elizabeth said, “which was good because of the heat.”

Sheridon Cross was excited that she and Kind of Special qualified for Regionals at Second Level. The pair scored 63.810% and 62.976% in Adult Amateur Second Level tests.

Marikay Asberry scored high marks with her Facetime: 80% in the 2019 USDF Materiale Class, and 75.172% and 74.310% in Adult Amateur Training Level.

Hayley Baker scored 72.931% in Open First Level with Instigator Mtf.

Melissa Cool scored 67.647% in Sunday’s FEI Intermediate I on Parole. She was the FEI High Point winner in I1.

Aislin Falasco was first in Sunday’s Jr/YR First Level on Unscripted, scoring 70.694%.

Jordan Gatlin also scored high in Sunday’s AA First Level on Rebecca RSL: 70.278%.

MDA’s resident trainer Jamie Lawrence rode three horses at the show, scoring 72.241% in Training Level with Fenix De Aimaran, 65,543% with Ubachon in FEI Grand Prix and 65% with this horse in FEI Intermediate II. Jamie wrote about the show: “Such a fun weekend! I rode my first of, hopefully, many Grands Prix ! Thank you Ubi [Ubachon]for allowing me to ride you through my first Grand Prix and getting High Point FEI! He got a 9 on one of his Piaffes! Elizabeth Clifton always pushes me to be the best trainer and gives me full support with her amazing facility.”

Virginia Moon rode Maggio in AA USDF Freestyle, Third Level to score 70.067% on Saturday.

Jayne Ryan and Shalvadore Dali scored high marks in Open Training Level with 72.759%.

Jennifer Van De Loo brought her horse and pony to the show, with Notre Dame scoring 71.250% and 71.111% in AA First Level. Her pony, Duke Of The Dawn, scored 66.806% in Fourth Level - Pony. Jenni said, “It was hot! Great show; super atmosphere. I got my qualifying scores for Regionals on Duke for Fourth Level and Notre Dame is now qualified for Training and First Levels. It was a big show for many, as Ansley Stanfill got her Silver medal and Daniel Patterson got his Bronze medal at just 16 years old! Lots to celebrate! The hard training with the awesome help of Heather Kennedy paid off. I am very happy with both ponies and am excited and honored to have qualified for Regionals!”

Full results of the show are posted at Next USDF recognized show at MDA is the Turkey Trot,
November 21-22, 2020. The Show Tunes schooling show is October 25.

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