Jacqueline Cuddy and Malcarat
Mid-year is approaching and our USPRE Dressage Team has been busy training and competing. The USPRE Dressage Team is selected from the winners and reserves of the Copa USPRE. They are our representatives in the Dressage circuits across the country.
The Florida circuit wrapped up this spring, as the rest of the country is beginning to come alive with shows in all regions. As our riders report in, we can see that each of them are continuing to improve and to represent the PRE breed with excellence.
**Nicholas Fyffe and Fiero HGF
This pair made many positive developments in the past 6 months, while training with Robert Dover in Florida. Their scores at national Intermediare I in Wellington ranged up to 71%. They were the USPRE FL Series Grand Champions for the FEI Division, and are currently on the Developing List for Dressage Australia. In May, Fiero and Nicholas traveled back to Canada where they will prepare for Dressage at Devon—their first international CDI.
**Janne Rumbough and Junior
Junior had a very good season this past winter in Wellington, doing 4 CDIs at Global Dressage Festival and, out of 30 riders in every GP class, qualified for the Freestyle, finishing 5th twice. In the national classes, Junior received first places and scores of 67.8% at GP, and 76.625% in the Freestyle. We hope to see this pair again representing USPRE at the USDF Nationals in the fall, where they have always been a top contender.
**Felicitas Von Neumann and Aragon GAF
Aragon GAF, a 6 year old PRE Stallion, is continuing to move up in his work. Following a successful year at FEI 5 Year Old level, he started his show season this year by winning High Score at 2nd level with 68.6. He then went on to win the FEI 6 year old qualifier at a subsequent competition. He also won the breed class there that qualified him for Devon. Felicitas has ridden Aragon with Morten Thomsen twice and is very excited about his development.
**Susan Treabess and Kamiakin
This pair had a stellar year in 2014 as part of the United States Para Equestrian Team for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. This year, they have done one show so far, the Golden State Dressage CDI 3* at Rancho Murieta CA. Kamiakin won all of his classes at 4th level open division with scores up to 68%. Watch for them at the Paralympic Qualifier for Rio in June, also at Rancho Murieta.
**Jacqueline Cuddy and Malcarat
Many of you saw this pair in their amazing Freestyle at the USPRE Party in Wellington in January. Since then, they have been busy at home in Central Florida with their trainer, Belinda Nairn, fine tuning the movements for an upcoming debut at Grand Prix. They are hoping to be ready to do their first Grand Prix this fall, if not before. Jacqui reports that Malcarat is very happy and confident at this level and she can’t wait to get him out in the ring.
**Andrea Landis and Brioso HGF
Six Year Old Brioso continues to move along in his training, thanks in part to Andrea’s work with Christine Traurig. In their first show of the season last month in Waterloo, MI, they had scores of 70% and 73.3% at Second Level, posting the highest score of the day in the entire show. They also received a perfect 10- for one of their final halts. Andrea reports that they are preparing to debut a Second Level freestyle in 2 weeks.
**Nicole Harrington and Fetichin
Nicole reports: Fetichin is getting ready to start his show season. We have done several clinics with Alfredo Hernandez and are currently schooling the Grand Prix movements. We are looking forward to a successful season.
**Stacey Hastings and Police
News from North Carolina is all good regarding the development and successes of this pair. Stacey reports: Coves Darden’s beautiful stallion Police is doing great so far this year. He is still so young (he turned 7 last Nov.) but so smart and willing. We just did our first I-1 and won it with a 70%!!! He was steady and brilliant! I have been working a lot with my trainer of many years, Michael Poulin. He has helped me tremendously! I have also been riding in clinics with Michael Barisone. I plan to put together an I-1 freestyle and qualify for regionals and nationals. I also want to compete at Devon.
To our TEAM: Thank you for representing our horses so well in top competition and good luck to all over the summer!
Felicitas Von Neumann-Cosel and Aragon GAF
Janne Rumbough and Junior
Nicholas Fyffe and Fiero HGF
Stacey Hastings and Police
Andrea Landis and Brioso HGF
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin
Nicole Harrington and Fetichin