Sights from the Championships – Regions 3, 4, 6, 7, and 9!

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Photo submitted by Nancy Arend.

Fall means Regional Championship time!  After the opening weekend of the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships kicked off in Regions 2 and 8 (which you can check out here) it was time for the other Regions to get involved. From coast to coast, equestrians headed down centerline, hoping to cap off a wild and crazy 2020 with a winning ride. Region 7 took center stage first, holding their Championships September 24-27. The following weekend (October 1-4) was a busy one, with Regions 3, 4, 6, and 9 all hosting their competitions. Finally, Region 1 capped off Championship season October 8-11 with their show. Our social media followers were eager to share about their experiences.

Region 3

Held at Ocala, Florida, the Region 3 Championships showcased riders that call Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee home.  Here are some of the sights our social media followers shared with us from the show:

A “Remarkable” weekend – Remarkable was named Intermediate 1 Musical Freestyle Champion. Photo submitted by Christine Sophie Malpartida.
What a good young horse! With a score of 74.569%, this 3-year-old took home third place at Training Level Open. Photo submitted by Amy Speck-Kern.
A kiss for a job well done. Third Level Reserve Champion Freudentanzer gets some love. Photo submitted by Christine Sophie Malpartida.
 All smiles! Gucci, owned by Susan McCoskey and ridden by Marjolein Geven, was 4th place in Intermediate 1 Open with a score of 71.838%. Photo submitted by Susan McCoskey.

Region 4

Lake Saint Louis, Missouri was the host of this year’s Region 4 Championships, bringing in riders from the Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota area.   Here are a few sights from the competition:

Can’t keep her down! Just 7 weeks after an accident at Festival of Champions, which resulted in Raegan McCool breaking her collarbone and jaw, she returned in triumphant fashion as Champion Third Level Freestyle, Champion Jr Team Test, and 3rd place Jr/YR Third Level. Raegan pictured with FHF Rockstar, owned by Jennifer Kaiser. Photo submitted by Jennifer Kaiser.
Pony alert! This 13h German Riding Pony mare was Reserve Champion in the Adult Amateur Training Level with a 71.6%. Photo submitted by Jennifer Reisse.
More pony power at Region 4. This New Forest Pony gelding was Reserve Champion at Fourth Level with a 68.2%. Photo submitted by Jennifer Reisse.

Region 6

Due to COVID-19, the Region 6 Championships experienced a venue change. It was held at Auburn, Washington, with riders from Alaska, Idaho, West Montana, Oregon, and Washington being eligible to compete here. Check out are some of the sights our social media followers shared with us from their championship:

Looking regal – Second Level Open Champion Innsbruck, ridden by Kat Southam. Photo submitted by Nancy Arend.
In the fog – Nadine Schwartsman on Lucian BHS during the National Anthem. Photo submitted by Stephanie Bennett.
We bet there is a smile under that mask! Champion, Reserve Champion, 3rd, and 6th place in the Region 6 Open Training Level Championships. Photo submitted by Nadine Schwartsman.  

Region 7

Heading west for the next region, riders from California, Nevada, and Hawaii were ready to take center stage at the Region 7 Championships. Held this year in Del Mar, CA, see some of the sights from the show:

Striking a pose – The 8th place finisher in the Prix St Georges Open. Photo submitted by Kristine Buist.
“We had a great time at Region 7 Championships!” Photo taken by Terri Miller Photography & submitted by Kristina Huff.

Region 9

Last, but certainly not least, we check in with Region 9. Held in Katy, Texas, the Region 9 Championships were open to equestrians from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Here are some of the highlights our followers shared:

From the racetrack to the showring! A rescued Off-Track Thoroughbred was named the First Level Freestyle Champion. Photo submitted by Danielle Mayer Aymond.
Bringing home lots of ribbons! Fourth Level Adult Amateur Champion and 7th place finisher in Third Level Adult Amateur. Photo summitted by Barrett Barksdale.
A beautiful day to ride a beautiful horse. Third Level Open Reserve Champion and SWDC Third Level Champion. Photo submitted by Ashley Shaw.
Double threat – These two brought home Second Level SWDC Champion and 2nd Level Regional Championship Reserve Champion. Photo submitted by Lauren Vega.
A rose with ribbons instead of thorns. Jypsy Rose poses with her winnings – Intermediare 1 Champion & Intermediare I Reserve Champion. Photo submitted by Jenna Stern-Arnold.

Want more photos from Regional Championships? Check out our recent gallery from Regions 2 and 8 here.

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to share their championship experiences with us!

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