Submitted by Jenn C. - Region 8- I rode Lyndon's Swan Song of Telynor (Dewi) owned by Meredith Whaley. We got 2 qualifying scores for USDF Finals at Training Level and 1st level MFS and had a blast.
Fall means Regional Championship time! The 2021 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships kicked off in USDF Regions 5, followed by action from Regions 4, 6, 7, and 8. Here are some of the sights our social media followers shared with us from the competitions:
Region 4 – Held September 23-26, 2021 at Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center, Cumming, IA
Submitted by Jetta M. – I am from Region 4 and attended my very first regionals with my horse this weekend! It was a very exciting experience, and one that I am so honored to have. Submitted by Jetta M. – My Arabian Loki and I placed fourth in First level test 3 in the junior division, and we even got to meet a fellow Arabian competitor whom I met online!
Submitted by Tommy Fahey Horsemanship – Via Le Santo and Tommy Fahey. Submitted by Tommy Fahey Horsemanship – Via Le Santo and Tommy Fahey. Submitted by Tommy Fahey Horsemanship – Via Le Santo and Tommy Fahey. Submitted by Tommy Fahey Horsemanship – Via Le Santo and Tommy Fahey.
Submitted by Lauren S. – First year competing in USDF for myself and my student so our first time at Regionals! Student competed in Equitation and I did First Level. Here is my students post ride discussion where I’m telling her how proud I am of her! Submitted by Laura W. – Competed at First Level and tried a Second Level test! It was a great weekend! Everyone was incredibly nice and helpful! Show grounds were great! Super fun!
Submitted by Heather P. – Elizabeth Petersen and Simba, winning Junior Team and Fourth Level Jr yr at Region 4. Submitted by Heather P. – Region 5 director Heather Petersen riding her first Intermediate 1 at the USDF Region 4 championships. Submitted by Heather P. – Sarah Petersen and Rohan getting 5th at first level jryr.
Submitted by Patti G. – Nori Benck and Maximus Region 4 Dressage Seat Equitation Champions. Submitted by Heather G. – Open (second level championships) my first awards ceremony with my new mare Prada. Loved every minute of the show! Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center, LLC is a wonderful facility! Submitted by Amber G. – Loved showing our array of ponies this season. Much love for my team and our ponies.
Submitted by Jamie L. – Jamie Lawrence and Parole – region 4 inter 1 open. We had an absolute blast at this facility! The footing was perfect and the weather was mostly perfect minus the windstorm on Friday afternoon Such a fun weekend! Submitted by Patti T. – 3rd Level AA champs Patti Blackmore riding Janeva. My smile says it all. It was a well run competition with great camaraderie among competitors. I enjoyed seeing old friends and making new friends! Submitted by Penelope S. – My horse, Frisbee 55, and I went to Region 4 and won our Fourth Level AA Championship. I couldn’t be prouder of my horse. We enjoyed the whole weekend and found everyone to be very friendly. Nice rings, helpful volunteers and officials.
Submitted by Debbie D. – Debbie Dysart and Fait Accompli Region 4 @ Third Level – 4th place. It was a great experience! There’s so many great co-competitors out there. They are all so supportive! Read more about Debbie and Fait Accompli’s adventures in A Long Time Coming: Fait Accompli!
Submitted by Sara C. – Region 4 Reserve Champion Training Level AA on my beautiful Friesian mare Maaike. We were 5th in the First Level AA Championship. This was our first year showing at rated shows and I could not be more proud of her performance!
Submitted by Deanna H. – I attended region 4 with my young horse Olaf. though our championship ride wasnt a show stopper, we both had a learning and growing weekend. super facility, beautifully run.
Region 5 – Held September 16-19, 2021 at HIPICO, Santa Fe, NM
Submitted by Taryn A. – Region 5! Submitted by Taryn A. – Region 5! Submitted by Taryn A. – Region 5! Submitted by Taryn A. – Region 5!
Submitted by Audrey A. – Region 5! Submitted by Audrey A. – Region 5!
Submitted by Sally O’Dwyer – Shellane Francher. Submitted by Sally O’Dwyer – Sue Martin – the “Boss Lady” Submitted by Sally O’Dwyer – All smiles from Jana Ward.
Submitted by Nathalie E. – Lily Baughman (age 10) and at this show her more than naughty GRP Hieronimo, Region 5! First time out at First Level for a 62.7, 3rd place and her first score towards the USDF Bronze medal and also 1st place dressage seat eq warm up with a 77 percent! Submitted by Nathalie E. – Lily Baughman (age 10) and at this show her more than naughty GRP Hieronimo
Submitted to Catherine C. – My horse Jones and I finished 5th in adult amateur training level champs. Only his fourth horse show.
Submitted by Sally O’Dwyer – Mary Karft Submitted by Sally O’Dwyer – Jana Ward Submitted by Sally O’Dwyer – Check out this booty! Submitted by Michele M. – Bugsie! Clydesdale x AQHA. 4th in AA PSG Championship Region 5. At age of 17 and after 3+ years of rehab we did it! Michele Morseth and Ben MacDhui. Submitted by Kendall B. – Dainty and Taylor Lindsten. Region 5 Result CH 2nd Level Freestyle!
Submitted by Sally O’Dwyer – Olivia Williams victory lap Submitted by Sally O’Dwyer – Olivia Williams Submitted by Wendy R. – Region 5 Kenzie Riddell.
Submitted by Karrin W. – Best moment and worst moment, ha ha ha! Region 5 reserve champion A/A Equitation. And then an oops 5 year old moment during our T-3 test. Me and my 5 year old KWPN, Last Chapter. We are a new team together and had a fun time at Regionals! Submitted by Karrin W. – And here’s the “oops!” Figured we’d give jumping a try…
Submitted by Lisa S. – My daughter competed in her first regional championship at Region 5 with her 7 year old mare. A wonderful experience! Liesl Jensen. Sally O’Dwyer says see you at Finals! Submitted by Sally O’Dwyer – Hey Snoop Dogg and Kevin Hart, the horse gets the ribbon. #cripwalkinghorse. Sue Martin.
Submitted by Erinn G. – Lilly Gilbertson and Cover Girl, with trainer Holly Bergay Submitted by Erinn G. Submitted by Erinn G. Submitted by Erinn G. – photo credit to Kathleen Bryan – Lilly and Cover Girl exiting the arena after their test
Region 6 – Held September 23-26, 2021 at Devonwood Equestrian Center, Sherwood, OR
Submitted by Tanya R. – My American Shire Nash and I. We were so grateful to qualify and had a very nice training level ride Sunday. No ribbons but so pleased with his effort. What a beautiful venue and incredibly well run show. Read more about Tanya and Echo Valley Nash in To Fall in Love with a Giant! Submitted by Barb F. – Wonderful experience at the lovely Devonwood Equestrian Center. Submitted by Lauren H. – 3rd Level Open Champion with a 73.24_ on Iridescent CR owned by fellow trainer Garyn Heidemann.
Submitted by Christine L. – Christine Leafdale and Wi Degro alongside South Haven Dressage barn mate Britni Sandberg and Furstin Larissa on the way to the third level awards ceremony. Submitted by Misty A. – Chelsea Reher of Port Orchard, WA riding PRE mare Niagara AK. They won 7th in 2nd level open. Submitted by Catherine N. – Hilltop’s amazing trainers got a clean sweep in the AA 1st level championship class, with their students placing champion, reserve and third. Champion going to their very own home bred mare.
Submitted by Amy D. – Emily Savage and Devon’s Destiny. AA training level reserve champion. Submitted by Emily SRegion 6 training level AA reserve champion with my sisters little 5 year old mare. Submitted by Tabby A. – This is fantastic! This was my first regional competition and it really was what I dreamed it! From the amazing riders and horses to the beautiful venue and sun! My dance partner and I loved dancing our way through the weekend and couldn’t have had a better time!
Submitted by Paige R. – Yatzee FPF and I had a great time at Region 6 Championships and won the Grand Prix Freestyle. Submitted by Laura G. – My daughter Maryn Geck with her pony Whinny. Champion training level jr/yr, reserve champion first level jr/yr and reserve champion first level freestyle. Submitted by Raena S. – My horse Lola (aka Reality Check) and I traveled all the way from Alaska to attend regionals this year. As far as any Alaskan dressage fans can remember it’s been 20 years or more since an Alaskan dressage horse has made that journey. We had a really great experience and I’d like to say we’ll do it again but there remains a formidable issue of 1000s of miles, perhaps making this a once in a lifetime trip!
Submitted by Kerri P. – Had an amazing time at Championships! This is Campari Cool ! Training AA Champion. Submitted by Jesse W. – Willis and I in our Region 6 Intermediate 1 Freestyle Open class with 4th place! We’re so excited to be taking our Freestyle to U.S. Dressage Finals this year! This was our 5th Regional Championship together. Submitted by Heather C. – Diddy enjoyed champs a lot! He was fourth in 3rd level aa and first in aa eq!
Region 7 – Held September 23-26, 2021 at Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, CA
Submitted by Gary R. Submitted by Nadine S. – Floyd EDI, Training and First Level Champion Region 6 2021 He is a very special horse who loves to show off and makes us laugh out loud every day 😊 Submitted by Erin E. – This is my 8 year old Tennyson M – we won USDF Region 7 AA Fourth Level. I’ve had him since he was two and he is my absolute heart horse! This year he carried me around while six and a half months pregnant with my first child, Charlie! Such a fun way to round out the show season.
Submitted by Gundi Y. – In Time DG, 5th place PSG AA.
Submitted by Liz V. – Region 7, 𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙧𝙙 𝙇𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙡 𝙅𝙧/𝙔𝙍 4𝙩𝙝 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙚: Gusto DG (Idocus crown x Woodwind elite by Contester). Bred by DG Bar Breeders, Inc., USA. Owned and ridden by Josh Albrecht of Coalcyn Equestrian LLC Submitted by Liz V. – Region 7, 𝙁𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙩𝙝 𝙇𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙡 𝙅𝙧/𝙔𝙍 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙞𝙤𝙣: Espresso (Santano x Narcisse ster by Taxateur). Bred by Chelsey Sibley, USA. Owned and ridden by Josh Albrecht of Coalcyn Equestrian LLC.
Submitted by Jaclyn P. – Region 7 i1 grand champion! So proud of my boy Cooper.
Region 8 – Held September 23-26, 2021 at HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties, NY
Submitted by Gianna A. – I’m from Region 8 traveling from Maine to New York to compete 2nd level junior, and 3rd level junior championships! Submitted by Gianna A. – We came in 3rd for 3rd level with a 66.375% and 2nd level we were champions of the class with a 70.357%!!! Submitted by Gianna A.
Submitted by Lucy S – We’re from Region 8 – I won Dressage Seat Eq Semi-Finals 14-18. @mmdressage won 6th place in her First level open division and @dressagequeen13 won her first level open division
Submitted by Ashley C. – I attended the region 8 championships. I competed and placed 1st in the jr/yr Grand Prix championship. This was my second championship for region 8, last year I won the jr/yr PSG championship. Winning the jr/yr Grand Prix championship has been a long term goal for me and I’m so excited that I finally was able to achieved it! This is a picture of me on Wrigley owned by Paula Bokesch, and my trainer and coach Sharon McCusker is standing with us.
Submitted by @kc_and_cadence – Attended the Region 8 Championships this weekend and placed 4th in the Third Level Musical Freestyle Championship Class with a 71.3. Submitted by @kc_and_cadence – Had so much fun with my trainer, her dog, my long suffering horse husband, and of course, the dancing partner I have owned since her birth changed my life, Cadence (Sir Sinclair x Roemer)! Submitted by @kc_and_cadence Submitted by @kc_and_cadence
Submitted by Emily Ann J. – I am from Region 8 and I had a great experience at Regional Championships! I showed in Junior Team Test and Third level Freestyle. Submitted by Daniela V. – USDF Region 8 competing Haralambos in our first ever FEI regionals. Too bad the weather on Friday made for sloppy footing in Ring 4. We earned both our silver medal and silver freestyle bar this season. Thanks Vinz Flores.
Submitted by Sophie W. – I attended the Region 8 dressage championships with my two horses Libbie and Andy! Submitted by Sophie W. Submitted by Sophie W. Submitted by Sophie W. Submitted by Sophie W.
Submitted by Natasha R. – My daughter Sophie (12 yrs old) at Region 8 championships with Twist of Fate (12 yr old rescue from New Holland). A first trip to regionals for both of them. Submitted by Natasha R. – My daughter Sophie (12 yrs old) at Region 8 championships with Twist of Fate (12 yr old rescue from New Holland). A first trip to regionals for both of them. Submitted by Natasha R. – My daughter Sophie (12 yrs old) at Region 8 championships with Twist of Fate (12 yr old rescue from New Holland). A first trip to regionals for both of them.
Submitted by Denise S. – My daughter participated in her first ever Regionals with her Quarter Horse Spotlight Chic (region 8 ) We had so much fun and met so many great people! Submitted by Bethany N. – My daughter got to celebrate her 13th birthday at her first ever regional championship with Region 8. She said it’s a birthday she’ll remember for the rest of her life! Submitted by Bethany N.
Submitted by Angela R. – Pixar owned by Kristin DeLuca. Submitted by Angela R. – Pixar owned by Kristin DeLuca. Submitted by Angela R. – Pixar owned by Kristin DeLuca. Submitted by Angela R. – Pixar owned by Kristin DeLuca.
Submitted by Maggie K. – 4th place 1st Level AA and AA Equitation Champs! All That n’ More. Submitted by Maggie K. – 4th place 1st Level AA and AA Equitation Champs! All That n’ More. Submitted by Maggie K. – 4th place 1st Level AA and AA Equitation Champs! All That n’ More.
Submitted by Kiersten D. – Competing at Training and first level on Willow, owned by Jody Bennett-Cracco. Submitted by Kiersten D. – Whovian ridden by Julia Rhyne, Willow owned by Jody Cracco, ridden by Kiersten DeDeo Vroman.
Submitted by Angela R. – Dunkin.