Adiah HP with Ashley Mauk.
Photo by Chelsey Burris
Fall means Regional Championship time! The 2021 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships are underway this year, with action from Regions 1, 2, 3, and 9. Here are some of the sights our social media followers shared with us from the competitions:
Region 1 – Held October 14-17, 2021 at Virginia Horse Center; Lexington, VA
Submitted by Paige Z. – I did Region 1 finals with Olivia A. Steidle!! All the horses became best buddies on the long trailer ride. Not pictured is Flying Colors, aka Muppet.
Submitted by Paige Z. Submitted by Nicole C. – Region 1 for 3rd level Adult Amateur. With my wonderful coach Britta Johnston who also bred this gorgeous unicorn, Say Yes.
Submitted by Dorie F. – Rhock of Ages 6 year old Oldenburg GOV 18.1h
Submitted by Olivia S. – Flying Colors 7 y/o mare by Furst Romancier. 12 out of 40 in Third Level open. Olivia Steidle rider; Brenda Curnin owner. Submitted by Olivia S. – Flying Colors 7 y/o mare by Furst Romancier. 12 out of 40 in Third Level open. Olivia Steidle rider; Brenda Curnin owner. Submitted by Olivia S. – Flying Colors with team- Paige Zimmerman, owner Brenda Curnin, Mia Zimmerman, Bridget Steidle. Olivia Steidle rider.
Submitted by Elizabeth G. – Hi I recently competed at the Region 1 Chmapionsihps in VA. It was my first time competing at Regionals with my mare Georgette. Submitted by Elizabeth G. – We had a fabulous time and can’t wait to go back next year!
Submitted by Rachel R. – Scribe’s seat at Region 1! I was the volunteer manager 🙂
Submitted by Rachel R. – Office help at Region 1! We actually have quite a few canine companions who keep us on track 😀 Our Doggie Costume Contest is always well attended and usually fills up quick! Submitted by Debbie M. – Brentwood Musical Freestyles attended the Region 1 Championships as vendors. We had 21 freestyles at the championships and had a fantastic time cheering for everyone! Thank you Virginia Dressage Association for hosting this year’s competition. Submitted by Rachel R. – Stewards’ view at Region 1!
Submitted by Wendy G. – Wendy Garfinkel and Once an Irishman. We had a blast at region 1. Probably the only Imported Irish Maxi Cob. Getting ready for Finals in Kentucky. Submitted by Wendy G. – Also had a great time in the doggy costume class!
Submitted by Elizabeth S. – Stacey Hastings and Mynke van de Zoggelsestraat, 17.0 Friesian gelding owned by Elizabeth Smith, placed 7th and qualified for Nationals with a 71.033 in 2nd LL MFS created by Debbie Marriott of Brentwood Musical Freestyles! See you in Kentucky!
Submitted by Donna G. – Reflection & Donna Gatchell (15.1 8 year old Wesser -Ems) Champion PSG open; Champion 1-1 MFS open; Reserve champion 1-1 open Submitted by Donna G. – Tokio / Donna Gatchell . 15.1 Wesser Ems stallion Reserve champion 2nd level MFS open; 6th place second level open
Submitted by Jeanne H. – It was our first time there (and only our 3 rated show) and we had lots of fun! Ended in 3rd out of a class of 28 on Friday and finished in the top ten of the finals.
Submitted by Amanda H. – Don Darrian BC Submitted by Katie M.
Submitted by Rob R. – This is my horse Mamet SSF (Davey) KWPN ridden by Emily Donaldson. This four year old gelding competed at regional championships at both Training and 1st Level. I was so proud that he was reserve champion in 1st Open and scored 74.8% at Training Open (giving him a wildcard spot). That means this four year old qualified for the US Dressage Finals Presented by Adequan® in two classes! My favorite moment was Davey’s first time on a winners lap in the colosseum! So many tears of joy. That’s the image attached. He was so proud of himself and me of him and Emily!
Submitted by Suzanne E. – Region 1 champion in Training level AA and First level freestyle with my mare Supergirl KS. Here with my amazing trainer Donna Gatchell.
Submitted by Hailey G. – Loved having the show back at the Virginia Horse Park! Submitted by Hailey G. – My KWPN mare and Dutch Harness Horse gelding both finished reserve in their freestyles and it was a wonderful and very busy and big show!
Submitted by Tina C. – Tina Cook with trainer Stacey Hastings, PRE Stallion Carbonero XCVI. Reserve 2nd AA. 5 th 2nd Freestyle 3rd freestyle and 3rd AA
Submitted by Olivia S. – Also enjoyed amazing sunrises and sunsets in Virginia!
Region 2– Held October 7-10, 2021 at Kentucky Horse Park; Lexington, KY
Submitted by DLee Art – My first Regionals ever and qualified for Finals on my homebred that I’ve brought along myself in First Level Freestyle (which I choreographed myself) #dreamcometrue !
Submitted by Abbie T. – I had such a fabulous time at the region 2 championships. The weather was so perfect and it was such a cool opportunity to show in the Rolex ring. Submitted by Abbie T. – I also picked up my newest partner, Rookie owned by Janine and doing Fierberg.
Submitted by Rebecca R. – Robes Bieber. Region 2: I1 Champion and PSG Reserve Champion Open Division!
Submitted by Alexis C. – FHF Super Duty and myself recruiting more people to the fan club. Myself as president of this fan club had to have many supporters for the best guy! Submitted by Alexis C.
Submitted by Alexis C. – Bianca and FHF Raecharee enjoying a walk back to the barn together. With riders Melissa Peck on Bianca and Andrea Balas on Rae
Submitted by Alexis C. – FHF Raecharee getting much needed love after an amazing freestyle! With rider Andrea Balas. Submitted by Sabine W. – Julie Julian hugging Clark, Jessica Thomas Calvert’s horse after a successful Championship ride at the beautiful KY Horse Park
Submitted by Holly T. – Farrel F with rider Holly Taylor and husband Jeffrey Taylor. Region 2 training level open reserve champion.
Submitted by Kaylek K. – I’m from Region 2 and had a blast competing at the Kentucky Horse Park. Submitted by Kaylek K.
Submitted by Holly T. – Signato and rider Holly Taylor, owner Jessica Pescatrice and coach/husband Jeffrey Taylor. Region 2 3rd level open champion.
Submitted by Susan L. – We chose to ride in the Region 2 championships because the facility is so great and they run an amazing show! Photo credit to Kim Schisler Sosebee. We had a blast! Submitted by Lauren W. – Lord Burberry CCSH on his way into the first level freestyle championship. So much fun.
Submitted by Caitlin H. – Region 2 reserve champion fourth level AA with my Arabian gelding.
Submitted by Suzannah R. – Paladine of Elysium friesian/percheron gelding. Region 2 YR Team Test Reserve Champion, also jr/yr PSG champion. Submitted by Liz K. – Region 2 championships at KHP, Taavi (14yr old haflinger gelding) and me (Liz, adult amateur) showing our, “We did fourth level for the first time!” excited/tired faces
Submitted by Leslie K. – Not everything goes as planned, but with support and great coaching we can do it together. Submitted by Leslie K. – Brecken Ketko with trainer Juli Taft. Submitted by Leslie K. – Personal win for this little 12 year old who over came the anxiety that took over her ride. She kept going, very proud mom moment.
Submitted by Karen V. – This is Autumn Vavrick and Stegenees DDH at their very first 2021 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Championship for Region 2 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Submitted by Karen V. – Autumn is 12-years-old and was Reserve Champion for dressage seat equitation 13 and under, 4th in Second Level JR/YR and 7th in First Level JR/YR. Submitted by Karen V. – We are so proud of this team!
Submitted by Erica F. – Farley 4 and Chloe Fullar Region 2 Regionals, 8th in the I1, 7th in the PSG, and Reserve Champion in the I1 Freestyle! Submitted by Erica F. – Next stop: US Dressage Finals!
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Submitted by Ashley G. – Ashley Gray and her 21 year old Westfalen gelding
Submitted by Annie L. – This was my first time competing at a regional championships and had so much fun! Submitted by Annie L. – This is me pictured with my lease mare Galanta!
Submitted by Kate G. – Region 2 Championships were so much fun! The volunteers were all wonderful and the show ran smoothly. It is always an amazing feeling to ride in Rolex arena!!
Region 3 – Held October 8-10, 2021 at Georgia International Horse Park; Conyers, GA
Submitted by Melissa A. – Laura Abner Reserve Champion 2nd level Open.
Submitted by Jennifer R. – PONY POWER! 3rd at AA 4th level and PSG. 11 year old New Forest pony gelding.14.2h Submitted by Jennifer R.
Submitted by Sam D. – Georgia Dempsey on Rhodium. Oldenburg gelding 18yr old Region 3 was a wonderful well run show!! Placed 5th in First level 3 Jr. championship class and 8th trading 3 championship class. Wildcard score to finals in First 3. Thanks to all!
Submitted by Ferris Y. – Region 3, Alice Ohlandt and Edisto, a KWPN gelding. 3rd in the Third Level Freestyle Championship, and earned a wildcard score to Finals in Third Level AA Submitted by Ferris Y. – Region 3, SF Spirit Luck, 6 yr old German Riding Pony mare owned by Morgan Whittemore, 7th in the Second Level Open Championship. Only pony to place in the class and only her second show at Second Level!
Submitted by Danielle C. – First level freestyle champion, reserve champion first level AA, and 5th in second level AA with my 7 year old Connemara, BDF Top Dun, at Region 3 Championships. We ended up with beautiful weather and the show was run so well. Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers!
Submitted by Amanda M. – This was my young horse Drogon’s first year showing rated and I was so happy to make it to regionals (my first time too!). We had a great test and ended up 4th out of 28 in the Training Level AA class. What a fun moment to do the awards ceremony! Submitted by Amanda M. – We had a great test and ended up 4th out of 28 in the Training Level AA class. What a fun moment to do the awards ceremony! Photo credit: High Time Photography.
Submitted by Kimmie T. – Kimberly Taylor riding Radiance a High Valley Hannoverian.
Submitted by Bethany G. – Lloyd’s Legacy TF Submitted by Bethany G.
Submitted by Justine W.- Hero BHS Reserve Champion I1
Submitted by Sandy G. – Region3 volunteer here. Traveled from Palm Bay FL to Conyers GA to help the show run smoothly. Submitted by Sandy G.
Submitted by Liz J. – Elizabeth Johnston and Spruceview’s Diamond Dance
Submitted by Gina S. Submitted by Gina S. Submitted by Gina S. Submitted by Gina S. – Julia Stephenson with her Trekhener, Lamarck
Region 9 – Held October 7-10, 2021 at Great Southwest Equestrian Center; Katy, TX
Submitted by Marsha L. – Pickles was SWDC champion First level pony. Ruby is his 13 year old rider. She competed with her sister , Zoe. Zoe rode her pony at training level. Submitted by Marsha L. – Zoe and her training level pony. She calls him Aladdin Zoe competes as a 9 year old in the SWDC champs at Region 9 Submitted by Marsha L. – Pickles took off in one of his laps. They also placed third at first level freestyle. Zoe helped stop Pickles.
Submitted by Deirdre S. – Furst Dance and I came home with a champion and Reserve champion in fourth level freestyle and a sixth in the PSG open championship class. Region 9. Amazing championships. Looking forward to US Dressage Finals.
Submitted by Deirdre S. Submitted by Deirdre S. Submitted by Deirdre S. – Furst Dance and I came home with a champion and Reserve champion in fourth level freestyle and a sixth in the PSG open championship class. Region 9. Amazing championships. Looking forward to US Dressage Finals.
Submitted by Claire H. – Our Region 9 Championships Debut together we placed 5th in GAIG 1st Freestyle, 4th in SWDC 1st freestyle and top 10 in a huge GAIG Training level class! James 2014 KWPN – NA Dutch Gelding (Cabardino x Une Prix Utile by Oscar) Owned and ridden by Claire Holly. Photo: Susan Stickle Photography
Submitted by Dawn P. – Region 9 Adult Amateur Equitation Champion with my Trakehner gelding, Pfreefall! We also won Reserve Champion SWDC Second Level Freestyle Open, 4th in GAIG Second Level Freestyle Open, and 6th in SWDC Second Level AA. Submitted by Amatey W. – AA Intermediate 1 Reserve Champion aboard Furst Klasse
Submitted by Bobby C. – 16.3hh 2008 Hanoverian gelding Carlson (Sire: Contendros Bube; Dam: Wonne; Damsire: Wolkentanz) and I became partners in April of this year. This was our first regionals and we finished Champions in GAIG First Level AA, Reserve Champions in GAIG First Level Freestyle, Champions in SWDC First Level Freestyle and 4th with a wild card score in GAIG Second Level AA. Looking forward to taking my big sweet teddy bear of a horse to Finals in November! Owned, ridden and loved by Bobby Covington. Photo: Susan Stickler Photography
Submitted by Judi S. – Cameron Dauterive riding her own KWPN mare Fawcetina. GAIG Fourth Level Reserve Champions. Submitted by Lauren V. – YR/JR 3rd level
Submitted by Darlene P. – First Level AA Champion, Geno Jap and Darlene Preston
Submitted by Veronica H. – Veronica Hornsby and 15 year old OTTB Rock Solid Alibi. It took us 10 years to qualify for the GAIG Training Level Championship but we made and it was such a fun experience! It has been a long road but we never gave up and look forward to showing 1st Level next year. Submitted by Megan R. – first level freestyle! No ribbons but had a blast showing with my 2006 QH mare Cleo
Submitted by Andrea A. – Udeck at Intermediate 2
Submitted by Barrett B. – PSG AA Champions—Brooklyn GCF & Barrett Barksdale
Thanks to everyone for sharing their wonderful memories from this year’s Regional Championships! See you soon at the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®!