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by Marilyn Powell
2009-07-22 - Rebecca Farm, Kalispell, Montana: Canadian Olympic Team Member, Sandra Donnelly, had a busy competition schedule at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, competing her young horse Gelinas AB-[CAN]3959-04 G in the Spalding Labs/USEA Young Event Horse competition, as well as riding Gelinas and 3 other horses over the weekend in divisions from Novice to CCI*.
The highest score of the day in the YEH divisions was earned by Robyn Fisher of California aboard Rose Sullivan's 'Claire de Lune SE' (Contendor - L'Vienna Z) in the 5-year-old division. An 81.3% left them well ahead of second place finishers Sandra Donnelly of Canada, aboard her Canadian Warmblood gelding 'Gelinas' (Gervantus II - Damiro - Florian) who scored a 75.9%. Erin Spohr and Jens Richter's 'Lady Laptop' rounded out the top three with a 74.8%.
Claire de Lune SE has earned the highest score in the U.S. so far this year, posting a remarkable 87.8% at the YEH at Twin Rivers back in April.
(Right: Gelinas trots down the jog lane during the conformation/type portion of the test.)
Like Sandra's Olympic mount Buenos Aires, Gelinas is a homebred as is his dam 'Real Mc Coy' AB-[CAN]2069-98 P1 by Damiro, out of the mare 'Mimosa Girl' BC-678-94 P2 by Florian and bred by Loukie Schuurman of Oliver, BC. 'Mimosa Girl' produced a second foal for Sandra, a 2002 mare by Beach Boy.
Gelinas' sire, Gervantus II (Grannus - Vollkorn), is already the proven sire of an Olympic Event horse with the Swiss Gamour CH competing successfully at the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong as the sole Swiss entry. Gervantus II himself competed internationally as a jumper and has many progeny competing at those levels in Europe and Canada. Gervantus II stands at Sigma Warmbloods in Alberta.
The second Canadian Warmblood entry, 5th place went to Sarah Lorenz of Issaquah, WA aboard her Canadian Warmblood gelding 'Southern Vintage' (Kingston - Artenstolz - Godewind) who scored 73.5%. "He did very well in a very stiff field of horses," stated Lorenz. "There were a couple of stallions, and some very, very nice horses brought up from California. He was 5th out of 17. But to get above a score of 70 is doing very well" She went on to explain "If I had known a few more things about showing him in that class, Vinnie could have got a 75. It is all experience!"
Southern Vintage was bred by Mirrabook Farms of Langley, BC. He started his winning ways early, taking the 2004 B.C. CWHBA Foal Futurity Championship from a large field. Lorenz, a professional coach, purchased 'Vinnie' as a foal. She had previously competed another Kingston son, 'Southern Panache', to multiple wins at Preliminary level, prior to selling him as a Young Rider mount.
(Left: 'Vinnie' on cross country)
"I'm really pleased with him as an upper level prospect, everyone always asks me if they can have 'first dibs' on him if he should come up for sale ... and of course I tell them that I need to keep something for myself and have something nice too!!!" Lorenz added "he's so strong in the dressage as well."
The family strength in dressage is not hard to see looking at the pedigree of this talented youngster. His sire 'Kingston' was reserve champiion at his SPT, being equally indexed for both dressage and jumping. His dam, 'Southern Reflection', is a premium mare by the CET long listed FEI dressage stallion 'Artenstolz' who also carries a strong versatile pedigree with the Hanoverian lines of 'Argentan' and 'Woehler'. His 2nd dam, 'Gabrielle' was by 'Godewind', from the famed 'Gotthard' line, yet was herself an FEI level dressage horse.
In 2008, 'Southern Vintage' was Area VII reserve champion at Beginner Novice, behind another horse owned and competed by Lorenz. In 2009 he has already won 3 Novice events finishing on his dressage score, one of which was an incredible 19.5. The third of those wins was the Rebecca Farm Senior Novice Division C where he finished on his dressage score of 25.3 from a field of 23 entries. Lorenz expects to move him up to Training level by the fall.
(Right: 'Vinnie' on cross country)
Gelinas also competed in the Senior Novice Division D at Rebecca Farm finishing on his dressage score of 30.0 from a field of 22 entries. Donnelly's busy weekend also included a 12th place finish on Karen Holz' NZ warmblood mare 'Stella'; a 10th on Carol Irwin's 'Berubay' AB-[CAN]2893-02 G (Bajazzo - Silver Ring (FR) xx) bred by Donnelly; and a 9th on her own 'Babe Ruth' AB-[CAN]5930-03 G (Beach Boy - Arkansas) bred by Touchstone Farm Ltd in the Senior Novice Division A. 'Babe Ruth' finished on his dressage score, moving up from 13th after dressage to 9th.
Congratulations to the owners, breeders and riders of these Canadian bred horses!
The Spalding Labs/USEA Young Event Horse winners receive saddle pads from Fleeceworks as well as gorgeous ribbons and other prizes provided by Rebecca Farm. The YEH Series is made possible by Title Sponsor: Spalding Labs; Legacy Sponsors: Stackhouse Saddles, Fleeceworks, and SUCCEED.
Two YEH Championships will take place this fall - one in the East and one out West. The Eastern Championships will be held in conjunction with the Fair Hill CCI2*/CCI3* in Elkton, Maryland on Oct. 14-18. The inaugural Western YEH Championships will be held at the Galway Downs Three-Day Event and Horse Trials on Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Temecula, California.
(Left: Rebecca Broussard, owner of Rebecca Farm, presents Sandra and Gelinas with their ribbon and prizes during the YEH awards ceremony.)
To qualify for either Championships, horses must have received one score of 75% or higher at a YEH event, or two scores of 70% or higher. For more information on the YEH Series, visit the YEH page or contact Wendy Weinstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, including live results, please visit www.useventing.com.