Courtney King Earns Four East Coast Rider’s Cup Championships
Courtney King Earns Four East Coast Rider’s Cup Championships at Centerline Events at HITS on the Hudson CDI*** Saugerties
BEDFORD, NY – August 24, 2006 – Courtney King of Bedford, New York, reigned supreme at HITS on the Hudson CDI *** in Saugerties, New York, which hosted the East Coast Rider’s Cup Championships, August 18-20, claiming four of the championship titles. King brought eight horses to the event and competed in up to 12 classes each day, spanning Training Level through Grand Prix. “All the horses did so well,” said King. “I am so pleased to have so many different horses showing successfully at so many different levels.” Remarkably, King never uses a reader to call the movements for her, riding each test from memory at every level.
Aboard Noah (Tsjerk x Dietske V.D. Hofstad), a six-year-old Friesian gelding owned by Sandy Holden, King earned the East Coast Rider's Cup (ECRC) Championship at Training Level. The duo scored 73.75% in Training Level Test 3 on Friday for a solid first place, and then racked up 71.538% in Training Level Test 4 on Saturday for another win. King and Noah also placed third in the First Level ECRC Championship (King won with another mount, Harmony’s Wyoming), claiming the third place ribbon in First Level Test 3 with a score of 68.00% and fourth place in First Level Test 4 on a score of 66.667%.
Riding Harmony’s Wyoming, a five-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Weltmeyer owned by King and Harmony Sport Horses, King claimed the ECRC Championship at First Level, by winning First Level Test 3 with a score of 72.571% and First Level Test 4 with a score 71.944%. King also showed the talented youngster in open classes at the show and notched another victory, claiming the win in First Level 4 with a score of 74.412%. “He is such an awesome horse!” King enthused.
In the irons on Timber (Anton x Kira), a six-year-old Friesian gelding owned by Constance Sisler, King captured the ECRC Championship at Second Level. King and Timber won both the Second Level Test 3 and Second Level Test 4, scoring 69+ in both classes. Timber was just barely edged into second place in Second Level Test 3 but returned to take first place overall after Second Level Test 4. This talented young horse also won the Open Second Level Test with an impressive score of 77.059% from prominent judge Axel Steiner. Steiner commented, "This was the best Second Level test I've seen this year.”
King claimed her fourth ECRC Championship at the show riding Roby WII for owner Richard Malloch. Roby WII is an outstanding eight-year-old, 18.1-hand dark brown Oldenburg gelding by Rubenstein. “Roby WII was ‘Mr. Consistency’,” King said. The giant horse won Third Level Test 2 scoring 72.318% and was a narrow second to another of King’s mounts, Jubilant, in Third Level Test 3 with a score of 72.222%. Roby WII and Jubilant tied for first place in the Open Third Level Test 3 on Friday with 73.556%, but the judges broke the tie in favor of Jubilant based on the collective marks. Roby WII was also impressive in the open classes, placing second in Third Level Test 3 on Saturday with a score of 71.778%.
King rode Jubilant to the Reserve Championship (to Roby WII) in the Third Level ECRC Championship. Jubilant is a seven-year-old stallion by Don Schufro out of Hauptstutbuch Fleur, bred in Denmark and owned by Anne H. Wood and Virginia Easley. Jubilant placed third in Third Level Test 2 with a score of 67.143% and then won Third Level Test 3 with a 73.778%. The brilliant stallion was outstanding in the open classes as well, claiming victory in the Open Third Level Test 3 with a notable 73.556% and earning another win in Fourth Level Test with a score of 70.930%.
“It is such a blast riding these two wonderful Third Level horses,” King noted. “Roby and Jubilant are both very impressive horses with very different ways of moving, so it's quite fun to have them in the same classes. They both have a very good shot at beating the other, and unless something drastic happens in a test I often don't know which way it will go!”
King also successfully showed Wendy Luscombe's Tsunami, who is moving up to Second Level. Tsunami is a six-year-old Arabian/Dutch warmblood gelding by Idocus. Tsunami was third in the ECRC Second Level Championship (Timber was Champion). Tsunami scored 67.234% in Second Level Test 3 for third place and improved to 69.08% to win Second Level Test 4. In the open classes, Tsunami scored 66.111% for third in First Level Test 4 (Harmony’s Wyoming was the winner) and 67.647% for second place (Timber was the winner) in Second Level Test 4. “I am very pleased with his results as the Second Level movements are quite new to him,” King pointed out. “Everything is easy for ‘Tide’ and putting him in classes with more complex requirements actually helps to keep his mind focused.”
In the FEI classes small tour, King exhibited Rendezvous 3 (Rio Negro x Chimera), a 10-year-old, 17.2-hand Austrian-bred mare owned by Francine Walker. The mare placed third in the Prix St. Georges with a score of 68.5% (Denmark’s Lars Petersen placed first). “She was not quite herself and she still did very well,” noted King. Not wanting to take any chances with the talented mare, King scratched her from the Intermediaire I as she is aiming Rendezvous 3 for the USDF Regional Championships. “I am really looking forward to the Championships with her,” King said. “In a month she will be ready to show her stuff!”
King also had a successful weekend with her Grand Prix partner, Idocus. “The most exciting part of the weekend was the feeling that I have my old Idocus back,” King shared, who was reunited with the stallion last year after a four-year separation. In the CDI Grand Prix, Idocus placed second with a score of 64.458%, which was not the highest score this duo has ever earned, but was a breakthrough in their renewed partnership. “He did all of his piaffes and passage and earned an 8 on the first piaffe!” enthused King. She didn’t mind at all that their one tempis didn’t come off as planned because, “he was just so forward and he was trying to do them bigger than he could sustain!”
King and Idocus earned a score of 70.15% on their kur and placed second, missing the victory by just a half point – three of the five judges actually placed them first. “The freestyle was so much fun!” King said. “He was having such a blast it literally made me cry.” Adding to her enthusiasm for this horse, King shared that they had not practiced the freestyle due to the stallion’s breeding schedule. “He just went in and did it! If I can keep this horse, watch out, we might be able to go for the World Cup after all!”
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