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CDS/USDF Regional Championships

Some of our amazing L.A. Chapter combinations returned from the CDS/USDF Regional Championships with new impressive titles! From Juniors to Amateurs to Olympians, the Los Angeles dressage community was well-represented.

The Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Championship and the 50th Anniversary California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Show were held September 21-24, 2017 in Rancho Murieta, California.


Dantia Benson

Dantia's Joule is the USDFBC 3 Year-Old Materiale Champion with a 83.800%.

"Joule is registered KWPN-NA by Ampere out of Rajani by Radikal. I bred and raised him. Joule won the KWPN 3yr old DG Bar Cup, the USDFBC Materiale 3yr old Horse of the Year and is 2nd place in the YHS point standings for 3yr olds in hand and under saddle. He also currently is 1st in the USDF 3yr colts and geldings Materiale Horse of the year but final scoring is not complete. I hope he loves his job and we have a good time training."

(Photo by Cheryl Pelly: 805-558-8492)

Dantia and Joule

Adrienne Bessey

Adrienne with her Wintersnow (right) is the:

  • USDF Adult Amateur Intermediaire II Champion

  • CDS Adult Amateur Grand Prix Horse of the Year champion, winning the Rubinstein Memorial Trophy

(Photo by Cheryl Pelly)

Adrienne with her Dido (left) was also named:

  • CDS Adult Amateur Intermediaire I Horse of the Year Champion, earning a 70.197%, winning the T.D.I. Systems Perpetual Trophy

  • CDS Open Intermediaire I freestyle Reserve Champion

  • High % Adult Amateur Danish Warmbloods

(Photo by Susan Stickle)


Kasey Cannon

Kasey with her Hanoverian stallion Diesel CF is the:

  • USDF Adult Amateur Second Level Champion, earning a 71.037%

  • CDS Adult Amateur Second Level Horse of the Year, earning a 72.168% and winning the Two Tone Malone Perpetual Trophy

  • CDS 6-year-old Futurity Champion, earning a 71.026% and winning the Carousel Perpetual Trophy

"Rancho Murieta was the farthest we've ever gone for a show and it was definitely a long week for us. We rode 5 tests in 4 days. In fact, I tacked him up 4 times on Friday for 2 tests and 2 victory gallops. But he came out happy and ready to go every time. Diesel is proving to be very consistent and reliable. And he just loves the shows, it seems the bigger the better! He is definitely a horse of a lifetime. The venue was fantastic and we are planning to go back in two years. A huge thank you to Amelia Newcomb. As an amateur with one horse, I could not do this without the help of my trainer. A huge thank you also to all of the volunteers, management and staff that made this CDS Championship show so enjoyable. We are all very lucky to ride in a state with such a wonderful and supportive organization for dressage."

(Photo by Terri Miller)


Lehua Custer

Lehua with F.J. Ramzes, owned by Wendy Sasser, is the:

  • USDF Open Third Level Champion, earning a 76.282%

  • CDS Open Third Level Horse of the Year, earning a 74.615% and winning the Judith Elias Perpetual Trophy

  • High Score for the Third Level Warmup, winning the Charles De Kunfy coin trophy

  • High % Open Dutch Wambloods

"This show was very special because CDS celebrated its 50th birthday. I am so proud to be a member for CDS and to serve on the board for LA chapter. I can wait to help CDS to grow and prosper."


Jan Ebeling

Jan with Blenheim is the USDF Open Fourth Level Champion, earning a 73.167%, winning the Pal Kemery Perpetual Trophy.

With Sergio Leone:

  • Reserve Champion CDS Open Prix St. Georges Horse of the Year, earning a 71.842%

  • Fourth Level Warm-Up Class champion, winning the Majors Anders Lindgren Perpetual Trophy


Hilda Gurney

Hilda with Lotta Silver (left) - a 7-year-old Trakehner gelding she bred, raised, rides, and owns - is the:

  • USDF Third Level Freestyle Champion, earning a 72.833%

  • CDS Third Level Freestyle Reserve Champion, earning a 71.983%

With her Oldenburg mare, Iris (below), she is the:

  • USDF Fourth Level Freestyle Champion

  • CDS Fourth Level Freestyle Champion, earning a 73.100% and winning the Ran Averett Perpetual Trophy for CDS Fourth Level Freestyle Horse of the Year and the Major Guy de Roaldes Trophy as Third/Fourth level Grand Champion

"Wonderful show. Super facilities great friends what a wonderful sport for our love of becoming one with our horses"


Kristina Harrison

Kristina with Finley is the CDS Open Third Level Horse of the Year Reserve Champion, earning a 70.192%.


Sarah Lockman

Sarah with Salinera is the CDS Open First Level Horse of the Year Reserve Champion, earning a 72.250%.


Katelyn Mosle

Katelyn with Diavolino 5 (left), owned by Jennifer Mosle, is the the:

  • CDS Third Level Freestyle Champion, earning a 72.067% and winning the Alexsandra Howard Memorial Perpetual Trophy

  • USDF JR Team Test Champion

  • USDF Dressage Seat Medal Semi Final 14-18 Champion, earning a 76.200%

  • CDS JR/YR Third Level Horse of the Year Champion

With Kai (right), owned by David Wightman, she is the:

  • CDS JR/YR Training level Horse of the Year Champion, earning a 74.122%

  • CDS JR/YR CDS Dressage Equitation Challenge 14-21 Champion, earning an 82.000%

  • CDS JR/YR First Level Horse of the Year Reserve Champion

  • High % Mare in CDS HOY Classes, winning the Cantata Memorial Perpetual Trophy


Bryce Quinto

Bryce with her Baby Doll is the CDS JR/YR Fourth Level Horse of the Year Champion.

"This Championship show was special to me because it was my last show as a Young Rider. I can't wait to jump into the Open division!"

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