Nine Horses to Contest Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trial in Leesburg, Virginia

Lexington, KY – The final 2012 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trial will be held this weekend at historic Morven Park in Leesburg, VA. Five- and six-year-olds will have the opportunity to showcase their talents in hopes of earning a place on the USEF Young Horse Dressage Short List, and ultimately vying to represent the U.S. at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Dressage in Verden, Germany. The Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trial is being held in conjunction with the VADA/NOVA Summer Dressage show June 8-10.

A small but strong field of three top young horses has lined up to compete for top honors in the five-year-old division. Brandi Benedict will ride her own Hot Mama (Hotline-SPS Ladybug by Londonderry) and looks to showcase the form that guided the Hanoverian mare to fifth place honors in the 2011 Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championship four-year-old division.

In the six-year-old division, six horses will square off for a chance to compete in Verden in August. The third and fifth place finishers from last year’s Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championship five-year-old division will compete in Virginia this weekend. Alice Tarjan has entered 2011’s third place finisher Somer Hit (Sandro Hit-Rhussia by Rotspon), a Hanoverian stallion which she owns and rides. Biscaya (Johnson-Audrey by Argentinus) will once again be ridden by Ulla Parker, who guided Nancy Holowesko’s Oldenburg mare to fifth place honors in last year’s Young Horse Championship.

Horses in the selection trials will compete in two tests in their respective age divisions. With the Preliminary Test counting towards forty percent of the overall score and the remaining sixty percent being earned in the Final Test.

For further information on the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program, please visit: http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alldressage/NatlYHProgram.aspx.

To learn more about the 2012 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trials and the USEF Young Horse Dressage Short List, visit: http://usef.org/documents/disciplines/dressage/WBCSelectionProcedures.pdf.

For further information about the VADA/NOVA Summer Dressage show, visit: http://www.vadanova.org/.

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