Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wendy Christoff Wins Grand Prix at CDI 3* YJ Golden State Dressage Festival

For the second year in a row Delta, BC, native Wendy Christoff won the Grand Prix at the CDI 3* YJ Golden State Dressage Festival, held April 9–11, in Rancho Murieta, CA, USA.
Riding Pfalstaff, her 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by Palladium, Christoff scored 67.064% in the Grand Prix test, which earned the pair their fourth qualifying score for the World Equestrian Games, which will be held in Lexington, KY, September 25–October 10, 2010.

The duo then performed a wonderful Grand Prix Special test to earn 67.250% for their second victory.

“The interesting thing is that it was my goal was to qualify. I never really thought about what would happen if I did. I am very excited and the Rancho Murieta show was one of those shows that you always dream about,” said Christoff, who has competed in five shows over 10 weeks on the US West Coast this year. “I felt in control of the tests and took my time to make each movement happen instead of the test getting away from me — especially in the Special. That test comes at the rider so fast and the flow is difficult for me to master, but this weekend I felt I had control of the test.”
In the advanced division, Joni Lynn Peters of Armstrong, BC, rode her 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding sired by Ferro, Travolta, to a second place finish in the Prix St. Georges, scoring 65.733%. In sixth place was Rochelle Kilberg of Surrey, BC, riding Rudy, Ben Vermeulen’s nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by Rotspon. Travolta and Peters also finished second in the Intermediaire I class with 65.421%, while Rudy and Kilburg earned another sixth place finish.

Kilberg and Rudy finished in second place in the Intermediaire II Freestyle, scoring 66.250%.

The international judging panel included Linda Zang (FEI O—USA), Mariette Withages (FEI O—BEL), Elizabeth McMullen (FEI O—CAN), Bernard Maurel (FEI O—FRA) and Mercedes Campdera Alatorre (FEI I—MEX).

Support Canadian Riders’ WEG Dreams

There are still a number of WEG ticket packages available. Each package contains tickets directly behind “C” for four dressage events and is $875 (CDN) each. Dressage Canada also has a few select hotel rooms available at the official Canadian hotel — the Griffin Gate Resort and Spa in Lexington, KY. This is the hotel where all the Canadian athletes will be staying. The room rate is $329/night plus taxes and the hotel rooms are booked for arrival on Sept 26th for seven nights.

For more information, visit the Dressage Canada website ( and click on the “WEG 2010 Ticket Package Special” advertisement.

Inaugural Dressage Canada Hall of Fame Tickets Available for Purchase

Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that tickets for the inaugural Dressage Canada Hall of Fame are available for purchase through the Dressage Canada website at the following link: 

About Dressage Canada

Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the National governing body for Dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada's objective is to foster the growth of Dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateurs and professionals through the following programs: coaching education and programs; officials’ education and programs; rules and qualifying criteria; sport development; and publications and awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site or connect with us on Twitter at or Facebook at 

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