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WAYNE, Ill. — The 2014 Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships presented by HorseShow.com came to a conclusion Aug. 24 with three newly minted National Champions, including Sabine Schut-Kery of Thousand Oaks riding Sanceo.

Developing Prix St. Georges and 6-year-old horses, as well as Seat Medal 14- to 18-year-old riders, put their best efforts forward in Lamplight Equestrian Center’s Championship Arena in front of the judging panel of Christel Carlson, Sandy Hotz, and Jane Weatherwax. Sanceo (San Remo x Rivera/Ramiro’s Son II) and Schut-Kery took top honors among a field of 15 in the Markel/USEF Developing Prix St. Georges Horse Dressage National Championships, where horses performed the USEF Developing Prix St. Georges Horse Test. In Sunday’s championship class, worth the remaining 60 percent of the overall score, repeated her polished effort from Friday, winning both classes and the title with an overall score of 76.516%. Throughout Sunday’s test, the 8-year-old Hanoverian stallion was polished and poised in the Prix St. Georges movements, distancing him from the rest of the field and earning a 76.912%. Schut-Kery expressed how grateful she is to ride a horse like Sanceo.

“You look to have all your ducks in a row, but in the end you don’t know until you have them home,” Schut-Kery said. “To me, the most important part is the work ethic and the willingness, and this horse, as an example, has the biggest heart and the best work ethic and willingness. You just cannot know when you go and try them a couple times. You can get a feel for them and see the gaits, but it’s always a little bit of playing poker, and you just hope it turns out.”

Angela Jackson (Henderson, Ky.) earned the Reserve Championship crown with Kerrin Courtney Dunn’s Allure S (Rousseau x Sizarma/Farrington). The 9-year-old KWPN mare garnered a score of 67.794% on Sunday, giving her an overall total of 69.203%. She was also the Highest Place U.S. Bred award-winner in the Prix St. Georges.

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