Los Angeles, CA, October 7-10, 2010
to a deluge on Wednesday afternoon that turned the show rings into quagmires,
the CDS 2010 Championship was almost the show
that didn't happen. A few brave souls slopped through the muck on Thursday,
but most saner folks scratched their horses rather than risk injury. Show
management wisely decided to cancel the afternoon performance as a
championship with 3 horses in it didn't have much meaning. Donna and Herzsprung scratched their warm- up class because of the poor footing but did compete on Friday in the USDF Training Level Championship, coming in as Reserve Champion. Harry behaved with composure way beyond his years and experience. He also contested his first first level class in the CDS Futurity. Because of the muddy footing, the Futurity was reduced to one round. There was great disparity between the two judges placements and Harry wound up fourth in the Futurity as well as in the CDS Training Level Horse of the Year. Donna was quite pleased with his steady performances in classes of up to 25 horses! Donna plans to spend the winter training Harry and hopes to show him in the FEI 6 Year Old classes next year. It will be a BIG leap, but Harry could very well be up for it.
Veloz competed in the USDF and CDS Fourth Level Freestyles. Against a field of strictly warmbloods, Veloz came in Reserve Champion in both divisions. He got to do two victory laps, the second of which he found more rousing as the horse ahead of him was a very cute mare. He behaved himself like a gentleman but put on an extended trot that would have put any warmblood to shame. Who says Lusitanos can't lengthen? Veloz has discovered passage now and will be trained in the next few months with a view to moving toward Intermediate II. His best movements are piaffe and passage, so who needs Prix St. Georges anyway?