The Small Tour also saw Trussell return to the winner’s circle, this time partnered with Carlucci (Contendro I x Compliment), a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Barbara Holden Sinclair. Together they scored 71.974% to win the CDI Intermediate Ι. They also took second place in the CDI Prix St. Georges on a score of 70.088%.
“This is my first year showing Carlucci, and my primary goal for him this year was to build his confidence in the ring,” explained Trussell. “He is a very kind, yet timid, horse and can lose his confidence in new atmospheres. The Intermediate I test in Saugerties was the best test we have had together. He was wonderful, and so much fun to ride.”
Capturing third place in both the CDI Intermediate I (68.728%) and CDI Intermediate I Freestyle (70.750%) was Tom Dvorak of Hillsburgh, ON aboard Cyrus (Contucci x Cor Noir), an eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Carla Bahr.
The CDI-W NEDA Fall Festival was also a big success for next generation athlete, Allison Youngdale of Osgoode, ON. Fresh off the 2017 FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), Youngdale contested the CDI Junior division with two horses.
Impressively, Youngdale achieved a hat trick with her NAJYRC partner, Ramiro (Blue Hors Don Romantic x Rambo), her 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, winning the Team (66.802%), Individual (65.833%) and Freestyle (67.583%).
Coming back into the ring with her 12-year-old Holsteiner mare, RF Cosima 201 (Conello x Sir Shostakovich xx), Youngdale earned back-to-back second place finishes in the CDI Junior Team and Individual classes, scoring 66.081% and 63.289%, respectively.
For more information and complete results from the CDI-W NEDA Fall Festival, visit www.neda.org.