WakeUp stormed to top honors in the Markel/USEF Developing Prix St. Georges Horse Dressage National Championships at Lamplight, Ill.
The 2013 Championships came to close Sunday afternoon, with 13 Developing Prix St. Georges horses performing the USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Test. Sunday’s Championship Class was worth the remaining 60% of the overall score.
Wakeup (Carolynn Bunch Photography)
Last year, Wakeup (Wagnis x Maiden Montreal/Macho) was the Reserve Champion in the Developing Horse Prix St. Georges and in 2013 the eight-year-old American Warmblood (AWR) registered and licensed stallion went one better. In Friday’s Qualifying Class the stallion and owner/rider Emily Wagner (LaCygne, KS) led the field with a polished performance. On Sunday, they topped their previous performance with an expressive and near flawless effort to score 76.520%.
“On Friday, I had a little bobble in the walk and I didn’t have that today,” said Wagner. “I was also bolder in the extended canter and was able to show a good difference coming back. I think showing those differences really helps with the scores.”
They finished on a championship score of 75.298%.
Wakeup has come through the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program competing at the Four, Five- and Six-Year-Old Championships and was also the winner in his six-year-old. Wagner believes that coming through the program was extremely helpful in gaining her second National Title.
“It’s a roadmap; it’s a good checkpoint and shows you’re going the right way,” said Wagner of the importance of the program. “I think coming to these big shows as a four-, five-, and six-year-old is really helpful. It definitely helped him and I could come here and really ride him.”