March 23, 2019|
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Sarah Lockman on First Apple with (left to right) Scott Hasslet, owner Gerry Ibanez and groom Octovio Rocha.

BURBANK, California, Mar. 22, 2019–California’s Sarah Lockman debuted First Apple, newly acquired from Holland, to win the Dressage Affair CDI1* Prix St. Georges Friday with the highest score so far of any American seeking a place on the Dutta Corp. United States team for the Pan American Games.

Sarah, 30, of Murrieta, and the nine-year-old KWPN stallion scored 74.382 per cent in the start of a campaign to earn selection to the U.S. Pan Am team to be made up of Small and Big Tour horses and staged in Lima, Peru at the end of July.

Three-time U.S. Olympian Günter Seidel on Beltano, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding, placed second on 72.559 per cent that could move the pair up the standings from their current fifth spot with just one previous show on their record.

Germany’s Christian Hartung on Desario was third on 69.176 per cent.

Sara’s score from a panel of five judges with the highest mark from Sweden’s FEI5* Magnus Ringmark of 79.412 per cent and a low of 71.324 per from Brenda Minor of Canada was fractionally higher than the previous best qualifying result of 74.265 per cent posted by the top ranked Ashley Holzer on Valentine at Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival last month.

First Apple was found “just by chance” by Sarah during a visit to Carolyn de Roo–Kooiman’s President Stables in the Netherlands last fall looking for investment horses for her sponsor, Gerry Ibanez.

First Apple had been competed as a seven-year-old by Dutch team rider Patrik van der Meer, including the World Young Horse Championships in Ermelo where they placed second in the preliminary and fourth in the final. In nine Small Tour starts in Europe over six months to mid-2018, Patrik and First Apple always placed in the top three, including three victories.

“The first time I sat on him brought tears to my eyes,” Sarah recalled. “He is such a gentleman, a super athlete, a wonderful temperament and trained so correctly.”

She spent a month working with Patrik in Holland that was so valuable “it enabled me to have success so quickly” in California.

The horse was flown to Florida first for Sarah to work with Scott Hassler then moved to Southern California. Sarah competed First Apple at a national show in California as a warmup earlier this month to score more than 78 per cent.

Scott went to Burbank to coach the pair this weekend.

Sarah grew up in northern Nevada, always riding. She is a Pony Clubber who competed through the Intermediate level in eventing, finishing third at her first CCI** at 15 years of age.

In 2004, Sarah shifted her focus to training and competing dressage horses.

Her goal has always been to ride on an American team.

Results:

CDI1* Prix St. Georges
E: Majewska-POL H: Hotz-USA C: Minor-CAN M: Ringmark-SWE B: Osinski-USA
Rider Ctzn Horse E H C M B T Pl.
Lockman, Sarah USA First Apple 72.059 76.176 71.324 79.412 72.941 74.382 1
Seidel, Guenter USA Beltano 72.647 73.088 73.971 69.853 73.235 72.559 2
Hartung, Christian GER Desario 68.088 71.765 68.676 67.647 69.706 69.176 3
Clarke, Nicholia USA Coral Reef Scoobidooh 70.147 70.294 66.618 69.412 68.971 69.088 4
Harrison, Kristina USA Finley 67.941 67.206 68.824 67.353 70.294 68.324 5
Raine, Kathleen USA Don Johnson 68.235 68.529 68.824 66.912 68.824 68.265 6
Crawford, Eiren CAN Godot Ssf 67.059 69.559 66.471 67.059 69.559 67.941
Harrison, Kristina USA Barnaby Wilde Gcf 68.235 68.382 66.029 67.353 69.265 67.853
Blake, David USA Heide Spirit 63.824 68.676 63.971 67.206 67.500 66.235
Birchall, Stephen USA Damore 67.794 64.265 66.324 64.853 67.941 66.235
Buechler, Alyssa USA Ekho 64.853 64.853 66.029 61.765 65.147 64.529
Mayer, Patty USA Cato 62.647 62.353 61.618 61.912 65.000 62.706
Kossowicz, Tegan USA Dujelinda M WD

Source: Dressage News

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