October 20, 2021Like

Spotlight on Christian Simonson – Dressage Extensions

Christian Simonson is an accomplished young man with diverse interests, but his main passion is the sport of Dressage. Christian obtained his student’s pilot license at the age of 15, is an avid mountain biker, downhill skier, and has his open water PADI scuba certification. He recently started college online
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September 17, 2021Like

Dressage Radio Show – Young Rider Gold Medallist Christian Simonson

On this week’s show we are joined by young rider gold medallist Christian Simonson. Listen to the podcast here
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August 27, 2021Like

Youth Athletes Shine on Day Three at 2021 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

Eleven combinations rode the FEI Young Rider Individual Test for the Horseware Ireland/USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship to close out the third day of competition. Christian Simonson and Zeaball Diawind claimed top honors in the class to clinch the national championship title. Click here to read the entire article.
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August 27, 2021Like

Christian Simonson’s Whirlwind Summer Concludes With USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship Win at U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

Simonson of Ventura, California, and Zeaball Diawind jumped up to the top of the leaderboard after Thursday’s Young Rider Team Test with a score of 73.744%, nearly four percentage points ahead of their closest competitor. Click here to read the entire article.
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August 27, 2021Like

Three North American Youth Championship Golds & Record Score for Young Rider Christian Simonson & Zeaball Diawind, 3 Golds for Junior Lexie Kment & Montagny von der Heide

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan, Aug. 15, 2021–Christian Simonson on Zeaball Diawind set a North American Youth Championship Young Rider record score with victory Sunday in the Freestyle to give the partnership its third gold medal. Read the entire article here
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August 27, 2021Like

Christian Simonson Awarded Fiona Baan “Pursuit of Excellence” Memorial Trophy

Lexington, KY (August 24, 2021) – The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that Region 7 Young Rider, Christian Simonson, of Ventura, CA, and his nine-year-old, Danish Warmblood gelding, Zeaball Diawind, were awarded the Fiona Baan “Pursuit of Excellence” Memorial Trophy at the North American Youth Dressage Championships,
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June 14, 20211

A trio of young riders representing the United States took third place at the CDIO-Y Nations Cup competition hosted at Future Champions in Hagen, Germany, from June 10-13, 2021.

This result marked the highest finish in program history for the U.S. Young Rider Dressage Team at Future Champions. Ten countries with 25 horse-and-rider combinations competed in the CDIO-Y, which featured talented young athletes from across Europe. Read entire story here.
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June 11, 2021Like

U.S. Young Rider Dressage Team Wins Bronze at CDIO-Y at Future Champions in Germany

Hagen, Germany – A trio of young riders representing the United States took third place at the CDIO-Y Nations Cup competition hosted at Future Champions in Hagen, Germany, from June 10-13, 2021. This result marked the highest finish in program history for the U.S. Young Rider Dressage Team at Future Champions.
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June 11, 2021Like

Germany Wins Hagen Young Rider Nations Cup Gold, Denmark Silver, USA Bronze

HAGEN, Germany, June 10, 2021–Luca Sophia Collin on Descolari led Germany to the Future Champions Young Rider Nations Cup team gold Thursday with Denmark taking silver and Christian Simonson on Zeaball Diawind leading America to the bronze. Read the entire article here.
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May 5, 2021Like

3 American riders expected at the International dressage competition in Compiègne

If the American riders approached to participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not compete in Europe this season, the country of Uncle Sam will still be represented from May 27 to 31 at the International Dressage Compiègne. The American Federation announced a few days ago that 3 young
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June 29, 2020Like

An Emerging Athlete

Photo Credit: Noel Floyd The sport of Dressage is an artistic discipline that demands precision from horse and rider in a variety of skills. A great coach is a critical part of the equation, and in that sense I am very lucky to work with U.S. Olympian, Adrienne Lyle. Beyond her
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June 2, 2020Like

Getting Back In The Saddle

After taking a relaxing week off, I am excited to return to Dressage and to riding my beloved horses. It’s been nice to have a break and spend time with my family, but with the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions in Wayne, Illinois, in August, it’s time to focus and
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May 13, 2020Like

Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good

One of the privileges of competing in Dressage is the opportunity to be sponsored. Between equipment for my equine partners and riding apparel for me, there are a few specialty brands that sponsor me and one of my favorites is An Capall Equestrian. An Capall produces high performance riding shirts that
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Equestrian Rider Christian Simonson during Covid
April 27, 2020Like

Finding My Silver Lining

When the last Global CDI was canceled in mid March, it finally hit me that the world of Dressage and life as I knew it, were going to change dramatically. I had been busy riding my equine partners, Hemmingway and Zeaball, and training for our upcoming season when I noticed
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April 3, 2020Like

Meet My Equine Partners

Horses are the key to being successful in the sport of Dressage. But, my equine dance partners aren’t “just” horses. They are my teachers, my friends and above all, the invaluable non-human member of the horse and rider team. As I spend most of my days with these guys, I
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