Santiago, Chile – The U.S. Dressage Team rose to the occasion to secure team gold at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, finishing on a team total of 450.670 after strong performances today from all combinations. Brazil finished with a silver medal on 443.343, while Canada captured bronze with a 431.937. The three Grand Prix combinations will move on to contest the Grand Prix Freestyle on Wednesday, October 25, for individual medals.
Santiago, Chile – The U.S. Dressage Team currently holds first place on a team total of 224.338 after the first day of dressage concluded at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, with tomorrow’s competition set to determine team medals. Brazil is currently in second on a 221.151, with Canada in third on a 214.277. With both Small and Large tour combinations competing, scoring for Large Tour combinations adds three points to their final percentage as part of the championship format. Intermediate I and Grand Prix Special competition will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET tomorrow.
Christian Simonson, 21, a Californian but based in Wellington, Florida has been nominated for 2023 Rising Star.
Christian is on the U.S. dressage team with Son of a Lady for the Pan American Games scheduled for later this month.
He has been successful on U.S. teams in major youth competitions on both sides of the Atlantic as well as the senior Nations Cup.
U.S. international Grand Prix horse Harmony’s Duval has been retired from competition sport.
Harmony’s Duval is a 15-year old American bred KWPN gelding by Rousseau out of Uptown Girl (by Riverman). He is bred by Leslie Malone of Harmony Sport Horses in Colorda, USA.
US Equestrian announced the athlete-and-horse combinations that have been named to the U.S. Dressage Team for the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, as well as the first reserve combination.
Christian Simonson and the Danish warmblood Son of a Lady became the Small Tour Champions at the 2023 U.S. Dressage Championships at Lamplight equestrian centre in Wayne, ILL. The pair won the first two rounds and placed second in the freestyle.
In the face of sweltering temperatures and stiff competition in the Neue Schule/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship, Christian Simonson and Son Of A Lady kept their cool today to earn the national championship title with a score of 73.26%.
WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 24, 2023–Christian Simonson on Son of a Lady captured the Festival of Champions Intermediate 1 championship Thursday after placing second to Charlotte Jorst in the freestyle.
The 20-year-old Christian based in Wellington, Florida scored 74.015% on the 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding but the winning results of the Prix St. Georges and the Intermediate, the first two of three phases for the championship, was enough to earn him the title and possibly his first senior championship team. He is long listed for the Pan American Games on Son of a Lady.
Christian Simonson on Son of a Lady won the Festival of Champions Intermediate 1 Tuesday to extend their lead in the national championship in what the 20-year-old rider believes reflects development of a new generation of American riders.