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.

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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.

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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.

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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, held during the 2021 FEI North American Youth Championships.

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Simonson Becomes Double Gold Medalist After Victory in Young Rider Individual Championship at the 2021 FEI North American Youth Championships

Traverse City, Mich. – The FEI North American Youth Dressage Championships (NAYC) continued today, with the Young Rider division awarding a second gold medal to Christian Simonson (Ventura, Calif.) and Zeaball Diawind after the pair rode to a personal best score of 75.353% in the Individual Final. The silver medal went to Miki Yang (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) and Donavan, who rode to 69.294%, while Tillie Jones (Lincoln, Neb.) and Qi Gong TF earned the bronze medal with 68.588%.

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