Hagen, Germany – The U.S. Young Rider Dressage Team capped a month’s long tour in Europe with a team finish in the Hagen CDIOY, taking eighth place. The team, led by USEF Youth Coach and Chef d’Equipe George Williams, saw improved rides from Erin Nichols, Mackenzie Peer, and Christian Simonson throughout the course of the competition. Hosted at Future Champions in Hagen, Germany, the competition saw 10 countries and 26 talented combinations compete in the CDIOY division, showcasing future dressage talents.
US Equestrian announced the three athlete-and-horse combinations that have been selected to the 2022 U.S. Young Rider European Tour this spring. The athletes will be led by USEF Youth Coach George Williams.
Three Young Rider combinations and three senior riders and horses were named by the U.S. Federation Tuesday for European competitions.
Young Riders to compete as a team sponsored by Discover Dressage at the Future Champions Nations Cup in Hagen, Germany June 14-19 are:
–Erin Nichols, 18, of Yorba Linda, California and Handsome Rob AR, a 19-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Diane Nichols;
–Mackenzie Peer, 20, of Leawood, Kansas and Ansgar, her own 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, and
–Christian Simonson, 19, of Ventura, California and Zeaball Diawind, a 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Christina Morgan.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation on Tuesday announced the three athlete-and-horse combinations that have been selected to the U.S. Dressage Young Rider European Tour this spring. The athletes will be led by USEF Youth Coach George Williams.
2022 Palm Beach Dressage DerbyChristian Simonson and Zeaball Diawind at the 2022 Palm Beach Dressage Derby Week eight of the 2022 Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, Florida, wrapped up on Sunday, March 6, as the “Palm Beach Derby” week came to a conclusion.
The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival 2022 is underway, and to kick off this year’s Rider Spotlight, we have North American Young Rider four-time gold medalist and #1 ranked Young Rider in the U.S., Christian Simonson!
America’s number one young rider Christian Simonson has secured a Grand Prix hopeful, S.O.A.L., to prepare his transition to Under 25 level.
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 at the University of Texas, Austin, where he is pursuing a degree in Business. Inspired by his mother’s interest in riding, Christian discovered Dressage at the tender age of six.
On this week’s show we are joined by young rider gold medallist Christian Simonson.