Sarah Daehnert and Showhit Strut Their Stuff to Top Dressage at Lamplight Grand Prix
This weekend, Lamplight Equestrian Center welcomed top dressage riders to its world-class facility for Dressage at Lamplight. This unique event offers qualifying opportunities for 10 different national championships, as well as the 2022 Great American/USDF Regional Championships. It also allows riders to familiarize themselves and their horses with the grounds ahead of the 2022 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, which is scheduled for August 22-28.
On Saturday, the Grand Prix class took center stage, with Sarah Daehnert and Showhit (Sunset Hit-Midtgardens Carmen) leading the way in the Open division with a score of 71.304%. This was only the pair’s fourth Grand Prix together for owner Robert Price. Highlights in the extended trot and piaffe, in addition to the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood’s stunning presence in the ring, helped them earn the winning title.
“He was listening, and just he’s super nice to ride in the show because he was very focused on me,” said Daehnert. “We have a really good bond, and he’s a new Grand Prix horse, so it was very productive – the whole show and the atmosphere.”
Daehnert began riding Showhit three years ago when he was still a Small Tour horse, but has worked to develop his canter tour and improve his balance with the goal of competing in CDI events next year. The duo will continue to compete at Lamplight Equestrian Center this year in August and September as they continue to gain experience at the Grand Prix level.