Ebeling Earns Ticket to 2011 World Cup Finals by Winning 2011 CDI-W Burbank

eurodressage_1104-1California’s Jan Ebeling and Rafalca displayed not only their difficult Grand Prix freestyle routine during the final day of the Festival of the Horse CDIW in Burbank, CA, but also their readiness for the 2011 World Cup Dressage Final in Leipzig later this month. Earning a solid 73.025% and a ticket to the World Cup as one of two North American League representatives, Ebeling and the 14-year-old Oldenburg mare (Argentinius x Ratine by Rubinstein I, owned by Amy Ebeling) seem very confident.

“She’s gotten so much stronger and better this year, and she’s taken it to a whole new level,” said Ebeling. “She felt awesome! She’s finally come into her own now.”

Debuting their Intermediaire I freestyle, Steffen Peters completed his sweep of the small tour with Jen Hlavacek’s Weltino’s Magic (by Weltino out of Diva by Diamond Boy) by scoring a huge score of 79.417%.

“The first word that comes to mind is ‘fun’,” said Peters. ” I rode the freestyle a bit conservatively today since it was the first time, but he was right on.”

Meanwhile, Jamie Pestana rode her own Hanoverian gelding Winzalot (by Wokenstein II x Frazisco) to a freestyle victory with a score of 67.250% to close out the Young Rider division.