David Ziegler is posing a double threat in Lexington this weekend. Yesterday, he competed in the Prix St. Georges level Championship class aboard Peninsula Top Man, taking individual silver overall. Today, he put those dressage skillz to good use in the CH-Y** division, leading the way overnight on a 46.3.
Representing Canada, David recently spoke with PSdressage.com about his dual threat status in Kentucky this year. His event mount, Critical Decision, came to him from Missy Ransenhousen after completing Rolex three times. David now works for Missy, and he’s enjoyed a successful Young Rider career with Critical Decision this year. David was able to qualify Critical Decision and Peninsula Top Man for NAJYRC this year, and his hard work is clearly paying off.
Hanna Bundy and her horse of a different color, D’Jion, pulled well within striking distance of David, earning a 50.7 to sit in second going into cross country. Last year’s CH-J* individual winners, Nicole Doolittle and Tops, will bring up third place on a 53.9.
While several riders were able to crack the 40s in the CCI*, David was the only one to do so in the CCI2*. That said, the top 10 are separated by just 10 penalty points, so there will likely be a bit of shuffling done on the leaderboard before the weekend is done.
Ontario is in great position going into cross country, holding the team lead over Area V & VI on a total score of 165.1. Here are the current team standings in the CH-Y** after dressage:
1. Ontario – 165.1
2. Area V & VI – 171.9
3. Area III – 175.2
4. Area I, VI, VIII – 183.0