Lexington, KY: The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee approved the High Performance Summer/Fall Training Lists for the 2013 season. Two lists were approved for both world class combinations and a national list. World class ranked combinations currently possess the ability to be competitive anywhere in the world. These combinations will receive Land Rover Training Grants. National list combinations are currently competitive in domestic international-level competition and the USEF Selection Committee believes have the potential to be competitive anywhere in the world in the future.
Wundermaske and Sharon White, Summit Point, WV were honored to be one of eleven horses approved for the 2013 National list. Wundermaske is a 10-year-old bay Hanoverian/Thoroughbred gelding sired by Weltbekannt (Weltmeyer-Imperator-Werther) and out of the Thoroughbred mare, Deer Rose. Weltbekannt is a Hanoverian sire at Some Day Soon Farm in Maryland and is owned by Suzanne Quarles. Recent top placings of Wundermaske's in competition include a 7th place at the Jersey Fresh International 3-Day 3 Star Event in May and a 3rd place at Fair Hill International Horse Trials CIC 1*/2*/3* HT 3-Star Event in April.
Sharon said the following about Wundermaske, "When I first met Wundermaske (aka Patch), I don’t think he’d ever jumped a jump. He certainly hadn’t gone to an event before. My dear friend Dale Clabaugh had bred him, and she brought her homebred Hanoverian-Thoroughbred (Weltbekannt—Deer Rose) over to Last Frontier Farm to see what I thought.
This past weekend, less than three years after he did his first novice, we completed our first advanced together. It’s hard to put into words how great that feels. Patch rocked around the course at Rocking Horse in Altoona, Fla. He was really good in dressage, finishing in the middle of the division. The advanced test is a big step up, and we scored lots of 8s, intermingled with a few 4s. I also had an error, so you can’t blame the horse for not knowing the test!
He was good in the show jumping and just had an unlucky rail. On cross-country, one of the first combinations was on a mound. He got up in the air and realized there was no landing on the other side. Lots of horses in that situation will just sort of drop all four legs, but Patch did this little double kick behind and stayed in the air until he’d figured it out. My first thought was, “This is one of the reasons I love this horse!” He did the whole thing very easily, and we both had a blast.
You never know what a horse is going to be when you first start, but Patch has stepped up and answered every question along the way. He moved up to intermediate a year ago and hasn’t had a cross-country jump penalty since."
Cross country eventing video clip of Wundermaske and Sharon White: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7fE9IIDODI