Mallory Thompson placed second individually in the equitation class at the Southern California Junior Dressage championships August 22-24 in Burbank and was on the winning team in the training level competition.
The performance was the first competition in a recognized dressage show for Thompson. “I was happy,” Thompson said of her second-place individual performance and winning team performance.
The 18-year-old Thompson started riding horses at the age of 12, one year after moving from Las Vegas to Fallbrook. She had participated mainly in eventing, which includes dressage, and has been riding in dressage for approximately two years.
Thompson rode a 4-year-old warmblood named Der Tanz. “I’d only ridden that horse for a few weeks,” she said.
Der Tanz was also the youngest horse in the competition. “The young horse is a great horse,” Thompson said.
Der Tanz was foaled in Germany and was brought to Bonsall when he was 3 1/2. He is owned by Dressage Warmbloods, which is located in Bonsall and owned by Kimberly Monk and Pam Moss.
The Southern California Junior Dressage competition was also Thompson’s first on Der Tanz. “They didn’t really know each other,” said Monk, who is also Thompson’s trainer.
Although Thompson is with the San Diego chapter of the California Dressage Society, during the team competition Thompson rode with three other girls from the Pomona chapter.
Thompson, a 2008 Fallbrook High School graduate, is currently attending Palomar College.
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