Rebecca Rigdon-Blake and Jagger – CDS 2022 Horse of the Year – Prix St. Georges

by Cheryl Erpelding

When Rebecca Rigdon-Blake found Jagger, as a 4 year old, he was 16.1 hands high. He eventually grew to an impressive 17.3 hands and has been living up to the huge potential she saw in the beautiful Dutch warmblood gelding back in 2018. Rebecca and her husband David Blake, imported the dressage prospect from Egbert Kraack and Julie Hick’s sales and training barn, Craecken Stables, located in Amsterdam, Holland. He was the first horse that their sport horse investment business, Ad Astra Collective, purchased as an investment horse with the potential to become an international grand prix dressage horse.

So far the six investors are very excited with their investment, as Jagger has continued to live up to his promise of becoming an international dressage star. Last year he and Rebecca earned the California Dressage Society’s 2022 Horse of the Year in Prix St. Georges with an impressive 69.412%. The pair was also Reserve Champion in the CDS Prix St. Georges class with a 72.79%, continuing to rack up top scores as they head to the grand prix level. In his first year of showing as a four year old in 2018, he won the FEI Four Year old class out of 10 horses with an outstanding score of 82.60% at Flintridge. Rebecca and he had only been partners for 8 weeks at that first U.S. show. After two more qualifiers he ended the qualifying season with an average percentage of 82.30% going into National Young Horse Championship. In August 2018, he was Reserve Champion of the Four Year old division for the United States with a score of 84.40%. He finished out the year being awarded by USDF Reserve Champion in the Four Year Old Division.

Jagger was the first acquisition of the Ad Astra Collective, acquired in June 2018 in Holland. Jagger has surpassed Rebecca’s and David’s expectations already during his first year in training. Jagger serves as “Living Proof” for the viability of the Collective’s concept. The team applies its extensive equine experience combing it with innovative business strategies to develop “Olympic Champions.
Photo: Terri Miller Photography

As a five year old, Jagger earned Reserve Champion as a five year old and fourth place as a six year old and is on the emerging young horse list. Besides working with her husband David, Rebecca rides with Christine Traurig and Guenter Seidel and they all are very excited to see this young star head to the grand prix level. Rebecca reports he has a fantastic piaffe and passage and is currently working on the one tempi changes with her coaches. She loves Jagger’s fun boy-like personality and is excited to be on this journey with such an exceptional horse.

Rebecca and David are excited about their investment business and state, “The Ad Astra Collective has gathered a passionate team of equine experts, managers and consultants to advance the Collectives’s unique business model. The Collective has been formed to apply its team’s longstanding equine expertise and track record to develop Internationally competitive FEI horses through acquiring and training exceptionally able, talented and willing horses. The unique business structure of the LLC provides a unique investment opportunity, combining capital investment and potential return on investment with a significant tax advantage for investors who are investing into the development of the next Olympic Champion by the Ad Astra Collective.”

Rebecca and David operate their dressage training and sales barn in Encinitas, CA. Both are top level international level riders and offer training, sales and their investment business to other horse lovers. To learn more about their training, sales and the Ad Astra Collective, visit their websites: www.RigdonandBlakeStables.com and www.AdAstraCollective.com.