Selestial R is a ballerina in horse form. She is an elegant, beautiful horse with very light footed and airy movement. She has a quick hind leg with great ability to sit and carry as well. She has three super gaits, and she shows great aptitude for both collection and extension. She has phenomenal trot work with incredible talent for piaffe and passage along with super extensions. She is flexible in her lateral work, she has large, straight changes and great balance, canter pirouettes are another real highlight for her. She is an incredibly kind horse that has the right sensitivity and rideability to become a star.
Selestial R has had a phenomenal show record thus far. She has won three USDF Horse of the Year titles. In 2018, she was USDF Horse of the Year at Intermediate I with a median of 73.493%, USDF Region 6 champion at PSG and I-1 and Won the NW PSG. In 2017, she was USDF Horse of the Year at Fourth Level with a median of 75.879%. In 2016 she was ranked #3 in USDF Horse of the Year rankings at Third Level with a median over 74%. In 2015, she was USDF Horse of the Year at First Level with a median over 77%. She consistently scores 8s or 9s on her gaits, and has scored several 10s from FEI 5* judges.
After the sale of Quintessential Hit in 2018, Alyssa asked The Dressage Foundation to transfer the Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize to Selestial R, and they agreed. In 2020, Alyssa hopes to use the prize to train and compete in CDIs at Grand Prix. In 2019, she will compete at Grand Prix so that she can gain some experience and confidence at that level before the Olympic selection process in 2020. She will be 10 years in 2020, so just coming into her own as a Grand Prix horse, and that leaves the potential for a second Olympics at the top of her athleticism too, as a 14 year old horse in 2024.