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Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate Achieve CPEDI 3* Victory at AGDF

Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 11, 2017 – Week nine of the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) features CPEDI 1*/2*/3* Para Dressage, presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena.

2016 Paralympian Angela Peavy (USA) and Royal Dark Chocolate, a 2008 Oldenburg mare owned by Rebecca Reno, were once again victorious in the Para Team Test Grade IV – CPEDI 3*, with a score of 71.057%. The score was the second highest of the day’s competition.

Peavy has only been working with Royal Dark Chocolate, also known as “Cocoa”, for a little over a month.

“I love Cocoa,” said Peavy. “She’s very flowy and is a completely different energy level than I’m used to having, so I thought that it was a solid ride. We just need to get to know one another a little better, but she is just such a joy to ride and to be able to sit on such a quality horse makes me very happy.”

Peavy also commented on the future with her new mount. “Hopefully we make the team for the World Equestrian Games. I would also like to take her to Europe this summer, which is something we are still talking about. I’m going to show her here in the national shows in the next couple of weeks,” she said.

In regards to her time here at The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, Peavy said, “It’s so generous of everyone to sponsor these shows and for allowing us to perform in this stadium to get a more international feel so we are ready to compete at that higher level. It’s really an honor to be here.”

Placing second to Peavy in the Para Individual Test Grade IV – CPEDI 3* was Pamela Hardin (USA) and Quarterjack, a 2005 Brandenburg gelding (Quaterman x Medea ii x Rohdiamant) owned by Hardin, with a score of 67.589%. Third place was awarded to Laura Hall (CAN) and Boo Sinclair, a 2006 KWPN gelding (Sir Sinclair x Onward O’Crimson) owned by Dr. Heather Boo, with a 65.203%.

Other classes of the day included the Para Individual Test Grade I – CPEDI 3*, which awarded a win to Jody Schloss (CAN) and Lieutenant Lobin, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding (Lobster x Farine) owned by Schloss, with a 71.250%. The Para Individual Test Grade II – CPEDI 3* was won by Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) and Niekele Fan Busenitz, a 2004 Friesian stallion (Sape 381 x Wemke H x Fetse 349) owned by Oakleaf, with a 70.784%. Charlotte Merle-Smith (USA) and Firewalker, a 2006 Westfalen gelding owned by Merle-Smith, took the winning ride in the Para Individual Test Grade III – CPEDI 3*, scoring 64.255%. Katie Jackson (USA) and Royal Dancer, a 2005 Westphalian gelding owned by Kai Handt, captured a win in the Para Individual Test Grade V – CPEDI 3* with a score of 69.921%.

For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Keasler and Lux Stensvang Deliver Hat-Trick in U25 Grand Prix at Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W

Sierra Keasler and Lux Stensvang (Photo courtesy of Equinium Sports Marketing)

Wellington, Florida (March 10, 2016) – In a clean sweep of the Intermediaire II, Grand Prix, and Grand Prix Freestyle in the U25 division, Sierra Keasler and Lux Stensvang once again proved their mettle, this time in the prestigious international arena during Week 8 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. In her first CDI of 2017, Keasler and the Danish Warmblood gelding (Lobster x Verona Stensvang x Diamond) delivered expressive, correct, and elegant tests across three days and against rigorous competition to dominate the Derby’s CDI U25 division, presented by Diamante Farms.

After a victorious U25 Grand Prix debut at the national level a few weeks before, Keasler was thrilled that her CDI performance was on par. Under the guidance of trainer and coach Silke Rembacz, Keasler and Lux kicked off the week’s competition with a win in the Intermediaire II, scoring 68.15% in their first CDI appearance of 2017. Friday’s U25 Grand Prix brought in a similar score for Keasler with less than a percentage point’s deviation from the Intermediaire II: she once again topped the class with a 68.860%. Sunday called for the FEI U25 Grand Prix Freestyle, which was Keasler’s first attempt at the Kur with Lux and at the CDI level. The pair opened their CDI Freestyle career with a 71.042% to once again win the class and delivering a hat trick succession of wins during the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W.

Highlighted by an exceptionally fluid and elastic canter tour, Lux and Keasler’s dressage partnership began in 2015 and has progressed to success in the FEI level. “I’m mainly thrilled with consistency of our scores, and of course with the success of our Freestyle,” said Keasler of their Derby performance. “Lux is so special to me and I am so incredibly thankful to have a horse of his caliber and talent. He really settled into the ring this week and tried his best for me. None of our success would be possible if not for Silke’s guidance and the support of my family and friends, especially my amazing mother who was our super groom. It was great to be surrounded by positive people who show so much support for my horse and I. The atmosphere was very relaxed and I really enjoyed being back in the international arena and sharing the experience with other young riders. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and enjoying developing our dressage career even further this season.”

Lux and Keasler, in addition to Rembacz’s mentoring, have been selected to participate in the USEF’s Select Athlete’s One-on-One Coaching Program, and recently took advantage of the first of her sessions with FEI Judge Charlotte Bredhal before the Derby CDI-W.

Keasler began her advanced dressage career in 2011 as a successful Junior competitor at the NAJYRC. She spent almost 5 years as a working student for Lionshare Dressage in Wellington, Florida, where she honed her skills as a Young Rider and eventually came to purchase Lux. She placed in the top 5 at Nationals that year, and quickly progressed to the FEI level, earning her USDF Silver Medal after competing Hyperion Farm’s Corcovado at Prix St. Georges. She and Corcovado were also the Fourth Level Young Rider Region 3 Champions in 2014. In 2015 she earned the ride on Lux Stensvang, and in their first outing at Grand Prix scored 72.9%. That same year they successfully competed in the U25 Grand Prix at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and were the Reserve Champions in the 2015 Brentina Cup. In 2016 she again campaigned Lux in the U25 Grand Prix, culminating in a 4th place overall finish at the 2016 US Dressage Finals. After purchasing Lux as her primary competition mount, Keasler began training in 2016 with FEI dressage trainer Silke Rembacz as she prepares to compete in the CDI U25 Grand Prix divisions at the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

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Para Dressage CPEDI 1*/2*/3* Competition Kicks Off at AGDF

Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer. Photo Credit ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 10, 2017 – Week nine of the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), features CPEDI 1*/2*/3* Para Dressage, presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena. Competition started on Friday at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), in Wellington, FL.

Katie Jackson (USA) and Royal Dancer, a 2005 Westphalian gelding owned by Kai Handt, finished with a win in the Para Team Test Grade V – CPEDI 3* with a score of 67.872%.

Jackson has only been riding Royal Dancer for about two weeks. “He’s been super fun to get to know,” said Jackson. “With every ride, we are getting more comfortable with each other. He’s incredible, and I’m really lucky that I get a chance to ride him.”

In regards to the pair’s future, Jackson commented, “We’ve got lots of areas to improve on, which is exciting when we see our score continue to go up. The plan for now is that I’m going to be competing him in the region, and we are already qualified for nationals in September in Tryon.”

Jackson concluded by expressing her gratitude for her team, and all of the sponsors of this week’s CPEDI 1*/2*/3* Para Dressage Competition.

Second place in the Para Team Test Grade V – CPEDI 3* went to Mary Jordan (USA) and Rubicon 75, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding (Royal Hit x Edelkarin x Absinthe) owned by Jordan, with a 67.829%.

Angela Peavy (USA) and Royal Dark Chocolate, a 2008 Oldenburg mare owned by Rebecca Reno, clinched a victory in the Para Team Test Grade IV – CPEDI 3*, with a score of 72.250%.

Peavy competed at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, as well as the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.

Placing second to Peavy in the Para Team Test Grade IV – CPEDI 3* was Pamela Hardin (USA) and Quarterjack, a 2005 Brandenburg gelding (Quaterman x Medea ii x Rohdiamant) owned by Hardin, with a score of 67.417%. Third place was awarded to Laura Hall (CAN) and Boo Sinclair, a 2006 KWPN gelding (Sir Sinclair x Onward O’Crimson) owned by Dr. Heather Boo, with a 65.750%.

Other classes of the day included the Para Team Test Grade II – CPEDI 3*, won by Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) and Niekele Fan Busenitz, a 2004 Friesian stallion (Sape 381 x Wemke H x Fetse 349) owned by Oakleaf, with a 67.879%. The Para Team Test Grade I – CPEDI 3*, awarded a win to Jody Schloss(CAN) and Lieutenant Lobin, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding (Lobster x Farine) owned by Schloss, with a 69.524%.

For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Para-Dressage Returns to Palm Beach for Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*

Kai Handt and NTEC Royal Dancer, ridden by Katie Jackson. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall.

Wellington, FL – March 9, 2017 – Para-Dressage riders returned to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival for the second international para-equestrian dressage competition in Wellington, Florida. Eleven horse and rider combinations from the United States and Canada will compete over the March 10-12 weekend at Week 9 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena. Athletes from Grade I through Grade V include multiple World Equestrian Games’ riders and Paralympians.

The CPEDI3* kicked off Thursday with the FEI Jog with Ground Jury members Carlos Lopes (POR), Adrienne Pot (USA), and Elke Ebert (GER) viewing each horse as they jogged. Dale Dedrick won the Best Dressed Award presented by Show Chic. Rides begin in The Stadium on Friday with the Team Test, followed by Saturday’s Individual Tests, and ending with the Freestyle on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Competition includes both team and individual divisions. The U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team presented by Deloitte includes Laurietta Oakleaf (Grade II), Annie Peavy (Grade IV), Katie Jackson (Grade V), and Mary Jordan (Grade V). The team is led by Chef d’Equipe and U.S. Para-Dressage Technical Advisor Kai Handt. Equine Canada Team includes Laura Hall and Boo Sinclair (Grade IV), Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (Grade I) and Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (Grade I) with Chef d’Equipe and Para Canada’s technical director Clive Milkins.

For more information about the USPEA, please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President Hope Hand by e-mail: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.

US Equestrian Names US Dressage Team for Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup CDIO3*

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has named the following combinations to The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup™ CDIO3*, March 21-25, in Wellington, Fla. at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF):

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding
Direct Reserve Horse
Patricia Stempel’s Danilo, a 2004 Hanoverian gelding

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) and her own Lonoir, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding

Arlene “Tuny” Page (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Woodstock, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding
Direct Reserve Horse
Page’s Dr. House 2, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding

Lisa Wilcox (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Jacqueline Shear’s Galant, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding

The following combination has been named as the reserve combination:

Katherine Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Jane Clark’s Alcazar, a 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding

Robert Dover will serve as the Chef d’Equipe.

In addition, there will be two U.S. teams competing in the CDIO U25 running concurrently with the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3* at the AGDF. The following combinations will make up one team:

Anna Buffini (San Diego, Calif.) and her own Sundayboy, a 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding

Sean Sierra Keasler (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Lux Stensvang, a 2002 Danish Warmblood gelding

Kerrigan Gluch (Wellington, Fla.) and Hampton Green Farm’s HGF Brio, a 2005 Andalusian stallion

Debbie McDonald will serve as the Chef d’Equipe.

The following combinations will make up the other team:

Kaitlin Blythe (Rougemont, N.C.) and Maryanna Haymon’s Don Principe, a 1999 Hanoverian gelding

Molly Paris (Charlotte, N.C.) and her own Countess, a 2002 Danish Warmblood mare

Genay Vaughn (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Starr Vaughn Equestrian, Inc.’s Donarweiss GGF, a 2001 Hanoverian stallion

George Williams will serve as the Chef d’Equipe.

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Esperance Conclude AGDF 8 with 2nd FEI Intermediaire I Victory

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Esperance. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 5, 2017 – Competition concluded for week eight of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) on Sunday, March 5, with a win for Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) and Esperance in the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle CDI 1*, presented by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center.

Vilhelmson-Silfven and Esperance, a 2009 KWPN gelding (Sorento x Volita x Rousseau) owned by Lövsta Stuteri, finished their week on a high note with a victory today in the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle CDI 1*, presented by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. The pair also took the top spot in Saturday’s FEI Intermediaire I and were awarded second place in Friday’s FEI Prix St. Georges.

“Looking at the whole week, I’m so pleased with my horse,” said Vilhelmson-Silfven. “He went over the expectations, as I haven’t shown him before. I’ve only had him for eight or nine months, and he’s so intelligent and nice to ride. He has a super mind; he really wants to do his best. He still feels quite green because he is only eight, you can feel that in the ring. Still, he just tries and tries, and he’s so honest and ambitious. It’s going to be a lot of fun to continue with this horse.”

The pair bested a competitive class made up of 14 talented horse-and-rider combinations with a winning score of 76.292%.

Commenting on her music choices, Vilhelmson-Silfven continued, “I wanted to have music that was not too powerful, because I didn’t know how he would react. I chose music that was more calm and even, to try and make it easier for him. It is too early to do a big spectacle right now. I figured he should just have a good round and have a good experience from it.”

Second place in the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle CDI 1* was awarded to Jessica Rhinelander (CAN) and Dimanche, a 2008 KWPN gelding (Spielberg x Zayonah x San Remo) owned by Rhinelander, scoring 74.417%. Third place went Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Harmony’s Duval, a 2008 KWPN gelding (Rousseau x Uptown Girl x Riverman) owned by Kylee Lourie, with a score of 73.375%.

Competition at AGDF will resume with a full schedule of CPEDI 1*/2*/3* Para Dressage classes on March 10-12, presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena®. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Kasey Perry-Glass Earns 80% at AGDF 8 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W

Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet. Photos: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 4, 2017 – Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) and Goerklintgaards Dublet achieved a win and their second FEI World Cup Finals qualifying score during Saturday night’s FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Everglades Dressage, at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL.

2016 Olympic bronze medalists Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding (Diamond Hit x La Costa x Olympic Ferro) owned by Diane Perry, earned a winning score of 80.805% in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Everglades Dressage.

“[My trainer] Debbie [McDonald] and I have been working really hard on his performance in the ring, and it just seems to get better and better,” said Perry-Glass. “We are slowly getting there and I try not to pressure him too hard. He’s still growing. But to win tonight, it felt good. It felt like I could finally breathe.

“My choreography was created by Adrienne Lyle,” said Perry-Glass of her freestyle choices. “She did the whole thing, and I’m so blessed to have her as a friend. Tom Hunt did my music. He is also the creator of Charlotte Dujardin’s music. I’ve been working with him for four years now. He just wanted something very special for Dublet, and I think he nailed it.”

Along with the freestyle victory, their score also puts Perry-Glass and Dublet on the road to their first FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Omaha, NE at the end of the month.

“I am so excited for Omaha,” said an emotional Perry-Glass. “I get to hopefully go with two of my Olympic teammates, and this is my first FEI World Cup so I’m over the moon about it. It wouldn’t be possible without Debbie McDonald, or my mom and husband and my dad. I’m just very lucky. I have a really good horse, and they all just make it a very positive experience for me.”

Second place in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W was awarded to Chase Hickok (USA) and Sagacious HF, a 1999 KWPN gelding (Welt Hit II x Judith x Cocktail) owned by Hyperion Farm Inc., with a 75.620%.

Chase Hickok and Sagacious HF

This was Hickok’s first Freestyle under the lights in the open division. “We really came into tonight with no expectations,” said Hickok. “We just wanted to have a good, clean test, and I think we achieved that. To be sitting next to these two whom I look up to so much is just great.”

Hickok described her freestyle music. “My music actually came with Sagacious, and it was put together by Marlene Whitaker. It suits him and varies from upbeat in the trot to slower for the canter work. It highlights his strengths, so I’m very appreciative for whoever picked it originally.”

Shelly Francis (USA) and Doktor, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding (Diamond Hit x Gurena x Renoir I) owned by Patricia Stempel, took third place with a score of 75.565%.

Commenting on her ride, Francis said, “It was a little interesting because he was a bit edgy tonight for some reason, a little more than normal. We had some interesting parts of the test. The right pirouette on the left lead – I think we should have gotten some extra points for that! He was just a little tight here and there. He was a good boy, even though it wasn’t quite as smooth as I wanted it to be. He’s usually very fun to ride.”

Francis also rides to a freestyle created by Whitaker. “My music is from the movie ‘Big’. I helped with the choreography because my horse is kind of handy when he’s not too nervous. The music suits him as well; it’s fun.”

Judge at C, Christof Umbach (LUX), noted, “We had a very clear winner this evening. The other top four placings were very close, and all of the riders really fought for their marks. Compared to last week, all of the riders have improved. It was a super evening.”

Endel Ots, from sponsor Everglades Dressage, commented, “We really love supporting the dressage world quietly and from behind the scenes, and I think it’s so awesome to have one of our riders (Hickok) also place in the top three. We really love being here and supporting the sport.”

The Palm Beach Dressage Derby exhibition class, presented by Yeguada de Ymas, took place earlier in the day on Saturday featuring riders competing at Small Tour level with unfamiliar horses to see who could ride to the best score.

Round one was a match up against defending champion Chris Von Martels (CAN) and Christoph Koschel (GER), riding Truhana De Ymas, a 2009 PRE mare (Envidiado De Ymas x Nicaragua III) owned by Yeguada de Ymas S.L. Ultimately Koschel came on the top with a score of 69.605%, knocking the last year’s winner out of the competition. Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) and Mikala Munter Gundersen (DEN) competed in round one on Action Ace, a 2005 DWB gelding (Ijsselmeer x Promised) owned by Janice Murdoch. Munter Gundersen won the round with a 69.474%.

Koschel and Munter Gundersen advanced to the final knockout round of The Palm Beach Dressage Derby competition during the mid-way point at the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, with both riders piloting Wrazzmatazz, a 2003 KWPN gelding (Jazz x Madame x Darwin) owned by Sara Hellner.

The final round brought excitement to the Global Arena as Koschel rode a well-executed test, clinching the win with a score of 72.588%.

“This is always special in an atmosphere like this,” said Koschel. “I don’t know if this horse was ever in an atmosphere like this so you don’t know what you get or what you can expect. I think it was a perfect horse for this final because he was very, very honest and nice to ride, and it made it easier for both of us.”

Koschel is no stranger to derby riding; he was the winner of the 49th Dressur-Derby of Hamburg, as well as the Munich Derby. Munter Gundersen also competed in the Hamburg Derby, finishing second.

Munter Gundersen added, “The horse has not been in an atmosphere like this before. I was happy that Chris went first, so if the horse was going to be spooky, [it was] with him and really nice with me! He was really great with both of us though, and I had a super clean test with only a few mistakes in my three-tempis. It takes a special horse to go in there with strange riders and be so nice.”

AGDF Director of Sport, Thomas Baur, concluded the evening by stating, “This was the first time we had the derby under the lights. It was also the first time we used the Spectator Judging app for the overall result, and it worked out quite well. We are going to continue to do that and are looking forward to the coming years.”

For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Victory for Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir in the AGDF 8 Grand Prix Special CDI-W

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir. Photo: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 3, 2017 – Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (USA) and Lonoir climbed to the top of the leaderboard in Friday’s FEI Grand Prix Special CDI-W, presented by Peacock Ridge, at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF).

It was a successful day for LaGoy-Weltz and her own Lonoir, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding (De Noir x Lorani x Loran), as they captured the title in the FEI Grand Prix Special, presented by Peacock Ridge, with a score of 71.608%.

The pair has had a successful week after Friday’s win and Thursday’s second place finish in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W.

Of her ride, LaGoy-Weltz said, “He was definitely very hot in the warm-up today. He came out really cool, but then we got under the big American Flag flying and it cracked a few times, and after that we were off to the races. I was really pleased with how he settled, because he did get lit up right before we went in but he got his focus back once we were in the ring.

“We haven’t done the Grand Prix Special much,” she continued. “We haven’t ridden it since last year really, when we were down here. I think he and I need to run through it a few times just so we know where we can add the power in.”

Arlene Page (USA) and Woodstock, a 2003 KWPN gelding (Havel x Mirania x Contango) owned by Page, were awarded second place in the FEI Grand Prix Special with a score of 70.922%. Third place went to Shelly Francis (USA) and Danilo, a 2004 Hanoverian gelding (De Niro x Annabella x Andiamo) owned by Patricia Stempel, with a 68.980%.

For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

More Grand Prix Success for Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet at AGDF

Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet. Photos: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 2, 2017 – Week eight commenced on Thursday, March 2, at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL with a victory for Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) and Goerklintgaards Dublet in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by Peacock Ridge.

2016 Olympic bronze medalists Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding (Diamond Hit x La Costa x Olympic Ferro) owned by Diane Perry, were the winners in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by Peacock Ridge. They earned an impressive score of 73.420%.

Commenting on her ride, Perry-Glass said, “The trot work was good, and that has been a little tricky for us the last couple of weeks. I feel like we lost a little steam in the canter, which then led to mistakes in the ones and the two-tempis. Overall though, I felt like he was very honest. There is so much room for improvement, and I just need to ride a clean test. That’s going to be my goal for this year.”

Perry-Glass also discussed her upcoming Freestyle this Saturday night.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “I think that the freestyle is something that Dublet and I are really good at, and he feels more comfortable with it. That’s kind of the last ‘hurrah’ before the FEI World Cup Finals, to see if I get to go or not. So I am anxious, but I’ll be happy either way. I would love to go, and I think Dublet would love it too.”

Second place in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W was awarded to Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (USA) and Lonoir, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding (De Noir x Lorani x Loran) owned by LaGoy-Weltz, with a score of 72.920%.

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir

“I was really happy with my ride today,” said LaGoy-Weltz. “It’s the most solid he has felt in there, and he felt more confident.”

On Lonoir, LaGoy-Weltz continued, “He’s 13 now, and he’s sound and he’s sane and he’s fit. These are his golden years.”

Third place went to Shelly Francis (USA) and Doktor, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding (Diamond Hit x Gurena x Renoir I) owned by Patricia Stempel, with a 71.920%. Francis also competed mount Danilo, a 2004 Hanoverian gelding (De Niro x Annabella x Andiamo) owned by Stempel, to a sixth-place finish with a score of 70.440%.

Earlier in the day, Jennifer Baumert (USA) and Handsome, a 2005 Hanoverian gelding (Hochadel x Wyona x Weltmeyer) owned by Elizabeth Juliano, topped the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI 1*, sponsored by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, with a score of 71.228%. Second place went to Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven (SWE) and Esperance, a 2009 KWPN gelding (Sorento x Violita x Rosseau) owned by Lövsta Stuteri, with a 71.096%. Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Harmony’s Duvall, a 2009 gelding (Rosseau x Riverman) owned by Kylee Laurie, took third place with a score of 68.289%.

For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

AGDF 7 Concludes with Freestyle Win for Tina Irwin and Laurencio

Tina Irwin and Laurencio. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 26, 2017 – Week seven of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) concluded competition on Sunday, February 26, with a win for Tina Irwin (CAN) and mount Laurencio in the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle CDI 1*, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center.

Irwin and Laurencio, a 2007 Oldenburg gelding (Laurentio x Pasadena x Donerhall) owned by Irwin, were the champions in the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle CDI 1*, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center, with a winning score of 78.708%.

“My ride started off kind of interestingly,” said Irwin. “We halted and saluted, and then my music stopped playing because the power went out briefly. I got the option to start again, so I did. I start with two-tempis into my halt, and I had nailed them the first time so I hoped I would do that again, and luckily we nailed them again. Halfway through my canter work, my curb chain came loose and then fell off. So, we continued on and still got the job done, so I’m pretty pleased, considering all of that. He didn’t skip a beat and nothing fazed him. He’s a pretty amazing horse.”

In regards to their future together, Irwin commented, “I definitely plan on doing a Grand Prix and making a major team, Olympics for sure. We’ll see about WEG when the time comes. I would love to do all of that with him.”

Second place in the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle CDI 1* was awarded to Steffen Peters (USA) and Bailarino, a 2008 Oldenburg gelding (Breitling x Schila x De Niro) owned by Four Winds Farm, scoring 77.000%. Third place went to Jaimey Irwin (CAN) and Donegal V, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Johnston x Remy x Gribaldi) owned by Team Irwin Supporters Group, with a score of 75.625%.

Competition at AGDF will resume with a full schedule of classes on March 2-5, with the highlight FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Everglades Dressage, on a special night, Saturday, March 4. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.