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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.

First CDI-W Victory for Arlene Page and Dr. House 2 at AGDF

Arlene Page and Dr. House 2. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 25, 2017 – Arlene Page (USA) and Dr. House 2 captured a win in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI-W, presented by The Axel Johnson Group, on Saturday, February 25, during the seventh week of competition at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL.

Page and mount Dr. House 2, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding (Don Schufro x Rinerfa JS x Krack C), owned by Page, ended the day with a victory in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI-W, presented by The Axel Johnson Group, earning a score of 71.629%.

Commenting on her ride with Dr. House 2, Page said, “You have to like it when you ride a good, clean test. I’m discovering how honest my horse is, and this is the first time I’ve ridden him in a CDI, so it’s show time. It was a good feeling that I could count on him to do what he knows and offer to help. That’s the key thing.”

This was Page’s first CDI and first FEI Grand Prix Special with “Housie.”

“I’ve already discovered that the horse gets to the ring and wants to help,” said Page. “He’s not in any way looking to avoid doing his job. Whatever you see in the ring is a very honest reflection of where he is with his training.”

Second place in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI-W went to Katie Poag (USA) and Zonnekoning, a 2004 Dutch Warmblood stallion (Florett AS x Maraba) owned by Poag, with a 71.294%. Third place was awarded to Jill Irving (CAN) and Arthur, a 2005 KWPN gelding (Jazz x Olympia- W x Contango), owned by Irving, with a score of 68.059%.

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

Laura Graves and Verdades Remain on Top in FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W at AGDF

Laura Graves and Verdades. Photos: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 24, 2017 – Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades were victorious in their third “Friday Night Stars” of the season in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by The Axel Johnson Group on Friday, February 24, during the seventh week of competition at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL.

Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Florett AS x Liwilarda) owned by Graves, took charge in the Global Arena this week, coming out on the top of the leaderboard yet again, with a winning score of 81.903%.

“Tonight he was hot, maybe hotter than he’s been the past two shows, so that was a bit challenging, and we have yet to ride a completely clean freestyle this year,” said Graves. “That’s definitely a focus going into March, but this horse does a fantastic job even when he’s hot and maybe a little spooky. He never lets me down, and he gets really excited when he’s about to go in. He knows when it’s his turn, and I love that about him.”

This is Graves’ and Verdades’ fifth score in a row of 80% or higher in FEI Large Tour competition.

Placing second and third to Graves in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W were her fellow 2016 Olympic teammates and bronze medalists, Kasey Perry-Glass and Steffen Peters.

Graves commented on her relationship with her teammates. “It’s so fun to have everyone back together and [to see] friendly faces. We are all so competitive; we’re all out there riding for two spots for the FEI World Cup (Finals). It doesn’t affect our relationships outside of that. It’s amazing to have friends that can compete against each other and want the best for each other. I just wish Steffen didn’t live in California.”

Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet

Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding (Diamond Hit x La Costa x Olympic Ferro) owned by Diane Perry, placed second with a 79.541%.

Perry-Glass commented on her ride with Dublet. “I was expecting a little bit of a nervous horse today. Debbie McDonald and I have been working tirelessly on his relaxation, and he proved it tonight. All of our hard work and dedication [is] to that, to his happiness in the ring. He showed me tonight that he has more in him and that he loves his job. I really liked our piaffe passage tour. Everything about the test was fun for me.”

Peters rode Rosamunde, a 2007 Rhinelander mare (Rock Forever x First Lady) owned by Four Winds Farm, to third place, scoring 78.732%.

“Of course she still had more energy than I was hoping for, but it was controllable,” said Peters. “The flying changes were better this time. (There was) a bit of an exuberant transition to the canter in the beginning, but what a good girl. She tried extremely hard.”

Commenting on the possibility of a competition spot for the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha, NE, Peters continued, “We will see what happens from here. The bottom line is, those are two extremely exciting World Cup candidates. If we happen to get a wild card, in that case, ‘Rosie’ and I will be ready.”

Judge at C, Isabel Wessels (GBR), spoke in regard to the rides she witnessed throughout the night.

“It was a really exciting competition to judge,” said Wessels. “I have to say, it was the first time I’ve done this new system, so it was nerve-wracking. I was blown away by the energy and scope of these three riders. They’re obviously good riders, but they have amazing horses. It’s just so lovely to sit there and think, ‘Oh should I give it a 9 or maybe a 10.’ It’s that type of judging where you can really find the high marks.”

Earlier in the day, Steffen Peters (USA) and Bailarino, a 2008 Oldenburg gelding (Breitling x Schila x De Niro) owned by Four Winds Farm, earned a victory in the FEI Intermediate I CDI 1*, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center, with a score of 74.649%. Second place was awarded 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 74.123%. Third place went to Tina Irwin (CAN) and Laurencio, a 2007 Oldenburg gelding (Laurentio x Pasadena x Donerhall) owned by Irwin, with a score of 73.860%.

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

Team USA Brings Triple Threat to FEI Grand Prix CDI-W at AGDF

Laura Graves and Verdades. Photos: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 23, 2017 – Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades claimed another victory in Thursday’s FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by The Axel Johnson Group, during the seventh week of competition at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL.

2016 Olympic bronze medalists Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Florett AS x Liwilarda) owned by Graves, ended the day with another win in the Global Arena and a score of 80.240%.

“It feels much more secure. It’s nice to know that what happened at the 5* wasn’t a one-hit-wonder,” Graves said of her second 80% score in the FEI Grand Prix. “It’s still pretty awesome. It’s a really, really exciting way for us to go in to the big things we have planned.”

Of her ride, Graves continued, “His ride-ability was really super. I was happy with my zig-zags. I feel like we covered a lot of ground in both directions. The pirouettes were really on; I was really happy with my final centerline. I think we ran out of a little steam. It was warm, and they were running a couple of minutes behind. He just doesn’t ever say ‘no,’ so he tried his best.”

Placing second and third to Graves in in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W were 2016 Olympic teammates and bronze medalists, Steffen Peters (USA) and Kasey Perry-Glass (USA).

Peters and Rosamunde, a 2007 Rhinelander mare (Rock Forever x First Lady) owned by Four Winds Farm, took second place with a score of 74.820%.

“I still had a little more energy than I wanted,” said Peters about his ride with Rosamunde, “but it was so much better than two weeks ago. I’m super happy with her. She did awesome trot half-passes, beautiful extensions, the piaffe and passage transitions were better. She is just so much fun to ride. She’s so beautiful in the bridle (and) always goes. Most of the time we have to say, ‘Hey wait, not that much!’ So it was a beautiful step ahead, and I thought that showing here in this arena a bunch of times would help her. Certainly, that worked out as planned.”

Steffen Peters and Rosamunde

“Apparently, our tattoos have been working!” joked Peters of the Olympic Rings tattoos that the USA Olympic Dressage Team members recently got together. “It’s nice to be here with the two teammates.”

Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) and Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding (Diamond Hit x La Costa x Olympic Ferro) owned by Diane Perry, came in third with a 73.200%.

“I feel like it’s all still changing, and it’s going to change a lot because this is only his second year,” said Perry-Glass, of her progress with Dublet. “Two weeks ago, I felt like I was coming out and he was a little bit more amped to be in there. This week we finally found that relaxation in the ring, to where we can eventually add more power and consistency to it.”

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

Steffen Peters Kicks Off AGDF 7 with a Win in FEI Prix St. Georges CDI 1*

Steffen Peters and Bailarino. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 22, 2017 – Week seven kicked off on Wednesday, February 22 at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL with another victory for Steffen Peters (USA) and mount Bailarino in the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI 1*, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center.

A little rain didn’t stop 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Steffen Peters and Bailarino, a 2008 Oldenburg gelding (Breitling x Schila x De Niro) owned by Four Winds Farm, from earning a score of 72.149% and the top placing.

Commenting on his ride, Peters said, “He was a bit distracted coming in because the second he left the warm-up arena, he left all of his buddies behind. The ride started out pretty good, and then throughout the test he got a bit more distracted. That’s when we missed one four-tempi and the rest of the test was clean, just not as forward as he could go. Certainly, a good score, and of course I’m still happy with him.”

Peters also highlighted his goals for the remainder of the week with Bailarino, as they will be competing in the FEI Intermediate I and FEI Intermediate I Freestyle classes.

“It would be great if we could keep this placing,” said Peters. “I know that last week Adrienne (Lyle) did a wonderful job, (and) team Canada was very strong today, so it would be foolish to rely on this score. But he (Bailarino) is going to take a nice day off tomorrow, we are going to walk, and then Friday is another day!”

Placing second and third to Peters was husband and wife duo Jaimey and Tina Irwin (CAN). Jaimey and Donegal V, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Johnston x Remy x Gribaldi) owned by Team Irwin Supporters Group, earned second place with a score of 70.482%. Tina and Laurencio, a 2007 Oldenburg gelding (Laurentio x Pasadena x Donerhall) owned by Irwin, were awarded third place with a score of 69.781%.

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

Suzan Pape and Harmony’s Fiorano Win FEI Grand Prix at AGDF

Suzan Pape and Harmony’s Fiorano. Photos: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 18, 2017 – Week six of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) concluded competition on Saturday, February 18, with a win for Suzan Pape (GBR) and Harmony’s Fiorano in the FEI Grand Prix at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

Suzan Pape (GBR) and Harmony’s Fiorano, a 2005 Hanoverian gelding (Rousseau x Rousseau x Rotspon) owned by Harmony Sporthorses, topped the FEI Grand Prix on Saturdays with a score of 74.900%.

“I really enjoyed my ride today. He was totally focused and wanted to do his best,” said Pape. “Maybe his walk wasn’t so relaxed, but he had many highlights in the piaffe and passage work, canter pirouettes, and had totally straight tempi-changes. We scored a personal best which makes me very happy. I am very much looking forward to future challenges after I return to Europe in the beginning of March.”

Second place was awarded to Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Salvino, a 2007 Hanoverian stallion (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall) owned by Salvino Partners LLC, with a 72.900%. Third place went to Christilot Boylen (CAN) and Drenato, a 2003 Hanoverian gelding (De Niro x Brenda Lee x Brentono II) owned by Deborah Miculinic, with a score of 69.400%.

On Friday, February 17, victory went to Akiko Yamazaki (USA) and Chopin R, a 2007 gelding (Ferro) owned by Four Winds Farm, in the FEI Intermediate I* AA with a score of 66.447%. Yamazaki has been to ADGF in the past as a sponsor and owner for 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Steffen Peters, but this is her first season competing here as a rider herself.

“Coming to Florida has been on my bucket list,” said Yamazaki. “I’ve been here as a sponsor for Steffen a few times, starting with Ravel, and then Legolas and Rosie, and now Bailarino. I felt that it would be so fun to be here as a rider myself. I have been able to compete at the Nationals in Kentucky twice now with Donovan, so I’ve had some experiences with putting a horse on a plane and competing, but coming to Florida and being in this environment is an entirely different story. I’m so glad that I realized that.”

Akiko Yamazaki and Chopin R

Commenting on her ride, Yamazaki said, “I’m so smiley because this was my first ride, and it was decent so I’m really happy about that. My horse, he can be quite hot. He just got here on Tuesday so for him to just go in there and do what he did, I’m very happy with that. This was only his second I-1 test with me. I’ve had him since he was almost seven, so he’s really a horse that we all develop together. I know that the canter still needs quite a bit of work, but with the trot I knew that we could pretty much nail everything. We needed to get all of the points possible there, so we try to get that trot as good as possible.”

Placing second to Yamazaki in the FEI Intermediate I* AA was Amanda Arberman (CAN) and Santino Tyme, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding (Stedinger x Romantic Star x Rouletto) owned by Arberman, with a score of 64.868%. Third place went to Tyrelle Keslin (USA) and De Lainie, a 2006 Hanoverian gelding (De Laurentis x Em Delight x De Niro) owned by Keslin, with a score of 61.579%.

Earlier in the day, Kayla Kadlubek (USA) and Freewill, a 2004 Oldenburg gelding (Freestyle x Dunchelfuchs) owned by Kadlubek, won the FEI Junior Individual test with a score of 68.618%. Second place went to Antonia Arl (BEL) and Equestricons Belstaff W, a 2004 Westfalen gelding (Breitling W x Devisa x Diego xx) owned by Equestricon N.V., with a score of 68.026%. Third place was awarded to Amanda McAuliffe (USA) and Brahm, a 2006 DWB gelding owned by Donna McAuliffe, with a 66.579%.

Competition at AGDF will resume with a full schedule of classes, including CDI-W competition presented by The Axel Johnson Group, and FEI Small Tour classes, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center, on February 23-26. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Leadline Exhibition Is Open for Entries

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Wellington, FL (February 16, 2017) — It’s free, it’s fun, and it might just be the beginning of a lifelong journey for the world’s future dressage stars. The 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Leadline Exhibition, presented by Carol Cohen Hodess, will take place at 6:00 pm on Friday, February 24, 2017. There is no entry fee for children to compete in the class, and every young rider gets a prize.

The 2017 Leadline Exhibition will take place in the Stadium at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds. Any child who can bring his or her horse or pony to the show is encouraged to enter the class. Cohen Hodess, a founding member of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and an enthusiastic sponsor of the show series, said, “The community needs to foster the future of the sport of dressage, and my hope is that the leadline class becomes a recognized division in the future.”

The children will show off their cuteness at 6:00 pm, just prior to the evening’s popular Friday Nights Stars FEI Grand Prix Freestyle event. Professional dressage riders will serve as judges for the Leadline Exhibition, and Cohen Hodess will reward every participant with exciting prizes.

Dressage families and trainers are encouraged to take this opportunity – the only Leadline Exhibition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in 2017 – to get the little ones (children and ponies too!) spruced up and signed up. Email Cohen Hodess at carol@carolcohenliving.com to sign up for the Leadline Exhibition or for more information.

Because of Cohen Hodess’s unwavering support of her community and the sport of dressage, U.S. Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover approached Cohen Hodess last year to invite her to co-sponsor the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Leadline Exhibition. This year, Cohen Hodess is proud to carry on the new tradition.

In addition to sponsoring the Leadline Exhibition, Cohen Hodess sponsors the entire Adequan Global Dressage Festival show series and the American Equestrians Got Talent fundraiser to benefit U.S. Equestrian High Performance programs through the USET Foundation. To learn more about Cohen Hodess, visit www.carolcohenliving.com. To contact her directly, call 561-756-4844 or email her at carol@carolcohenliving.com.

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Diana Porsche and Di Sandro Win FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 16-25 CDIU25 at AGDF

Diana Porsche and Di Sandro. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 12, 2017 – Week five of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) concluded competition on Sunday, February 12, with a win for Diana Porsche (AUT) and mount Di Sandro in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 16-25 CDIU25, presented by Diamante Farms.

Diana Porsche and Di Sandro, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding (De Niro x Gentina x Sandro) owned by Porsche, rose to the top of the leaderboard in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 16-25 CDIU25, presented by Diamante Farms, with a score of 74.875%.

“Di Sandro was really good today; I think we had a lot of highlights in today’s ride,” said Porsche. “It was a difficult freestyle and we are not used to the warm weather, but I am super happy about the points and about the results.”

Porsche and Di Sandro are currently ranked at number one on the FEI Youth Dressage World Ranking List – U25.

Of her goals, Porsche noted, “I would like to finish my season here at AGDF with good results, and I hope to qualify for the European Championships in the U25 tour for Austria. After that, we will see what the future brings!”

Coming in second to Porsche was Mathilde Blais Tetreault (CAN) and Utah, a 2001 KWPN gelding (by Jazz) owned by Tetreault, with a score of 70.850%. Third place was captured byKaitlin Blythe (USA), who rode Don Principe, a 1999 Hanoverian stallion (Donnerhall x SPS Papagena x Prince Thatch xx) owned by Maryanna Haymon, to a 68.925%.

Earlier in the day, Katriana Sadis (USA) and Zeplim, a 2004 Lusitano gelding (Ribamar x Sereia) owned by Sadis, were the champions of the FEI Young Rider Freestyle CDIY, presented by Yeguada de Ymas, earning a score of 71.875%.

“He was surprisingly hot today!” revealed Sadis. “Usually he’s a really cool dude, but luckily I had some time to get him settled in the ring and then he was right there with me for the whole test. We have a really difficult freestyle; my coach Nicholas Fyffe made it for me. We tried to make it more challenging because I don’t have the biggest moving horse, so you really have to ride to get the points.”

Sadis began competing in the main Global Arena at AGDF in 2014, where she moved up the levels from the FEI Pony to the FEI Juniors and then to FEI Young Riders classes.

Regarding her future goals with Zeplim, Sadis commented, “I think I’m going to do Young Riders again this year with him. My end goal with this horse is to get him to the U25 Grand Prix, so I’m going to continue to work towards that.”

Codi Harrison (USA) and Katholts Bossco, a 2007 Danish Warmblood gelding (Blue Hors Don Schufro x Katholts Farceur x Michellino) owned by Harrison, placed second with a 67.725%. Third place was given to Camille Carier Bergeron (CAN) and Expression, a Westfalen gelding owned by Bergeron, with a score of 67.625%.

Competition at AGDF will resume with a full schedule of classes, including CDI-W competition presented by The Axel Johnson Group, and FEI Small Tour classes, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center, on February 23-26. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Adrienne Lyle and Horizon Top FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle CDI 3* at AGDF 5

Adrienne Lyle and Horizon. Photos: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 11, 2017 – Week five at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival concluded its fourth day of competition on Saturday, February 11, with another win for Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Horizon in the FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle CDI 3*, presented by Engel & Völkers.

Adrienne Lyle and Horizon, a 2007 Hanoverian mare (Hotline x Don Schufro) owned by Elizabeth Juliano, took home another victory, this time in the FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle CDI 3*, presented by Engel & Völkers, with a score of 75.325%.

“That was my first freestyle ever with her,” Lyle revealed. “We actually just kind of pulled this together last minute. I wasn’t aware that when we entered we also had to have a freestyle, so once we got here to the show I called some friends and Katherine Bateson Chandler lent me an old freestyle of hers. This was the first time I’ve actually ridden through the whole thing. I was really happy and Horizon was really good and stayed right with me and was there for me, despite winging it.”

Lyle and Horizon were also winners of the FEI Intermediaire 1, presented by Engel & Völkers, in Friday’s competition.

Lyle has spent the past few years out of the international competition ring. Commenting on her return, she said, “I’ve been really missing it. It feels really good to get back out there.”

Olympic Bronze Medalist Steffen Peters and Bailarino, a 2008 Oldenburg gelding (Breitling x Schila x De Niro) owned by Four Winds Farm, placed second with a score of 75.100%.

Steffen Peters and Bailarino

“I was very happy with Bailarino. Like I said before, he is not the most motivated horse and for the third day, he still had to work a lot, but he did his job. We had one short change in the three tempis, and that was the difference between the first and second placing.”

Peters joked, “I asked Adrienne to take it easy on me. I even pulled the age card since I’m twice her age, but it obviously didn’t work!”

Placing third in the FEI I-1 Freestyle, was Jane Cleveland (USA) and Monique, a 2009 Danish Warmblood mare (Temptation x Kaprice x Matador) owned by Cleveland, with a 72.750%.

Earlier in the day, Diana Porsche (USA) and Di Sandro, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding (De Niro x Gentina x Sandro) owned by Porsche, won the FEI Grand Prix 16-25 CDIU 25, sponsored by Diamante Farms, with a score of 71.535%. Second place was awarded to Anna Buffini (USA) and Sundayboy, a 1999 KWPN/Oldenburg gelding (Kennedy x Eezelma) owned by Buffini, with a score of 69.651%. Mathilde Blais Tetreault (CAN) and Utah rounded out the top three with a 65.907%.

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

Laura Graves and Verdades Achieve First FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5* Victory at AGDF

Laura Graves and Verdades. Photos: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 10, 2017 – Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades captured another stunning victory in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5*, presented by Diamante Farms, on Friday, February 10, during the fifth week of competition at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL.

2016 Olympic Bronze Medalists Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Florett AS x Liwilarda) owned by Graves, dominated in the Global Arena once again this week, coming out on top of the competition with a winning score of 82.000%.

“We are preparing for FEI World Cup Finals and even though we don’t have an indoor environment to do that,” Graves said, “we have this awesome Adequan® Global Dressage Festival to pack on Friday nights and still get a huge atmosphere for our horses and to practice in, and that is a very lucky thing to have here.”

This was Graves and Verdades’ first win in an FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5* competition.

On her ride, Graves said, “The adrenaline is so high when you come out of the arena. You’re so in the moment that when it’s over, you kind of think, ‘What just happened?’ But he was great. He really feeds off of the atmosphere. He’s a highly sensitive horse, and he never lets me down.”

Placing second to Graves in in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5* was Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven (SWE) and Paridon Magi, a 2003 Swedish Warmblood gelding (Don Primero x Napoli x Napoleon 625) owned by Lövsta Stuteri, with a score of 77.450%.

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Paridon Magi

“I was pleased today with the feeling of Magi,” said Vilhelmson Silfven. “He had a super warm-up and I think that when you get into this arena with this atmosphere, it’s just fun to ride. I had some small mistakes, but a very nice feeling, so overall I’m very pleased.”

2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Steffen Peters (USA) and Rosamunde, a 2007 Rhinelander mare (Rock Forever x First Lady) owned by Four Winds Farm, took third place with a 77.325%.

“I had a different strategy today,” Peters said of his changed routine from Thursday. “This morning I worked her (Rosamunde) for about 45 minutes, and I walked her around all day. I had my doubts after yesterday’s Grand Prix if she could handle an atmosphere like she would have to at the FEI World Cup [Finals], and tonight she proved that she might have the potential to qualify. I’m super happy. There was one 80 already in there. She had a clean test that was much more relaxed then the Grand Prix, and in this atmosphere, I’m stoked.”

Devon Kane spoke on behalf of Diamante Farms, one of the founding sponsors of AGDF.

“We are very, very grateful for the riders who show up and for the owners who send the riders and everything in between that make this show so special,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for us. We feel very blessed and privileged to be able to sponsor here. It’s pretty phenomenal.”

Judge Gary Rockwell spoke about the CDI 5* competition in Florida.

“I think it’s a huge thing for this spot and for all of Florida, and it’s attracting the best horses we have,” he said. “It’s fun to see these horses and riders progressing and getting better and better. We enjoy judging it. When the horses are good and the quality is good, the judging is easy.”

A ceremony was also held Friday night to celebrate the official retirement of Lars Petersen’s (DEN) Grand Prix mount, 1998 Danish Warmblood mare, Mariett, owned by Marcia Pepper.

Ken Braddick of dressage-news.com awarded Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades a special brow band to signify their induction into the “80% Club,” after her win in Thursday’s FEI CDI 5* Grand Prix. The victory puts her alongside U.S. Olympic teammate Steffen Peters as a member of the “Club,” which counts only 15 riders in the world as members.

Earlier in the day, 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalists Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) and Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding (Diamond Hit x La Costa x Olympic Ferro) owned by Diane Perry, won the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 5*, presented by Diamante Farms, with a 73.569%.

“I had a little bit of a rough start with my Grand Prix, so to come back and to ride an almost clean test was good. I’m holding onto this winning cooler very tightly, because I’ve wanted one so badly!” Perry-Glass joked.

“We definitely improved the extended trot,” said Perry-Glass of her freestyle test. “We did not break this time, and I felt like I was able to call up a little more power from him today. We had a few connection issues in the half-pass, but that’s just something that we are always working on with him. He has really good piaffe and passage, and I felt like he was pretty honest with that today.”

Second place was awarded to 2016 Olympic reserves, Shelly Francis (USA) and Doktor, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding (Diamond Hit x Gurena x Renoir I) owned by Patricia Stempel, with a score of 73.255%.

Francis commented, “I made a point with the cooler weather to ask for a little bit more and for him to be a little perkier because yesterday he was a little blah. He felt a lot better today. We had a few little moments like with the one [tempis] where we could have covered a little more ground, but it was nice and steady so I just left it alone.”

Lisa Wilcox (USA) and mount, Galant, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Escuro x Bellisima) owned by Jacqueline Shear, rounded out the top three with a 72.196%.

“What I’m going for right now are just mistake free tests,” said Wilcox. “There are so many more years on that horse that I don’t want to push too much right now and end up with mistakes that intimidate him. I want him to go in, really enjoy that arena, feel confident, feel successful, and then I think toward the end of the season I can start to power him up in there. I think just that gear alone is pretty nice to ride. I see a lot of fun in the future.”

The FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3*, sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty, was won by Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastel’s Nintendo, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion (Negro x Rodieni R x Monaco) owned by Kastel Denmark, with a score of 73.075%.

Commenting on her freestyle, Jorst said, “I was very excited to be back out there. I haven’t ridden that freestyle since the FEI World Cup [Finals]. It felt really great to get back out and get Nintendo back out there. He loves his freestyle and loves this music, and so do I, so it’s always a highlight for us to get to do it.”

Continuing the USA sweep were second place finishers Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (USA) and Lonoir, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding (De Noir x Lorani x Loran) owned by LaGoy-Weltz, with a 72.950%.

Explaining her choice in music for her freestyle “Ain’t Misbehavin”, LaGoy-Weltz said, “I liked the genre, and it kind of swings to him. We used similar music in the small tour – it was based off of that – so we just upgraded that to start out with for him, since it’s familiar and he goes well to it.”

Third place was awarded to Dawn White-O’Connor and her new dancing partner, Steffen Peters’ Olympic mount Legolas 92, a 2002 Westfalen gelding (Laomedon x Furstin x Florenstan II) owned by Four Winds Farm. They received a score of 72.850%.

“He (Legolas 92) was really good in there today,” said White-O’Connor. “He was really relaxed, so I was happy with that. Sometimes that’s not always the case, but he was really good about it. There were a couple miscommunications because he knows that freestyle really well. There were a few places where he would start a little before or after me, but that’s just some stuff that we have to work out in getting to know each other.”

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