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Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo Victorious to Open Fifth Week of AGDF

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 8, 2017 – Week five kicked off at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) with a win for Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastel’s Nintendo in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty.

Clinching a victory in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, was Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion (Negro x Rodieni R x Monaco) owned by Kastel Denmark, with a score of 71.300%.

Commenting on her ride, Jorst said, “Nintendo just felt so good today. Even in the warm-up he felt so together, and so ready to go. I think that having had a little bit of a break (last weekend) was really nice for him. He was just ready, and I thought we had a really nice test.”

“I don’t actually know what I’m going to do yet,” said Jorst of her freestyle test that she and Kastel’s Nintendo will perform on Friday. “I have new music that I was going to ride through, but I just got it this morning. I’m torn as to whether or not I should do that. It has a little bit of a higher degree of difficulty and a much more fun floor plan for me. I don’t know if I will do that, or stick with my old music. It’s completely up in the air!”

Placing second was Susan Pape (GBR) and Harmony’s Don Noblesse, a 2007 Hanoverian stallion (Dancier x Descana x Don Davidoff) owned by Harmony Sporthorses, with a 70.880%. Third place was awarded to Dawn White-O’Connor (USA), and Legolas 92, a 2002 Westfalen gelding (Laomedon x Furstin x Florenstan II) owned by Four Winds Farm, with a score of 70.560%.

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

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar Make Brilliant Comeback in Their First FEI Grand Prix of 2017

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Wellington, FL (February 3, 2017) – International Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer Katherine Bateson-Chandler has made a powerful comeback with her primary dressage partner, Alcazar (known to Bateson-Chandler as “Lonzie”), at the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The duo had much to celebrate after completing their first ride this year at the Adequan Global Dressage festival, where they achieved a personal best score of 71.88 percent in the CDI-W Grand Prix. This was their first time competing together since Alcazar underwent colic surgery in July while the two were in Aachen, Germany to compete in the 2016 World Equestrian Festival CHIO.

Tears of joy mixed with a smile for Bateson-Chandler as the pair exited the show ring together after completing their Grand Prix ride. “I was so happy with him and how enthusiastic he felt about being back at a competition,” Bateson-Chandler remarked. “This was a very special show for Lonzie and me. It is almost six months to the day since he was going into surgery for colic. I’m over the moon to have him back in the ring!”

Last July, Alcazar, a handsome, dark bay Dutch gelding owned by Jane Forbes Clark, suffered from colic after the pair completed their Grand Prix ride at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen. Alcazar underwent a successful colic surgery, and the two have been working patiently towards his recovery and rehabilitation since.

“We have tried to do his whole rehabilitation exactly by the book, and really after the first few very scary days he has rallied all the way. I actually kept feeling like I was holding him back a bit for his own good as he kept saying, ‘let me do more!’”

Bateson-Chandler’s long partnership with Alcazar (Contango x Polin, Ferro) began in 2012 when Forbes Clark bought the seven-year-old gelding (who had competed in the prestigious Pavo Cup as a young horse) for Bateson-Chandler to train to Grand Prix level.

“My biggest goal for the 2017 season is to keep Alcazar happy, fit, and healthy,” Bateson-Chandler said. “Beyond that, we would love to qualify for our National championships at Gladstone, which holds a very special place in my heart. Then we will head to Europe to compete in some carefully chosen international competitions, including – I hope – some Nations Cups. We will go back to be based at Carl Hester’s, as we have for the past eight years.”

Bateson-Chandler trains with U.S. Olympian Debbie McDonald during the winter months in Florida. In the summer, she and her horses travel to the United Kingdom to compete and train with British Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Hester.

Bateson-Chandler’s love of horses and passion for the sport of dressage began at the early age of sixteen, when she started working as a groom for Olympian (and now U.S. team coach) Robert Dover. Patience, dedication, and hard work have been distinctive hallmarks of her career, as she gained invaluable experience accompanying Dover to two World Championships and two Olympic Games, and eventually worked her way up to be his assistant trainer. Upon Dover’s retirement from competition in 2005, she took over the ride on his horses.

Bateson-Chandler’s many successes over the years include being a member of the 2016 Gold Medal Dutta Corp. U.S. Team at the FEI Nations Cup, and being part of Team USA at the 2016 CDIO3* Odense Nations Cup in Denmark. In 2010, riding Nartan, she represented the U.S at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. The team finished fourth and, individually, she and Nartan qualified for the Grand Prix Special. She is now vying for a spot on the U.S. team at the World Equestrian Games to be held in Tryon, North Carolina, in 2018.

Today, through her business KBC Dressage, Bateson-Chandler offers training and coaching services where her international experience ensures that students and horses have the competitive edge necessary for success in the dressage ring. She also offers dressage prospect selection for clients. For more information about Katherine Bateson-Chandler, visit her on Facebook and on the web at www.kbcdressage.com.

Contact: Katherine Bateson-Chandler
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Jaimey Irwin and Donegal V Capture Second Victory of the Week at AGDF

Jaimey Irwin and Donegal V. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 29, 2017 – Jaimey Irwin (CAN) and Donegal V captured another win on Sunday in the FEI Intermediate I Freestyle, presented by Chesapeake Dressage Institute, on the final day of week three, presented by U.S. PRE Association, at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF).

Week three concluded with a win for Jaimey Irwin (CAN) and Donegal V, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Johnston x Remy x Gribaldi) owned by Team Irwin Supporters Group, in the FEI Intermediate I Freestyle, presented by Chesapeake Dressage Institute, with a score of 75.475%.

“He felt like he was dancing with the music which was a lot of fun, and I was really happy with him overall,” said Irwin of Donegal V and his ‘80s inspired Freestyle ride. “He felt really good today. I thought that it was a really nice ride.”

The pair earned another victory earlier in the week in the FEI Prix St. Georges – CDI 1*, presented by Chesapeake Dressage Institute.

Commenting on Donegal V’s future, Irwin said, “I’d like to do a few more of the small tour competitions this season, but he’s training and working toward the Grand Prix so ideally I’d like to try I-2 and then maybe Grand Prix at some point at the end of the season.”

Coming in second to Irwin was Nicole Levy (USA) and Floratina, a 2008 Hanoverian mare by Fidertantz, owned by Kate Sanders, with a score of 71.400%. Third place was awarded to Kathy Priest (USA) and Fredensdals Zig Zag, a 2008 Danish Warmblood gelding (Blue Hors Zack x Kristiansmindes Elektra xBlue Hors Don Scherzo) owned by Priest, with a score of 70.275%.

Later in the day Gabriela Stumpf (AUT) and Finally Love, a 2006 Oldenburg gelding (Farewell III x Winzerin x Harvard) owned by Stumpf, captured a win in the FEI Grand Prix for Adult Amateur – CDI AM, with a score of 63.980%. The FEI Young Rider Freestyle – CDIY, sponsored by Yeguada de Ymas, was won by Alexandra Meghji (CAN) and Rigo, a 2001 Hanoverian gelding (Rotspon x Winnepeg x Weltmeyer) owned byDiana Belevsky, with a score of 68.708%. Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt (ESP) and Rihanna Ymas, a 2008 Brandenburger mare (Relius x Akira x Akzento) owned by Yeguada de Ymas S.L., saw victory in the FEI Junior Rider Freestyle – CDIJ, sponsored by The Axel Johnson Group, with a score of 71.167%.

Competition at AGDF resumes February 9-12 with the CDI 5* presented by Diamante Farms; CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty; and CDI 1*, presented by Engel & Völkers. Next week at the AGDF show grounds, the $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase will take place on February 3-4. For more information on that event, visit www.PBIEC.com. For more information and to see a full list of results from AGDF, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo Take the Top Spot at AGDF

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 28, 2017 – Victory was awarded to Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastel’s Nintendo on Saturday in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI-W, presented by Yeguada de Ymas, at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF).

Clinching the win in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI-W, presented by Yeguada de Ymas, was Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion (Negro x Rodieni R x Monaco) owned by Kastel Denmark, with a score of 72.941%.

“I don’t think I ever realized that it was this difficult. It’s been such a journey for me for so many years,” said Jorst of her decision to compete at the international level. “I was working and working, and I knew that I needed to do something. I turned 48 and I sold my company, and I set out to do this crazy thing. It is totally my passion.”

Commenting on Nintendo, Jorst said, “My favorite thing about him is his spirit. He just goes and goes. All of those years when I made mistakes, and I didn’t really know what I was doing, he just kept on going and kept trying to figure out what I was trying to ask of him. He still does that all of the time, and he is such a pal in the ring for me.”

Placing second was Suzan Pape (GBR) and Harmony’s Don Noblesse, a 2007 Hanoverian stallion (Dancier x Descana x Don Davidoff) owned by Harmony Sporthorses, with a score of 71.980%. Third place was awarded to Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) and Quantico Ymas, a 2006 Hanoverian gelding (Fighting Fit x Hauptstutbuch) owned by Juan F Matute, with a score of 70.588%.

Earlier in the day Patricia Koschel (GER) and Leuchtfeuer DE, a 2003 Hanoverian gelding (Londonderry x Duene x De Niro) owned by Koschel, captured a win in the FEI Intermediate A for Amateur – CDI AM, sponsored by Horseware Ireland, with a score of 65.056%. The FEI Intermediate II for Amateur – CDI AM was won by Gabriela Stumpf (AUT) and Finally Love, a 2006 Oldenburg gelding (Farewell III x Winzerin x Harvard) owned by Stumpf, with a score of 67.842%. Gabriela Stumpf (AUT) and Stereo Love, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding (Sandro Hit x Lanzarote x Londonderry) owned by Stumpf, saw their second victory of the day in the FEI Prix St. Georges for Amateur – CDI AM, sponsored by Rowan O’Riley and Mane Stream, with a score of 68.105%. The win in the FEI Grand Prix 16-25 – CDI U25, sponsored by Diamante Farms, was awarded to Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) and Dhannie Ymas, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding (Don Crusador x Welina) owned by Yeguada de Ymas S.L., with a score of 66.558%.

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

Laura Graves and Verdades Record Another Win at AGDF’s “Friday Night Stars”

Laura Graves and Verdades. Photos: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 27, 2017 – Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades, 2016 Rio Olympic Games bronze medalists, took their second victory gallop of the 2017 season in the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by U.S. PRE Association, at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) on Friday.

Laura Graves (USA) and her 2016 Rio Olympic Games mount, Verdades, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Florett AS x Liwilarda) owned by Graves, topped the leader board once again, with a show stopping performance and a score of 80.728%.

Graves’ and Verdades’ performance marks the sixth time that a score of 80% or above has been recorded at AGDF, and the pair holds three of those scores.

“This horse has a heart of gold, and he loves to come out here. There is nothing that I can really take credit for. I’d like to say that he was born this way and maybe I’ve nurtured it or not taken it out of him, but he’s just a magical character,” said Graves, who also won the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by Yeguada de Ymas, as well as Friday night’s Owner and Groom Awards.

Of her ride and her time back at AGDF, she commented, “It certainly feels good to start the season on an 80%. That’s been our goal by the end of a lot of our previous seasons, so that’s great. It just feels so good to be back here at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival. I’ve ridden in a lot of stadiums now, and there is nothing compared to this.”

The second place finish of the night was awarded to Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén (SWE) and her mount Paridon Magi, a 2003 Swedish Warmblood gelding (Don Primero x Napoli x Napoleon 625) owned by Lövsta Stuteri, with a 77.517%.

Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and Paridon Magi

“I was very pleased with Magi today. I just wanted to make sure the judges were awake, so I drifted a little from my floor plan in the beginning to scare them a bit,” she joked. “Because of that I couldn’t get the highest grade myself, but the horse was super tonight. It’s a great atmosphere to ride in here, so it was nice.”

Arlene “Tuny” Page (USA) and Woodstock, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Havel x Mirania) owned by Page, rounded out the top three with a score of 74.020%.

Page echoed Graves’ appreciation for the current state of competition. “Without this organization (at AGDF), American dressage would not be where it is today. Being here (at AGDF) has elevated us internationally, like we’ve never been before,” she said.

Judge Lee Tubman said of the new Degree of Difficulty scoring used in the freestyle, “The new system that has been established, (and) overall I think this will work very well. I’m happy to have been a part of it tonight and to have a better understanding, and I look forward to working with it again in the future.”

Allyn Mann, Director of Adequan®, said, “After all of these years, it just continues to be one of the most enjoyable experiences ever. There are great people, great horses.”

The night also featured a special retirement ceremony for two-time Olympic PRE stallion Grandioso (Adelante x Sevillano IX), owned by Kim Boyer. The stallion competed for the Spanish team with rider Daniel Martin Dockx (ESP) at the London Olympics in 2012, and then again at Rio in 2016.

Other classes of the day included the FEI Young Rider Team (CDIY), sponsored by Yeguada de Ymas, and won by Codi Harrison (USA) and Katholts Bossco, a 2007 Danish Warmblood gelding (Blue Hors don Schufro x Katholts Farceur x Michellino) owned by Harrison, with a score of 69.763%. Victory in the FEI Intermediate II 16-25, sponsored by Diamante Farms, went to Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) and Dhannie Ymas, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding (Don Crusador x Welina) owned by Yeguada de Ymas S.L., with a score of 68.000%.

The FEI Junior Rider Team class, sponsored by The Axel Johnson Group, awarded the win to Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt (ESP) and Rihanna Ymas, a 2008 Brandenburger mare (Relius x Akira x Akzento) owned by Yeguada de Ymas S.L., with a score of 67.730%. The winning score for the Intermediate I CDI1*, presented by Chesapeake Dressage Institute, was captured by Lindsay Kellock and Royal Prinz, a 2001 Oldenburg stallion (Royal Diamond x Mystica x Dream of Glory) owned by Teresa Simmons, with a score of 70.132%.

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

Laura Graves and Verdades Victorious as Week 3 Kicks Off at AGDF

Laura Graves and Verdades. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 26, 2017 – 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Laura Graves (USA) and her horse Verdades won the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by Yeguada de Ymas, on the opening day of the third week of the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). The competition, which runs from January 26-29 and is presented by the US PRE Association, is held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

Coming in on the top of the leaderboard in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by Yeguada de Ymas, was Laura Graves and her 2016 Rio Olympic mount Verdades, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Florett AS x Liwilarda), earning an impressive score of 76.660% and a standing ovation from spectators.

Graves commented, “This is now his (Verdades) fourth year doing the big tour, and if I’ve learned anything, it’s that you have a plan and you also have ten other plans. He’s a super honest horse. His pirouettes can always be very good. I thought he was very rideable in those today. His half passes were nice.”

This was the pair’s first time in the show ring since their Team Bronze Medal win for the USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“He’s notorious for being super sensitive. I was really thrilled about how he came out and he schooled super, and then went through the test really trying his best,” said Graves.

Regarding the future and her goals, Graves said, “I really hope to qualify for the FEI World Cup Finals. Hopefully because it is so close, we can make it happen this year!”

Placing second 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 75.080%. Third place was awarded to Charlotte Jorst (USA) and mount, Kastel’s Nintendo, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion (Negro x Rodieni R x Monaco) owned by Kastel Denmark, with a 73.080%.

Fourth place finishers Kathrine Bateson Chandler (USA) and Alcazar, a 2005 KWPN gelding (Cantango x Polina) owned by Jane Forbes Clark, were awarded the only 10 of the day, on their final halt from Judge Christoph Hess (GER) at E.

Earlier in the day, Jaimey Irwin (CAN) and mount Donegal V, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Johnston x Remy x Gribaldi) owned by Team Irwin Supporters Group, captured a win in the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI 1*, presented by the Chesapeake Dressage Institute, with a score of 70.746%.

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

US Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Earns Blue at AGDF CPEDI3*

Robyn Andrews (CAN), Fancianna. Photos by Lindsay Y. McCall.

Canadian Robyn Andrews and Fancianna earn the overall individual championship

Wellington, FL – January 23, 2017 – Athletes from the United States and Canada competed over the January 20-22, 2017, weekend at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena. Para-dressage riders in Grades I through V attempted the brand new FEI Para-Dressage tests in front of ground jury members President Kristi Wysocki (USA), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Anne Prain (FRA). The U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team presented by Deloitte earned the blue for the team competition. Earning the individual champion was Robyn Andrews (Grade I) of Canada with an overall total of 70.506. This was the first of two CPEDI3* events held at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida. Following this CPEDI3* is a Para-Dressage symposium with FEI 3* Dressage and FEI 4* Para Dressage Judge Kristi Wysocki in collaboration with U.S. Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt. The second CPEDI3* is March 9-12, 2017.

The U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team presented by Deloitte showcased top tests with precision and accuracy at the CPEDI3*. The team of four horse and rider combinations included (Grade I) Roxanne Trunnell (USA) and NTEC Daytona Beach;(Grade Ib) Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) Niekele Fan Busenitz; (Grade IV) Eleanor Brimmer (USA) and London Swing; and (Grade V) Katie Jackson (USA) and Wembley.

U.S. Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt noted, “We had a good nations cup team this weekend. This was the first CPEDI of the year and since we started off really early this season it prevented some of our riders from showing up. The new tests came out very late this year and some riders wanted to ride in their local shows before riding them in an international venue. However, we had some great rides this weekend. The March show will be a big show with lots of new horses and riders.”

Individual athlete Robyn Andrews (Grade I) of Canada topped the competition averaging a 70.506 with Fancianna. Andrews said, “We did awesome. I find at shows Fancianna listens to me really well. I am enjoying the new tests. I find them hard but I like the challenge that each presents. I look forward to competing at the March show when there are more riders and horses.”

Also competing from Canada was Paralympian Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin in Grade I. Schloss said, “I’m really happy with our progress. He was looking at everything but I’m happy with where we are at and our future together.”

Paralympian Roxanne Trunnell (USA) rounded out the Grade I competition with NTEC Daytona Beach. “Daytona acted like such a pro out in the show ring and it’s hard to believe she is coming back from a leave of absence in international showing,” stated Trunnell. “When I first started showing Daytona at our first show together she screamed her head off the entire test but this time she didn’t make a peep. I was very impressed with her. During the individual test she was a little tense but she was still a good horse.”

Laurietta Oakleaf (USA), Niekele Fan Busenitz

In Grade II Laurietta Oakleaf and her longtime partner Niekele Fan Busentiz had top scores in the Team and Individual tests. Oakleaf explained, “I’m really liking the new tests. They are a little more difficult but it keeps the horses attention. I wanted to thank my trainer Missy Ransehousen because without her help I couldn’t have ridden in this show. I am honored to have shown at this CPEDI3* with all of the wonderful riders and I was pleased with my rides over both days.”

Grade IV rider Ellie Brimmer and London Swing (USA) had three consistent days at the CPEDI3*. Ellie expressed, “I really appreciate the time and effort the test writing committee put into these new tests after Rio. I find them to be riding well. In the individual test my coach Shelly Francis and I focused on a short warm up, improving the forward impulsion. I’m so happy to have been a part of Team USA for this show and I’m thankful for Deloitte’s support.”

New para-dressage athlete Katie Jackson and her own Wembley experienced their first-ever international show. “I was so happy with Wembley he really showed the potential we have together and the power he can give. He tried so hard at this show. He was really intense but with me through everything and really listened to me. This was my first time in a big nation stadium and it was an incredible experience. I was soaking it all in as the national anthem played. This was a pretty amazing experience. If you told me this a year ago that I would be doing this I wouldn’t believe you.”

Jackson added, “I want to thank all the sponsors including Mane Stream and Mission Control. I want to thank them for the lovely prizes and the support. I also want to thank Kai Handt, Laureen Johnson at USEF, and Hope Hand of the USPEA for making these shows happen.”

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.

Robyn Andrews and Fancianna Capture CPEDI 3* Victory at AGDF

Robyn Andrews and Fancianna. Photo Credit ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 21, 2017 – Week two 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 continued Saturday at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

Robyn Andrews (CAN) and Fancianna, a 2001 Friesian x Andalusian mare owned by Andrews, were victorious once again in the Para Individual Championship Grade I – CPEDI 3* with a score of 70.036%.

Andrews commented, “Our ride went really good today. Fancy (Fancianna) seemed to really listen to my aids, so everything seemed to flow well.”

Placing second to Andrews in the Para Individual Championship Grade I – CPEDI 3* was Judy Schloss (CAN) and Lieutenant Lobin, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding (Lobster x Farine) owned by Schloss, with a 66.488%. Third place was awarded to Roxanne Trunnell (USA) and NTEC Daytona Beach, a 2002 Westphalian mare (Don bedo x Weindame) owned by Roxanne Trunnell and Kai Handt, with a score of 63.690%.

Other classes of the day included the Para Individual Championship 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 Laurietta Oakleaf, with a score of 70.931%. The Para Individual Championship Grade IV – CPEDI 3* awarded a win to Eleanor Brimmer (USA) and London Swing, a 2002 Hanoverian gelding (Londonderry x St.Pr.St Ribanna x Rubinstein I) she owns, with a score of 65.163%.

Katie Jackson (USA) and Wembley, a 2004 Westphalian gelding (Wolkensteinn II x Stutbach I Regata x Regazzoni) owned by Jackson, concluded the day with a win in the Para Individual Championship Grade V – CPEDI 3* with a score of 64.921%.

Jackson is a Grade V Para-Equestrian and an above-knee amputee since 2015 due to a rare form of sarcoma.

“This week is our first CPEDI and our first time down centerline in this amazing Stadium, here at Global,” said Jackson. “Being here means a lot. It actually gets me a little choked up! With everything that’s gone on in the last year and a half, with overcoming the cancer, and the amputation, just being able to ride again is amazing.”

The final day of competition concludes January 22 with a full schedule of classes including Para Freestyle CPEDI 3* tests. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

AGDF Kicks Off Second Week with First CPEDI Competition of the Season

Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach.

Wellington, FL – January 20, 2017 – Week two 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.

Robyn Andrews (CAN) and Fancianna, a 2001 Friesian x Andalusian mare owned by Andrews, cinched a victory today in the Para Team Test Grade I – CPEDI 3*, with a score of 69.702%.

Placing second to Andrews in the Para Team Test Grade I – CPEDI 3*, was Jody Schloss (CAN) and Lieutenant Lobin, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding (Lobster x Farine) owned by Schloss, with a 65.952%. Third place was awarded to Roxanne Trunnell (USA) and NTEC Daytona Beach, a 2002 Westphalian mare (Don bedo x Weindame) owned by Roxanne Trunnell and Kai Handt, with a score of 63.929%.

Trunnell highlighted her positive experience at AGDF. “The facility is really nice! My horses always feel calm here.”

Regarding her horse, Trunnell said, “The horse I rode today belongs to me. She wasn’t quite ready for Rio so we left her at home. I used my trainer’s horse over there. For Tokyo, she’ll be ready. She’s been out of the show ring for a while. She didn’t get nervous (today). It was a good ride.”

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 Laurietta Oakleaf, with a score of 67.576%. The Para Team Test Grade IV – CPEDI 3* awarded the win to Eleanor Brimmer (USA) and London Swing, a 2002 Hanoverian gelding (Londonderry x St.Pr.St Ribanna x Rubinstein I) she owns, with a score of 64.375%. Katie Jackson (USA) and Wembley, a 2004 Westphalian gelding (Wolkensteinn II x Stutbach I Regata x Regazzoni) owned by Jackson, finished with a win in the Para Team Test Grade V – CPEDI 3* with a score of 63.527%.

Competition continues January 21 with a full schedule of classes including Para Individual Championship CPEDI 3* tests. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival Brings Technology to the Forefront

Photo ©SusanJStickle.com.

New Freestyle Scoring System for Competition and Spectator Judging App Available

Wellington, FL – January 19, 2017 – The 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) kicked off its season at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL last week and runs through March 25. Making its AGDF debut was the FEI’s new Degree of Difficulty (DoD) Freestyle Judging System, accompanied by a new spectator judging app.

AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur is excited to introduce these two new, innovative technologies during the circuit. “I think it’s a good step forward, to make the subjective freestyle a bit more objective,” he said. “We will continue through the season in the CDI-Ws with it, to get ready for Omaha and the FEI World Cup Final.”

The technology was first thought of with the help of FEI 5* judge Katrina Wüst of Germany and created by software developer and German national judge, Daniel Göhlen.

The FEI’s new Freestyle Scoring Suite asks riders to create and submit floor plans ahead of time with the Floorplan Creator. The Suite also has a second element, Judge Assistant, which displays the floor plans for the judges and allows them to score the freestyles.

The scoring is regulated through the FEI, and now riders compete and work to achieve high freestyle scores through challenging choreography. The software calculates the degree of difficulty executed, which will then be awarded to the over-all degree of difficulty mark that belongs to the individual freestyle.

“It can be compared to ice skating. The riders know beforehand what degree of difficulty score they might get. The degree of difficulty is highly dependent on the technical execution,” said Göhlen.

Floorplan Creator displays elements including combination, difficult transitions, particle, and “joker” (which allows the rider to repeat a particular movement if they are in need of a re-do).The software requires the judge to communicate with the scribe, asking the judge to accept or reject the degree of difficulty awarded to each movement.

To actively incorporate the audience into the world of dressage tests, Göhlen also developed the Spectator Judging app. The app allows spectators to actively participate by giving them three different live scoring options.

Göhlen noted his inspiration for the creation of the app, “I always looked at these performances and thought, ‘What would I give? What marks would I choose?’ I thought it would be fun to try it out, to try judging in that way.”

Each app user is able to give a score movement by movement, in a simplified manner, or create an overall score at the end of the ride. The spectators are then able to compare their scores directly to the scores given by the judges.

The system was launched successfully in the United States in 2016 at the International Omaha, and will be making its way back to Nebraska for the FEI World Cup Final in April.

For downloading and more information on the new Freestyle Scoring Suite and Spectator App, please visit www.fei.org and www.blackhorse88.com. For more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.