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Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel Win FEI Para Freestyle Grade III-CPEDI 3* at AGDF

Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel. ©SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – January 20, 2019 – Week 2 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), presented by Adequan®, Mission Control, Nutrena, and Fair Sky Farm, concluded on Sunday, January 20, with a win for Rebecca Hart (USA) and El Corona Texel in the FEI Para Freestyle Grade III – CPEDI 3*.

Hart and El Corona Texel, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding by Wynton and owned by Rowan O’Riley, earned a score of 75.278% in the Grade III Freestyle. Grade III is for riders who have severe impairments in both lower limbs with minimal or no impairment of the trunk or moderate impairments of the upper and lower limbs and trunk. Some riders in Grade III may use a wheelchair.

Hart is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Wellington, FL. “I have loved this horse from the moment I saw his video on YouTube. I love his personality and his intelligence,” said Hart about El Corona Texel. “He’s quite a fiery horse, but he’s an incredibly kind horse. I love how we can have a true conversation when we’re riding, and it just makes it a very unique, special partnership.

“Marlene Whittaker put the freestyle together for me, and we worked really hard on that one,” continued Hart of her freestyle music and choreography. “It’s actually the one that we rode at [the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games], so it’s a special freestyle for us. We actually all played [the music] for him so he could have a little bit of input. He would just be like, ‘Oh yeah’ and he’d start to get a little more exuberant, and we were like, ‘Okay, Tex likes this one!’”

Hart has been coming to AGDF for seven years and said, “I love having such a great facility for the 12 weeks. They have shows on the weekend, and we can just come and do a test and then go home. Having that availability, and in addition having the big three-stars and the four-star and the freestyles under the lights, that variety of atmosphere so that you can do a smaller national show or you can do a big three-star all within your backyard, is fantastic.”

Kate Shoemaker (USA) and Solitaer 40 won the FEI Para Freestyle Grade IV – CPEDI 3* with a score of 75.458%. Grade IV is for riders who are impaired in one or two limbs or have some visual impairment.

Shoemaker travels back and forth between her home in Phoenix, AZ, where she is an equine veterinarian, and Wellington to train. “He’s my heart horse, so just every day having the opportunity to ride him and to have that partnership is special. He’s a horse that when I got him I was told that I was never going to be able to ride him and that he would never be successful in Para,” said Shoemaker about Solitaer 40. “So to come this far with him – we’re now starting our fifth season together – I feel like it’s all about the partnership. He gives me so much that it’s just unbelievable.

“His elasticity is definitely his strength, and it was something that the judges noted this weekend that they really appreciated in him. Now we’re really starting to bring together a little bit more power and more balance in the arena, which is what’s been the big change,” added Shoemaker about her 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Sandro Hit. “As much improvement as he’s had, he still gives me those moments where there’s the next step up that we’re working on. It’s really an exciting journey that we are on right now.”

Shoemaker said of her choreography, “Last summer I got together with Tom Hunt, and asked him if he would be willing to do a freestyle for me. I was ecstatic when he said yes. He actually custom composed the music to fit to ‘Solly’ and the choreography that we put together.”

Alanna Flax-Clark (USA) won the FEI Para Freestyle Grade II – CPEDI 3* with a score of 68.222%. Flax-Clark rode her horse El Paso, a 15-year-old Dutch Riding Pony gelding by Elegant.

Roxanne Trunnell (USA) ended the day with a win in the FEI Para Freestyle Grade I – CPEDI 3* with a score of 77.889%. Trunnell rode Dolton, a seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Danone I and owned by Kate Shoemaker.

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

Roxanne Trunnell and Dolton Kick Off CPEDI 3* Competition with Win at AGDF

Roxanne Trunnell and Dolton. ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 18, 2019 – The second week of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) features CPEDI 1*/2*/3* Para Dressage, presented by Adequan®, Mission Control, Nutrena, and Fair Sky Farm.

Roxanne Trunnell (USA) started the day with a win in the FEI Para Team Test Grade I – CPEDI 3*, with a score of 73.690%. Trunnell rode Dolton, a seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Danone I and owned by Kate Shoemaker. Grade I is for riders with the most severe impairments.

Trunnell is from Kennewick, WA and moved to Florida to train with Andrea Woodard. About her relationship with Dolton, Trunnell said, “It’s getting stronger. What I really love about him is how friendly he is. He is a young horse, but on the ground he acts really cute. I love how calm he is under saddle. I’m used to riding spooky horses and he never spooks with me.

“The stretch circle – we’ve really be working on getting in the stretch,” said Trunnell of her test goals. “I want to get him up in the bridle a bit more and I’m hoping to do Tokyo [Olympics] with him. That would be exciting.”

Fellow USA rider Rebecca Hart won the FEI Para Team Test Grade III – CPEDI 3* with a score of 72.794%. Hart rode El Corona Texel, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding by Wynton and owned by Rowan O’Riley.

In the FEI Para Team Test Grade II – CPEDI 3*, Alanna Flax Clark (USA) won with a score of 64.899%. Clark rode her horse El Paso, a 15-year-old Dutch Riding gelding by Elegant.

To end the day, Kate Shoemaker (USA) won the FEI Para Team Test Grade IV – CPEDI 3* with a score of 74.208% (corrected score). Shoemaker rode her horse Solitaer 40, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Sandro Hit.

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

AGDF Wraps Up Week 1 with a Win for Michael Klimke and Harmony’s Diabolo

Klimke riding his Freestyle with Harmony’s Diabolo. Photo © SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – January 12, 2019 – The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) finished its first week of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL with a win for Michael Klimke (GER) and Harmony’s Diabolo in the FEI Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Triple Crown Nutrition.

Klimke and Harmony’s Diabolo, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Desparadis owned by Harmony Sporthorses, won with a score of 73.425%.

Klimke said, “I was very happy today, actually all three days, with Harmony’s Diabolo. I’ve had him since he was six, and I really think his highlight is [strength mentally, with] the nerves; he’s totally rideable. The gaits are good, and the highlight at the end is his availability for piaffe and pirouettes. He can really sit.”

Looking forward, Klimke said that “[his] plan with Harmony’s Diabolo is he goes another small tour in two weeks, then I take a break, and then I will ride him in Intermediate II.”

After AGDF, Klimke returns to his hometown of Münster, Germany, “the capital of the Westphalian Horses.” “My aim is when I come back to Germany to see that he goes in the Young Developing Grand Prix. He’s ready for it,” he said.

Klimke commented, “[Diabolo] is really one of the few horses I’ve had in my life that is in the ring exactly the same ride outside. When you make no mistakes, he makes no mistakes.”

Earlier in the day Ashley Holzer (USA) and Valentine, a nine-year-old Oldenburg mare (by Sir Donnerhall) owned by Holzer, won the FEI Intermediate I CDI1* with a score of 70.588%.

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

Laura Graves and Verdades Wow Spectators with Freestyle Victory at “Friday Night Stars”

Laura Graves and Verdades. Photo © SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – January 11, 2019 – The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival concluded its second day of competition on Friday, January 11, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL with the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Wellington Agricultural Services. Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades wowed the crowd with their freestyle and won the class.

Graves and Verdades, her 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Florett AS, came out on top with an 83.220% in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Wellington Agricultural Services.

Graves said, “I wasn’t what sure which music I was going to do tonight. In the end, I’m very, very glad I chose to do my new music. I don’t know what else I would have been saving it for. I’m just glad that the timing worked out; I haven’t ridden to it yet. It’s supposed to be about the same as my last one, so I just crossed my fingers and hoped that it worked out and it did. I’m so lucky that Terri Gallo just takes whatever idea that I have.”

Speaking of her test, Graves explained, “[I had] a big mistake in my final pirouette. I came at him a bit strong in the spur. And then in the piaffe fan, which we haven’t touched since Aachen last year, I was a bit greedy and selfish in the warm-up. He let me know that he knows his job. He gives such a good feeling when he does go well that any little bump in my hand or my leg is shocking to me.”

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

Laura Graves and Verdades Open 2019 Adequan Global Dressage Festival with Victory

Laura Graves and Verdades. Photo © SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – January 10, 2019 – The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) started with its first day of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), in Wellington, FL, on Thursday with a win for Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades in the FEI Grand Prix CDIW, presented by Wellington Agricultural Services. The first week at AGDF, the Lloyd Landkamer Memorial, features CDI-W competition from January 10-12.

Laura Graves (USA) won the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W with a score of 80.065%. Graves rode her own mount, Verdades, a 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Florett AS.

Graves said that her ride was “a good way to put the first show into perspective after we haven’t been out since the [World Equestrian Games] was called off before the freestyle, so it’s been quite a bit since we’ve been in the arena. It always feels like, ‘Okay, we still know what we’re doing.’” She remarked, “He obviously still has a ton of gas in the tank. I’m really, really excited with how today went.”

Her favorite part of her ride was that Verdades “saved [her] today in the zig zag.” She continued, “I poked him on five and he said, ‘Mom, you gotta wait for 6.’ And so I was just really lucky that he saved me there and it’s nice to know that you can count on a horse like that.

“He gets even more electric here than he does at any other huge venue in the world,” said the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon (WEG) silver medalist. “We want to see more relaxation in his free walk because we lose some points there when he has such a good walk in the school. And again, just tidying things up so my transitions are on time so I can really feel safe to push.”

Graves and Verdades will be debuting their new freestyle created for WEG on Friday evening.

Michael Klimke (GER) started off the season by winning the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI3*, presented by Triple Crown Nutrition with a score of 70.265%. Klimke rode Harmony’s Diabolo, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Desparadis owned by Harmony Sporthorses.

Klimke also won the FEI Grand Prix CDI3*, presented by MTICA Farm with a score of 68.435%. Klimke rode his own mount, Royal Dancer 33, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Royal Blend.

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

Sweetnam Sails to Victory with Kirschwasser SCF in $50,000 Equiline Grand Prix

Shane Sweetnam and Kirschwasser SCF. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – January 8, 2019 – Shane Sweetnam (IRL) jumped into first place in the $50,000 Equiline Grand Prix in the ESP Holiday Finale at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Sweetnam crossed through the timers in 40.154 seconds to secure the win with Kirschwasser SCF, a 2010 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Amaretto D’Arco x Nabab De Reve), owned by Spy Coast Farm, LLC. Sliding into second, Lauren Tisbo (USA) stopped the clock in 40.754 seconds aboard Coriandolo Di Ribano, a 2007 Sella Italiano stallion (Cassini II x Baldini), owned by Tequestrian Farms, LLC. Tomas Yofre (ARG) claimed third place with a time of 39.265 seconds riding Fantasy, a 2005 Hanoverian mare (For Pleasure x Acord II), owned by Oakland Ventures LLC.

Sweetnam stayed ahead of the 35 competitors in the course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA). “He [Kirschwasser SCF] jumped very, very well. It was a nice track and it was a great way to start the year,” commented Sweetnam.

“He felt great and he’s improving all the time. He’s one of Spy Coast Farm’s homebred, so it’s great that they’ve bred something that’s good and can win a grand prix already. He’s very scopey, and very careful, but he’s still learning, so I still think there’s still room for improvement,” he said.

On preparing for the upcoming season, Sweetnam stated, “We know the routine, so we’re preparing for a busy 12 weeks ahead and hopefully we will have some success.”

For full results from the $50,000 Equiline Grand Prix, click here.

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Marilyn Little and RF Casablanca Bound to Blue in $25k Vita Flex Grand Prix at ESP New Year’s

Marilyn Little and RF Casablanca. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – January 1, 2019 – Marilyn Little (Frederick, MD) leaped to victory in the $25,000 Vita Flex® Grand Prix in the 2018 ESP New Year’s at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Little flew through the course in 40.158 seconds to secure the win aboard RF Casablanca, a 2010 Holsteiner mare (Cosido x Landos) owned by Raylyn Farms, Inc. Jumping in close behind, Manuel G. Torres (Waterford, VA) claimed second place riding Alejandro, a 2009 Rhenish Warmblood (Acorado’s Ass x Continue) owned by Santa Catalina Farm with a time of 42.787 seconds. Diego Vivero (Wellington, FL) earned third place jumping in tandem with Capiche ‘Ter Elzen’, a 2008 mare (Bamako De Muze x Nabab De Reve) owned by Javier Estrada earning a time of 40.373 seconds.

Jumping against 20 pairs, Little remained victorious in the course set by Jasen Shelly (Wellington, FL). “She’s been second in her last grand prixs, so I was really happy that she won. It was a great way to finish the year. She’s only eight, but I’ve had her since she was three, so it’s been really special to bring her up to this level,” Little stated.

“She’s quite small, but she doesn’t know it. Jumps look a little big from where you sit on her back, but she’s got an incredible heart, she’s fast, and has lots of game. She’s a really exciting horse coming into next year, and I’m really happy to have her,” concluded Little.

For full results from the $25,000 Vita Flex® Grand Prix, click here.

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Todd Minikus and I Dottori VD Richter Conquer $30k SemiCan Grand Prix at ESP Holiday III

Todd Minikus and I Dottori VD Richter. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – December 26, 2018 – Todd Minikus (Lake Worth, FL) rode home with blue in the $30,000 SemiCan Grand Prix to conclude 2018 ESP Holiday III competition at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Sunday. Minikus dashed through the jump-off securing a time of 45.858 seconds aboard I Dottori VD Richter, a 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Winningmood Van De Arenberg x Heartbreaker) owned by Todd Minikus LTD. Marilyn Little (Frederick, MD) jumped into second riding RF Casablanca, a 2010 Holsteiner mare (Cosido x Landos) owned by Raylyn Farms, Inc, stopping the timers in 43.313 seconds. Ilan Bluman (Davie, FL) claimed third place with Ferrari, a 2010 Dutch Warmblood stallion (Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve x Damiro) owned by Over the Top Stables, LLC, earning a time of 44.382 seconds.

Jumping against 17 competitors, Minikus prevailed as the victor in the course set by Mauricio Garcia (Archer, FL). “I thought it was a pretty nice course for a $30,000 Grand Prix, and there ended up being 5 horses clear, and I got the luck of the draw and got to go last in the jump-off,” stated Minikus.

“All I had to do was go clear, which sometimes is harder to do than you think,” Minikus elaborated. “[This horse] won last week so he’s doing a good job. He’s a horse that a friend of mine and I bought in Belgium and I let a young lady show him for a while in the junior jumpers then I started riding him myself.

“We’re hoping that somebody needs a nice young rider horse, but until then if he wants to keep winning Grand Prixs with me riding him, then that’s okay too,” Minikus concluded.

For full results from the $30,000 SemiCan Grand Prix, click here.

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Abigail McArdle and Cade Jump into First in $25,000 ProElite Grand Prix at ESP Holiday II

Abigail McArdle and Cade. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – December 18, 2018 – Abigail McArdle of Barrington, IL jumped into first place in the $25,000 ProElite® Grand Prix in the 2018 ESP Holiday II at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). McArdle secured a winning time of 41.004 seconds riding Cade, a 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Heartbreaker x Darco) owned by David McArdle. Margie Engle of Wellington, FL earned second place aboard USA Normande, a 2008 Selle Francais mare (Made in Semilly x Urbain Du Monnai) owned by Paillot Equestrian & Gladewinds Farm, Inc. Engle and USA Normande flew through the timers in 41.214 seconds. Peter Lutz of Waccabuc, NY, also riding for the USA, claimed third place with Excellent, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Cicero Z Van Paemel x Ahorn) owned by Bosch Sport Horses, with a time of 43.034 seconds.

Among 22 competitors, McArdle and Cade remained the swiftest pair in the course set by Jason Shelley of Wellington, FL, earning their way into the jump-off by being one of six four-fault performances after no pairs went clear in the first round.

McArdle explained that her strategy changed mid-ride, and later, mid-jump-off. “My plan was to go in, lay down a clear round and win the class,” she detailed. “But I ended up having a rail down toward the end of the course and then I just tried to keep it together to make sure I was in that jump-off with the four-faulters. I saw Todd [take an] inside turn, but he had the rail down. Someone told me Peter and Margie went around and it was faster, but that Margie really laid it down and I’d have to go fast. So I tried to do what Margie did, but a bit faster.”

While just weeks ago McArdle was claiming top honors aboard Victorio 5 in the USEF U25 Show Jumping National Championships, any win on Cade, a longtime partner, is always particularly special, McArdle revealed.

“This is my old horse; he’s seventeen and I’m just so happy for him to be able to have a win. I’m keeping him doing whatever he wants right now, and he feels good, so it’s nice to have a horse I’m so familiar with. I’ll keep him as the second for now and bring him out when he wants to,” she said of her season plans for Cade. “With the older horses you have to be cautious with what they do, obviously, because I’d like to keep him going for another couple years.”

For full results from the $25,000 ProElite® Grand Prix, click here.

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Sharn Wordley Wins $25k #1 Education Place Grand Prix in 2018 ESP Year End Awards

Sharn Wordley and Rye Val De Mai. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – December 12, 2018 – Sharn Wordley of Wellington, FL secured top honors in the $25,000 #1 Education Place Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Sunday. Wordley took top honors riding his own Rye Val De Mai, a 2005 Selle Francais stallion (Helios Da La Cour II x Type D’Elle), dashing in at 42.222 seconds. Carlos Quinones of Wellington, FL earned second place riding Satoyama, a 2006 gelding owned by Michelle Navarro-Grau, stopping the timers in 43.581 seconds. In addition to his first-place win, Wordley captured third place with his own Gatsby, a 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion (Simba x Cruise On), completing the course in 44.256 seconds.

Wordley remained ahead of the additional 16 competitors, who tested the course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA). Wordley commented, “Both of my horses are experienced and they are both fourteen. I use them for the national Grand Prix classes and the FEI ranking classes.”

On his first-place finish, Wordley stated, “It was a good trip [for Rye Val De Mai]; he jumped really well. He’s had a bit of time off so he’s just come back. Rye could have gone a bit faster, but it wasn’t that fast of a class. He jumped great. I was really happy with him. With Rye, I wanted to make sure that I won it.

“I’ve been doing some quite fast rounds on Gatsby, so I didn’t want to go too fast on him,” Wordley said of his third-place mount. “I wanted to give him a nice round and a comfortable trip because he’s been going fast lately.”

Wordley commented of both mounts that “they’re both very careful horses and very fast horses with experience. They’ve been doing this awhile and they know the game, so this was a really nice class for them.”

For full results from the $25,000 #1 Education Place Grand Prix, click here.

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