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Laura Graves and Verdades Secure Third World Cup Qualifying Score

Laura Graves and Verdades © SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – March 1, 2019 – The “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W presented by Havensafe Farm ended a day of top dressage competition with a sweep of the top three places by U.S. women at week 8 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), which continues through Sunday, March 3.

Friday night also showcased the final round of the Palm Beach Derby presented by Havensafe Farm, and a nations parade for the riders in the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships.

Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades rode to a score of 84.535% to secure their third qualifying score for the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final and to win the freestyle. “I don’t count anything until it’s for certain,” said Graves. “Once I went down centerline, I thought, ‘OK, hopefully this is my ticket to Sweden.’”

Christoph Koschel Captures Win in Palm Beach Derby

Christoph Koschel (GER) defended his title and for the third time won the Palm Beach Derby presented by Havensafe Farm, picking up an $3,000 check as his portion of the $8,000 prize money on offer. Koschel rode Action Ace, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Ijsselmeer owned by Janice Murdoch, and the new pair earned a score of 72.316% in the final round of the Derby.

“It’s great to win the third time in a row,” said Koschel of his success. “It’s really challenging. I think that is what we all enjoy as professional riders, to get a horse that we don’t know and find in four to five minutes the right buttons. To get to know the horse a little bit and then try to ride a test.”

Karen Lipp (USA) also rode Action Ace in the final round and took second place with a score of 68.713%. Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Karen Pavicic (CRO) tied for third place after being “knocked out” by Koschel and Lipp in the initial round of competition. Lyle and Flash Dancer IM 1175, a 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Londonderry owned by Patricia Koschel, earned a score of 67.999%. Pavicic and Leuchtfeuer DE, a 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion by Dion Romantica owned by Dressage Grand Ducal, earned a score of 67.705%.

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

Laura Graves and Verdades Start Off AGDF Week 8 with Win in FEI Grand Prix CDI-W

Laura Graves and Verdades. ©SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – February 28, 2019 – Week 8 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), The Palm Beach Derby, kicked off with top CDI-W and CDI3* dressage competition. Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades returned to AGDF and won the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W presented by Havensafe Farm. The pair earned a score of 80.239% to qualify for the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W presented by Havensafe Farm tomorrow night, where they plan to secure their last qualifying score for the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals in April.

“I thought he was relaxed, but I also at the same time maybe warmed him up too much,” said Graves of her 17-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Florett AS. “We have this technique we’ve been using where we give him a very short warm-up and just send him in. Sometimes the longer you warm him up he gets tired, and then he gets hotter in his mind, but tired in his body.

“He was very, very clean today. I thought he was very very honest,” continued Graves, who last competed with Verdades at AGDF 3. “I was super happy with my zig-zag. I just remember looking up at one point and how much ground we had covered sideways, and I thought ‘Uh oh, can I do that the other way?’ I pushed, and sure enough he went that far. The canter tour felt really secure, and I’m happy with his relaxation.”

Graves noted of her goal for Friday night, “[It] is our last qualifier for World Cup, so just want to check that off of the list and know that we have a ticket to Sweden.”

Graves’s FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 teammates, Kasey Perry-Glass and Adrienne Lyle, finished in second and third place, respectively. The three riders shared their laps of honor by trotting down the centerline side by side. “We’ve been waiting for this,” Graves shared. “We’ve been planning [that] for weeks and weeks and weeks. The three of us are such good friends that we’ve been hoping for a sweep like that. It was fun to be able to laugh with each other and go down centerline, to have such amazing teammates.”

Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Diamond Hit x La Costa and owned by Diane Perry, placed second with a score of 78.630%. In third place was Lyle riding Salvino, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Sandro Hit x Dynastie and owned by Betsy Juliano LLC. They received a score of 74.543%.

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

Jan Ebeling and Bellenna Wrap Up AGDF Week 7 with Win in FEI Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3*

Jan Ebeling and Bellenna. ©SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – February 24, 2019 – Competition on Sunday, February 24, at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) featured freestyle classes from the Young Rider level to Intermediate I. Jan Ebeling (USA) and Bellenna had the last test of the day and rode to a win in the FEI Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3* presented by the Wellington Regional Medical Center.

Ebeling and Bellenna, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Belissimo M owned by Ann Romney, earned a score of 76.500% with their freestyle designed by Karen Robinson. “First of all, it’s a very green horse so we’re keeping the lines fairly simple,” said Ebeling of his partner Bellenna. “The horse has fantastic basic gaits; the walk, extended walk, collected walk are really great. Those are always places where she can score high.

“Right now we’re not focusing so much on one tempi; we’re focusing on getting her stronger in the canter. She’s got a big engine, but she needs to build up the muscle,” continued Ebeling. “Overall I think every day she’s gotten better. She’s learning to focus and we’re very hopeful. She is an awesome horse.”

Ebeling found places to simplify the test for his green mount. He said, “I think the most difficult thing is the half pass to a pirouette to a half pass, and I simplified that a little bit. I had a little bit of a cheater line in there, [it was a] half pass, and then I went straight a little ways, and then pirouette. I kind of put it into a few pieces instead of putting it all together.

“It’s fun, I’m lucky to have the horses that I have and the sponsorship behind me. It takes a horse, and it takes a rider, but it takes a village to really make it happen,” concluded Ebeling.

Second place went to Classy Sinclair, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Sir Sinclair x Sacro Santa owned by Lisa Grossi and ridden by Leif Aho (USA), who scored 74.458%. Ariana Chia (CAN) and her own Fiderflame, a nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Fidertanz x SPS Rose, placed third with a score of 73.417%.

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

Adrienne Lyle and Harmony’s Duval Break Tie in FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*

Adrienne Lyle and Harmony’s Duval ©SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – February 23, 2019 – In unique circumstances, two riders tied in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3* presented by Fair Sky Farm on Saturday, February 23, at Week 7 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF).

Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Harmony’s Duval and Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastel’s Nintendo both rode to a score of 72.255%, but Lyle and Harmony’s Duval broke the tie and secured their win with Lyle’s higher “rider collective marks” from the judges.

It was a close call with Lyle receiving four rider collective mark scores of 8.0 and one 7.5, and Jorst receiving three 8.0 marks, and two 7.5 marks to take second place behind Lyle.

“I thought the piaffe/passage tour was much stronger than in the Grand Prix. That’s really a highlight of this horse, and I was glad we were able to tap into more of his potential in there today,” said Lyle of Harmony’s Duval, a 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Rosseau owned by Duval Partners LLC.

“He’s very green. This is his first year at grand prix,” continued Lyle. “It’s such a process with him, just the whole what works best in the warm-up, what works best in preparation. It’s all those things when you’ve been showing the same grand prix horse for years that you know, and when there’s a new one it’s all just part of figuring out all those little things.”

Harmony’s Duval has a strong work ethic, says Lyle. “The great thing about him is that he’ll go forever; there’s not a stop in him. I think his best quality is his ambition. Sometimes it’s a little overzealous, but there’s never a lack of trying with that horse. He’d jump off a cliff if you asked him to,” concluded Lyle.

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

AGDF Hosts Seventh Annual Florida International Youth Dressage Championships

Photo © Lily Forado.

Wellington, FL – February 22, 2019 – The 2019 Florida International Youth Dressage Championships (FIYDC), presented by Sarah Davis, Terri Kane, USEF Dressage Owners Task Force, Hampton Green Farm, and Dressage4kids, will take place during week 8 at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) on February 27 – March 3 at Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

Kim Van Kampen of Hampton Green Farm noted, “We look forward to once again hosting these championships. Every year, more is added to the program to make it feel special, and we are encouraged by the great participation and the feedback that we get from the young riders.”

The week will feature competition for riders in the Under 25, Young Rider, Junior, Children, and Pony divisions, offering them a chance to compete on a larger scale, with events throughout the week to increase camaraderie and sportsmanship. Young riders wishing to compete at the international level are provided with an opportunity to showcase their talent at one of the largest dressage competitions in the world.

Entry numbers continue to impress each year, and as the sport expands, the number of competing youth riders also increases. This year will be the seventh year that the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships will be hosted by AGDF, and the competition will be organized by Equestrian Sport Productions. Production in promoting the youth riders has stepped up and will include photography, videos, and biographies available on all of the competitors and shown on the jumbotron screen at AGDF.

At the FIYDC, there will be three riders in the FEI Pony Rider division, one rider in the FEI Children’s division, six entries in the FEI Junior Rider division, 11 entries in the FEI Young Rider division, and 13 horse and rider pairs in the FEI U-25 division. There are riders from four different countries, including the United States, Canada, Spain, and Germany.

“We are extremely encouraged by the numbers of riders participating in the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships,” said Lendon Gray of Dressage4Kids. “We feel that this is a wonderful opportunity for youth riders to learn and grow.”

This year, the FIYDC are once again working in partnership with JustWorld International, and winners will choose JustWorld Programs that will receive a percentage of added prize money. Week 8 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) will also include FEI CDI-W competition.

Riders will start the week with a Meet and Greet session with top international dressage riders and will have various get-togethers during the week to foster friendships and learning. This includes “Tacos for a Cause” on Tuesday, February 26, at 6 pm, in support of Just World International and hosted by Sarah Davis. Games, a taco bar, and drinks will be served at Belle Herbe Farm and welcome all FIYDC competitors and interested parents.

“While the competition is a major component of the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships, so is the chance for riders from different regions of the country and nations around the world to meet and spend time together,” said Sarah Davis. “The week of events and riding all play a part in producing well-rounded athletes.”

The riders will be welcomed into the Global International Arena on Friday evening prior to the “Friday Night Stars” freestyle competition for a Parade of Nations.

For more information on the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival and the 2019 Florida International Youth Dressage Championships, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Top Three at 80% Again in “Friday Night Stars” FEI World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet. ©SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – February 22, 2019 – The top three in the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Helgstrand Dressage at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), all earned scores above eighty percent, holding up the record set by riders in Week 5.

Leading a day full of FEI dressage competition on Friday, February 22, were Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) and Goerklintgaards Dublet, who performed a strong test to win the freestyle.

Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Diamond Hit owned by Diane Perry, earned a score of 83.425% for the win. Their freestyle music from “Lord of the Rings” was composed by Tom Hunt, and the choreography was arranged by fellow FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 teammate, Adrienne Lyle.

“I can kind of tell already in the stables how he is going to be. I can feel his vibes. He was just as fussy and neurotic [today] as he was in Aachen,” said Perry-Glass of her partner. Together they placed second in the Freestyle CDIO5* at the 2018 World Equestrian Festival in Aachen. “I kind of already felt that vibe from him, that he was going to perform really well tonight. From beginning in the warm-up, he felt amazing, right with me, and he tends to do that towards the end of shows.

“I was really proud of him,” continued Perry-Glass. “I had him a little more put together than I did in the Grand Prix and I just tried to show off his highlights. His piaffe and passage felt really good tonight; his changes felt really good.”

Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven (SWE) and Don Auriello, a 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Don Davidoff owned by Lovsta Stuteri, came in second place with a score of 80.950% with their “Good Vibrations” music and choreography by Cees Slings.

“My goal this winter has been to go to Gothenburg for the [FEI Dressage World Cup™] Final,” said Vilhelmson Silfven. “He felt really, really good tonight; he’s felt good all week. He’s been eager already in the stable, like, ‘I want to go! Hurry up!’ He’s really been on his toes. Coming out tonight with this atmosphere, already in the warm-up, he was like, ‘I’m ready! Can we go?’

“He [Don Auriello] knows exactly when it is, and he just loves it. It’s really fun to ride him in the test,” continued Vilhelmson Silfven. “This freestyle is so difficult. It comes so fast. You really have to be exactly on the spot that you should be with the music. When that comes together, it’s such a great feeling to ride because it’s like telling a story. You go through all this music, you know exactly what to do, and he does too. You have to hang on and try and enjoy it on the way.”

Third place went to Shelly Francis (USA) and Danilo, a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding by DeNiro owned by Patricia Stempel, who earned a score of 80.050%. The crowd especially loves Francis’s freestyle, and she had a strong round of applause following her test, which has a capella music and was created by Marlene Whitaker.

“I think it’s just very entertaining with the music for the audience, and I make the movements just click one right after the other,” said Francis of her freestyle test. “I knew that I was off of my music just a little bit here and there, but overall he felt quite good. I was trying to keep him just a little softer looking, not quite so active and sharp. I think we did smooth things a little bit, but then I was having to be careful to keep up with my music. The horse likes it, so I think he steps up to the plate. It’s fun and I enjoy it.”

Clive Halsall, the Judge at C, commented that, “I think we saw three very professional, skillful riders who were very good under pressure. They’re chasing the qualification for the World Cup and in a very atmospheric arena. They all proved themselves in this environment. They ride difficult tests and they make it look easy, and that is a great skill. It was wonderful to judge.”

Thomas Baur, Director of Sport of AGDF, concluded, “I think we will have another great night next Friday [at AGDF 8]. We have 14 entries, so it will really be a full night. A brief outlook to the CDIO in Week 10, we are expecting six countries to participate in the Nations Cup, which is quite a high number. I’m looking forward to that.”

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

Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet Win FEI Grand Prix CDI-W at AGDF

Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet. ©SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – January 26, 2019 – Week 7 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) kicked off on Thursday, February 21, with a win for Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) and Goerklintgaards Dublet in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by Helgstrand Dressage at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, FL.

The pair earned a score of 77.217% to qualify for the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, also presented by Helgstrand Dressage, on February 22.

“Today was a really good ride. I felt like he was a little bit tighter and tenser than normal, but it’s our second show out for the season so we’re still getting our feet wet a little bit,” said Perry-Glass of the 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Diamond Hit owned by Diane Perry. “The highlights were the piaffe and the two [tempis]. I felt they were amazing. The passage got a little bit tense, but he always does it so well that it’s such a highlight for him.”

Perry-Glass is looking forward to her freestyle test. “I want to go out and have fun with him,” she said. “I love doing the freestyle, and it’s a chance to for us to kind of go out and dance together. I’m hoping to put in a solid test for a solid score, for hopefully another qualifying score for the World Cup, and just to have fun.

“The only [other] show I can do is [AGDF 8], so I’ll be doing these two [CDI-Ws] back to back. Which I think with him works perfect,” said Perry-Glass of her competition plans. “He’s a very solid horse and we focus a lot on physical health. I think it’s just going to make him even better for next week, doing it back to back.”

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

Katie Johnson and Paxton Qualify for Iron Spring Farm Future Stars Performance Series Final

Katie Johnson and Paxton. ©SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – February 16, 2019 – The sixth week of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) featured National competition with a riders and horses in a variety of divisions on February 15-16.

Katie Johnson (USA) and Paxton won the USEF Developing Prix St. Georges, presented by Vita Flex, with a score of 69.438%. The pair is now the first from the United States qualified for the Iron Spring Farm Future Stars Performance Series Final in Week 12 of AGDF. “I was very happy with my ride. He’s still really green at the Prix St. Georges level,” said Johnson about her partner, a 2011 Westphalian gelding by Dante Weltino owned by Kylee Lourie.

“I would say the highlight of our ride was our trot work. He really excelled there. His rideability has been progressing every day, and I’m happy with that. I’m hoping to ride in the final in Week 12, and am excited about the opportunity,” continued Johnson. “It’s good to have something to look forward to. I would like to do the USEF Developing Prix St. Georges at Lamplight and would love to get him in one CDI by the end of season.”

Johnson is extremely thankful to Kylee Lourie, Paxton’s owner, and to her trainer Adrienne Lyle and said, “None of it would be able to happen without both of them, so that’s very important to me.”

Melissa Vaughn (USA) and Belrano Gold, a 2011 Oldenburg gelding by Bellissimo M owned by Pferdes LLC, started off the morning on Saturday with a win in the Open section of the Fourth Level, Test 1. The pair earned a score of 70.513%. Linda Graves and De Ja Vu 2, her 2005 Oldenburg gelding by Dimaggio, won the Adult Amateur section with a score of 65.128%.

Roxanne Trunnell (USA) and Dolton, a 2012 Hanoverian gelding by Danone I, rode a strong Para I Test, and won the Para Equestrian Test of Choice class with a score of 72.143%.

Christilot Boylen (CAN) and Rocky Lane, a 2006 Westphalian gelding by Rock Forever owned by Rebecca Stromatt, concluded the day with a win in the Open FEI Grand Prix*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty. The pair earned a score of 66.739%. Carrie Schopf (ARM) and Saumur won the Adult Amateur section, presented by Harmony Sport Horses, with a score of 65.128%.

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

P. J. Rizvi and Breaking Dawn Dazzle in Their Second Win of AGDF Week 5

P. J. Rizvi and Breaking Dawn. ©SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – February 9, 2019 – Week 5 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) continued on Saturday, February 9, with three-star dressage competition at the Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. P. J. Rizvi (USA) and Breaking Dawn concluded the day with a win in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty.

Rizvi, of Wellington, FL, and Breaking Dawn earned a score of 74.030% with their freestyle test. “I’ve had him since he was nine, turning 10. I purchased him as an amateur Prix St. Georges horse,” said Rizvi of her 18-year-old KWPN gelding by Akribori. “He’s been my horse of a lifetime; I got to learn everything on him. I got really lucky.

“He knows his job. It’s really about keeping him fit and happy and taking good care of him because he is in the older bracket for a grand prix horse, but he always comes out willing to do something,” continued Rizvi. “Today he came out like, ‘Yep I’m 12!’ We always say at the barn he is 18 going on five because he doesn’t know how old he is, and that’s what I love about him.”

Michael Erdmann put together the music for Rizvi’s freestyle, and trainer Ashley Holzer and Rizvi put the choreography together. “I wanted to do more of American Pie because I figure everyone goes out and rides for different reasons and I always do my best, but I do it really for the fun and for the joy of it,” added Rizvi about her music choice.

Adrienne Lyle (USA) returned after her two wins to capture another one in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by MTICA Farm. Lyle rode Harmony’s Duval, an 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Rosseau owned by Duval Partners LLC, and the pair earned a score of 72.851%.

Susan Pape (GBR) and Harmony’s Don Noblesse, a 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion by Dancier owned by Harmony Sporthorses, came in second place with a score of 72.213%.

Third place went to Jill Irving (CAN) and Arthur, her 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Jazz. The pair earned a score of 70.064%.

Earlier in the day Leida Collins-Strijk (NED) and Romy, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Royal Blend owned by Arlene Page, earned a score of 72.016% to win the FEI Intermediate I CDI1*, presented by Iron Spring Farm.

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

Fraser-Beaulieu and All In Go Out with a Bang with Win in “Friday Night Stars” Freestyle

Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In. ©SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – February 8, 2019 – The crowd at the “Friday Night Stars” at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) enjoyed performances by top riders in the FEI Grand Prix Special and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI5* on Friday, February 8, at Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN) and All In, her 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Tango, won the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI5*, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, with a score of 76.520%.

“It’s very exciting, especially since this is probably going to be my last show until maybe September,” said Fraser-Beaulieu, who is expecting her first child in June. “I couldn’t ask for a better night, honestly. He was with me the whole time, and it’s probably one of the best feelings I’ve had on him out there. To end on a note like that, I’m pretty happy.”

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino Capture Special Win

In the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI5*, presented by Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Salvino, a 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion by Sandro Hit owned by Betsy Juliano LLC, won with a score of 73.574%.

“This is my first time I’ve ever done a special under the lights, so that was fun and different,” said Lyle of her ride. “It’s always a thrill riding under the lights here on Friday night at Global. I was so happy with Salvino. I’m so happy with his attitude. He’s just going out there, and he seems like he’s enjoying every minute of it.

“I just need to keep working on, as a rider, how to balance him and prepare him for every movement,” she continued. “He’s a very athletic horse with a ton of scope, which is wonderful, but I need to learn how to keep it all even and exactly where I want it throughout the whole test. It’s been a really fun journey so far.”

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