Cesar Parra and Van the Man (SusanJStickle.com)
Wellington, FL – Cesar Parra (Whitehouse Station, NJ) is the top American after the second day of competition at the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* presented by Stillpoint Farm. Riding Michael and Sarah Davis’ Van the Man in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO3*, Parra earned a 74.375% to win the class.
“I loved it. It was electric,” Parra said about his FEI Freestyle Test. “I want to thank the Davis family for believing in me and the horse.”
Finishing second in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO3* were Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, FL) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor who received a 72.575%. Susan Dutta and Tim Dutta Inc.’s Currency DC (Wellington, FL) finished in third place with a 71.225%.
In the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle CDIO3*, Caroline Roffman (Wellington, FL) was the top-placed American, finishing in second place with a 74.050% riding her own Her Highness O. Kimberly Herslow (Stockton, NJ) and Kiroli Enterprises LLC’s Rosmarin earned a third place finish with a score of 73.625%. Christilot Boylen of Canada won the class with a 75.500% aboard Dio Mio.
On Sunday, competitors return to The Stadium to vie for individual honors. The top finisher will be crowned by combining his/her scores from the Freestyle, performed Saturday, and Sunday’s test of either the FEI Intermediaire I for Small Tour riders or the FEI Grand Prix Special for Big Tour riders.
The top three heading into Sunday are Boylen (CAN) in first, Parra (USA) in second, and Roffman (USA) is third.
Links to individual scores can be found at http://www.usefnetwork.com/overlays/517.aspx.
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By Kathleen Landwehr