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Schopf and Saumur Go Two for Two with Grand Prix Special Victory

Carrie Schopf (ARM) with Saumur. ©susanjstickle.com.

Wellington, FL – February 26, 2022 – A beautiful day of competition on Saturday of week 7 of the 2022 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) culminated in the feature class of the day, the Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by Fair Sky Farm. Armenia’s Carrie Schopf and Saumur made it two for two this week, following their win in the qualifier on Thursday with a victory in the Special.

Twelve competitors entered the stadium to strut their stuff, where towards the end of the class, Jessica Howington (USA) and her 15-year-old KWPN mare by Sir Donnerhall I x Gribaldi shot to the top of the leaderboard with a 70.149%. Just after her was Carrie Schopf and Saumur (Sancisco OLD x Tanzmeister I) who rode to a personal best of 70.979% to just edge out Howington for the blue ribbon.

“Anybody can win on a given day, especially when the scores were as close as they were today,” reflected Schopf. “But it’s really gratifying to have your work and your thought process rewarded.”

Schopf is an amateur rider who does have grooms who help her with her horses, but for Saumur, she does it all herself.

Their partnership was on full display today as Schopf utilized the 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding’s technical prowess in combination with her own enjoyment of the test to excel in the extensions.

She explained, “This is a very forward test in the trot work especially, and it’s forward that if you swing with them, you can really capture that energy. You can really let them sail, so I just stepped on the gas pedal and went!”

Boucher and Mourits Post Wins

Earlier in the day, Beatrice Boucher (CAN) continued her successful week with Summerwood’s Limei after besting the field of 14 competitors in the Intermediate I CDI1* class. This marks Boucher’s second international win in as many days with Monica von Glahn’s nine-year-old Hanoverian mare by Londonderry x Weltmeyer. The pair earned particularly strong marks in the flying changes with 7.5s and 8s, propelling them to a personal best score of 70.912%.

In the Intermediate A CDI3* class, Luuk Mourits (NED) rode Harmony’s Don’t Stop the Feeling to a win with a score of 68.235%. The 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Don Primus x Noble Roi xx, owned by Harmony Amateur Sports Foundation, bookended the performance with strong passes down the centerline and shined throughout both the extended and collected trot work.

For more information and results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Beatrice Boucher Aces the Intermediate I Freestyle to Round Out Week 3 of AGDF

Beatrice Boucher (CAN) and Louxor De Lys. ©️Susan Stickle.

Wellington, FL – January 26, 2020 – Canada’s Beatrice Boucher crowned a winning week with Louxor De Lys, icing it with a win in the FEI Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Horseware Ireland, on the closing day of week three of the 2020 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida.

She edged out first-to-go Cesar Parra (USA) and his namesake, GK Don Cesar, who finished on 68.8% in second. Korean rider Dongseon Kim and Bordolino 8’s 68.45% completed the podium line-up.

Boucher, who was named Dressage Canada’s Athlete of the Year in 2018, was recording her second win of the week on breeder Lynda Tetreault’s nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Licotus out of a Weltmeyer dam.

“He’s quite young so we had some mistakes,” explained Boucher, who is 22 and has been riding Louxor De Lys since he was five. “He felt amazing in the warm-up and then he got tense; it’s a big ring for these younger horses. He’s a very hot horse, so there are mistakes here and there from the balance, but everything’s going to come together once he gets settled.

“We’re planning on doing the under-25 grand prix in a year or two; he’s schooling everything at home which has confused him a bit so he anticipates a little, but these are just baby mistakes and everything’s going to be confirmed with time and confidence in the ring. He is so sweet, he’s like a puppy dog and always wants to cuddle; when you want to put the bridle on, he hugs you.”

Boucher, who is based in Quebec, Canada, has 10 horses down in Wellington for the season and trains with her mother, Isabelle Ouellet.

“I’ve been training with her forever,” she added. “It’s nice to be in a partnership like this with your mom. It can be difficult, especially when you’re a kid, but we established a line so when she’s coach, she’s coach and as soon as we’re done, she’s mom.”

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