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Germany Bests USA in FEI Dressage Nations Cup Thriller

Michael Klimke (GER) riding Harmony’s Sanrino RHP (FEI/Thierry Billet)

The opening leg of the 2022 FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ series hinted at a competitive season to come, as defending series Champions Germany bested the United States by just over a percentage point in Wellington (USA).

Strong starts defined the weekend, as the opening day results from Michael Klimke (Harmony’s Sanrino RHP), Christoph Koschel (Dünensee), Lars Ligus (Soccer City), and Frederic Wandres (Dolciario) could not be caught by the American contingent, who were the first official series champions in 2016.

“Last year it was a really big surprise, and it motivated us for this year. We all had a top day yesterday, and today it got very close again,” said Michael Klimke (GER).

Klimke and Wandres each pulled weight for their team, with Klimke winning Thursday’s Grand Prix (72.652). Despite Big Tour combinations receiving a 1.5 percent boost to their scores, Small Tour combination Wandres and Dolciario gave Germany its best Day 2 score in winning the Intermediate I, receiving 73.176 from judges Stephen Clarke (GBR), Carlos Lopes (POR), Michael Osinski (USA), Mariette Sanders – van Gansewinkel (NED), and Knut Danzberg (GER).

“The team can only be successful if all of us are fighting until the end, and we really did that,” Wandres said. “[Dolciario] is just 8 years old, and this is his first CDI tour this season. I was already very happy yesterday, but today was his first Intermediate 1.”

Down to the wire

While Thursday’s results provided a slight cushion, the United States rallied strongly on Friday in the Grand Prix Special to keep the standings incredibly close. Twenty-two-year-old Ben Ebeling took won the deciding event — the Grand Prix Special — receiving 73.649 aboard Indeed, a mount he’s only campaigned since the beginning of the year. Beatrice Berktold (Imperial) won the Prix St. Geroges (72.441), adding a 72.676 score to finish second in the Intermediate I in her first senior Nations Cup.

“I think my teammates can be really happy with their rides. I’m certainly very happy with my ride,” Ebeling said.  “I love riding Indeed. I think it’s so much about my riding, but more about my coaching, from Christoph Koschel and also my dad Jan Ebeling, who did a fantastic job training this horse. I’m just lucky that I get to ride her. She’s got a lot of power in there and today you could really see it, and I really felt it. For me, that’s something that I’m really excited about.”

“I was not aware of how close it was. It was very exciting,” added Koschel, who finished second to his student in the Grand Prix Special. “There was team spirit, and I’m happy that we won. I have to say big congratulations today to Ben for winning the class; well done.”

With just three teams competing, Wellington’s leg will not offer series points. The FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ season will resume 05-08 May at Mariakalnok (HUN).

Full results here.

By Catie Staszak

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Wandres and Bluetooth OLD Connect for Win in Five-Star Freestyle at AGDF

Frederic Wandres and Bluetooth OLD. ©susanjstickle.com.

Wellington, FL – February 25, 2022 – The week seven’s “Friday Night Stars” showcase at the 2022 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) on Friday, February 25, 2022 was hosted in the spectacular International Arena at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. German rider Frederic Wandres capitalized on his already lucrative season, winning the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI5*, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, on Bluetooth OLD with 81.165%. Laurence Vanommeslaghe (BEL) filled second with an energetic performance on Edison (79.430%) and Spain’s Juan Matute Guimón finished third on Quantico (78.925%).

“Bluetooth is getting better and better,” said Wandres of the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Bordeaux. “I get more and more the feeling that I can ride during the test, and he offers me a very good feeling. I’m super happy about his development here in the Wellington season. For him the season is finished now, and he has a few more weeks here to rest a little bit and enjoy the Florida sun before he goes home. Then we are looking forward and trying to take these things which we achieved and developed here together with us to Europe.”

Second-placed Vanommeslaghe was pleased with her conclusion to the five-star week with Edison, the 13-year-old KWPN gelding by Glock’s Johnson TN that she rode to a freestyle victory at AGDF 5.

Third-placed Matute Guimón relished the opportunity to ride in the atmospheric jumping arena with Quantico, his 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games mount, as well as in the class with his sister Paula.

Lyle and Salvino Are Unbeatable

Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Salvino made it two wins from two starts in AGDF 7 when claiming the Grand Prix Special CDI5*, presented by Havensafe Farm. The 15-year-old stallion by Sandro Hit — part of the silver medal-winning USA team at the Tokyo Olympics — posted 79.511%, with a high score of 81.489% from judge Monique Peutz-Vegter.

Lyle finished 10 percentage points clear of second-placed Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén (SWE), who scored 69.617% with Devanto. Germany’s Christoph Koschel rounded out the international podium, claiming third, just a whisker behind Vilhelmson Silfvén, on 69.511% with the Lusitano gelding Favorito 11.

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Charlotte Jorst Makes Triumphant Return to AGDF with Kastel’s Nintendo

Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastel’s Nintendo ©susanjstickle.com.

Wellington, FL – Two high quality grand prix classes set the tone on the opening day of week five of the 2022 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL. Charlotte Jorst (USA) rode her own Kastel’s Nintendo to 72.579% and the top spot in the World Cup™ short Grand Prix, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty. At 18 years old, the stallion by Negro was the oldest in the field of 11 starters and emerged the unanimous winner across the five judges.

Duos with firm partnerships were the order of the day in this class. Second-placed Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu scored 71.895% on her long-time partner All In for second, while Spain’s Juan Matute Guimón finished third on Quantico with 70.447%.

“Nintendo feels better and better all the time,” enthused the 55-year-old Danish-born American rider, whose previous competitive outing with the horse was at Aachen, Germany in September 2021. “He’s more and more in front of my leg, he’s more and more up, and he loves the job. He’s so excited to be here; he’s happier than a clam.

“I think the two pirouettes with the one-times in between [were the highlight of the test], because he’s so straight in those ones and those pirouettes — you can come up that centerline and things just happen right after the other in this test. It was just wonderful,” added Jorst, who was riding the modified short version of the grand prix test in competition for the first time with Nintendo.

“I think it’s fun to do another test,” she said. “It’s fun that you do the canter depart and then up the centerline and you have to do the zigzag. The test is kind of nifty, so I’m good with it.”

Wandres and Bluetooth Remain Unbeaten

Frederic Wandres (GER) and Bluetooth OLD won the Grand Prix CDI4*, presented by Helgstrand Dressage. They emerged triumphant from the 10 starters to put an unassailable 73.565% on the scoreboard, with a high mark of 75.435%. The pair remains unbeaten in all three of their starts at AGDF 2022 so far.

“In week one he was a little bit tired,” said the 33-year-old, who works for Hof Kasselmann in Germany. “Today it was a little bit the opposite. I felt like he was more fresh, and I really liked that. Last time I competed in the World Cup Grand Prix and that’s a completely different test, completely different lines. I thought maybe I should go back once to the normal grand prix version, because all the last shows I did the short grand prix.

“Bluetooth is still a young grand prix horse, so it’s not always so easy to switch between these tests. And the normal grand prix version, which we rode today, is a very difficult test; we know that all. I think he’s overall a very elegant and shining horse with no real weak points. For sure the extensions and the piaffe/passage are something he developed very well,” added Wandres, who had a mistake in the one-time changes is an otherwise harmonious performance.

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Frederic Wandres Commands at AGDF to Qualify for Summit Farm Future Challenge Final

Frederic Wandres (GER) riding Dolciario. © SusanJStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – January 30, 2022 – Week three of the 2022 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) wrapped up on Sunday, January 30, with the second qualifiers of the Lövsta Future Challenge Young Horse Grand Prix Series and the Summit Farm Future Challenge Young Horse Prix St. Georges Series.  These classes aim to identify and nurture talented, up-and-coming young FEI horses. Grand finals for both classes take place during AGDF 11.

In unusually chilly conditions, first to go of eight small tour combinations, Germany’s Frederic Wandres, rode Hof Kasselmann’s Dolciario to the top spot in the Prix St. Georges with 72.156%. Both he and second-placed American rider Bianca Berktold — who partnered her own nine-year-old Charmeur mare, Imperial, to 72.009% — qualified for the final.

Eight-year-old Dolciario (by Danciano x Don Frederico) last appeared in the CDI ring at the six-year-old finals at Hagen in 2020 under the Czech Republic’s Eva Niklova. He and Wandres are a brand-new combination, as the horse was ridden by a colleague at Hof Kasselmann’s and Wandres only took over the reins when Dolciario arrived in Florida for AGDF.

“This was the first time we competed together, and it was a very great start,” said the 35-year-old Wandres, who is ranked 18th in the world on his top horse, Duke of Britain FRH. “We were the first starters in the class. That’s sometimes not easy, but we ended up very well. Dolciario was very relaxed with the atmosphere. It was a bit windy and there was enough going on to look at, but he was really focused and concentrated.”

The test was marred only by a muddled single flying change, but eights all over the rest of the sheet meant the overall marks stayed high enough for the win.

“The best parts were the whole trot tour, and the walk,” said Wandres. “The most expensive mistake was the broken flying change in the end of the extended canter, which was nearly not shown. There was a little bit of a miscommunication and he was not really listening maybe, but we have to get to know each other better and it is easy to prepare better for the next time.

“This series was a start for me and the horse. It’s very good because the other horses were also young horses. That’s something I really like. Now I would like to do some CDIs in the Small Tour,” added Wandres, who thinks Dolciario could be a useful small tour Nations Cup horse for Germany.

In the big tour class, Australian Olympian Kelly Layne snapped up a ticket to the final, riding Fernando to 70.490% at Intermediate II level. Ellen Trouillé’s 10-year-old gelding, by Foundation out of a Sandro Hit mare, was awarded a high mark of 73.382% from judge at H, Mariano Santos Redondo. Layne has been riding him since he was five.

“He was one of those horses that just followed the book,” said Wellington-based Layne. “When he was supposed to learn the flying change, he learned the flying change. He just learned it all like he’d already done it before. By the time he was seven, he was already up to green PSG. At eight he could do the piaffe and passage, but it’s still a little soon to go into the big classes with him. I still want him to get the exposure to the big atmosphere without putting the pressure on him.”

Layne competed in this class in AGDF 1 and was pleased with Fernando’s improvements since then.

“The flying changes were much more secure this week than two weeks ago, and I worked on getting the walk a bit more calm and being braver to let the rein out,” she explained. “He’s always a genius on the pirouettes, so I have to just set him up and let him do his job. I can always add more power to the piaffe/passage, but he was really secure and has amazing rhythm and tempo. As he gets stronger that will be a major feature, and I do believe that he is a big-time show horse. He doesn’t have any weakness in his body physically, and mentally he’s the horse that will go in the big stadium and do his job. They’re rare.”

Layne is a big fan of the developing horse classes: “I love this tour and being a part of it every year. It’s exciting putting horses of the same age a little bit against each other. It’s just a wonderful avenue, and I’m so excited,” she added.

Christina Vinios (USA) continued her unbroken winning streak with Five Rings Farm’s 18-year-old Deauville, by Del Gado. The Wellington-based rider topped the Intermediate II CDI3* with a new personal best of 67.559%. The pair is unbeaten in all four of their international starts, having first stepped into the CDI ring in AGDF 1. Ali Potasky (USA) continued her dominance of the small tour divisions at AGDF 2022, leading the Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3*, presented by VitaFlex. Riding Irintha, Kathy Priest’s nine-year-old mare by Everdale, she scored 71.850%, with a high artistic mark of over 78% from the judge at C, Janet Foy.

Sunday’s result marked the third win for the pair during AGDF 3, and they remain unbeaten in all six of their CDI starts this season.

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Lövsta Future Challenge Qualifying Series Kicks Off with High Scoring Win for Wandres at AGDF

Frederic Wandres (GER) on Harrods 3. ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 16, 2022 – The first week of the 2022 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, Florida wrapped up on Sunday, January 16, with the opening qualifiers of the Lövsta Future Challenge Young Horse Grand Prix Series and the Summit Farm Future Challenge Young Horse Prix St. Georges Series under brooding skies. Both classes aim to identify and nurture talented, up-and-coming young horses. Grand finals for both classes will be held during AGDF 11.

Germany’s Frederic Wandres capped a week already replete with winner’s sashes — both courtesy of his Grand Prix horse Bluetooth OLD — with victory in the Lövsta Future Challenge Young Horse Grand Prix Series competing in the FEI Intermediate II test. He rode the nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding Harrods 3 to 74.352%.

Wandres, who successfully competed Harrods at last year’s AGDF in Prix St. Georges, said: “I felt already last year that there is so much talent in him, and we just have to bring it into the arena now, which is sometimes not that easy. At home you feel what your horse can do, but to bring it inside is something else. But I’m super happy with him and he feels fantastic.

“For competing in the Intermediate II, you have to train all of the exercises step by step,” he continued. “Then you have to bring it all together, like a puzzle, and connect it. The piaffe-passage, the whole pirouettes, and the changes, that takes so much energy out of the horses — more than you expect sometimes. You have to do it step by step over the winter and then try to bring it together. The horse is getting more power by doing it.”

With threatening skies that would open up at the conclusion of competition, Wandres was confident that Harrods would be solid no matter what.

“He can handle nearly all kinds of weather. I thought the connection of the whole test was good. I had a small mistake in the two tempis, but that can happen to a young horse. I felt he was in front of me and willing to do everything,” added Wandres, who praised the Hochadel gelding’s good temperament. “I love him, and I think he’s exactly where he has to be.”

Kelly Layne (AUS) filled the runner-up spot with a 72.381% test on Ellen Trouillé’s 10-year-old Foundation gelding, Fernando. She went one better in the Summit Farm Future Challenge Young Horse Prix St. Georges class, winning it from last draw with 67.734% on the nine-year-old Safira 66. The mare is another owned by Trouillé, who bought her at the Hanoverian auction in Germany.

“She’s always been scared about things on the ground and nervous even of the rider, so you have to be really careful,” explained Layne, who competed Samhitas at the Tokyo Olympic Games. “Safira is super sensitive to ride, and you have to be gentle. I just coaxed her round out there today to give her a good experience, and I’m thrilled that we are the winners. It wasn’t really expected, but I think that’s the quality of horse I’m sitting on. I can’t believe in my life that I get to sit on a horse like that. She’s like flying a kite, and it feels like you’re going to lift off any second.”

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

Frederic Wandres and Bluetooth OLD Transmit Winning Signal with Freestyle Personal Best at AGDF

Frederic Wandres (GER) and Bluetooth OLD. ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 14, 2022 – The first “Friday Night Stars” evening freestyle of the 2022 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, Florida did not disappoint. The highlight class of week one, the FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Lövsta Stuteri, produced top-drawer dressage, personal bests galore, and a winning score of over 81%.

The 34-year-old German rider Frederic Wandres pulled off another powerful, supple, and enchanting performance for 81.065% aboard Elena Knyaginicheva and Sergey Knyaginichev’s 12-year-old Bordeaux gelding Bluetooth OLD, who only started international grand prix in the spring of 2021.

Anna Buffini (USA) rode her own FRH Davinia La Douce, by Don Frederico, into second place, and Ashley Holzer (USA) finished third on Dr. Diane Fellows’s Hochadel mare Havanna 145 (77.25%).

“I felt super tonight,” said Wandres, who also topped the Grand Prix and whose freestyle was made by Michael Erdmann. “My best score was 79% in Aachen in the four-star CDI, but today 81% is really something fantastic and incredible.”

Jennifer Williams’s Millione Records Second Win with Personal Best Freestyle Score

It was nip and tuck in a high-quality tussle for the top spot in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI4*, presented by CabanaCoast. Both Jennifer Williams (USA) and Susan Pape (GBR) scored over 77%, but it was Williams who emerged triumphant, taking her prize-money earnings to $5,500 in 24 hours.

Riding the 19-year-old gelding Millione, who is six years older than any of his challengers, Williams pulled off a career-high score of 77.175% — with Pape trailing by just 0.17 percentage points aboard Harmony’s Eclectisch. This was the second career personal best set by the Millione Partners’ gelding Millione, by Milan, in two days.

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Frederic Wandres Victorious after Nail-Biting Finish

Day two of Olympia, The London International Horse Show promised to be a spectacle and it certainly lived up to expectations. The FEI Dressage World Cup™ Grand Prix Freestyle supported by Horse & Hound was won by Germany’s Frederic Wandres on his chestnut gelding, Duke of Britain, in a nail-biting finish.

Ahead of the start of the Show’s evening performance, the top eight Service Show Jumpers competed in the Services Jumping Championship. After a closely fought two rounds it was LCpl Laura Charley from 16 Signals Regiment and Vice Versa who took the spoils, with the Royal Navy’s Petty Officer Sophie Fuller and Infinaty and LCpl Holly Hall of 254 Medical Regiment, The Royal Logistics Corps and WKD San Remo slotting into second and third places, respectively.

After the presentation of the awards for the Services Jumping Championship, the crowd was treated to a mesmerising display of natural horsemanship by Spaniard, Santì Serra, who is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished equestrian artists in Europe. Through an astonishing level of trust and confidence, the 30-year-old “Horse Whisperer” from Barcelona demonstrated his extraordinary talent of controlling three of his horses with his mind and body. The Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National was won by Alfie Diaper and Damerham Briar Lilly.

Duke Demonstrates His Class

The result could not have been closer with two riders finishing on an equal score in the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Grand Prix Freestyle supported by Horse & Hound. The win, however, was awarded to Frederic Wandres and Duke of Britain (80.030%), the first German combination to win the World Cup leg in London. The pair headed the class by virtue of higher artistic marks, meaning British favourite Charlotte Dujardin and Hawtins Delicato had to settle for second place.

Dujardin and ‘Del’ were the first to set the competition alight with their expressive kur set to the familiar compilation from ‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ a freestyle which was first performed by Dujardin on Valegro in 2011. Frederic and Duke, third in last night’s Grand Prix, were, however, always going to be a threat and the pair did not disappoint, performing a fluent and mistake free test with a high degree of difficulty. The attractive chestnut, like Delicato, is also British bred and did not miss a beat, willingly performing canter pirouettes to tempi changes and passage to extended trot and back.

“For me to reach the magical 80% is a dream come true, especially in the company of these riders,” said Wandres, who attributes much of his success to the solid temperament of Duke, who is by the well-known stallion Dimaggio and was bred near Windsor by Tony and Sarah Pidgley .

“I trust Duke totally – I could ride him in any arena anywhere and as long as I don’t make a mistake; he won’t make a mistake,” said Wandres, who is now fourth in the FEI World Cup™ ranking.

Dujardin was equally delighted with her ride on ‘Del’.

“Yesterday he was a bit sticky in the arena so today I was better prepared,” said Dujardin, who was taking Del though only his second ever freestyle.

“He is still relatively inexperienced, and nothing can prepare you or your horse for the atmosphere of this arena – which is just the best and there is no show like it,” said Dujardin. “All I really wanted to do was come away with a positive experience, so I couldn’t be any more pleased.”

Dutch Olympian Hans Peter Minderhoud was not quite as happy, having to settle for third place with the young breeding stallion Glocks Dream Boy (77.990%) who sadly, like many others, made some technical mistakes, which ultimately proved too expensive in the loss of marks.

British rider Hayley Watson-Greaves and her longstanding partner Rubins Nite delighted the home crowd with a fluent and assured freestyle that put them in fourth place.

The FEI Dressage World Cup™ series of qualifiers continues through to next April when the final takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden (3-7 April).

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