Shelly Francis and Danilo. Photo © SusanStickle.com.
Wellington, FL – March 14, 2019 – The second day of competition for the FEI Nations Cup™ CDIO 3* presented by Stillpoint Farm at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) saw a victory and a gold medal for the United States team with 437.693 points. The Canadian team took silver with 433.685 points, and team Germany took the bronze with 402.724 points. This was the second day of team competition, and the teams will be honored in their medal ceremony during the “Friday Night Stars” competition on March 15.
The U.S. riders secured their victory after strong performances in the FEI Intermediate 1* CDIO3* and FEI Grand Prix Special CDIO3* both presented by Stillpoint Farm.
Lauren Asher Won the Gold Medal in FEI Grand Prix 16-25 CDIO-U25
In the FEI Grand Prix 16-25 CDIO-U25 presented by Diamante Farms, Lauren Asher (USA) and West Side, a 16-year-old KWPN gelding by Florett AS owned by Select Equine International, rode to a win with a score of 70.051%, taking home her second gold medal after helping her U.S. team to gold on Wednesday.
“I always try and come into a competition with an open mind,” said Asher. “When you compete, you want to do your absolute best, but I never have the attitude that ‘Hey, I want to be on top.’
“I don’t want to put an expectation on it; I just want to have the best possible ride that I can with the horse at that moment,” continued Asher. “I think it’s just a compilation of things really. Being prepared, having a good setup, and the management at home. I’m really fortunate I have a super team behind me.”
Naima Moreira Laliberte (CAN) and I Do Kiss took the silver medal with a score of 69.564%. “I found him, and I thought, ‘I love him.’ There’s something in him that touches my gut feeling and my heart,’” said Laliberte of the 13-year-old SWB stallion by French Kiss x Idonna owned by KML S.A.R.L. “For me that’s the most important thing when you find a partner.”
For more information and a full list of results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.