Lisa Wilcox and Denzello (Peter Martin-Turner/Spidge Photo for Shannon Brinkman Photography)
Wilcox Second in Grand Prix Special
Hickstead, United Kingdom – The United States produced improved performances in the Grand Prix Special on Saturday at CDIO3* Hickstead to earn a fourth-place finish in FEI Nations Cup competition. The team of Lisa Wilcox, Brian Hafner, Katherine Bateson-Chandler, and Susie Dutta finished on score of 414.611 in the competition that combined scores from the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special.
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Wilcox (Loxahatchee, Fla.) led the U.S. on Saturday with Betty Wells’ 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Denzello, finishing second place overall. The pair had marked improvement over the Grand Prix posting a score five points higher after earning 71.608% in Grand Prix Special.
Hafner (Penngrove, Calif.) and his own and Rebecca Hafner’s Lombardo LHF earned a score of 70.275%. The 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding finished the Grand Prix Special in 11th place.
Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Jane Clark’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Wellnetta, finished Saturday in 15th place on a score of 69.569%.
Dutta (Wellington, Fla.) rounded out the U.S. effort on Saturday finishing on a score of 66.118% with Tim Dutta Inc.’s 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Currency DC, in 25th place.
Denmark was the winner of CDIO3* Hickstead’s Nations Cup on a score of 420.307, with Great Britain finishing second on a score of 418.049 and Sweden collected third place honors with a score of 415.984.
Great Britain’s Carl Hester and Dances With Wolves were the winners of the Grand Prix Special on a score of 71.922%.
By Helen Murray
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