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Julia Krajewski in the Lead after Dressage of the CCI 4*-L Equi Action

© Comité Equestre de Saumur / Photos Les Garennes.

The Verrie racecourse hosted the second part of the CCI 4*-L Equi Action dressage test. And what a second part, capable of upsetting the ranking of the day before! The Italian Stefano Brecciaroli is relegated to provisional seventh place, ahead of an impressive array of French riders, and a German rider, Julia Krajewski, who put all these gentlemen in agreement. On an average of 75.32% (24.7 penalties), the rider, riding Amande de B’neville, is ahead of the Frenchmen Thomas Carlile and Birmane (74.84%, 25.2 penalties) and Nicolas Touzaint on Eboli (72.54%, 27.5 penalties). Eight couples (out of thirty-four) thus finish the dressage with an average of over 70%, which demonstrate the level of entries for this last French CCI 4*-L before Tokyo.

On Saturday, the riders of the CCI 4*-L Equi Action will meet on the cross-country course created by Pierre Michelet. First departure at 12:15 p.m. Live broadcast on SC Sport (www.saumur.org).

Start-lists and results here.

A word from Julia Krajewski (GER):

“I am of course very happy to be at the top of the provisional classification at the end of the dressage. Amande de B’neville had a very good session. She is a mare that can stress, so you have to be careful not to asking too much of her, while constantly sending her positive signals. Today, she was really with me and relaxed during the session. For the other tests, I am more relaxed: it is a very good jumper and above all a real cross-country machine. She has never raced a CCI 5* before and is still in full development: Saumur Complet gives her a very good experience. About the cross-country course of tomorrow, which I have ‘walked’ today, it seems to me very interesting. The time allotted is accessible; it is sufficiently technical; it will be necessary to ask the right questions and undoubtedly to give a breather to the horses on long gallops, in particular towards the 8-9 minutes. I did not know the cross country of the Saumur Complet before, then I studied the videos I found on YouTube. I am very satisfied: the elements I was expecting are indeed on the course of tomorrow! Despite everything, we will have to be very focused and constantly anticipating.”

Saumur Complet: Good Start for Italy’s Stefano Brecciaroli

© Comité Equestre de Saumur / Photos Les Garennes.

First of the three events of the CCI 4 * -L Equi Action of the Saumur Complet, the dressage welcomed the first twenty-one competitors. With the score of 70.87% (29.1 penalties), the Italian Stefano Brecciaroli on Bolivar Gio Granno takes the lead of the (very) provisional classification. He is ahead of the Dutch Raf Kooremans on Dimitri N.O.P. (70.08%; 29.9 penalties) and the squire of the Cadre Noir de Saumur, Arnaud Boiteau (68.89%; 31.1 penalties) on Quoriano IFCE.

On Friday, the second half of the participants will take their turn for the dressage. In particular, some important stars for the French clan are expected, including Nicolas Touzaint and Eboli at 12:22, Karim Laghouag and Triton Fontaine at 12:47, Gwendolen Fer and Romantic Love at 13:17, or even Nicolas Astier and Babylon de Gamma at 13:25. Live broadcast on SC Sport (www.saumur.org).

Start-lists and results here.

A word from Stefano Brecciaroli (ITA):

“This first day of dressage was very good for Bolivar and me. Bolivar was very attentive in the arena, despite his young age (10 years). He answered everything I asked of him perfectly, while he could have been over-awed by this impressive arena… Horses can be nervous, can heat up due to the surroundings, but Bolivar was comfortable. This is the second CCI 4*-L he’s competing in here at Saumur Complet. For his first CCI 4*-L, last October at Montelibretti, he took fifth place; unfortunately, our momentum was lost due to the cancellation of many dates and the participation of the CCI 4*-L Equi Action of Saumur Complet will enlighten us to the confirmed potential of Bolivar.”

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino Capture FEI Grand Prix CDI 4* Win at TIEC

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino ©Sharon Packer.

Mill Spring, NC – April 23, 2021 – Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Salvino produced a score of 77.913% and claimed the FEI Grand Prix CDI 4* at Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort (TIEC) to open Tryon Spring Dressage 1 CDI 4* competition and the 2021 Dressage season at the venue. The week also serves at the first CDI 4* competition hosted at TIEC, and is the first such competition hosted in the United States outside of Wellington, FL in the past five years. In reserve, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (USA) and Rassing’s Lonoir, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding (De Noir x Lorani x Loran) owned in partnership with Mary Anne McPhail, danced to a score of 73.261% to earn second place honors, while Chris von Martels (CAN) and Eclips, the 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Apache x Kebora x Olympic Ferro) owned in partnership with Barbara Soederhuizen, claimed the remaining podium spot with a third-place score of 70.522%.

Lyle, who most recently combined with the 2007 Hanoverian stallion (Sandro Hit x Dynastie x Donnerhall) owned by Juliano LLC to win both the FEI Grand Prix CDI 4* and Grand Prix Special CDI 4* this month in Wellington, continued her winning streak Friday in Tryon Stadium.

“I’m happy with him overall. He was a little bit distracted going in today. I think quite a few of them were, which is one of the reasons it’s good to change our show venue,” Lyle detailed, returning to TIEC as a competitor for the first time since the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. “Everyone shows a lot at the same place, and the weather here is dramatically cooler than what we’ve used to by about 60 degrees, so I think the horses have been really fresh these last two days. Getting their brains back in the game took a little bit of work, but he still pulled off a clean test. He’s so reliable that way in that regardless of what is going on, he’ll be there and do what I ask of him.”

Speaking to her current winning streak at the CDI 4* level, Lyle emphasized that she is still looking ahead to Sunday’s Grand Prix Special while taking a minute to enjoy a win. “To win this is super, and we’re really thankful to get to be here, and it’s wonderful that [the show was upgraded to] a 4*. That’s great for us to have more opportunities like this here. Our sights are really set on the Special,” Lyle continued. “That’s the big test for us, so of course we’re happy to have a good test today, but we’re not sitting on that, not resting on that, and we’re looking forward to Sunday because that’s the one that really counts for us.”

After coaching last fall at TIEC, Lyle is grateful to be back in the irons as a competitor, noting how fortunate it is that competition is able to safely continue. “It’s great to be back. This is absolutely one of my favorite venues in the world to show at, and I always love being up here in these beautiful mountains. Like always, we’re so thankful to be able to be doing this right now when so much of the world is locked down, so we thank everyone who makes that possible.”

For more info and results, visit www.Tryon.com.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show 2021 Moves to ExCeL London

Olympia, The London International Horse Show’s 2021 edition will relocate to ExCeL London and take place from Thursday 16 to Monday 20 December 2021.

The Olympia London venue in West Kensington, which has been home to the iconic horse show for the last 49 years, is currently undergoing a re-development plan. As a result of COVID-19, the building activity for the re-development programme has accelerated. The revised construction programme will restrict the use of the venue for events in December 2021, hence the decision to move the Christmas horse show from Olympia London to ExCeL London.

Simon Brooks-Ward, Event Director, commented: “We are very pleased that we are able to stage the event at ExCeL London. This modern venue offers us the opportunity to build on all the aspects of the Christmas horse show that our visitors, hospitality guests, sponsors, competitors, and officials know and love. The scope and flexibility of ExCeL will enable us to add exciting new features and will allow a larger arena with integrated hospitality.

“Our 90,000 strong audience can expect to see the best international competition, including three FEI World Cup Qualifiers in Jumping, Dressage, and Driving, alongside the usual wonderful mix of international equestrian displays, The Kennel Club Dog Agility, The Shetland Pony Grand National, and of course, the Christmas Finale.

“ExCeL will offer our horse show customers excellent facilities, first class restaurants, fast digital connection, multiple parking spaces, and a relaxing environment for Christmas present buying in the Show’s renowned Shopping Village.

“Our partners, sponsors, and exhibitors including the FEI, British Equestrian, and Longines are all supportive of the move and are looking forward to seeing a new version of the Show at ExCeL.”

The London International Horse Show
www.londonhorseshow.com
Niki McEwen / nmcewen@revolutionworld.com / +44 (0)203 176 0355

ExCeL London
www.excel.london
Lucy Merritt / lucymerritt@excel.london / +44 (0)7793 305 736

OLYMPIA London
www.olympia.london
Sandra Porto / sandraporto@olympia.london / +44 (0)207 598 2777

Jorst Concludes AGDF 2021 with Victory in FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – April 4, 2021 – The 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) resumed its final day of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL on Sunday, April 4. Victory and a personal best score went to Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastel’s Nintendo in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty.

Jorst and Kastel Denmark’s 2003 KWPN stallion by Negro rode to a “Pirates of the Caribbean”-themed freestyle, highlighting the horse’s big movement and showcasing his talent for the piaffe and passage. The test ultimately won them a 77.400%. “It feels great to hit a personal best,” began Jorst “but to be honest, now it has me wanting more!”

She continued, “I’ve had lessons with Debbie [McDonald] this week, and that has really seemed to help me finesse those little things that needed to be finessed. He was great in the Grand Prix, so yesterday I just walked him out. Today, I just warmed up a little beforehand to keep him fresh. He loves it, and he really loves his job.”

The pair, based on the West Coast for the remainder of the year, has enjoyed Florida this season and Jorst admitted that each season she likes it more and more. “This season I’ve been here longer than I ever have in the past,” she explained. “There’s just so much kindness here. I feel like in this community in Florida is one family. For me, this has been an incredible season full of personal growth and friendships. It’s really been an incredible season for me on all fronts, and it never ceases to amaze me how incredibly supportive this community is.”

The FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle CDI3* was topped by Dongseon Kim (KOR) and his own Lord Nunes, a 2012 Rheinlander stallion by Lord Loxley I, who earned a 72.850%. Second place went to Elaine Cordia Van Reesema (USA) on her own 2010 KWPN gelding, Fellow (Amazing Star), earning a score of 70.075%. Third was rounded out by Spain’s Paula Matute Guimon on Deborah Ann Berger’s 2005 Hanoverian gelding by White Star, Legacy’s Walentino, with 69.150%.

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Yvonne Losos De Muñiz Rides to Second Personal Best Score of Week at AGDF

Yvonne Losos De Muñiz and Aquamarijn ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – April 3, 2021 – It was Yvonne Losos De Muñiz (DOM) and Aquamarijn who notched another victory on Saturday, April 3, at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), this time in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 4*, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, after riding to yet another personal best score of 80.745%.

“Right now I think I’m still on cloud nine,” said Losos De Muñiz after her performance with the 2005 KWPN mare by United. “The whole week has been incredible. As I mentioned yesterday, I am incredibly satisfied in knowing that the training is working, that I’m on and she’s on.”

She continued, “I’m thrilled where I ended up. I’ve reached all of my personal goals, and right now I’m exactly where I wanted to be going into this next part of training while setting up for the Olympics, so I’m going to go on vacation now! This season I made my freestyle more difficult, and there was a period of time once or twice after riding it that I have been tempted to back off and tone it down, but I knew that if I could ride it at home then I could ride it here. I just needed to figure out the amount of pressure where, when, and how, and today I figured it out. We nailed it, and it was such a cool feeling going down that center line, and I just wanted to cheer the whole way. It’s really an amazing feeling when you’re at that point with your equine partner; there is no other feeling in the world. It’s pretty amazing.”

Losos De Muñiz also credited the quality and atmosphere of the AGDF venue, saying, “The atmosphere here [at AGDF] is amazing, and while I know that there are other incredible venues out there, I think that this venue here offers us so much in every aspect. I couldn’t ask for a better place to compete throughout the winter.”

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Losos de Muñiz and Aquamarijn Earn Victory in FEI Grand Prix CDI4* for Freestyle

Yvonne Losos De Muñiz and Aquamarijn ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – April 2, 2021 – Week 12 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) continued on Friday, April 2, with a win for Yvonne Losos De Muñiz (DOM) and Aquamarijn in the FEI Grand Prix CDI4* for Freestyle, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Losos De Muñiz and the 2005 KWPN mare by United rode to a personal best score of 74.196%. “I’m through the roof,” she began. “I think it’s one of the first times in my riding career with her that I’ve actually gone in and have had the control, the relaxation, the activity, all of those words that we use and search for in dressage, I actually went in there and went ‘WOW, I’ve got it. Now what do I do with it?’”

The pair was originally supposed to be competing at the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final in Sweden this week, but after it was cancelled, Losos De Muñiz and the mare regrouped. “Because we had all of that time off last year due to COVID,” she explained, “our buildup was for the World Cup Final. It’s such a satisfaction for me to see that my training, my planning, is peaking now when the Final would be taking place. I never thought I’d get a 74% with her; she’s a bit of a difficult character, but it all fell into place today. It’s just years and years of practice and trial and error. It all just lined up for us. She was in there saying, ‘Yes ma’am, how much do you want from me?’ and that was an amazing feeling.”

Though Losos De Muñiz originally tried the mare while searching for a horse for a client, she quickly decided to make the purchase with her husband. “In the beginning,” she remarked, “she gave me a lot of power, and I knew that if I could get that on my side it would be amazing. We decided to try, but I never saw her as my top horse. I always saw her as my backup, because we always need that, but I thought she’d be a cool one to bring up the levels. She’s gone from my backup [horse] to my number one. She’s very opinionated, but I am too. In the beginning we did clash, but I got over that quickly. It’s the coolest thing when you’ve got such a powerhouse with such an opinion, who is on your side going, ‘Let’s do more!’ She’s there knowing her job and wants to do it right, and that’s a great feeling.”

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino Return to Competition with Winning Ways at AGDF 12

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – April 1, 2021 – The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival continued on Thursday, April 1, marking a top placing for the USA’s Adrienne Lyle and Salvino in the FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI4*, presented by Adequan®.

It was Betsy Juliano LLC’s 2007 Hanoverian stallion by Sandro Hit that concluded the day with the highest honors in the International Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s (PBIEC) Equestrian Village, highlighting the stallion’s return to competition for the first time in over a year.

“It felt amazing,” began Lyle. “He just never ceases to amaze me with his heart; that horse has a bigger heart than any animal on this planet, I think. He’s just proven time and time again that he’ll be there when I need him to be there if we listen to him and don’t overdo it. We waited to come out last year until later in the season and it worked, so we decided to wait again this year, and so far, it’s off to a good start. Hopefully, we can put in a few more performances like that leading up to the summer.”

The pair put in an outstanding performance, ending the ride with a personal best score of 80.065%. “He felt really fit and fresh,” explained Lyle, “and was even squealing a little going around the outside of the ring like he was really fired up. I like him to be in that spot where he’s really excited to go in there.”

She continued, “I actually started crying after the ride, which I hardly ever do. He didn’t put a foot out of place, and he’s so amazing. I could tell he was excited and fresh. We haven’t been in there in over a year, and when he went down centerline, he focused and knew it was time to put everything aside. He really knows how to be there for you, and not many horses are like that. You don’t get to sit on many of those in a lifetime.”

The FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI3*, presented by Ashley Holzer of Southgate Farm with longtime friends and co-sponsors P. J. Rizvi and Dr. Diane Fellows, was topped by Susan Dutta (USA) on Figeac DC, Tim and Susan Dutta’s 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Fackeltanz, with a 70.630%. Second place was awarded to Jessica Howington (USA) on her own 2007 KWPN mare, Cavalia, by Sir Donnerhall I, riding to a score of 68.522%. Third place was captured by another USA rider, Alice Tarjan, aboard her own 2010 Hanoverian mare by Christ, receiving a 67.457%.

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Final Week of AGDF 2021 Commences with Win for Dongseon Kim and Lord Nunes

Dongseon Kim and Lord Nunes ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 31, 2021 – The 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) resumed competition with AGDF 12 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL on Wednesday, March 31. Victory in the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI3* went to Dongseon Kim (KOR) and his own Lord Nunes.

Kim and the 2012 Rheinlander stallion by Lord Loxley I rode to a score of 67.441% to clinch the blue ribbon in the first class of the final week. “Today I really focused on preparing all of my corners,” explained Kim, “and riding a slower tempo because it’s been a little quick, so I wanted to develop more cadence. All of those things went very well, but I also made some silly mistakes on my part. When those small details come together, I think it will be a really solid test.”

Kim has been very successful at the Small Tour levels with the stallion, which he has brought up the levels after partnering with it as a five-year-old. He said, “I brought four horses here, two from Korea and two from Europe, and I was especially happy because I’ve had Lord Nunes since he was five and I developed him a lot by myself. It’s really meaningful that a horse can come from Korea all the way here to the USA and still perform well and be as successful as he’s been.”

In the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI1*, Pablo Gomez Molina (ESP) rode Servus Ymas, Cristina Danguillecourt and Yeguada De Ymas S.L.’s 2013 Hanoverian gelding by San Amour, to a 71.529% to capture the victory. Second place went to Bianca Tota (USA) on Imperial, her own 2013 KWPN mare by Charmeur, with 71.030%. Third was rounded out by Sarah Lockman (USA) on Balia, Summit Farm’s 2012 Westphalian mare by Belissimo, riding to an overall score of 70.765%.

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Moreira Laliberté and I Do Kiss Earn FEI Grand Prix Victory at AGDF 11

Naima Moreira Laliberté and I Do Kiss ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 29, 2021 – Competition continued at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) last week, welcoming horses and riders to Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center from Friday, March 26, through Sunday, March 28, for national-level competition. On Saturday, Canada’s Naima Moreira Laliberté topped the FEI Grand Prix with KML Inc’s I Do Kiss.

Moreira Laliberté and the 2006 Swedish Warmblood stallion by French Kiss rose to the occasion after producing a score of 68.260%. “For me,” she explained, “it was a good practice run to get in there and perfect a few things that I wanted to work on, such as putting the piaffes on the spot while staying active. I was aiming for a clean test which didn’t happen, but I do feel like sometimes the mistakes are necessary to improve and show me where I need to fine tune. I was happy that what we’ve been working on at home in the last week or two showed up in the competition arena this weekend, and that’s what makes me happy at the end of the day – having a plan and having it work out.”

The 24-year-old will now compete one last time at AGDF 12 before she moves on to planning for the remainder of the 2021 competition year, with sights set on the Tokyo Olympics. “The season has passed so fast,” she noted. “I showed almost every week, with different horses at different levels. I have some up-and-coming young ones as well. It was a good, productive season that helped me train some specific things and improve the overall performances in the ring.”

On Sunday, the Lövsta Future Challenge/Young Horse Grand Prix Series sported a win for Karen Pavicic (CRO) and Totem, a 2012 Hanoverian gelding by Totilas she owns with Thomas Baur. They scored 71.911%. Second place went to Charlotte Jorst (USA) and her 2011 KWPN stallion by Apache, Kastel’s Grand Galaxy Win, with a 70.661%.

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.