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Karen Pavicic Rides to Victory in FEI Intermediaire II CDI3*

Karen Pavicic and Totem ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 21, 2021 – Week ten of the 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) concluded on Sunday, March 21, with top honors for Karen Pavicic (CRO) and Totem after earning a 69.206% in the FEI Intermediaire II CDI3*.

Pavicic has had the 2012 Hanoverian gelding by Totilas that she co-owns with Thomas Baur since he was a foal. “He’s nine years old now,” she began, “so it’s been a nine-year journey with him to this point. He’s had a lot of success here at Global, starting in the FEI four-year-old on the national side of competition and then went up through the FEI five-, six-, and seven-year old classes here, and last year we did the small tour. We moved up to the medium tour this season, so he’s been very promising so far.”

Though her plans are still tentative based on the gelding’s progression, Pavicic noted: “I’m hoping to ride a national grand prix with him by the end of our competition season, and possibly do a CDI if we can, but it will really depend on him and how he’s doing. He still needs a little more confidence, particularly in his changes, but as soon as he’s ready I’d love to jump into that.”

Once the AGDF schedule comes to a close, Pavicic will head back to Vancouver, Canada and hopes to get to a few more shows before 2022 arrives. “There aren’t many shows in Canada this year, but I’m hoping to take in some CDIs there when he’s ready,” she concluded. “There are a few CDIs in California that I’d like to get to in October and November, and then we’ll head back to Florida.”

Second place in the FEI Intermediaire II CDI3* went to Pia Fortmuller (CAN) on Frieda, Lars Busch and Pia Fortmueller’s 2011 Hanoverian mare by Furstenball OLD, with 68.824%. Third was rounded out by Nicole Levy (USA) on Imposant MC, her own 2013 KWPN gelding by Bretton Woods, riding to a 61.735%.

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

Sabine Schut-Kery Leads West Coast Sweep in FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*

Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 20, 2021 –The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) continued on Saturday, March 20, with a second victory of the week for the USA’s Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo, this time in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by Iron Spring Farm. Schut-Kery rode Sanceo, Alice Womble’s 2006 Hanoverian stallion by San Remo, to a score of 75.660%, topping the competitive class by over two percentage points.

“Of course it’s amazing,” she remarked, “I don’t even know what to say! My heart always goes to Sanceo for pulling it off. I felt that there were some things that I could’ve done better today as I was riding, but then I also tried to just stay focused and make sure that I didn’t start making other mistakes. It really felt so amazing. He is always with me and always pulls it off. Obviously he can have a strong day with a high score, and a lower day, and so can I.”

The pair has won every class that they’ve competed in this season, coming all the way from California to test their talents and marking a few personal best scores along the way. Schut-Kery summarized, “It’s been amazing to be able to be here and compete, especially with so many places still shut down. I’m so grateful to be able to keep going. Especially for me – having a horse that is peaking in his age and in his training – to be able to come out here and compete, that’s wonderful. To be here surrounded by our [USA Dressage team’s] coaches with so much access to the wonderful vets, farriers, the entire high performance environment here – it is a unique place, and I’m grateful to be able to come here.”

Schut-Kery and the gelding will now head back to the west coast after their busy season. “I do feel like it’s time for a little break,” she said. “The horses do their job so well, but getting excited does put a little more performance pressure on them. I think he is ready to go home and relax for a while before we get back to it.”

Second place went to another West Coast rider, the USA’s Nick Wagman on Beverly Jean Gepfer’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Johnson TN, Don John, with a 73.340%. Third was rounded out by west coaster Anna Buffini (USA) on her own FRH Davinia la Douce, a 2007 Hannoverian mare by Don Frederico, with 69.936%.

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

Lyle Captures Individual Gold Medal in FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO3*

Adrienne Lyle and Harmony’s Duval ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 19, 2021 – Week ten of the 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) continued on Friday, March 19, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL with a winning ride for Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Harmony’s Duval in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm.

Lyle and Harmony’s Duval, Duval Partners LLC’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Rousseau, conquered the freestyle under the lights, riding to a score of 80.020%. “It was worth staying up past my bedtime!” she joked.

“There’s really nothing that compares to riding at Global on a Friday Night Stars,” continued Lyle. “It’s one of my favorite experiences in the horse world. To do this on Duval, who we had from when he was unbroke, all the way up to becoming an individual gold medalist here, is just really special. I’ve got an unbelievable group of owners that have supported me along the way.”

Lyle noted that her freestyle is from her previous mount Wizard in 2011 at Dressage at Devon, but thought it would fit well for her mount’s second ever freestyle.

“I wanted to go back to something I knew since Duval has done one freestyle in his life, so I could give him a good experience out there,” she explained.

Lyle and the gelding produced top performances all week, achieving the highest scores in both the grand prix and grand prix special before contesting the freestyle. “I started with the canter work with him [when planning the degree of difficulty]” she remarked. “I think he’s got some fun, powerful canter work. It’s not the most difficult freestyle out there nowadays. When I made it, they didn’t have the degree of difficulty score the way that they do now. But it still has double pirouettes [and] piaffe pirouettes, so it gets enough [degree of difficulty points]. I think it’s a really fun one; it doesn’t always have to be for him the most difficult every time he goes out.”

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

Germany Wins First FEI Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3* at AGDF

Michael Klimke and Domino 957 ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 18, 2021 – It was the second day of competition for the FEI Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup™ CDIO3* at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), and the team from Germany took home their first ever gold medal at the Wellington Nations Cup with 448.568% on Thursday, March 18. A hairsbreadth behind for the silver medal was the team from the United States, who earned 448.381%. Canada was awarded the bronze medal with 437.071%.

First in the ring for the Germans was Michael Klimke piloting Domino 957, Uwe Kappel’s 2012 Westphalian mare by Den Haag, to a score of 68.000% in the FEI Intermediaire I CDIO3*, which ultimately became the drop score for the team.

“First I want to say thank you to the organizers,” said Klimke. “It’s a very difficult time with the pandemic and the outbreaks, and the show has gone on perfectly organized. We all come from Germany and there is [no competition] going on there, so a big thanks from the German riders, the German team, and the German federation to the organizers. We are very, very happy to be sitting here.”

Klimke, who was also serving as the team’s Chef d’Equipe, noted the strength of the other three riders he was leading. “We have three top riders here. My mare was a little tired but the other three did a super, super job, and it was so close and we are more than happy that Germany won. Christoph and I have been here for eight years, and Germany has never won. Normally the Germans are only winning in Germany, so it makes us more happy and more proud.”

Kevin Kohmann rode Equitas LLC’s 2010 KWPN stallion by Amazing Star, Five Star, to two solid finishes in the Nations Cup classes on Wednesday and Thursday, concluding the FEI Intermediaire I CDIO3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm with a score of 74.206%.

“I’m super proud to represent Germany once again,” he explained. “Five Star just hasn’t let me down all season. Yesterday was his high score in the Prix St. Georges, so it felt especially good to do that with the team here with me. Super proud, super happy.”

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

Team Canada Conquers CDIO-U25 Nations Cup

Beatrice Boucher and Baldacci ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 17, 2021 – The 10th week of the 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) commenced on Wednesday, March 17, featuring the Nations Cup CDIO-U25 presented by Diamante Farms, and welcoming the first win for a Canadian U25 Team in five years of the Under 25 Nations Cup at AGDF.

First in the ring for Team Canada was Beatrice Boucher, who rode Camille and Gilles Bergeron’s 2006 KWPN gelding by Havidoff, Baldacci, to a score of 65.323%.

She began, “I just went in and tried my best to get through the test. It’s the first CDI that I’ve done with this horse, and I’ve only ridden him in two shows to qualify for this show, so I don’t know him very well in the show ring.”

It is the 23-year-old’s first season competing in the U25 division, and she noted that she wants to spend a bit more time perfecting her performance before heading the Grand Prix in a year or two. Of her first Nations Cup experience, Boucher said, “It’s really special to be on a team with these two riders, so it feels very exciting. They’re great teammates, and the whole experience has been fun.”

Second in for the Canadians was 21-year-old Vanessa Creech-Terauds riding Fleur De Lis L, Diane Creech and Louise Leatherdale’s 2009 Hanoverian mare by First Dance, earning a 66.529%.

The senior team CDIO contest is at the half-way mark, with four teams — the USA, Canada, Germany, and Australia — fighting for the spot atop the podium. Team Germany, consisting of Michael Klimke, Kevin Kohmann, Christoph Koschel, and Frederic Wandres, is in the lead with a score of 223.333.

The United States of America team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Benjamin Ebeling, Adrienne Lyle, and Jennifer Williams sits just behind in second with 222.370. Canada (Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu, Lindsay Kellock, Naima Moreira Laliberte, Chris Von Martels) waits in third with 217.848, while Australia trails behind on 192.239.

In the FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI3*, presented by Iron Spring Farm, the USA’s Sabine Schut-Kery won her third consecutive AGDF class with Alice Womble’s 2006 Hanoverian stallion by San Remo, Sanceo, earning a personal best score of 75.978%. Nick Wagman (USA) and Don John, Beverly Jean Gepfer’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Johnson TN, earned second place with a 73.196%. Third went to Anna Buffini (USA) on her own 2008 Hanoverian mare by Don Frederico, FRH Davinia la Douce, scoring a personal best of 71.348%.

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

Trunnell Triumphs after Earning World Record-Breaking Score at Perrigo CPEDI3*

Roxanne Trunnell and Dolton ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 15, 2021 – Perrigo CPEDI3* competition presented by Adequan® and Nutrena® concluded on Sunday, March 14, at week nine of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), with an impressive win for the U.S. team and a world record-breaking score of 83.334% for 2021 Whitney Stone Cup award winner Roxanne Trunnell (USA) in the FEI Para Individual Test Grade I.

Trunnell and Karin Flint’s 2012 Hanoverian gelding, Dolton (Danone I), have been partnered together for over two years and are currently sitting atop the FEI Para Dressage World Individual Ranking list, as well as the FEI Para Dressage World Individual Ranking-Grade I, and the FEI Para Dressage Paralympic Individual Ranking list. Trunnell and Dalton also posted strong scores of 80.119% in the Team Test and 83.500% in the Freestyle Test.

Of her world record-breaking score, Trunnell said, “It feels great to break a world record. Dolton is a very nice horse, and I am proud of him.”

Next up, the combination will head to the June CPEDI in Tryon, like many other North American para dressage riders hoping to make it onto teams for the Tokyo Paralympics. Trunnell noted, “I am looking forward to Tryon. Dolton really likes to compete there, and Tokyo will be fun if we get selected for the team.”

Lehua Custer Welcomes Win in National Grand Prix at AGDF 9

In national competition at AGDF 9, the USA’s Lehua Custer posted a win in the FEI Grand Prix on Saturday, March 13. Custer rode F. J. Ramzes, Wendy Sasser’s 2010 KWPN gelding by Juventus, to first place after earning a score of 69.456% from the judge at C.

“I felt like I focused on making him rideable throughout our test,” said Custer, “so we didn’t nail every movement the way that I wanted to. It’s so important to school him and to make him the horse that I know I can do that with. I trust him so much and know every detail, so now it’s just about finding that brilliance within the power without letting him take over.”

Custer and Sasser picked the gelding out as a yearling, and the U.S. bred KWPN has come up the levels with the 42-year-old as his guide. “He was actually bred at Cornell University; his sire and his dam were both donated to the University by Iron Spring Farm,” explained Custer. “They use the mares and stallions as a part of their veterinary program, and we picked him from a woman who had purchased him from the University.”

She continued, “The intention was for his owner Wendy to eventually take over the ride, but she kept entering us in competitions even after I got the foundation under him. I feel really lucky to continue to ride him and compete. We’ve moved up the levels, and it’s nice to be here now. We started schooling a bit of Grand Prix last spring, but then things got shifted around with COVID, so we decided to just take our time with things.”

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

Send Sahar & Whitman to the World Cup Final in Sweden

Photo by Susan J Stickle.

Israeli Sahar Daniel Hirosh and his longtime partner Whitman made history on Monday March 8th as the first ever Israeli dressage partnership to be invited to the FEI Dressage World Cup Final in Sweden this spring. He’s had a banner year this season in Wellington, and at 18 years old, Whitman has never been in better form. The total cost of overseas travel for horse and rider, especially factoring in quarantine procedures and costs to ensure both are safe from COVID-19 and the EVH-1 virus, will top out at close to $40,000.

Sahar’s generous sponsors and Whitman’s owners Salomon & Jane Suwalsky have already put up $10,000, and the FEI will be covering some costs. Sahar was totally surprised to be invited and so he’s humbly asking for your help to cover any costs and make this dream a reality.

He knows it is a tough time to be asking for donations, but even the smallest amount will be much appreciated any anything not required to fund his trip to Goteborg will be donated to the ASPCA to benefit horse, cat, and dog rescues.

Be a part of Whitman and Sahar’s journey to the top of the sport, and help send the first Israeli team to the World Cup Final.

Huge thank you to anyone who has or will support Sahar, especially Salomon & Jayne Suwalsky, the FEI, Whitman’s team of vets and grooms, Equinium Sports Marketing, and the community of riders and trainers in Wellington.

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LaGoy-Weltz and Rassing’s Lonoir Close Out AGDF 8 with Ticket to FEI World Cup Final

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Rassing’s Lonoir ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 7, 2021 – Week eight of the 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) concluded on Sunday, March 7, with another win for USA’s Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Rassing’s Lonoir in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Wellington Agricultural Services.

LaGoy-Weltz had her sights set on the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden and the ride secured her ticket for the North American League after earning another personal best, 83.570%.

“I think there was relief when we came down that final centerline,” admitted LaGoy-Weltz. “There was a small fear that since this was the last World Cup qualifier, something would go wrong, and you really just hope you make it to the end of the test.”

Though the pair was just on the cusp of 90% for their artistic marks, LaGoy-Weltz noted that she wasn’t sure how it went until the pair left the arena and she got feedback from her team.

“I don’t always know how it went,” she said. “I’ll come out like, ‘Was it good?’ and everyone’s like, ‘It was amazing!’ I think we are all such perfectionists, and we are always finding things here and there that could be better. He’s quite extravagant so I don’t always know what his legs are doing under me. When you come out and everyone is excited, there is relief. He’s such a special horse, and though he is getting older, it just seems like we are just getting better, and I feel very lucky that it’s going that way.”

LaGoy-Weltz didn’t alter her freestyle since the last time she rode it in the International Stadium, and explained her reasoning on keeping it the same, though she and the 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding by de Noir owned Mary Anne McPhail and LaGoy-Weltz do have other variations of it.

“It’s still the same pattern and the same music,” she commented. “Marlene Whitaker made it for us and it’s really still the first draft, but I feel like she got it quite good, and I like familiarity. We have versions with small tweaks, but I feel like I know this one well, and it works, so why change it? It’s quite a challenging pattern. There’s a lot in it, and it takes a lot of focus to ride, on his part and mine, but I like it a lot and I think Marlene did a fantastic job with all of it.”

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

Wagman Secures Second Victory of the Week aboard Don John at AGDF 8

Nick Wagman and Don John ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 6, 2021 – The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival continued on Saturday, March 6, marking another top placing this week for the USA’s Nick Wagman and Don John in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by The Dutta Corp. Wagman and Don John, Beverly Jean Gepfer’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Johnson TN, claimed another personal best, this time a 77.319%, which brought tears of joy to the Californian’s eyes after a week of winning performances.

“This one hasn’t sunk in yet,” revealed Wagman. “I think it’s going to take a moment to process this! I was more concerned about the rain all day and then to go and pull off a ride like this is just WOW! A lot of credit goes to him; he really pulled it together, and we didn’t let each other down… or I didn’t let him down; that’s a better way to put it.”

The middle of the class was put on an hour-long hold due to rain, and Wagman explained that “DJ” was hot in warmup, but handled it all like a pro.

Wagman reviewed, “I went in there and DJ was really hot in the warmup and it was a little muddy from the rain, but as soon as I went into that arena, he was just totally with me. I went in and was like, ‘Okay, we got this!’ For me, it’s just about trying to ride a clean test, and actually I think I pushed for a little more brilliance, and that all seemed to kind of fall into place today.”

The pair has been together for several years and began competing internationally together in 2015. Their partnership has had its share of obstacles, but Wagman noted that their journey together means more to him than he could truly comprehend.

“We’ve been through so much,” he expressed. “He’s just so amazing. I’m filled with emotion. We’ve come from first level to this. We have been through the wringer and back. Just when you think you’re back on track, something else happens, so we’ve just had this rollercoaster ride. It could all change tomorrow, but just to know that we really can do it feels amazing.”

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

Fuqua Earns USDF Silver Medal Same Week as a Top Finish in WEF 6’s Hunter Spectacular

Fuqua and Grand Remo in the 2021 WCHR Peter Weatherhill Hunter Spectacular (Photo by Elegant Equus Photography)

Atlanta, GA (March 6, 2021) – Kat Fuqua attained in just a week what many top professionals rarely achieve: victory at the international level in two very distinct disciplines. Thirteen-year-old Fuqua was one of the top 3 Juniors jumping with the pros in the $50,0000 WCHR Peter Weatherhill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular during week 6 of the Winter Equestrian Festival with her multiple Horse of the Year Champion Grand Remo, finishing just out of the top 12 under the training of Jimmy Torano, JET Show Stable. She then flew to her hometown of Atlanta for a two week break, but not quite. She and the aptly named KWPN Dream Girl rode an FEI Prix St. Georges test at the Atlanta Olympic Equestrian Park, earning their final required score for their USDF Silver Medal.

Each hunter division during WEF 6, including the ponies, horses, Juniors, and professionals, awards the best in class; the Champion and Reserve Champion of the divisions at 3’6″ and above are invited to compete in Saturday night’s prestigious Hunter Spectacular, an honor for riders of any level. Fuqua qualified as the top World Hunter rider that week for the second year in a row. In 2020 she rode Champion Cornell 22 and Reserve Champion Consent with the top professionals in the spectacular. This year she once again improved upon her previous performances, scoring 85, 83, and 80 with Grand Remo. Finishing 16th out of 32 top world Champions, Fuqua could not rest on her laurels in the hunter arena.

Back at her home Collecting Gaits Farm in Atlanta, Fuqua changed gears and core competencies to school her FEI dressage horse Dream Girl with trainer Jason Canton. The trio, plus Kat’s parents, ventured to the Good Horseman Spring Show at the Centennial Olympic Equestrian Center in Conyers, site of the 1996 Atlanta Games. Having only first debuted officially in dressage in 2020, Fuqua’s training has nevertheless been dressage based from day one. Under Canton’s tutelage, the pair received their Bronze Medal in 2020 and competed at the US Dressage Festival of Champions as their fourth show ever. On February 28th in Atlanta, Fuqua and Dream Girl were the Champion FEI JR/YR, Reserve Champion FEI rider, received their second score required to for their USDF Silver Medal in the FEI Prix St. Georges, and won the class with a 66.324%.

“Kat has that versatility to swap from upper level dressage to international hunters with ease,” said Canton, himself a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist since 1988. “It’s been really interesting to teach her to hone those aids for a completely different discipline.”

“I’m really proud and happy with my results in the Spectacular,” said Fuqua. “It’s been my goal to compete in that class since 2017, and I’m so proud of Remo and how we have progressed. Dream Girl really is a dream, it’s been really fun and good for my riding to try new things and learn different techniques. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to ride and show as much as I do, and to have the support from my family and trainers.”

With 2020 drawing at a close, Fuqua also racked up numerous USEF Horse of the Year (HOY) awards in January, and kicked off a series of wins with her new equitation horse. Consent was 2020 USEF Horse of the Year Grand Champion Junior Hunter 15 & Under and Horse of the Year Champion Small Junior Hunter. Grand Remo won both 2020 USEF Horse of the Year Champion Large Junior Hunter and Horse of the Year Reserve Champion Junior Hunter. At the 2020 National Horse Show, Kat also cleaned up in the hunters, taking National Grand Junior Champion, Large Junior Champion 15 & Under, and Small Junior Champion 15 & Under.

Kat Fuqua’s passion for horses is reflected not only in her highly decorated, multi-discipline results, but also in the joy and dedication she shows each time she swings into the saddle. Based out of Atlanta, Georgia and under the guidance of trainer Jimmy Torano for hunter/jumpers and Jason Canton for dressage, every aspect of Fuqua’s riding, training, and show career reflects a unique ardor for equines and horse sport. She balances her equestrian lifestyle with attendance as a full-time 7th grade student at Holy Innocence Episcopal School and takes pride in developing alongside her horses. In addition to riding, Kat enjoys spending time with her school friends and her favorite subject is French.

For more information on Kat Fuqua (pronounced foo-quay), visit her website at www.KatFuqua.com.

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