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.