Mill Spring, NC - The second international dressage competition of the 2017 season commenced today at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), featuring both Small Tour and Large Tour competition in the George H. Morris Arena. Alexandra Duncan (CAN) and Vitall championed the FEI Grand Prix presented by Adequan®, earning a 65.600% to capture the win.
Competition continues tomorrow, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and highlighting the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Adequan® at 4:20 p.m. in the George H. Morris Arena, followed by the Gladiator Polo™ "Battle for South Carolina" presented by Coca-Cola® at 8:00 p.m.
Duncan and her own Vitall, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Ferro x Jarelle x Aram) entered the CDI ring today for the first time together in two years after the horse suffered an injury to his splint bone, which resulted in a lengthy surgery and rehabilitation.
"It felt good to be back," commented Duncan. "I was pretty happy with him today. We had a few small mistakes. Today he had some highlights in the passage, the two tempis were nice. I was pleased with the extended trot as well. Just the overall feel he gave in there today was great. He was really present and with me."
Duncan, now based in Loxahatchee, FL, purchased the gelding when he was a five-year-old from Germany. The pair will continue on with competition in hopes of representing Canada at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 next September here at TIEC.
Duncan and Vitall will be back to contest competition on Sunday in FEI Grand Prix Special, as they decided to forgo the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle this weekend. "We will go into that class with a positive attitude, and work on tidying up the mistakes we've made today. My main goal is to go in and have fun with him," she concluded.
Molly Paris (USA) and her own Countess, a 2002 Danish Warmblood mare (Don x Compeed x Solos) finished in second place with a score of 64.360%, ahead of Elizabeth Austin (USA) and Steeped In Luck, a 2003 Irish Draught stallion (Mount Diamond Flag x Steeple View) owned by Keith Douglas, who collected third place on a score of 63.680%.
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FEI Grand Prix CDI-W presented by Adequan® Results
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total %
1. Alexandra Duncan (CAN), Vitall, 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Ferro x Jarelle x Aram, owned by Alexandra Duncan: 66.300%, 66.600%, 66.600%, 64.300%, 64.200%, 65.600%
2. Molly Paris (USA), Countess, 2002 Danish Warmblood mare by Don x Compeed x Solos, owned by Molly Paris: 63.800% 64.000%, 66.100%, 64.100%, 63.800%, 64.360%
3. Elizabeth Austin (USA), Steeped In Luck, 2003 Irish Draught stallion by Mount Diamond Flag x Steeple View, owned by Keith Douglas: 62.700%, 66.200%, 63.000%, 63.900%, 62.600%, 63.680%
4. Kim Gentry (AUS), Leonardo, 2007 Danish Warmblood gelding by Landtinus x Rambala x Rambo, owned by Kim Gentry: 65.500%, 62.500%, 64.700%, 61.000%, 63.000%, 63.340%
5. JJ Tate (USA), Cayman V, 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding by Comeback II x Damgaard's Brunetee x Lobster, owned by Joseph Tate: 63.700%, 63.400%, 63.900%, 61.800%, 62.900%, 63.140%
6. Debbie Hill (USA), Zarcita, 2004 Dutch Warmblood mare by Parcival x Sarita x Ahoy, owned Leslie Waterman: 62.100%, 63.700%, 61.900%, 60.300%, 60.800%, 61.760%
7. Katie Poag (USA), Zonnekoning, 2004 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Florett As x Maraba, owned by Katie Poag: 56.400%, 55.400%, 59.000%, 57.800%, 55.000%, 56.720%