Wellington, FL- In an outstanding effort from U.S. riders this week at AGDF, Allison Brock (USA) and Rosevelt received a personal best for their performance in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3*, presented by Harmony Sporthorses, scoring a 74.333% for the win. Lars Petersen (DEN) and Mariett followed in second with a 70.529%, while Lisa Wilcox (USA) and Galant earned third with a 70.451%.
Brock and Rosevelt have received high praise over the past month for their newfound consistency and attention to accuracy in the arena, earning them scores well over 73% for the first time in their partnership together.
Noting that the previously used choreography is now being altered, Brock felt it was better for the duo to contest the Grand Prix Special today instead of trying to rush their return to the Grand Prix Freestyle.
"Because I had complications in the CDI 5* Special after we rode the freestyle choreography we created for him, we decided to change the canter tour and it's not done yet," said Brock. "The pattern is written, but I have to film it next week and get it ready for Europe.
"I just wanted to go in there, and in some ways for myself, so that I was confident that I could go in and hit it and be clean again. I didn't want last week to be a once off, and he was very good today," she continued.
"I was really careful in the warm-up today, not to over do and I really just touched a few things to make sure he was reacting well and then not burn him out. I felt like I took a lot more horse in the ring today," she explained. "Mostly, it's just that he's producing a consistent and clean test. He's just solid right now, and I think that counts for a lot."
Brock noted that sometimes "Rosie" does not do well in the heat, but today, she felt the test was precise and he was ready to go again after they exited the ring following their final salute.
"These guys will agree, it was brutally hot out there today in the full sun. There's a breeze now, but there was no breeze when I was going and I'm really happy with the consistency, taking that into consideration," noted Brock.
Lars Petersen and Mariett concluded the AGDF circuit as one of the most decorated pairs this season. Their relationship and veteran experience in the ring always make them a combination that can be counted on.
"I wanted to do the Special with Mariett today because I actually haven't ridden it since the WEG in 2014. That was my reasoning for doing it, and I thought it went well," said Petersen.
As Mariett continues to age with grace and poise, Petersen was proud of the mare's effort this week. The heat seemed to factor into the pair's energy level in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special, but their ability to still earn top scores was not hindered.
"It's typically a very good test for her. I'm very proud and she's now gone two days, pretty much without a break, and she was very good. There was not a lot of gas left in the tank today," commented Petersen. "But, I thought that she was almost a little bit fresher today than she was on Thursday. I'm happy with her of course."
Lisa Wilcox and Galant, owned by Jacqueline Shear, are another first year Large Tour pair representing the United States and finished their circuit at AGDF with a strong showing, earning a score of 70.451%.
"I decided to do the Grand Prix Special today because I was really trying to get our average up. It would have been fun to show the Freestyle here, but I really needed to do my homework with him," commented Wilcox.
"I'd like to get more than a 70, but what we're seeing right now is that he's only ten and you can only build them so fast. I feel like I could benefit from staying home and training," she expressed. "His confidence in the actual movements has greatly improved throughout this season. Before we would have some misunderstandings, and it was a bit of a struggle trying to figure out what the other wanted.
"He's starting not to think so much about the movements and feeling more confident in the ring and understanding it. For me, (what) this horse (will be) in a year, is a very exciting thing."
Currently, Wilcox and Galant will wait to see if they make it into the top eight U.S. combinations that will travel to Europe in just a few weeks in preparation for the Olympic Games. If the pair stays in the U.S., Wilcox has a stable full of talented young horses to work with.
"If I don't make it to the top eight to go to Europe, I will stay here and train. I have a lot of very good horses in the barn right now and would stay to prepare for next season. My goal then would be to apply for grants and take a handful of them over to Europe at this time next year," she explained.
Today's competition concluded the 2016 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) circuit at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). For more information on AGDF and for information regarding the 2017 season, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.
Final Results FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3*, presented by Harmony Sporthorses
1. Allison Brock (USA), Rosevelt, 2002 Hanoverian stallion by Rotspon x Lore x Lauries Crusader xx owned by Fritz & Claudine Kundrun: 75.686%, 73.824%, 73.725%, 74.020%, 74.412%, 74.333%
2. Lars Petersen (DEN), Mariett, 1998 Danish Warmblood mare by Comeback II x Zendi x Sidney owned by Lars Petersen and Marcia Pepper: 69.118%, 69.314%, 71.569%, 70.980%, 71.667%, 70.529%
3. Lisa Wilcox (USA), Galant, 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Ecuro x Bellissima x De Niro owned by Jacqueline Shear: 70.588%, 70.588%, 69.412%, 70.196%, 71.471%, 70.451%
4. Chris Von Martels (CAN), Divertimento, 2002 Westphalian gelding by Di Versace x Fatima x Farragamo owned by Lovsta Stuteri: 71.569%, 68.922%, 70.686%, 70.000%, 70.392%, 70.314%
5. Catherine Haddad-Staller (USA), Mane Stream Hotmail, 2002 Oldenburg gelding by Michellino x Rederna x Havel owned by Rowan O'Riley: 67.451%, 69.216%, 69.706%, 70.000%, 68.333%, 68.941%
6. Anna Marek (USA), Unico G, 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Negro x Kleora x Animo owned by Anna Marek: 68.529%, 69.902%, 68.627%, 67.059%, 70.294%, 68.882%
7. Michael Poulin (USA), Thor M, 2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Mirakel x Debora x Westvoorn owned by Pineland Farms, Inc.: 66.667%, 70.686%, 68.333%, 68.039%, 67.353%, 68.216%
8. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (USA), Rassing's Lonoir, 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding by De Noir x Lorani x Loran owned by Olivia LaGoy-Weltz: 64.706%, 67.647%, 69.118%, 69.510%, 68.137%, 67.824%