Wellington, FL - Week nine of the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), features CPEDI 1*/2*/3* Para Dressage, presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O'Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena. Competition continued Saturday at Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), in Wellington, FL.
The CPEDI concludes on March 12 with a full schedule of classes beginning at 10 a.m., including Para Freestyle CPEDI 3* tests. The 2017 AGDF hosts seven CDI events, two CPEDI competitions, and national shows through March 25.
2016 Paralympian Angela Peavy (USA) and Royal Dark Chocolate, a 2008 Oldenburg mare owned by Rebecca Reno, were once again victorious today, in the Para Team Test Grade IV - CPEDI 3*, with a score of 71.057%. The score was the second highest of the day's competition.
Peavy has only been working with Royal Dark Chocolate, also known as "Cocoa", for a little over a month. "I love Cocoa," said Peavy. "She's very flowy and is a completely different energy level than I'm used to having, so I thought that it was a solid ride. We just need to get to know one another a little better, but she is just such a joy to ride and to be able to sit on such a quality horse makes me very happy."
Peavy also commented on the future with her new mount. "Hopefully we make the team for the World Equestrian Games. I would also like to take her to Europe this summer, which is something we are still talking about. I'm going to show her here in the national shows in the next couple of weeks," she said.
In regards to her time here at The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, Peavy said, "It's so generous of everyone to sponsor these shows and for allowing us to perform in this stadium to get a more international feel so we are ready to compete at that higher level. It's really an honor to be here."
Placing second to Peavy in the Para Individual Test Grade IV - CPEDI 3* was Pamela Hardin (USA) and Quarterjack, a 2005 Brandenburg gelding (Quaterman x Medea ii x Rohdiamant) owned by Hardin, with a score of 67.589%. Third place was awarded to Laura Hall (CAN) and Boo Sinclair, a 2006 KWPN gelding (Sir Sinclair x Onward O'Crimson) owned by Dr. Heather Boo, with a 65.203%.
Other classes of the day included the Para Individual Test Grade I - CPEDI 3*, which awarded a win to Jody Schloss(CAN) and Lieutenant Lobin, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding (Lobster x Farine) owned by Schloss, with a 71.250%. The Para Individual Test Grade II - CPEDI 3*, was won by Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) and Niekele Fan Busenitz, a 2004 Friesian stallion (Sape 381 x Wemke H x Fetse 349) owned by Oakleaf, with a 70.784%. Charlotte Merle-Smith (USA) and Firewalker, a 2006 Westfalen gelding owned by Merle-Smith, took the winning ride in the Para Individual Test Grade III - CPEDI 3*, scoring 64.255%. Katie Jackson (USA) and Royal Dancer, a 2005 Westphalian gelding owned by Kai Handt, captured a win in the Para Individual Test Grade V - CPEDI 3* with a score of 69.921%.
The final day of competition concludes March 12 with a full schedule of classes including Para Freestyle CPEDI 3* tests. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.