Wellington, FL - Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades, 2016 Rio Olympic Games bronze medalists, took their second victory gallop of the 2017 season in the "Friday Night Stars" FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by U.S. PRE Association, at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) on Friday.
Week three of the AGDF, which is held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), in Wellington, FL, will conclude on Sunday, January 29. The circuit resumes February 9-12 with the CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms; CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty; and CDI 1*, presented by Engel & Völkers. The 2017 AGDF hosts seven CDI events, two CPEDI competitions, and national shows through March 25.
Laura Graves (USA) and her 2016 Rio Olympic Games mount, Verdades, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Florett AS x Liwilarda) owned by Graves, topped the leader board once again tonight, with a show stopping performance and a score of 80.728%.
Graves' and Verdades' performance marks the sixth time that a score of 80% or above has been recorded at AGDF, and the pair holds three of those scores.
"This horse has a heart of gold, and he loves to come out here. There is nothing that I can really take credit for. I'd like to say that he was born this way and maybe I've nurtured it or not taken it out of him, but he's just a magical character," said Graves, who also won yesterday's FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by Yeguada de Ymas, as well as Friday night's Owner and Groom Awards.
Of her ride and her time back at AGDF, she commented, "It certainly feels good to start the season on an 80%. That's been our goal by the end of a lot of our previous seasons, so that's great. It just feels so good to be back here at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival. I've ridden in a lot of stadiums now, and there is nothing compared to this."
The second place finish of the night was awarded to Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén (SWE) and her mount Paridon Magi, a 2003 Swedish Warmblood gelding (Don Primero x Napoli x Napoleon 625) owned by Lövsta Stuteri, with a 77.517%.
"I was very pleased with Magi today. I just wanted to make sure the judges were awake, so I drifted a little from my floor plan in the beginning to scare them a bit," she joked. "Because of that I couldn't get the highest grade myself, but the horse was super tonight. It's a great atmosphere to ride in here, so it was nice."
Arlene "Tuny" Page (USA) and Woodstock, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Havel x Mirania) owned by Page, rounded out the top three with a score of 74.020%.
Page echoed Graves' appreciation for the current state of competition. "Without this organization (at AGDF), American dressage would not be where it is today. Being here (at AGDF) has elevated us internationally, like we've never been before," she said.
Judge Lee Tubman said of the new Degree of Difficulty scoring used in the freestyle, "The new system that has been established, (and) overall I think this will work very well. I'm happy to have been a part of it tonight and to have a better understanding, and I look forward to working with it again in the future."
Allyn Mann, Director of Adequan®, said, "After all of these years, it just continues to be one of the most enjoyable experiences ever. There are great people, great horses."
Competition at AGDF will resume tomorrow witha full schedule of classes, including theFEI Grand Prix 16-25 - CDI U25 sponsored by Diamante Farms,followed by the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI-W, presented by Yeguada de Ymas. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.
Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by U.S. PRE Association
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total %
1. Laura Graves (USA), Verdades, 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Florett AS x Liwilarda owned by Laura Graves: 81.860%, 78.140%, 79.055%, 80.740%, 83.845%, 80.728%
2. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén (SWE), Paridon Magi, 2003 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Don Primero x Napoli x Napoleon 625 owned by Lovsta Stuteri: 77.530%, 77.165%, 76.985%, 78.530%, 77.375%, 77.517%
3. Arlene Page (USA), Woodstock, 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Havel x Mirania owned by Arlene Page: 75.050%, 74.295%, 74.350%, 72.250%, 74.155%, 74.020%
4. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN), All In, 2005 KWPN gelding by Tango x Leontine x Damiro owned by Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu: 74.490%, 72.950%, 74.200%, 74.575%, 71.935%, 73.630%
5. Juan Matute Guimon (ESP), Don Diego Ymas, 2003 Warmblood gelding by Don Frederico x Wie Platine x Wolkenstein II owned by Juan F Matute: 73.915%, 73.475%, 75.720%, 74.225%, 70.700%, 73.607%
6. Jan Ebeling (USA), FRH Rassolini, 2003 Hanoverian stallion by Rubioso N x Sweetheart owned by Vantage Equestrian Group: 72.610%, 70.730%, 71.720%, 72.625%, 72.470%, 72.031%
7. Charlotte Jorst (USA), Kastel's Akeem Foldager, 2002 Danish Warmblood gelding by Akinos x Lobelia Foldager x Loran owned by Kastel Denmark: 73.740%, 72.200%, 69.645%, 71.520%, 71.280%, 71.677%
8. Jacqueline Brooks (CAN), D Niro, 1998 Swedish Warmblood gelding by D day x Alitalia x Napoleon 625 owned by Brookhaven Dressage Inc.: 68.935%, 71.180%, 72.910%, 72.425%, 68.060%, 70.702%