Wellington, FL- The FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3*, presented by The Dutta Corp, presented a victory to Shelly Francis (USA) and Danilo, a 2004 Hanoverian gelding (De Niro x Annabella x Andiamo) owned by Patricia Stempel, scoring 73.100%.
AGDF 10 takes place from March 15-19 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and features the CDI 4* and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Havensafe Farm; CDI 3*, presented by The Dutta Corporation; and CDI 1*, presented by CaptiveOne. The week also features a National Show and the 2017 Florida International Youth Dressage Championships.
The win was the second of the week for the pair, after a victory in Thursday's FEI Grand Prix CDI 3*, presented by The Dutta Corp.
"It was kind of fun," said Francis. "The music was a little new, so he was excited. I was really happy with him. He worked really hard to do everything I asked of him. At one point, I looked up at the big screen and I was like, 'Oh, I've got to go more sideways!' and then, 'What are you doing, pay attention to what you're doing!' It was a funny moment for me. Overall I was very happy with him; he's trying to be more honest in the ring and is doing better and better. He's a talented horse, and I'm just now trying to ask a little more of him because there's a lot more in there."
Barbara Bertschinger (SUI) and Rubin Cortes OLD, a 2001 Oldenburg gelding (Rubin Royal x Carmen x Calmiro) owned by Bertschinger, took second place in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3* with 68.450%. Third place was awarded to Ellesse Tzinberg (PHI), and her own Triviant 2, a 2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Olivi x Diant x Saluut), with a score of 64.050%.
Competition at AGDF continues today with a full schedule of classes, including the FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle CDI 1*, presented by CaptiveOne, the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3*, presented by The Dutta Corp, and the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 4*, presented by Havensafe Farm. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.
Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3*, presented by The Dutta Corp
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total %
1.Shelly Francis (USA), Danilo, 2004 Hanoverian gelding by De Niro x Annabella x Andiamo, owned by Patricia Stempel: 72.750%, 73.625%, 73.750%, 74.625%, 70.750%, 73.100%
2. Barbara Bertschinger (SUI), Rubin Cortes OLD, 2001 Oldenburg gelding by Rubin Royal x Carmen x Calmiro, owned by Barbara Bertschinger: 69.875%, 67.500%, 69.625%, 68.875%, 66.375%, 68.450%
3. Ellesse Tzinberg (PHI), Triviant 2, 2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Olivi x Diant x Saluut, owned by Ellesse Tzinberg: 63.000%, 65.875%, 62.125%, 65.375%, 63.875 %, 64.050%