Wellington, FL - The extraordinarily full FEI Grand Prix class, presented by Yeguada de Ymas, concluded today at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). Held over two days with 49 pairs competing in the Van Kampen Covered Arena due to inclement weather, the competition was strong and impressively consistent, with the top four riders scoring within tenths of points of each other. Belinda Trussell (CAN) won the test with a 72.860% aboard Robyn Eames and Marc Trussell's Anton. The third week and second CDI competition of the 2016 AGDF, presented by U.S. P.R.E. Association, continues through Sunday, January 31, with the highlight class, the "Friday Night Stars" FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by U.S. P.R.E. Association, on Friday, January 29, at 7 p.m.
With the 2016 Olympic Games qualification race heating up, Grand Prix pairs from around the world have descended upon Wellington in hopes of gaining scores to represent their respective nations on the largest international sporting stage in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Riders from 15 nations competed for top honors in the FEI Grand Prix presented by Yeguada de Ymas, including 24 U.S. combinations. AGDF 3 will also see individuals representing Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Sweden. "We're thrilled to welcome these riders to AGDF for the second week of CDI competition for the 2016 circuit," said Thomas Baur, Director of Sport for the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival. "The numbers for this competition are tremendous, and we are expecting to see them continue to build as we move further into the season. We look forward to an incredible week of competition."
Trussell remarked that she was surprised with her win on Anton, a 16-year-old Sachsen gelding (Antaeus x Shirley) bred by Mirko Glotz. "This was a huge class with good competition! Anton is a professional, and we went out and had a good time together," she said. "To come out with the blue ribbon was lovely."
She attributed their success today to their long partnership and her willingness to take more risks in the test and allow Anton to be more expressive, especially in the extended trot. This was their first outing since their second place finish at Dressage at Devon in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle and the Royal Winter Fair in November in Toronto, where they won the Grand Prix. She thinks there is even more room for improvement. "He has a very good piaffe and passage, and it is my goal to keep riding the test up to his potential," she said.
Arlene "Tuny" Page (USA) closely followed Trussell with Woodstock, coming in with a 72.760% for second place. Page was pleased to note, "Overall this was a very solid test; there was nothing that was a glaring mistake or a big highlight. It felt like everything was steady. I look forward to seeing the judges' scores and comments, of course, but it felt like 7, 7.5, 8. From a trainer's point of view, I'm very satisfied with that."
She and her own Woodstock, a 13-year-old KWPN gelding (Havel x Mirania), have been working to improve their consistency in different venues. She was pleased to note that he was a consistent partner for her here, as he was over the summer in Rotterdam, despite some of the weather-related stressors. She was also quick to praise the show management for their calm and organized handling of the decisions to move the jog and the Grand Prix into the Van Kampen Covered Arena, noting the consistency of the footing in all of the AGDF arenas.
Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) held on to her top score from competing yesterday in the start of the FEI Grand Prix with Goerklintgaards Doublet, a 13-year-old Danish gelding (Diamond Hit x La Costa) owned by Diane Perry and bred by Jorgen Ravn. They finished third with a score of 72.320%. Perry-Glass also finished 11th with Trostruplunds Scarlet, the 17-year-old Danish mare (Don Schufro x Ramona) owned by Diane Perry.
She said she is having a terrific time right now, elaborating that she has "great horses, a great husband, and a great coach." She was especially happy with the efforts of both horses, particularly praising Scarlet's one-tempis changes, which were larger and more consistent than they have been. "Both horses were really relaxed," she said.
The top six finishers were all very close together, all scoring within .8 of a point of each other. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) earned fourth place with Benneton Dream, the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Brentano II x Rotkappchen) bred by Axel Windeler and owned by Lövsta Stuteri, with a score of 72.240%. Allison Brock (USA) and Rosevelt put in a lovely consistent test to finish fifth with a 72.220%. The 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Rotspon x Lauries Crusador xx) is owned by Fritz and Claudine Kundrun.
Shelly Francis and Doktor earned a 72.100% and a big round of applause from their fans. The 13-year-old Oldenburg (Diamond Hit x Gurena) gelding is owned by Patricia Stempel. Competition continued in the FEI Prix St Georges, presented by Chesapeake Dressage Institute, with 21 entries representing nine countries. Victory went to Leida Collins-Strijk (NED) and Don Tignanello, who scored 72.456%. Michael Klimke (GER) and Djamba Djokiba finished second with a score of 71.316%. Klimke also took third place on Harmony's Depardieu on 71.140%.
For more information on the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival and to see a full schedule of competition, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.
Final Results FEI CDI-W Grand Prix presented Yeguada de Ymas
1. Belinda Trussell (CAN), Anton, 2002 Sachsen Warmblood gelding by Antaeus x Shirley x Melit owned by Robyn Eames and Marc Trussell: 75.200%, 73.200%, 72.400%, 73.500%, 70.000%, 72.860%
2. Arlene Page (USA), Woodstock, 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Havel x Mirania x Contango owned by Arlene Page: 72.800%, 72.700%, 71.900%, 75.700%, 70.700%, 72.760%
3. Kasey Perry-Glass (USA), Goerklintgaards Dublet, 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding by Diamond Hit x La Costa x Olympic Ferro owned by Diane Perry: 77.200%, 71.800%, 71.800%, 72.100%, 68.700%, 72.320%
4. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE), Benetton Dream, 2004 Hanoverian stallion by Brentano II x Rotkäppchen x Rotspon owned by Lövsta Stuteri: 70.600%, 72.700%, 73.200%, 72.600%, 72.100%, 72.240%
5. Allison Brock (USA), Rosevelt, 2002 Hanoverian stallion by Rotspon x Lore x Lauries Crusader xx owned by Fritz & Claudine Kundrun: 70.600%, 73.300%, 74.200%, 72.700%, 70.300%, 72.220%
6. Shelley Francis (USA), Doktor, 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Diamond Hit x Gurena x Renoir I owned by Patricia Stempel: 72.200%, 72.400%, 74.400%, 71.900%, 69.600%, 72.100%
7. Lauren Graves (USA), Verdades, 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Florett AS x Liwilarda x Goya owned by Laura Graves: 71.100%, 69.100%, 72.400%, 71.800%, 73.700%, 71.620%
8. Lisa Wilcox (USA), Galant, 2006 Belgian Warmblood by Escuro x Bellisima x De Niro owned by Jacqueline Shear: 71.900%, 71.700%, 73.200%, 71.200%, 70.000%, 71.600%