Wellington, FL - Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastels Adventure achieved something most Adult Amateurs only dream of, when the duo placed first in the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival's (AGDF) Week 10 FEI Prix St. Georges CDI-W 1* class presented by Mike and Roz Collins, a class that boasted more than 40 entries. Jorst and Kastels Adventure won the class on a 71.842%, followed by Shelly Francis (USA) and Rubinio with a 71.605% and Tina Irwin (CAN) aboard Fancy That in third receiving a 70.553%. Competition at AGDF continues tomorrow with a very large FEI Grand Prix CDI-W 3* class presented by Today's Equestrian and Diane and George Fellows beginning at 2:45 pm.
Jorst and "Adventure" have been paired for three years now, as Jorst found the 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding on a small farm in The Netherlands and decided to add him to her growing string of horses. "Adventure" has steadily improved under Jorst this season and has been incredibly consistent in the Small Tour classes. "Over the weeks, he's just gotten better and better and he has gained so much confidence and he's been so fun to ride," she smiled. "I put my hands down and let him do his job and he's doing it. He just dances now and every movement seems effortless."
Strength has been a major component in the pair's success so far this season, as "Adventure" was coming off of a lengthy rest period due to injury. "When we got here, we focused on getting his strength and confidence back in the ring and now I think he has it. He knows he's a super star. You want their eyes to light up when you go in the ring, and that's how he is now," she commented.
Confidence has not only played a factor in the success of "Adventure" in the ring, but has positively influenced Jorst's riding. "The repetition of it all has really helped me, and doing something every week has been so valuable," she smiled. "This has been amazing, and it is truly indescribable to me. I've worked for something like this my entire life and then it happens, and it is so special. I feel so much more confident, and you can tell in the way that I am riding."
Jorst, who has always dreamed big, consistently works towards being competitive in CDI classes as an Adult Amateur and continues to set goals for her impressive group of horses. As for the future, remaining competitive at the highest levels is the ultimate goal. "I would love to do the Pan-American Games with him if he continues to do better and better like he did today, then that is something that I think is within reach," said Jorst. "Otherwise I will take him and some of the other horses to Europe to compete them there in the summer. I've never done that either, and it is something I would love to do."
For more information on the Adequan Global Dressage Festival please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.
Final Results for FEI Prix St. Georges CDI-W1* presented by Michael & Roz Collins
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E% (Leyman-BEL), Judge H% (Hotz-USA), Judge C% (Clarke-GBR), Judge M% (Warren-USA), Judge B% (Nivelle-GER), Total%
1. Charlotte Jorst (USA), Kastels Adventure, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Kastel Denmark, Special D x Sunette S x Mondriaan: 73.947%, 70.789%, 71.447%, 70.789%, 72.237%, 71.842%
2. Shelly Francis (USA), Rubino, 2006 Westphalian gelding owned by Patricia Stempel, Roh Magic x Patrizia x Philipo: 71.184%, 70.921%, 71.711%, 73.158%, 71.053%, 71.605%
3. Tina Irwin (CAN), Fancy That, 2006 Oldenburg mare owned by Christine Faux, Donerschwee x Feiherr x Falaise: 68.684%, 71.711%, 69.737%, 73.289%, 69.342%, 70.553%
4. Megan Lane (CAN), San D'Or, 2006 Westphalian gelding owned by Deer Ridge Equestrian, Sandro Hit x Pavarottie W x Cocktial: 70.658%, 72.105%, 72.500%, 68.553%, 68.947%, 70.553%
5. Michael Klimke (GER), Harmony's Depardieu, 2006 Hanoverian gelding owned by Harmony Sporthorses, Don Frederico x Wiesnoes x Weltmeyer: 68.684%, 68.947%, 70.526%, 68.947%, 70.658%, 69.553%
6. Cesar Parra (USA), Simply Nymphenburg, 2006 Hanoverian gelding owned by Michael Davis, Sir Donnerhall1 x Wendy x Weltmeyer: 70.395%, 70.000%, 69.079%, 68.026%, 68.816%, 69.263%
7. Diane Creech (CAN), Hallmark 3, 2004 Hanoverian gelding owned by Louise Leatherdale and Leatherdale Farm, His Highness x Lapislazuly x Laucier: 69.342%, 71.974%, 69.868%, 67.237%, 67.237%, 69.132%
8. Brittany Fraser (CAN), All In, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by rider, Tango x Leotine x Damerio: 69.474%, 71.842%, 69.211%, 66.579%, 68.289%, 69.079%
About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) is one of the world's largest international and national dressage circuits featuring 7 FEI Dressage events, including a 5* and the only FEI Nations' Cup Series CDIO in the Western Hemisphere. The AGDF offers more than $650,000 in prize money for the seven international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world-class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area.