The afternoon's Intermediaire I Test at the California Dreaming Productions' Festival of the Horse CDI 3*/Y/J/U-25 also ended in a photo finish as the top three competitors scored over 70% and finished within less than three-tenths of a point of each other. Ultimately hanging on for the victory was Charlotte Jorst, who was all smiles as she accepted congratulations for the win aboard Kastel's Adventure (Special D x Sunette S by Mondriaan, owned by Kastel Denmark). Ending up an incredibly close second was yesterday's Prix St. Georges winner Guenter Seidel with his Westphalian gelding Rey del Mundo (Rock Forever x Fiona by Ferragamo) on 70.789%, followed immediately by Elizabeth Ball riding Cadence LLC's Dutch Warmblood gelding Avanti (Tuchinski x Fleur by Naturel) with 70.711% for third. "I just went for it a little more today - I wanted to go for it and see if it would happen, and it did," said Jorst, who improved on her third-place finish in Thursday's Prix St. Georges test.
"Today was outstanding. Adventure had a ball and seemed at the top of his game. He's such a steady Eddie, whatever I ask of him he just does it. He loves to show and be in the ring and have people watching him." Coming off of two recent wins at the small tour in Florida, the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood stands out for Jorst as part of an incredibly talented string of horses that she currently competes. "I really feel like we've always had a special bond," she explained. "When I originally tried him several years ago he didn't seem like much, but we just have always had a connection. He loves all the things that I love. He's like a person - I'd be married to him if he was a person and if I wasn't already married!"
Like Blake, Jorst is also looking to return to Europe this year. "Adventure will go with me and we'll show in the small tour there," she noted. "I'm so excited about that because his breeder (Dhr. Naber in Holland) still keeps up with how he's doing, and they are looking forward to coming to see him compete. They're so proud of him and love him just as much as I do."
Complete results and video archives are available on the California Dreaming Productions website, www.californiadreamingproductions.com. The final day of competition at the Festival of the Horse resumes Sunday.
About California Dreaming Productions
Formed by a partnership between long-time show organizer Glenda McElroy of Burbank, CA and Grand Prix riders and trainers David and Alisa Wilson of Chino Hills, CA, the goal of California Dreaming Productions (CDP) is to bring a fresh face to international-level dressage competition on the West Coast. For more information about CDP shows and events, visit our website www.californiadreamingproductions.com or contact Glenda McElroy, email@example.com, or David and Alisa Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.