The second day of dressage competition in the Cosequin Wellington Dressage heated up as Courtney King and her own Idocus brought home the blue ribbon in the USEF High Performance Grand Prix.
Idocus, a Dutch stallion, won the Grand Prix at the Washington International Horse Show in October and continued his ways this afternoon. King was thrilled with her victory and noted that the stallion came into the test feeling very strong.
“I was really happy with my test. He’s been feeling great at home,” King commented. “I think the things I’ve worked on in the past couple months I was able to put out there. I thought the passage was a lot better. The one tempis are really expressive now – what can I say – he’s a thrill to ride, and he’s very much my horse again. He’s enthusiastic and trying his heart out. He seems happy to be here and very proud of himself.”
Photo: Courtney King and Idocus by susanjstickle.com
With a 70.760 percent, King was about four percentage points ahead of the rest of the riders, which is a fairly large margin. She explained that, “I had no idea what the other scores were. Idocus is a very confirmed grand prix horse, and I’m a little bit biased, but I think he’s special to watch. I think he’s really elegant and really balanced. He doesn’t have the biggest, loftiest gates, but everything he does, to me, has expression in a very controlled way. That’s what makes him special for me.”