Wellington, FL - David Marcus and Chrevi's Capital led the Canadians in a sweep of the top three places in the FEI Intermediare 1 at the WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO-3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) Stadium show grounds on Saturday afternoon. Marcus' score of 69.211% was followed closely by that of fellow Canadians Chris Von Martels aboard Udon P with a 67.974%, and Diane Creech on Hallmark with a score of 66.132%. "My horse was more confident and relaxed today," said Marcus. "The test rode better, I was very happy with him. Yesterday was not his best day, I think it was because of Friday the 13, so for him to come back and be so great today really pleased me." Chrevi's Capital is just starting his Grand Prix career. The 12-year-old Danish warmblood, owned by Deborah Kinzinger, has given Marcus solid performances this season, and now has given him his first Nations Cup experience.
"This is a great event," said Marcus. " We have really enjoyed coming together as a team. This is my first time riding on a Canadian team. I'm a new Canadian. I've lived in Canada since I was 18 but I just became a citizen, so for me the Nations Cup was really exciting."
Marcus, who hails from Campbellville Ontario, grew up in the United States but relocated to Canada where he now operates a highly successful training facility. His extensive show ring experience allows Marcus to pass his skills onto his students and in addition to his expert coaching, his talent in the saddle makes him a highly sought after trainer of young horses.
The top five placed teams move forward to the FEI Intermediare Freestyle on Thursday evening, April 14. Team placings will be based on the top three Freestyle scores of each Team. The percentages will be added together and then the top team will be the one with the most points/highest added percentage.