Day Three of the 2008 Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y is Good for Some American Olympic Contenders and Not So Good for Others


American rider Courtney King and the 18-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Idocus had another good showing in Grand Prix competition, finishing second in the Grand Prix de Dressage at the 2008 Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y with a score of 72.00 percent. Also showing well were Jane Hannigan and Maksymilian who finished third with a score of 68.458. But it wasn't as good a day for George Williams and Rocher who scratched just minutes before their ride.

The 17-year-old Rocher cut her lip, most likely on her teeth, while in the warm-up ring, Williams said. "It happened during the ride before me. So, I had about five minutes to try to handle it. Of course, the blood began to mix with the saliva and we were able to stop the bleeding, but I was worried that it would start to bleed again in the test," he said. While decided to scratch was a bit disappointing, Williams took it in stride and said it just means that to qualify for the Olympic trials "I have to keep doing more CDIs. But, I had planned more CDIs so it's not the end of the world and thank God it's a minor thing."

King and Idocus are not only in the running for the Olympics, but also the Dressage World Cup. And, if they qualify, King said they'll go. That qualifying score might yet be earned before the Derby comes to a close. "We only need a score tomorrow to qualify."


In Intermediaire competition, the big winner on Saturday was Sue Jaccoma. With Wadamur, an eight-year-old Hanoverian sired by Weltmeyer, she won the FEI Intermediaire I with a score of 69.667 percent and she won the Open Intermediaire I with Donatella and a score of 71.5 percent.

Jaccoma got the beautiful ride on Wadamur that she had hoped for just the day before after losing the blue ribbon in Prix St. Georges competition to Shawna Harding and Come On III.

"He was wonderful today," she said of Wadamur. "From the minute I stepped on him in the barn, he was so relaxed and quiet. He was beautiful through the whole test." Jaccoma said she'd love to be invited to compete in the National Dressage Championships with Wadamur this summer. "I would be honored to be invited. Whether I would attend, it's too early to tell. I want to qualify for it. I think it would be a blast to compete in California and it would be wonderful to have that opportunity."

Second in the FEI Intermediaire I was Michelle Gibson and Don Angelo with a score of 67.75. Harding and Come On III finished third with a score of 67.50 percent.

In young rider competition it was two in a row for Julie McKean and the 10-year-old Stavinsky. After winning Friday's FEI Young Rider Team Test, the pair won Saturday's FEI Young Rider Prix St. Georges. "It's awesome. I'm thrilled," McKean said after Saturday's ride. The young rider is hoping to qualify to compete in this year's North American Junior/Young Rider Championships in Colorado.




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