Day Three of Wellington Dressage was the day for team players to top the leader board. Members of the United States, Canadian, Danish, and Columbian Equestrian Teams walked away with the top scores, starting with Canadian, Shannon Dueck who won the $1250 Grand Prix Special on her impressive Dutch gelding, Korona with a score of 66.533%. “He was so rideable in the ring,” explained Dueck, “Prior to this season, tension would get in the way of his performance, but now he is settled in his job.” “Soon I’ll be able to push him for more brilliance,” continued Dueck. Mirja Block on Asarhaddon was a close second with a score of 66.067%.
In the USEF $1250 Grand Prix Special, USA Pan Am Team Gold Medalist, Pierre St. Jacques on Lucky Tiger secured the win for a second day with a score of 67.267%. Margot McAllister on Kandinsky finished second with a score of 66.200%. Third was Karen Lipp on the striking grey gelding, Caribi with a score of 65.333%. In today’s awards ceremony, St. Jacques and Lucky Tiger were a little more poised after Friday’s antics. But the pair did disappoint fans. To kick-off the Winsome Dressage/ Jumper Spectacular that followed the awards ceremony, St. Jacques and Lucky Tiger jumped out of the arena instead of exiting at A!
USA Olympic Team Bronze Medalist, Michelle Gibson also topped the leader board today, winning the $1000 FEI Intermediare-I riding Lex Barker to an impressive score of 73.083%. Francesca Nicoletti and Alleluja were second with a score of 65.500%, followed by Kelley O’Shea Duncan on Lutz with a score of 65.000%.
Columbian Team Medalist, Marco Bernal was back in the winner’s circle today, this time with Mordechay Shahak’s other impressive young Westphalian stallion, Maybach. Bernal piloted the handsome black stallion to win the Training Level Test Three Class with a score of 78.750%.
Former Danish Olympic Team Rider, Bent Jensen won the Fourth Level Test Two class on his young stallion, Rockefeller with a score of 70.465%. “I am pleased the Rocky continues to improve at each show,” said Jensen, “He is proving himself both as a solid competition horse and as an outstanding sire.” “I feel like a proud papa,” continued Jensen.
Later in the afternoon, Rockefeller gave Jensen even more to be proud of when he carried jumper rider, Anne Kursinski successfully through the dressage phase of the $25,000 Winsome Dressage Jumper Spectacular. Kursinski and Jensen won the event for the seventh time.
Sunday is the final day of Wellington Dressage with the musical freestyle competitions kicking off at 9:00 am.
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