Mill Spring, NC- Arlene "Tuny" Page (USA) and Dr. House 2, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding (Don Schufro x Krack C) owned by Page, secured the win in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3* presented by Adequan® with a final score of 68.336%. Ashley Holzer (USA) and Sir Caramello finished in second place on a 66.784%, while Belinda Trussell (CAN) and Tattoo 15 collected third place honors after finishing with a 65.804%.
Dr. House 2 is the newest member of Page's talented string, accompanying her already confirmed Grand Prix mount, Woodstock. In just their third CDI competition together, Page feels that their relationship and communication skills are vastly improving, making each test more expressive and accurate than the last.
"He was good. He just goes from strength to strength. Every time we bring him out I learn something about him. The most important thing that I've learned is that he's incredibly honest and just wants to please," commented Page.
Developing strength and stamina is key when perfecting the movements of the Grand Prix test and Page has been committed to helping the flashy gelding find his own confidence in the ring.
"At this stage, you have to have that strength to carry more expression. He's so honest and does the exercises easily, and now has to develop that power in the ring to really move. Today, I felt many more moments where he took over in a good way. He was telling me where he could give more."
After a minor mechanical mishap when Page's helmet chin strap came undone as the pair rode down the centerline, the duo did not let the distraction impact their test and continued on with poise and accuracy.
"I'm sure you saw, as soon as I came up the centerline my chin strap came undone. I was trying to think of where in the test I could manage to secure it back," she smiled, admitting that while the situation was not ideal, ended up working out with a great result. "I kept reminding myself to keep my head very still. He was a good boy and went along with everything like a veteran."
Competition at the Tryon Spring I CDI 3* presented by Adequan® concludes tomorrow featuring numerous international and national classes, including the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle. To learn more about TIEC, please visit www.tryon.com.
FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3* presented by Adequan® Results
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total %
1. Arlene "Tuny" Page (USA), Dr. House 2, 2005 Oldenburg gelding by Don Schufro x Rinerfa JS x Krack C, owned by Arlene Page: 70.000%, 68.137%, 66.275%, 66.969%, 70.302%, 68.336%
2. Ashley Holzer (USA), Sir Caramello, 2007 Oldenburg stallion by Sir Donnerhall x Katharina x Feiner Stern, owned by Peacock Ridge Farm: 70.000%, 68.137%, 66.275%, 66.969%, 70.302%, 68.336%
3. Belinda Trussell (CAN), Tattoo 15, 2003 Westphalian gelding by Tuareg x Renaissance x Ramiro's Son, owned by Belinda Trussell: 65.294%, 65.000%, 66.471%, 66.961%, 65.294%, 65.804%
4. Stacy Parvey-Larsson (USA), Benidetto, 2004 Hanoverian stallion by Belissimo M x Crispy Sweet x Cordob, owned by Stacy Parvey-Larsson: 64.608%, 63.137%, 62.157%, 62.941%, 63.431%, 63.255%
5. Pamela Aide (USA), Bon De Niro P, 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Son De Niro x Vasti x Ferro, owned by Pamela Aide: 63.431%, 62.941%, 61.863%, 62.255%, 62.059%, 62.510%