Elizabeth Ball and Avanti Rebound for Intermediare-I Win at the Mid Winter CDI

Intermediaire I winners Elizabeth Ball & Avanti. (Photo: Terri Miller)
Intermediaire I winners Elizabeth Ball & Avanti. (Photo: Terri Miller)

BURBANK, CA - For the second day a large field of 21 small tour riders entered the Equidome for the afternoon's Intermediaire I test, and with the top seven combinations earning scores above 68% even small mistakes ended up making a big difference in final results. After being narrowly edged out of the win in yesterday's Mid Winter Dressage CDI Prix St. Georges Test, Elizabeth Ball rallied for the win aboard Cadence LLC's Dutch Warmblood gelding Avanti (Tuchinski x Fleur by Naturel) by earning a score of 72.763%. Finishing with reserve honors was Leslie Webb riding Harmony Sporthorses' KWPN mare Harmony's Armani (Sydney x Ramona by Weyden) with 70.079%. But a mistake of her own (a two-point deduction for an error of course) affected even the winner. "I am so pleased with our rides this weekend, and we were able to make some small adjustments going into today's test which made it even better, even though I died a little bit when I had my 'lapse' and turned the wrong way, but it happens," laughed Ball. "To me, Avanti has so many highlights, he's really solid in all aspects of the test, and is so much stronger this year especially in the collection. The difference is incredible, it's like riding a different horse."

See complete competition results here.
See video of the winning ride on CDP Live!

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