Wellington, FL- The FEI Nations Cup CDIO-U25, presented by Diamante Farms, also continued with individual rides in the FEI Grand Prix 16-25 CDIO-U25. Mathilde Blais Tetreault (CAN) and her own Utah, a 2001 KWPN gelding by Jazz, captured the gold, scoring 68.093%.
"I think that I went in there today with much more confidence," said Tetreault of her test. "I thought that I was going to win, so I tried really hard and it worked out that I did! My center trots were good, my piaffe and passage was better, so overall it was pretty good." Tetreault, who has only ridden Utah for four months, said it is "a great feeling" to capture the gold medal.
"I didn't really expect this because Utah and I are such a new combination," she said. "I'm really happy that we have progressed."
Second place and the silver medal went to Anna Buffini (USA) and her Sundayboy, a 1999 KWPN gelding (Kennedy x Eezelma), with 68.093%.
"It's always a blessing to come out here and be able to compete against such amazing competitors. I'm so proud of Mathilde and Molly too," said Buffini of her fellow medal winners. "They came out here and fought their hearts out."
"My ride today was tough," admitted Buffini. "It was a little tricky, and I felt that I didn't quite ride at my best. I'm still proud that Sundayboy backed me up and was able to come out with second place."
Molly Paris (USA) and her mount Countess,took the bronze and third place with 65.721%.
"Countess is awesome," said Paris of the 2002 Danish Warmblood mare (Don x Compeed x Solos). "She comes out every day willing to give it her all and we've just been getting better and better. I couldn't be happier with her."
Judge at C, Evi Eisenhardt (GER) reflected on the rides, "I was astonished by the quality of rides we saw. These are the three riders with the highest quality of piaffe and passage. Sure, there were a few small mistakes, but the riding is at a higher level. Last year I judged the European U25 riders, and I think that this is close to them."
Competition at AGDF will continue tomorrow witha full schedule of classes and including the FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle CDIO 3* presented by Stillpoint Farm, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO 3* presented by Stillpoint Farm, and the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 16-25 CDIO-U25* presented by Diamante Farms, during which the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup™ team medals will be presented in the competition break. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.
Final Results: FEI Grand Prix 16-25 CDIO U25, presented by Diamante Farms
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total %
1. Mathilde Blais Tetreault (CAN), Utah, 2001 KWPN gelding by Jazz, owned by Mathilde Blais Tetreault: 68.256%, 70.814%, 67.442%, 66.512%, 68.372%, 68.279%
2. Anna Buffini (USA), Sundayboy, 1999 KWPN gelding by Kennedy x Eezelma, owned by Anna Buffini: 68.372%, 69.535%, 66.628%, 68.488%, 67.442%, 68.093%
3. Molly Paris (USA), Countess, 2002 Danish Warmblood mare by Don x Compeed x Solos, owned by Molly Paris: 65.698%, 65.930%, 65.581%, 65.000%, 66.395%, 65.721%
4. Kaitlin Blythe (USA), Don Principe, 1999 Hanoverian stallion by Donnerhall x SPS Papagena x Prince Thatch xx, owned by Maryanna Haymon: 63.953%, 63.605%, 66.395%, 67.209%, 63.837%, 65.651%
5. Sean Sierra Keasler (USA), Lux Stensvang, 2002 KWPN gelding by Lobster x Verona Stensvang x Diamond, owned by Sean Sierra Keasler: 64.070%, 66.628%, 64.186%, 65.233%, 66.047%, 65.233%
6. Juan Matute Guimon (ESP), Don Diego Ymas, 2003 Hanoverian gelding by Don Frederico x Wie Platine x Wolkenstein II, owned by Juan F Matute: 62.558%, 65.698%, 64.070%, 65.581%, 62.674%, 64.116%
7. Kerrigan Gluch (USA), HGF Brio, 2005 PRE stallion, owned by Hampton Green Farm: 62.674%, 65.349%, 62.791%, 64.302%, 64.419%, 63.907%
8. Genay Vaughn (USA), Donarweiss GGF, 2001 Hanoverian stallion by Deniro x Sps Highlight x Hohenstein, owned by Starr Vaughn Equestrian Inc: 63.488%, 64.070%, 61.163%, 63.256%, 62.791%, 62.953%
9. Tanya Strasser-Shostak (CAN), Action Tyme, 2000 Oldenburg gelding by Aktuell x Ann Lady af Hvarre x Aleksander, owned by Evi Strasser: 62.791%, 63.256%, 61.047%, 60.000%, 61.163%, 61.651%