On the third day of Cosequin Wellington Dressage at the 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival, Jan Brons and Jourdan took home the highest honors in the USEF High Performance Grand Prix Special test.
Brons and Jourdan, who were victorious in a Grand Prix class at Zada Enterprises, LLC, Dressage at The National this past year, earned a 68.867 percent for the win. High performance classes are qualifying events for the Intermediaire I National Championships and the Pan American Games Selection Trials in Gladstone, NJ. Jourdan is a Dutch Warmblood gelding by Elmshorn and is owned by Brons. In competition yesterday, the pair earned a 63.542 percent for their Grand Prix efforts.
“I liked (the test) a lot, especially since yesterday he was a little hot and unruly,” Brons commented. “Today he was way more rideable, and even though he had a mistake in the one tempis, I was very happy with how rideable he was. I could just go around the ring like it was a day at home, and I liked that.”
Brons said that there was no specific part of the test that he favored and noted that there were many good movements throughout the performance. His plans for the horse for the season include the next two WEF dressage shows and a possible bid for an invitation for Gladstone.
Nancy Later and her own Alexis –D were second in the Special with a 67.733 percent, and Suzanne Dansby Phelps was third with Goubergh’s Kaspar, earning a 65.93 percent.
Lars Petersen and Succes, a brilliant gray, set the bar in the FEI Grand Prix Special and earned a 71.8 percent, which was more than eight points ahead of the rest of the class. Second place finishers were Mikala Gundersen and Cipriano with a 63.6 percent, and Ashley Fornell and Kerido rounded out the top three with a 61.533 percent. Pati Pierruci and Cosaco also earned a 61.533.
In the FEI Young Rider Prix St. Georges, sponsored by the North American Junior and Young Riders’ Championships, Kayce Redmond and Lipton earned a 67.167 percent for the win. In October, the pair won at the Great American/USDF Prix St. Georges Junior/Young Rider Championship for Region 3. Lipton is an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Lobster and is owned by Redmond. Second place went to Caroline Roffman and Rigavdon, earning a 65.750 percent, and Ana DiGironimo and Cadanz were third with a 63.833 percent.
In the FEI Junior Individual Test, also sponsored by NAJYRC,Jessica Deimler and Sion’s Shadow rode to the win with a 62.083 percent. Earning second and third, respectively, were Sarah Magbee and Lucky Mann, and Lauren Knopp and Futurus.
Dressage competition kicks off at 8 a.m. Sunday and will continue through the afternoon, Tomorrow’s highlight classes are the freestyles, and competitors ride personally choreographed tests that have accompanying music.