Wellington, FL - Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (USA) put clear water between herself and her fellow competitors when winning the Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by Chesapeake Dressage Institute, in week seven of the 2018 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida. Riding her own Lonoir, a 14-year-old Danish warmblood gelding by De Noir, she notched up 73.319%. The closest chaser was fellow American Arlene ‘Tuny’ Page, who rode Woodstock to 70.298% despite the discomfort of a fractured heel. The Dominican Republic’s Yvonne Losos de Muñiz filled third on Aquamarijn, a 13-year-old mare by United.
“I was happy, though it still wasn’t perfectly clean,” said Lagoy-Weltz, referring to a mistake at the beginning of the two-tempis, which resulted in fours and fives from the seven judges. “It’s awesome that we’re still climbing up the scores despite that. It’s all in there; it’s a question of me learning how to put it together and us finding the right recipe of power and containment. We’re at a point where I need to show; I can get the changes at home, but I need to keep riding it better in tests and he needs to understand the difference between the two tests and find his relaxation and stay on the aids.”
"Congratulations to Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir, sponsored by Mary Anne McPhail, on their big win in the Grand Prix Special today at Global!" Said US Team Dressage Coach Robert Dover. "This pair is just touching the tip of the iceberg and receiving almost 74%! I can’t wait to see them back out at the upcoming 4* in a couple of weeks."
LaGoy-Weltz found Lonoir when he was a seven-year-old at Danish Olympian Andreas Helgstrand’s barn in Denmark when predominantly looking for sales horses with her former boss, Kathy Priest.
“We were also looking for something for me to bring on and I didn’t have a big budget,” continued LaGoy-Weltz, who now trains with Debbie McDonald and is based in Wellington for the season. “Kathy helped me buy him as he was more than I could afford. We got him home and he’s always been a kind horse, but he’s very sensitive to pressure and can get claustrophobic. He need to chill and Andreas and I have exchanged emails laughing about not and abut how far ‘Lono’ has come when nobody really expected that; it’s wonderful.”
The rider from Virginia praised the AGDF circuit, adding: “It’s fabulous. In Europe they have the indoor circuit, and things keep going year-round. For us, this is our circuit and gives us the opportunity to keep going in week after week. And it can be a challenging arena — like Aachen or Rotterdam — it’s not just a quiet arena that we go to week after week and think we’re really going great and then go to these huge venues and get a shock. There are so many shows here and it’s a fantastic opportunity for us.”
LaGoy-Weltz hopes to make it onto the list of eight American riders who will be invited to Europe for the summer to campaign for a place on the FEI World Equestrian Games team. Her next show with Lonoir will be the CDI4*, taking place at PBIEC on March 15-18.
Competition in week seven of the AGDF continues on Sunday with a full schedule of eight CDI classes, including the Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center. The AGDF runs through March 31. For more information and results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.
Results Place, rider, nationality, horse, horse information:
judge E%, judge H%, judge C%, judge M%, judge B%, total
FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by Chesapeake Dressage Institute E, Judges: Katrina Wuest (GER); H, Christoph Umbach (LUX); C, Jane Weatherwax (USA); M, Elizabeth Max-Theurer (AUT); B, Peter Storr (GBR)
1.Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir, her own 14yo Danish warmblood gelding by De Noir x Loran: 74.149, 73.298, 70, 74.574, 74.574, 73.319%.
2.Arlene Page (USA) on Woodstock, her own 15yo Danish warmblood gelding by Havel x Contango: 69.149, 72.234, 69.043, 70.532, 70.532, 70.298%.
3.Yvonne Losos de Muñiz (DOM) on Aquamarijn, her own 13yo KWPN mare by United x Gribaldi: 67.234, 68.617, 67.872, 69.574, 70.426, 68.745%.
4.Jill Irving (CAN) on Degas 12, her own 16yo Hanoverian by De Niro x Regazzoni: 69.809, 68.426, 66.617, 69.915, 67.574, 68.468%.
5.Megan Lane (CAN) on San D’Or, Deer Ridge Equestrian’s 12yo Westfalian gelding by Sandro Hit x Cocktail: 68.404, 68.83, 66.17, 66.489, 70.319, 68.043%.
6.Christoph Koschel (GER) on Ballentines 10, Hof Beckerode GMBH’s 10yo Hanoverian gelding by Bellissimo M x Weltmeyer: 67.128, 70.213, 66.702, 67.66, 65.532, 67.447%.
7.Diane Creech (CAN) on Diana C, Louise Leatherdale’s 11yo Hanoverian mare by Damsey x Brentano II: 67.979, 65.638, 65.319, 67.872, 70.106, 67.383%.
8.Chase Hickok (USA) on Sagacious HF, Hyperion Farm Inc.’s 19yo KWPN gelding by Welt Hit II x Cocktail: 67.255, 69.489, 66.191, 66.404, 65.128, 66.894%.