It was the final rider in the Grand Prix CDI5* (to qualify for the special), presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, who clinched the win in a class where the form-book was upturned. The favorites, Adrienne Lyle and Salvino, had a big problem in the first piaffe, which prompted a smattering of ones from the five judges and dropped the pair out of podium contention. American rider Olivia LaGoy-Weltz capitalized on the open door, scoring just shy of 72% to win the class by 1.15% on her own Lonoir.
“We’ve been working on adding in more brilliance but keeping the consistency - and we definitely got the brilliance today and I had a lot more horse than I was expecting in there,” said LaGoy-Weltz, referring to a couple of tension-related wobbles, including Lonoir stopping and gawking in the walk. “He was hot and bottled up on me, which is why we missed the twos. The judge said to me afterwards, ‘If you hadn’t had those mistakes, imagine where the score would have been’.”
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir capture the CDI5* Grand Prix (to qualify for the special) from last draw.
LaGoy-Weltz has been riding the now 14-year-old gelding by De Noir since the end of his seven-year-old year, when he was just learning how to do a single flying change.
“He was by some standards a bit backwards for his age and he’s been a bit tricky, but he’s a cool horse and I’ve really enjoyed working with him,” she added.
Spain’s shooting star, the 20-year-old Juan Matute Guimon, filled second on Quantico Ymas (70.804%), with Canada’s Brittany Fraser finishing third on All In (70.761%). It was a closely fought battle; only one percentage point split the second to seventh place contestants in the class.
The final two riders in the FEI Grand Prix CDI3* (to qualify for the special) sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty, provided the top two placings in a class of 15, where the top four were all Americans.
Shelly Francis and Patricia Stempel’s firecracker Danilo scored 72.87% - the unanimous winner for all five judges. Last-drawn Katherine Bateson gave her a run for the money on Alcazar, and their 69.935% was good enough for second. Anna Marek and Dee Clair filled third with 66.739%.
In the morning’s FEI Young Riders PSG Team test, Canada's Vanessa Creech-Terauds - daughter of Diane Creech - triumphed with Louise Leatherdale’s nine-year-old mare Fleur De Lis L, by First Dance. It was a welcome birthday present for Creech-Terauds, who turned 18 the previous day. This 69.755% victory represented the duo’s fourth consecutive win after they were unbeaten in all three of their starts at Devon CDI in the fall.
The jam-packed fifth week of the 2018 AGDF continues on Friday with eight CDI classes, including junior, young rider and amateur divisions, culminating in two showcase freestyle classes, with the 5* class wrapping up the day under the lights. The 12-week circuit continues through March 31 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
Place, rider, nationality, horse, horse information: judge E%, judge H%, judge C%, judge M%, judge B%, total
FEI Grand Prix CDI5* (for special), presented by CaptiveOne Advisors
E, Ulrike Nivelle (GER); H, Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel (NED); C, Katrina Wuest (GER); M, Susan Hoevenaars (AUS); B, Vincenzo Truppa (ITA)
1. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir, her own 14yo Danish warmblood gelding by De Noir x Loran: 71.413, 74.13, 71.739, 70.543, 71.957, 71.957%.
2. Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) on Quantico Ymas, Juan F Matute’s 12yo Hanoverian gelding by Fighting Fit x Constant: 71.087, 70.326, 69.891, 70.543, 72.174, 70.804%.
3. Brittany Fraser (CAN) on All In, her own 13yo KWPN gelding by Tango x Damiro: 71.304, 71.304, 72.609, 69.13, 69.13, 70.761%.
4. Jill Irving (CAN) on Degas 12, her own 16yo Hanoverian by De Niro x Regazzoni: 72.065, 69.783, 70.543, 70.326, 70.217, 70.587%.
5. Megan Lane (CAN) on Caravella, her own and Cathy & Kelsey Lane’s 17yo KWPN mare by Contango x Riverman: 72.935, 71.087, 69.674, 70, 69.022, 70.543%.
6. Adrienne Lyle (USA) on Salvino, Elizabeth Juliano’s 11yo Hanoverian stallion by Sandro Hit x Donnerhall: 71.304, 69.457, 68.152, 70.978, 69.783, 69.935%.
7. Arlene Page (USA) on Woodstock, her own 15yo Danish warmblood gelding by Havel x Contango: 69.13, 68.804, 72.174, 68.152, 70.87, 69.826%.
8. Michael Klimke (GER) on Royal Dancer 33, his own 12yo Hanoverian gelding by Royal Blend x Le Primeur: 66.413, 66.413, 64.022, 68.478, 67.174, 66.5%.