Wellington, FL - The WEF Dressage Classic, CDI 3* presented by Today's Equestrian and Fellows at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) continued today with classes for the Large Tour and Small Tour. Susan Dutta and Currency DC won the FEI Grand Prix Special, while Kim Herslow and Rosmarin won their second class in a row in the FEI Intermediaire-1. The CDI 3* and National competition wrap up with tomorrow's classes. The next show for the AGDF is the Wellington CDI 5* presented by Diamante Farms on April 4-7, 2013. The judges for today's FEI Grand Prix Special were: Carlos Lopes at E, Janet Foy at H, Sandy Phillips at C, Ulrike Nivelle at M, and Bo Ahman at B. Dutta and Currency DC won the class with a score of 69.396%. Coming in second place was Susan Jaccoma (USA) on Wadamur with a score of 66.063%. Jill Irving (CAN) and Degas 12 were third after they received a score of 65.083%. Dutta has ridden Currency DC, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Clintino x Classiker, since she bought him as a two and a half year old. The long journey has also been one of learning.
Dutta explained, "It's getting much better. It's not without effort; I'm always trying to ride better. I have fabulous trainers and we know we have a good horse. It's just a matter of trying to ride it well. First we had to get him going well, this takes time, and then get us together in the ring, and me confident. I have to really believe. This horse has only been ridden by me. Now I'm starting to believe in myself. I think he really likes me now and likes the way I'm riding him. There's more in there. This is a super horse. I just have not ridden him to his potential, but I'm getting there. That feels really good. To me, this is a huge step in the right direction."
Dutta trains with Juergen and Christoph Koschel when she travels to Europe in the summer and when they can come to the U.S. She noted, "I knew I needed a grounds person in America. I'm working with Nicholas Fyffe. I owe him a big thank you."
The pair started at the grand prix level three years ago, but there were a few bumps in the road with injuries since then. "This is the first season that he's starting to look like a real grand prix horse," Dutta said. "He doesn't look green anymore. It takes time."
Of her test today, Dutta described, "The beginning is so amazing with the passage, extended, passage, extended. I knew I got some points there. I knew I was going to need them. That's my history is to get way ahead there. It's a numbers game, so that if my walk wasn't good or if I made a little canter mistake, I still was higher in the score. I knew in the beginning when he was so easy and on my aids that it was good. I knew he felt good. He was good out here (in the warm-up). I wasn't nervous. I'm feeling more confident. I think that's transferring to him."
Speaking of her victory, she said, "For me, winning is great. More than anything though, just riding him well and getting the points was important to me. Confidence builds on confidence and I'm hoping I can layer myself with more confidence and ride really well."
Two In a Row for Herslow and Rosmarin
At only eight years old, Rosmarin is proving that his talent is here to stay. The Hanoverian gelding by Rosentanz x Weltmeyer, ridden by Kim Herslow of Stockton, NJ, won the FEI Intermediaire-1 class with a score of 71.026%. Second place went to Christilot Boylen (CAN) and Dio Mio with a score of 70.974%, while Caroline Roffman (USA) and Her Highness O placed third on a score of 69.421%.
Herslow explained that from yesterday to today, her horse felt even better. "I felt like he was even more there for me today. Not that he wasn't yesterday, but the through-ness was more solid today with him. He's letting me really ride him in the ring and staying completely with me, which is a really nice feeling. I can push and he never worries about what I'm asking for. Even if it's not the right thing. He still does it and then comes back and fixes it for me. This is his third I-1 ever, so I'm just thrilled that he's coming out and that we can still make his canter so much better. We're just starting and it's really awesome," she remarked.
Of her test, she said, "His trot tour is always pretty incredible. He's so rideable in his trot and his fluidity is so nice to ride. His half passes are always a strong point. His walk felt really good to me today. We still have to get our canter stronger. He's a really long horse so we have some strength to work on, and getting more jump in the canter, which will help the pirouettes and the changes. It'll help the whole canter tour. There's still a lot of room to improve, so it's exciting to know that. He's still just at the very beginning of his career here."
Despite just starting to earn accolades, Herslow felt that Rosmarin had talent to start with. "He definitely had talent. It's just been a very slow build-up from a young horse, in a sense that I didn't do a lot of fancy work with him. I did a lot of basic gymnastic, body-building work with him. I take a lot of time to develop a relationship with him and get his trust. I think that's what makes us so harmonious," she explained. "It's an investment in my time, but it's so worth it because you see the difference in the ring. He comes out the same every day and he's a super amazing horse. I'm lucky to own him and feel extremely grateful."
Herslow is excited that they still have another class in which to compete tomorrow. It will be the pair's second time ever in the I-1 Freestyle. "I need to get a little sharper in my preparations for certain things, so we still had a few little mistakes, but he was listening. He did exactly what I asked him for. I'm hoping to clean that up for the freestyle tomorrow, which is a really fun freestyle. I'm excited to ride that tomorrow," she said.
The top United States Para-Equestrian today was Mary Jordan, who rode Sebastian to a score of 66.071% in the FEI Para-Equestrian Individual Champion Test Grade IV. The awards presentations for all of the grades' team and individual winners will be held tomorrow.
Winning both yesterday's and today's FEI Junior classes was Paula Matute (ESP) on Escritor de Ymas II. They received a score of 64.595% in yesterday's team class and a 64.026% in today's Individual class.
The WEF Dressage Classic CDI 3* presented by Today's Equestrian and Fellows concludes tomorrow with the FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle along in the CDI competition. The Para-Equestrians will also perform their freestyles, while the Florida Youth Championships presented by Dressage4kids and sponsored by PanaCavallo have their final rounds in the main International Arena.
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Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Special
Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total%
1 Susan Dutta (USA) Currency DC: 69.167, 71.250, 69.167, 69.792, 67.604, 69.396
2 Susan Jaccoma (USA), Wadamur: 66.250, 67.708, 66.667, 65.000, 64.688, 66.063
3 Jill Irving (CAN), Degas 12: 66.146, 64.479, 64.167, 67.396, 63.229, 65.083
4 Cesar Parra (USA), Van the Man: 67.188, 66.146, 63.021, 64.063, 64.896, 65.063
5 Evi Strasser (CAN), Action Tyme: 65.208, 65.104, 63.021, 65.521, 65.000, 64.771
6 Diana Mukpo (USA), Pascal: 63.958, 62.188, 65.104, 64.792, 65.000, 64.208
Final Results: FEI Intermediaire-1
Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total%
1Kimberly Herslow (USA), Rosmarin: 68.421, 72.237, 70.132, 72.632, 71.711, 71.026
2 Christilot Boylen (CAN), Dio Mio: 73.684, 67.763, 72.105, 71.711, 69.605, 70.974
3 Caroline Roffman (USA), Her Highness O: 70.658, 70.789, 68.553, 68.158, 68.947, 69.421
4 Silva Martin (USA), Rosa Cha W: 70.789, 66.974, 65.526, 65.526, 67.237, 67.211
5 Susan Dutta (USA), Lumberjack 12: 65.658, 70.658, 65.395, 66.579, 67.368, 67.132
6 Maya Markowski (CAN), Lumiere: 64.868, 66.053, 66.316, 69.079, 67.632, 66.789