Tina Irwin (CAN) and Fancy That have been knocking on the door of the winner's circle the entire season at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival and today the pair got it done with a mistake free test in the FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle CDI-W1*, presented by Michael & Roz Collins. The duo edged out Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastels Adventure with a 74.375% to take the win. Jorst finished in second with a 74.350% and Silva Martin (USA) came in third aboard Aesthete receiving a 72.550%. Irwin and Fancy That have had an incredible season thus far at the mare's first consistent year at Small Tour, and she has continued to impress. "This is our first CDI season and she's green to the level, so we started our way building her up," she said. "I felt that with every show she had been getting better and better and this is really just the icing on the cake."
Irwin, who was selected to Canada's second team for the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nation's Cup CDIO3* aboard Fancy That, is looking forward to representing Canada as she pursues her ultimate goal of competing on home soil in Toronto at the Pan American Games. "That is really the long term goal for us right now. I don't ever look at the lists because I don't want to know where we stand, but we continue to get better with each competition and I'm confident that we can make that happen," she remarked.
The duo have been together for quite some time, as "Fancy" was originally brought to Irwin as a sale project who ended up staying through the ownership of client Christine Faux, who also rides the horse but does not compete. "It's a really cool relationship and partnership we have. I can't ever give enough thank yous to Christine who has been a huge supporter of our career together, making sure that we get the best of everything. This wouldn't be possible without her," smiled Irwin.
Today served as an emotional first win for the pair at the CDI level as several of Irwin's clients, including Faux, were on hand to witness the victory. "We've worked so hard with her, and she has so many incredible highlights. Her pirouettes are unbelievable and keep getting better," said Irwin. "The support I have received down here is incredible, and I know there is a lot to come from her in the future."
Charlotte Jorst (USA) capped an incredible final week at AGDF 10 for Kastel Denmark, as the team prepares to fly home to the West Coast this week. Jorst and "Adventure" nearly swept the Small Tour this week and she was delighted with their second place finish today in the Freestyle. "This whole season has been a dream. I can't believe that we actually did it. I have learned so much and have made so many incredible new friends," she said. "What is this sport about if you can't say you've become friends with a whole new group of people who support you!"
The duo's test today was beautiful with lovely expression and fluidity, which has helped them continue to earn marks well into the 70's. "I was so pleased with him today. I know he was tired from the past few days of competition and the heat, but he really gave me everything I asked for, which is why he's so amazing." With three top finishes this week in the Small Tour to end their competition season here at AGDF, Jorst is an inspiration to Adult Amateurs everywhere working to compete at the top levels of the sport.
Jorst and her string of talented mounts will head back to Reno, NV, and compete at several West Coast CDIs in the coming months before Pan American Games selections, for which she hopes to be a contender with "Adventure." "That is the goal and I know that he needs a break from showing," she said. "We've had so much great experience here and now he's confident and consistent, which was the goal going into this season."
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Final Results Florida International Dressage Youth Championships presented by Dressage4Kids, Hampton Green Farm, Pana Cavallo
Place, Name, Country, Horse, Horse Information, Team Test Score, Individual Test Score, Overall Total (50% of each score together):
Final Results FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle CDI-W1*, presented by Michael & Roz Collins
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E% (Eisehardt-GER), Judge H% (Schwennesen-AUS), Judge C% (Wuest-GER), Judge M% (Clarke-GBR), Judge B% (Rockwell-USA), Total%
1. Tina Irwin (CAN), Fancy That, 2006 Oldenburg mare owned by Christine Faux, Donerschwee x Feiherr x Falaise: 73.125%, 72.125%, 76.000%, 74.875%, 75.750%, 74.375%
2. Charlotte Jorst (USA), Kastels Adventure, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Kastel Denmark, Special D x Sunette S x Mondriaan: 74.125%, 71.625%, 76.375%, 75.875%, 73.750%, 74.350%
3. Silva Martin (USA), Aesthete, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Faye Woolf, Trento B x Unusual x Gribaldi: 73.625%, 71.875%, 72.000%, 75.125%, 70.125%, 72.550%
4. Michael Klimke (GER), Harmony's Depardieu, 2006 Hanoverian gelding owned by Harmony Sporthorses, Don Frederico x Wiesnoes x Weltmeyer: 71.750%, 70.750%, 74.750%, 72.375%, 71.750%, 72.275%
5. Lisa Wilcox (USA), Galant, 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Jacqueline Shear, Escuro x Belissima x De Niro: 70.750%, 71.250%, 75.250%, 70.875%, 70.375%, 71.700%
6. Shelly Francis (USA), Rubino, 2006 Westphalian gelding owned by Patricia Stempel, Roh Magic x Patrizia x Philipo: 72.625%, 70.875%, 69.875%, 70.375%, 70.750%, 70.900%
7. Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon (CAN), Argo Conti Tyme, 2002 Oldenburg gelding owned by rider, Ehmann Jutta x Argentinus x Alina: 70.750%, 70.125%, 71.375%, 70.625%, 70.250%, 70.625%
8. James Koford (USA), Amidala, 1999 Hanoverian mare owned by Gabriele Heertje, A Jungle Prince x Em Waleska M x World Cup I: 67.375%, 70.875%, 71.250%, 69.625%, 71.250%, 70.075%
About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) is one of the world's largest international and national dressage circuits featuring 7 FEI Dressage events, including a 5* and the only FEI Nations' Cup Series CDIO in the Western Hemisphere. The AGDF offers more than $650,000 in prize money for the seven international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world-class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area.