In his only third Grand Prix Special of his career, Tina Konyot’s Danish Warmblood Stallion Calecto V (by Comeback II) topped the field of entries in the Grand Prix Special with a 72.292%. Canadian Belinda Trussel and Anton were second with a 70.883, followed by American Todd Flettrich with Otto and a 68. 792. Konyot laughed as her stallion skipped into the canter depart following the piaffe/passage transition at X. “I did not really practice that movement in the warm-up,” Konyot said, and remarked how proud she was of her “boy”. Konyot threw her back out just before the show is riding with a lot of pain, but to all watching she appeared to be in perfect form. Konyot has been training with Lars Peterson and credits him with helping her with the progress they are making daily. “But this show is not about this win or even this class. It is about Courtney (King-Dye) and how much all of us are thinking of her and willing her to get well.”
Canadian Belinda Trussel and Anton continue to show progress under the tutelage of Canadian team coach Robert Dover. “This was their first time achieving over 70% and I am very excited because there is still so much further they can climb score-wise.” Dover reported on Dover’s World. “Anton and Belinda have a wonderful rapport together and both are just now finding out how easy it is for them to dance gorgeously in the air as they move along. I loved their test!”
Continuing to gain momentum is the impressive combination of Todd Flettrich and Otto. With expressive piaffe/passage work and the conditioning needed to power through the Grand Prix Special.