With 12 entries in the in the $20,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle at the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W presented by the USPRE Association, Tina Konyot and Calecto V (Come Back II x Rastell), owned by Konyot and John Byrialsen won with a score of 76.775%. In reflecting on her freestyle, she commented that the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion felt wonderful. "I was looking to improve from yesterday so it was just great. When you are on your own, doing your own thing with your horse, you feel personally responsible. He's been feeling fantastic. Yesterday's warm-up and today's was fantastic. I rode just to be happy. Because of issues in my personal life, I almost scratched today, but my boyfriend convinced me to go in and just enjoy myself and do the best I can. My horse is a good boy. I love him so much!" Konyot said. Konyot said, "He's completed my bucket list. But he's a strong horse and that's so important. He's been feeling great training, so I needed to have a good feeling in the arena, to confirm my feeling. I am certainly aiming for another World Cup qualifier and then we'll take it from there."
Vilhelmson-Silfven and Antonia Ax:son Johnson's Divertimento (Di Versace x Ferragamo) rode a brand-new freestyle this evening. Receiving a score of 74.700%, no one could tell she had only one run through this morning. "I thought it was great fun. I really enjoyed the music and I think it fits him well. It was a challenge to ride a new test since I haven't had it a long time to practice with, but it felt good," observed Vilhelmson-Silfven. In thinking about the 11-year-old bay Westfalen gelding, she felt he was a bit tense, but better then the last CDI here two weeks ago. "I had a little mistake in the last piaffe due to camera flashes, but otherwise I'm happy. Some more practice is necessary, but overall I like my new freestyle. He was comfortable riding it," she noted.
Brooks and D Niro (D-Day x Napoleon 625) were awarded third place with a score of 70.900%. The 14-year-old grey Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Mary Brooks is finally being able to really feel the test. "Last year was making him happy with and practicing the test at these shows for the Olympics, which he was amazing at. This year it is about adjusting how he goes. The first few shows there was some miscommunication between us as he was confused as to why I was changing things. But today he was full-on in. He was committed and it's a great feeling to know that he is content while riding the test. You know they're happy when they get those floppy ears and that makes me really happy," praised Brooks.
Brooks is focusing on the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, but the World Cup Finals could be on the horizon if things fall into place. Vilhelmson-Silfven has already qualified for the World Cup Finals with her top mount Don Auriello, but is concentrating on taking everything one step at a time.
Other CDI-W classes took place today in the International Arena as well. The winner in the FEI Pony Team was Barbara Davis (USA) riding Poldy 10 (Platello), owned by Michael Davis, with a score of 66.885%. In the FEI Young Rider Team, the blue ribbon went to Mathilde Tetreault (CAN) with Michelangelo (Admiral) with a score of 65.526%. The FEI Junior Team saw Naima Moreira-Laliberte and Diamond (Donnerhall x Werther), owned by Moreira-Laliberte, as the winners with a score of 65.649%.
Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle sponsored by USPRE Association
1. Calecto V, Tina Konyot (USA): E: 77.250%, H: 76.000%, C: 76.625%, M: 77.125%, B: 76.875%, Total: 76.775%
2. Divertimento, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE): E: 70.375%, H: 79.375%, C: 72.375%, M: 75.500%, B: 75.875%, Total: 74.700%
3. D Niro, Jacquline M. Brooks (CAN): E: 68.500%, H: 71.250%, C: 72.625%, M: 69.500%, B: 72.625%, Total: 70.900%
4. Doktor, Shelly Francis (USA): E: 68.125 %, H: 71.500%, C: 68.375%, M: 68.750%, B: 71.625%, Total: 69.675%
4. Pikko del Cerro HU, Lisa Wilcox (USA): E: 69.875%, H: 72.750%, C: 68.875%, M: 69.000%, B: 67.875%, Total: 69.675%
6. Don Kontes, David Marcus (CAN): E: 68.750%, H: 69.000%, C: 70.750%, M: 66.500%, B: 72.125%, Total: 69.425%