Tina Konyot placed second in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special in Achleiten, Austria with scores of 72.021 and 73.3 respectively. Robert Dover who traveled to Austria as the US Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe said, “On their first outing in Europe, Tina Konyot and Calecto V performed a gorgeous Grand Prix, placing second with 72.021%! I could not have been more proud of them and the best is that there are still way more points to be had by this combination. Their movements and expression are world-class and elegant and surely would have been over 74% but for a mistake in the zig-zags which really was just a momentary lapse of concentration.” He continued, “I have not seen Calecto looking more fit or Tina more confident.” As the new Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe, Robert Dover, really is working hard to help the athletes have a fighting chance next year. We are proud of the momentum that Tina and the other athletes have started and we look forward to reporting on this year’s European pursuits.
Tina will travel back to train with Jan Bemelmans and on to Aachen with for the largest American contingent ever to compete there in Dressage.
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The Achleiten Castle, under the direction of Sissy Max-Theurer, is a riding facility created between the years 1989 and 1991 and since 1992 it has been the annual venue of the CDI*** Achleiten and was also the venue of the European Junior Dressage Championships in 1999 and the Austrian State Championships in 2007. Built in 1189, it is a beautiful place for a dressage competition.