Day two of Wellington Dressage took the sport to new heights when an exuberant Lucky Tiger (Danish gelding by Lucky Light) leaped into the air to celebrate his win in the $1500 USEF Grand Prix. The pair who were part of the 2003 Pan American Gold Medal Team, made their Florida Grand Prix debut showing the judges their talent and strength. Rider, Pierre St. Jacques seemed undaunted by the big ten-year-old Danish gelding’s antics during the awards ceremony after winning the Grand Prix with a score of 66.667%.
On the sidelines, St. Jacques’ wife Pam Goodrich, shouted with glee, “There’s a tiger in the tank”, as Lucky Tiger demonstrated his airs above the ground. Second in the USEF Grand Prix was George Williams on Marnix with a 65.556%, followed by Margot McAllister and Kandinsky with a score 65.000%. Prior to the Lucky Tiger’s brilliant leap all three horses were passaging in perfect rhythm when Lucky Tiger suddenly got the notion to show off.
In the $1500 FEI Grand Prix earlier in the day, Lars Peterson took the win aboard Success with a 69.236%. “I felt lucky to win the class,” said Peterson, “He (Success) hasn’t been out for three months since the National Horse Show and he is a very hot horse”. Second place went to Ashley Holzer and Imperioso with a 67.986%, followed by Shannon Dueck on Korona with a 65.972%.
Lars Peterson also had a nice win in the Fourth Level Test One class riding Melissa Taylor Yee’s striking grey 7-year-old gelding, Dacardo. Of Decardo’s performance, Peterson said, “He was both awesome and relaxed”. A combination that the judges rewarded handsomely with a score of 70.465%.
A speaking of rewards, the judges still can’t seem to get enough the handsome Westphalian stallion, Farewell ridden by Marco Bernal. Bernal and the 4-year-old stallion toped their score of 80.455% earned on Thursday with a whooping score of 85.386% today in the Training Level Test Two Class!
The Ashley Holzer Show Continues
Meanwhile, Ashley Holzer had an interesting win aboard Ellen Lazarus’ Dutch gelding, Maximillian. Holzer won Friday’s FEI Prix St Georges on Maximillian with a score of 67.2505%. The day prior, Holzer won the FEI Prix St. Georges on her own Dutch gelding, Pop Art with the exact same score of 67.250%. And Maximillian and Pop Art are half brothers! Holzer continued her winning streak with Pop Art, saving the best for last, as the final ride of the day in the Intermediare I topping their previous day's results with a 69+%. Both are sired by the late Cabochon.
On the young rider’s scene, stable mates Amanda Stearns and Katie Hoog took first and second place in the Third Level Test Two YR Test. Hoog and Ileana took second with a 65.952%, while Stearns earned the blue with a score of 66.190%. Trainer, John Zopatti said,” Both of these young rider’s work hard and deserved their victories.”
Day three of Wellington Dressage kicks-off Saturday at 8:00 am with the FEI Intermediare- I, followed by the Grand Prix Special. The exciting Winsome Dressage/Jumper Spectacular gets underway at 3:00 pm with teams competing to win their share of $25, 000.
Johnny Robb for PMG
HorsesDaily 'On the Scene' at Wellington Dressage - Results, Coverage, Photos
Important announcement - Wellington CDI 3*, March 17-20, 2005 was approved to be the last qualifier for the USEF U.S. League Finals/U.S. Freestyle Championships. The Committees extended the time frame for qualifying which allowed for the Wellington CDI 3* to be included.