Action is a Wrap in the Future Challenge in Week 10 in Wellington

Sunday, March 15, 2020
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Action continued in the big and small Future Challenge qualifier classes, although the final has been postponed from the cancelled week 12 of the 2020 AGDF to the first week of the 2021 AGDF (January 6-10).

The USA’s Sarah Lockman headed the Summit Farm Prix St. Georges Future Challenge class of eight starters with 68.456%, but as she is already qualified with Balia from week six, the ticket passed down to second place Justin Ridgewell (CAN) and Jolene. The nine-year-old daughter of Jazz scored 68.088%. The second ticket to the finals went to the third placed combination of Stewart Underhill (USA) riding Deimos 4, a nine-year-old gelding by Demirel, who scored 67.132%.

Wild cards for this class went to Gloria Schriever (CAN) on Hilton OC for their 70.368% third-place finish in week three and to Sweden's Karin Persson, who finished third in week six riding Giuliano B to 70.294%.

In the Lövsta FEI Intermediate II Future Challange, Ashley Holzer (USA) bagged the single qualifying ticket, riding Valentine to 74.044%. Her own 10-year-old Sir Donnerhall mare has been a prolific winner at AGDF, winning 11 of her 14 CDI starts there in the 2019 season alone.

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Ashley Holzer (USA) with class sponsor Lövsta's Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven after her plus-74% FEI Intermediate II win in the Future Challenge qualifier. (Photo - ©️Susan Stickle)

Wild cards for the big tour final went to Canada's Pia Fortmuller and Nancy Smith (USA). Fortmuller rode Kartsevo Goldfinch to second place and 68.162% in week five, while Smith’s ticket came from her runner-up finish in week eight, Palm Beach Dressage Derby week, riding Damon’s Design HW to 66.102%.

Michael Klimke (GER) and Harmony’s Diablo topped an uncontested FEI Intermediate II CDI3* but they did so in convincing style, and were rewarded with 70.353%. Harmony Sporthorses’ 10-year-old Desperados gelding is no stranger to the main ring at AGDF, having competed here more than a dozen times since his debut in 2018. This is the horse’s first season at big tour and they earned a nine for the final halt from the judge at H, Luxembourg’s Christof Umbach.

This concludes action in week 10 of the AGDF — the final week of the 2020 circuit, as weeks 11 and 12 have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. The 12-week circuit returns in January 2021. For more information and results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

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 North and South America. The AGDF offers more than $600,000 in prize money for the seven international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena and four outdoor arenas with world-class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area.