Benjamin Ebeling Scores New Personal Best to Clinch Grand Prix Freestyle in AGDF 10

Sunday, March 20, 2022
Posted by Alice Collins for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.



Winding Down

Week 10 of the 2022 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, Florida, wrapped up on Sunday, March 20. The day featured the individual conclusion of the CDIO classes as well as the final qualifiers for both the Lövsta Future Challenge Young Horse Grand Prix Series and the Summit Farm Future Challenge Young Horse Prix St. Georges Series. The Ebeling family had a red letter day, with both father Jan and son Benjamin winning classes on horses bought from Jan Brink in Sweden. The AGDF circuit hosts seven weeks of CDI competition and runs through March 27.

Photo - Benjamin Ebeling (USA) won the Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, riding Indeed to 78.41%. (©susanjstickle.com)

Benjamin Ebeling (USA) rounded off a busy week of competition, scoring a new personal best and topping the leaderboard with a commanding 78.41% in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm. British Olympic judge Stephen Clarke awarded Ebeling and Indeed, Vantage Equestrian Group II LLC’s 14-year-old mare by Hofrat, over 80%. Katie Duerrhammer (USA) clinched second, riding Quartett to 75.09%, with Germany’s Michael Klimke third on Harmony’s Sanrino RHP (73.78%).

Katie Duerrhammer
 Katie Duerrhammer finished second on Quartett, scoring 75.09%. (©susanjstickle.com)

Ebeling, 23, said: “It’s been really awesome to watch Indeed develop, first, of course, under my dad, who did a fantastic job. These past couple of months have been serious development for her, and she continues to get better and impress me. I think she just loves being at the show; it’s her favorite thing, and she’s turning into a really consistent horse.”

Ebeling rode to a freestyle put together by Karen Robinson, initially for his other horse Illuster Van De Kampert.

Cranking Up the Difficulty

“I knew that coming into this week, I had some difficult competition in this individual final, and I wanted to crank up the difficulty with Indeed,” continued the California-based rider. “This is the first time that she had ridden through it. It’s been a long season, but it means a lot to end if off with a win. And I have to thank my coaches; my dad and Christoph Koschel. I’m really hoping to take Indeed to Europe, hopefully do a couple of competitions out there, and continue developing her. She continues to get better every week, and it’s really fun to see.”'

Second-placed Katie Duerrhammer was full of praise for Quartett, Kylee Lourie’s 14-year-old gelding by Quaterback: “He’s a very consistent, reliable horse, and you can always count on him,” she said. “It’s the end of a very long, hot week, and he just went out there and tried as hard as he could and completed everything. The music was made for him by Terri Gallo, and it really fits him. I wanted something that was fun and upbeat. He’s just a really pleasant horse and makes you feel like you’re having a good time.”

Michael Klimke
Michael Klimke (GER) and Harmony’s Sanrino RHP (©susanjstickle.com)

Michael Klimke, who was part of the gold medal-winning German Nations Cup team, was riding Harmony’s Sanrino RHP, a 13-year-old stallion by San Remo in his first ever freestyle at the level. This was only their third big tour CDI together.

“This was Sanrino’s first time doing three classes [at one show] and today the horse gave everything, but I felt he was tired. And the last line — this joker line — you know, when I started to ride freestyles there was no joker line, so I make the wrong decision to make the pirouette the second time, and then I was behind the music. And I think I confused him a little bit, because I was confused.

“Overall it was a great season, and we were very happy to win the Nations Cup a second time. Thank you to the organizers — especially in these difficult times when lots of shows in Europe are cancelled, that for three months here you can compete in seven CDIs with different four-star and five-star judges.”

Sunday’s action marks the end of week 10 of the 12-week 2022 AGDF. International CDI competition resumes next week with a CDI4* show, as well as a national show. “Friday Night Stars” features the showcase Grand Prix Freestyle CDI4* class, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate. For more information and results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.