Olivia LaGoy-Weltz Conclude Week One of the 2021 AGDF with Personal Best
Monday, January 18, 2021
Posted by Kim Beaudoin for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Rassing’s Lonoir danced to yet another victory on Sunday, January 17, concluding week one of the 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival with their personal best score, an 81.545% in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W presented by Lövsta.
Second place in the class was awarded to Yvonne Losos De Muniz (DOM) on Aquamarijn, her own 16-year-old KWPN mare by United (78.165%); while third place went to USA’s Anna Marek on Dee Clair, Diane Morrison’s 13-year-old KWPN mare by Sir Sinclair, who earned a 76.100%, another personal best.
Photo - Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Rassing’s Lonoir. (©susanjstickle.com)
“It’s great to get a personal best,” LaGoy-Weltz began. “Whenever you’ve been out for a long time – it’s been since February 2020 for us because of COVID – you always wonder if you’ll remember how to do it. You’re a little rusty, the test riding needs polishing, and the horse has to settle. It’s nice to be coming out this strong, and that makes you feel good about the whole program.”
Riding to pieces of the Simon and Garfunkel hit “Cecelia” with freestyle music created by Marlene Whitaker, LaGoy-Weltz and the 17-year-old Danish Warmblood by De Noir 3 owned by LaGoy-Weltz and Mary Anne McPhail perfected some of the suggestions given to them during the Grand Prix CDI-W on Friday.
“Last night I went over my test in detail,” explained LaGoy-Weltz, “and went over judges’ feedback from the last test to figure out where we are in the evolution of trying to allow more of this horse out, to look at the things I held back on Friday. For example, feedback on my last test was ‘Open up more in the changes,’ and I knew I could do that this time around. Here and there, taking the feedback and making the best of it is really important.”
Typically ridden during “Friday Night Stars” in years past, the Grand Prix CDI-W Freestyle atmosphere was different, but appreciated by LaGoy-Weltz. She said, “With a horse like Lonoir, I enjoy riding at night and have definitely figured out how to manage that because he gets quite hot, but I do feel like he wasn’t missing that enthusiasm too much. Of course, we miss the people and the fans, but we are very grateful to be having the show, so any format is a good format.
Judge at C, Janet Foy (USA) echoed LaGoy-Weltz’s sentiment about being back in the show ring. “Everyone has to dust the cobwebs off, even the judges, because we haven’t been judging because there haven’t been a lot of CDIs. We are all excited to get back to it.”
Foy continued, “The class as a whole was really strong. Today was probably one of the best days judging ever here in the U.S., because we started with judging super young horses (Summit Farms Future Challenge Prix St. Georges Final and the Lövsta Future Challenge Young Horse Grand Prix Final) all morning and had wonderful horses all afternoon. I can’t say enough about the quality of the whole day. I gave Olivia a 10 on her first piaffe right in front of me. It was bouncy, it was active, and on the spot, beautiful contact, absolute harmony, and no tension. [It was a] super top-quality ride, the music was beautiful, and she rode to the music in a really wonderful way. Her degree of difficulty was incredibly high. To get that high of a score on the degree of difficulty but keep it harmonious, that’s very good riding. Super horse, super training, and I can’t say enough about it.”
AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur applauded the efforts of staff and competitors in the opening week of the 2021 season, saying: “I think we should be very grateful that we are here. The COVID measures worked really well this week; people were complying with masks and distancing and were very diligent. Overall, it’s been a good start.”
Earlier in the day, Mikala Münter (USA) claimed her second victory of the week with her 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding Skyfall, this time in the FEI Intermediate II CDI3*, ending AGDF 1 with a 68.794%. Second place went to Melissa Taylor (USA) and Dixie WRF, a 13-year-old KWPN mare by Jazz, with a 65.206%.
FEI Grand Prix CDI-W Freestyle, presented by Lövsta
E, Debbie Rodriguez (USA); H, Cesar Torrente (COL); C, Janet Foy (USA); M, Christof Umbach (LUX); B, Agnieszka Majewska (POL)
1. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (USA) on Rassing’s Lonoir, LaGoy-Weltz and Mary Anne McPhail’s 17yo Danish Warmblood gelding by De Noir 3: 81.175, 83.700, 81.025, 82.975, 78.850; 81.545%
2. Yvonne Losos De Muniz (DOM) on Aquamarijn, her own 16yo KWPN mare by United: 74.475, 80.250, 77.725, 79.250, 79.125; 78.165%
3. Anna Marek (USA) on Dee Clair, Diane Morrison’s 13yo KWPN mare by Sir Sinclair: 74.400, 77.675, 77.675, 75.875, 74.875; 76.100%
4. Anna Buffini (USA) on FRH Davinia La Douce, her own 14yo Hanoverian mare by Don Frederico:76.875, 75.050, 75.850, 73.700, 73.375; 74.970%
5. Benjamin Ebeling (USA) on Illuster Van De Kampert, Nuvolari Holdings LLC’s 13yo Belgian Warmblood gelding by Spielberg: 72.850, 75.100, 72.200, 74.875, 76.150; 74.235%
6. Jill Irving (CAN) on Aurthur, her own 16yo KWPN gelding by Jazz: 71.850, 73.600, 73.875, 77.250, 69.900; 73.295%
7. Susan Dutta (USA) on Figeac DC, her own 12yo Oldenburg gelding by Fackeltanz: 72.200, 73.700, 72.550, 73.675, 72.225; 72.870%
8. Abraham Pugh (USA) on Elfenperfekt, Alice Drayer’s 15yo Trakehner stallion by Peron: 68.450, 69.525, 72.525, 71.425, 71.050; 70.595%
9. Sahar Daniel Hirosh (ISR) on Whitman, Jane Suwalsky’s 18yo KWPN gelding by Rhodium: 67.700, 69.375, 71.450, 72.200, 70.000; 70.145%
10. Joanne Vaughn (GEO) on Al Martino 10, her own 17yo Holsteiner gelding by Almoretto: 66.225, 64.775, 66.625, 66.025; 65.850%