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Pablo Gomez Golina and Ulises de Ymas Raising the Bar in Ocala

Sunday, December 12, 2021
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WORLD EQUESTRIAN CENTER - OCALA, FLORIDA

+Pablo Gomez Molina and Ulises de Ymas won the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*. Photo by SusanJStickle.com_..jpg

Pablo Gomez Molina piloted Ulises de Ymas, an 11-year-old PRE gelding by Seni Indio x Superior II owned by Cristina Danguillecourt, to victory in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*.

Photo: Pablo Gomez Molina and Ulises de Ymas won the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*. Photo by SusanJStickle.com.

Photo: Pablo Gomez Molina and Ulises de Ymas won the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*. Photo by SusanJStickle.com.
Photo: Pablo Gomez Molina and Ulises de Ymas won the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*. Photo by SusanJStickle.com.

The pair, who competed in October’s CDI at World Equestrian Center – Ocala and finished third in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W in their first-ever CDI freestyle, improved on their test by making small changes that led to a big win. They were rewarded by the judges with a score of 75.640%. Tyra Vernon (USA) and her own Ruben placed second with 69.130%, while Jacqueline MacDonald (USA) and her own Malcarat were third with 68.385%.

Gomez Molina felt that Ulises de Ymas gained strength since their last competition in October and being in the outdoor stadium was an advantage for his horse, who was more nervous in the indoor arena. Small changes, such as being more collected in the passage and quicker in the piaffe, were what he felt led to a better score and performance this time around in the freestyle.

He noted, “It wasn’t big changes and was the same pattern, but just little things to make more points in those movements. We watched the test and saw where we could make more points, and we tried to do that today. He felt a tiny bit tired today, but still I was able to ride him, and we got a better score than last time. He was really willing to go and did everything well for me. He still tried his heart out, and I’m happy about it.”

Final Results: Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*

Yuri Romanov at E score, Cesar Torrente at H score, Maribel Alonso de Quinzanos at C score, Sarah Geikie at M score, Peter Storr at B score, Total Score

  1. Ulises de Ymas: 2010 PRE gelding by Seni Indio x Superior II owned by Cristina Danguillecourt Pablo Gomez Molina (ESP): 74.125%, 76.125%, 76.575%, 75.375%, 76.000%, 75.640%
  2. Ruben: 2005 Friesian stallion by Aan 416 x Fabe 348 owned by Tyra Vernon Tyra Vernon (USA): 68.250%, 68.200%, 71.450%, 71.125%, 66.625%, 69.130%
  3. Malcarat: 2004 PRE gelding by Ordagov x Fetiche VLL owned by Jacqueline MacDonald Jacqueline MacDonald (USA): 66.375%, 67.250%, 69.550%, 67.375%, 71.375%, 68.385%
  4. Duke De Niro: 2004 British Hanoverian Horse gelding by De Niro 6 x Weltmeyer, owned by Maria Alejandra Aponte Maria Alejandra Aponte (COL): 67.250%, 68.500%, 68.375%, 68.500%, 66.625%, 67.850%
  5. Fidelio: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Fidertanz 2 x Rousseau owned by Krystalann Shingler Krystalann Shingler (CAN): 70.459%, 66.250%, 65.400%, 66.250%, 62.500%, 66.170%