Tina Konyot and Calecto V Win Again In the Grand Prix for the Special at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby

Saturday, March 6, 2010
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In a large class of twenty seven entries in the Grand Prix Tina Konyot and her Danish Stallion by Comeback II topped the entries with a 69.957 score. The international judges’ panel was not giving away any points and Calecto V like many others in the class had mistakes, but when he was good he was very very good, and for that he was rewarded. Hot on her heels was another American, Elisabeth Austin on Olivier, performing poetic piaffe/passage transitions and powerful extensions to finish with a 68.936. Third was Canadian Belinda Trussel on Anton with a 68.638.

Last season was a tough year for Tina Konyot. A multiple fracture in her foot left her pretty much out of the season unable to compete her stallion Calecto V that is until she was finally able to hobble onto the mounting block to win the Grand Prix Freestyle at the 2009 Gold Coast Grand Finale. And the expressive stallion with the expressive rider proceeded to collect wins in Canada and the USA CDI Competitions throughout the season. After winning the Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage at Devon and nailing her first big CDI win in 2010 at the Gold Coast Opener, this duo is poised to be one of the contenders for the US Team at the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games.

Elisabeth Austin continues her University of Vermont studies remotely working on several classes while training and competing in Florida during the critical 2010 Dressage season. Austin leads the pack of the new generation of American talent which has risen from the Young Rider system and who was the winner of the inaugural Brentina Cup in 2008. The field is wide open this year for that will make it to the final four for the USA Team, as new talent continues to emerge.

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