SÃO PAULO, Brazil, Mar. 18, 2019–João Victor Oliva on Biso das Lezirias claimed a double victory at Small Tour while Pedro Manuel Tavares de Almeida on Aoleo was successful at Grand Prix in the first of four competitions to qualify for Brazil’s Pan American Games team.
João Victor Oliva, 23, based in Germany, rode the 13-year-old Lusitano stallion to scores of 71.863 per cent in the Prix St. Georges and 69.951 per cent at Int. 1. Biso das Lezirias was previously competed by Maria Caetano of Portugal.
The 2018 World Equestrian Games combination of Pedro Manuael on Aeleo, a 16-year-old Lusitano stallion, scored 68.007 per cent in the Grand Prix.
Teams for the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru in July can be made up Big and Small Tour combinations but must include a Grand Prix pair to earn one of the two places to start at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The United States that plans to send a team to Lima qualified for Tokyo with its silver medal performance at the Tryon World Games.
The Pan Ams are staged once every four years. Brazil captured Pan Am team bronze in 1975, 1983, 2007 and 2015.
Results of the competition at Sociedade Hípica Paulista:
1. Pedro Manuel Tavares de Almeida/Aoleo – 68.007%
2. Leandro Aparecido da Silva/Dicaprio – 67.971%
3. Micheline Schulze/Bretina SN Command – 59.493%
1. João Victor Oliva/Biso das Lezirias – 69.951%
2. Mauro Pereira da Silva Junior/Don Enrico AMM – 69.657%
3. Yara do Amaral Fernandes/Dileto HI – 69.265%
4. Paulo Cesar dos Santos/Espartano LS – 69.118%
5. Luiza Tavares de Almeida/Baluarte do Vouga – 69.118%
6. Victor Trielli Avila/Corsario IGS – 68.1866%
Prix St Georges
1. João Victor Oliva/Biso das Lezirias – 71.863%
2. Mauro Pereira Junior/Don Enrico AMM – 70.245%
3. Yara do Amaral/Dileto HI – 69.608%
4. Luiza Tavares de Almeida/Baluarte do Vouga – 69.412%
5. Paulo Cesar dos Santos/Espartano LS – 69.216%
6. Paulo Cesar dos Santos/Fidel da Sasa Je – 67.892%
WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 17–Anna Marek rode the American-bred Einstein JP to a career high score Sunday to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Int. 1 Freestyle on a horse that she bought because it was too spooky to sell.
Anna of the Ocala area community of Williston and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding scored 75.708 per cent for the second victory at this competition and the first wins in two years at Small Tour. The pair placed third in the Prix St. Georges and won the Int. 1.
Leif Aho of Wellington who is having a successful season on Classy Sinclair was second on 74.958 per cent with Canada’s Tom Dvorak on Denali third on 72.875 per cent.
Anna, who trains with former U.S. team coach Anne Gribbons, has ridden Einstein (Democraat x Contango) since the horse was four.
Because Einstein was funny with the spooking and the cold back, Anna said she asked the owner: “How are we ever going to sell this horse?” I’d fallen off him a few times. If something spooks him there’s nothing I can do about it.
“Then he was Prix St. Georges and I had such an attachment to him because I had put so much work into him so I bought him.”
She qualified Einstein for the Festival of Champions, the U.S. championships, in 2018 but was pregnant so did not go.
Her goal this year is the championships in late August.
Anna has also declared for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru in July which has a format of mixed Big and Small Tour combinations for teams.
WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 17, 2019–Americans Caleb Scroggins on Gyllebo’s Bambi and Adam Steffens on Boston Strong qualified for the inaugural Iron Spring Farm Future Stars Performance Series final to be staged at the Global Dressage Festival in two weeks.
Nora Batchelder of the U.S. on the homebred Belatrix RH was named the wild card to become one of 16 combinations to be invited to compete in the $10,000 Developing Prix St. Georges final for horses aged seven to nine years.
Caleb of Magnolia, Texas and the eight-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Zuidenwind x Goldmine XX) and owned by Asa Bjorklund won the last of the qualifiers.
Adam of Wellington and Boston Strong, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Bordeaux x Sandro Hit) owned by Christina Vinios placed second.
Nora Batchelder qualified on her Belatrix, seven-year-old Hanoverian mare (Bretone x Weltmeyer) as the highest scoring combination that did not place in the top two in each qualifier.
The final of the series that is loosely based on the format of Germany’s Nürnberger Burg-Pokal for small tour horses aged seven to nine years old will be staged as a national competition in Global’s centerpiece International Arena on Saturday, Mar. 30. A warmup Developing Prix St. Georges will be held on Thursday, Mar. 28 for the horses and riders to become familiar with the arena. Riders will be allowed to carry whips in both the warmup and final competitions.
To fulfill a goal of the series to keep costs to a minimum, competitors can trailer in each day and there will be no veterinary inspection.
In addition to total prize money of $10,000, a silver picture frame donated by Iron Spring Farm will be awarded to the champion.
The combinations qualified for the final are:
Marc Stanuschewski of Germany & Graciella
Christoph Koschel of Germany & Shakespeare
Diane Creech of Canada & Dublin L
Kelly Layne of Australia & Livio Fellugo
Meagan Davis of USA & Damocles HLF
Katie Johnson of USA & Paxton
Christopher Hickey of USA & Straight Horse Zackonik
Susanne Benne of USA & San Marino
Franziska Seidle of Switzerland & Gucci
Yvonne Losos de Muñiz of Dominican Republic & Felicia
Barbie Asplundh of USA & Gorgeous
Kathy Priest of USA & Damon’s Fantasy
Cheryl Roberts of Canada & Famous Forever
Caleb Scroggins of USA & Gyllebo’s Bambi
Adam Steffens of USA & Boston Strong
Nora Batchelder of USA & Belatrix RH
WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 17, 2019–Spain’s 17-year-old made American history Sunday when she won the Global Dressage Festival CDI Junior Freestyle with what appears to be the highest ever international score for the level in the United States.
Natalia rode Dhannie Ymas that she has competed for a year on both sides of the Atlantic to a score of 78.208 per cent. Of the three judges, American FEI 5* Janet Lee Foy gave her the highest mark, 80.875 per cent. A search by dressage-news.com of available records did not turn up a higher result in the U.S.
Dhannie Ymas is a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding that Natalia rode in the 2018 European Junior Championships on the Spanish team that included her best friend Julia Álvarez Abad and placed fourth. Natalia also competed at the 2016 Europeans.
She expected better results this year after a year of competing Dhannie as the horse has gained more confidence with her.
Dhannie Ymas had been competed by Juan Matute Guimon, a longtime resident with his family in Wellington who now is at university in Madrid and rode Dhannie to his highest score of 81.600 per cent to win Freestyle gold at the 2015 European Junir Championships. His father, the three-time Spanish Olympian Juan Matute based in Wellington, is Natalia’s coach.
This was her last competition with Dhannie on the 12-week Global winter circuit.
Natalia is finishing high school and plans to go to Europe to compete in the European Junior Championships and then the Spanish Championships as the last year she can show as a junior.
However, she plans to do online college so she can keep riding.
Her closest friends are in the dressage world–aside from Julia Abad they include Californians Benjamin Ebeling, a young rider and son of 2012 Olympic rider Jan Ebeling who winters in Florida, and Christian Simonson.
The victory by Denmark’s Daniel Bachmann Andersen on Blue Hors Zack completed qualifying competitions around the world to earn one of the 18 starting positions at the final of the annual global championship in Gothenburg, Sweden in three weeks.
The condition of Dorothee Schneider’s Sammy Davis Jr. that was withdrawn from the Western European concluding event in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands this weekend was still uncertain–but the rider indicated Sammy is recovering from an apparent infection–ans the decision by prospective Australians to not fill the one slot for the Pacific has muddied the final lineup.
What is known is that Isabell Werth will decide whether to take her world No. 1 Weihegold OLD or Emilio, ranked No. 4, to defend the title she won in 2017 and 2018.
Helen Langehnanberg, the German Olympic, World Equestrian Games and former World Cup champion, is in with Damsey FRH, the 17-year-old Hanoverian stallion on which she is ranked No. 6 in the world and owned by Louise Leatherdale and Susanne Meyer of Long Lake, Minnesota.
Dorothee Schneider and Sammy Davis Jr. have the qualifying points. If the duo do not go to Sweden, that position will be filled by Benjamin Werndl on Daily Mirror.
Hans Peter Minderhoud of the Netherlands is also certain to be invited with Glock’s Dream Boy. Hans Peter is a 2008 Olympic team silver medalist and was World Cup champion on Flirt in 2016.
Daniel Bachmann Andersen or “Dan the Man,” as he’s been dubbed by the European equestrian media, will be taking Blue Hors Zack.
Maria Caetano of Portugal on the Lusitano Coroado also seems assured of receiving an invite.
So, too, will Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K, the Irish combination that have won fans on both sides of the Atlantic as the pair have created new national scoring records.
The home side will be represented by Patrik Kittel and Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén, both with multiple Olympics and World Games for Sweden and each having already competed in six World Cup Finals.
Morgan Barbançon Mestre who competed in two World Cup Finals for Spain but switched to ride for France after last year’s championship in Paris looks as if she will be invited.
Four combinations will most likely come from North America–three from the United States and one from the Dominican Republic–although the league is awarded two places.
Laura Graves on Verdades, No. 2 in the world and reserve champion to Isabell and Weihegold the past two finals, and Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet, fifth ranked in the world, earned the two league spots.
Adrienne Lyle, their team mate on Salvino at the Tryon WEG, should get an invitation based on their world ranking of No. 15 as of the cutoff at the end of February.
The non-league spot was won by Yvonne Losos de Muñiz of the Dominican Republic who competed in North America.
The sprawling Central European League that also has political and military issues will be represented by Russia’s Regina Isachkina and Olga Safronova of Belarus.
Neither one of the two Australians that could have filled the sole place reserved for the Pacific area want to make the journey that is expensive and would be taxing on the horse–about a 24-hour flight followed by another 12 hours on the road.
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) will calculate the final standings early this week to confirm qualifying scores and determine which other combinations based on world standings want to apply for what are called extra starting places and round out the final lineup of 18 combinations.
HAWKES BAY, New Zealand, Mar. 16–Wendi Williamson on the New Zealand-bred Don Amour MH won both the Horse of the Year CDI3* Grand Prix Special and Freestyle. Wendi and the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 74.450 per cent for the musical performance. Vanessa Way on NRM Andreas was second on 71.250 per cent with Victoria Wall on Letty Lei ED ...
KEYSOE, England, Mar. 16, 2019–Carl Hester and Nip Tuck made it two wins in two starts by claiming the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday in the return to competition of the British Olympic, World Games and World Cup partnership.
Carl and the 15-year-old KWPN gelding that won the Grand Prix in the first competition since the 2017 European Championships claimed the Freestyle with a score of 78.725 per cent.
Charlotte Dujardin, who is coached by Carl as she was through her career with Valegro, placed second on Erlentanz, a 12-year-old Trakehner gelding, with a score of 77.700 per cent.
Anders Dahl, the Danish team rider who is based in England, on Fidelio van het Bloemenhof was awarded 74.000 per cent to place third and round out the same order of finish as the Grand Prix.
Carl and Nip Tuck (Don Ruto x Animo) were on the medal winning British teams at the 2014 Normandy World Equestrian Games, the European Championships a year later and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The pair placed third at the World Cup Final in Omaha that was won by Isabell Werth on Weihegold with Laura Graves on Verdades runner-up.
WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 16, 2019–Adrienne Lyle, Olympic and World Games rider for the United States, rode the American-bred Harmony’s Duval to a personal best score to win the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday.
Adrienne and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding scored 75.851 per cent for the fourth win–including all three Grand Prix Specials–in six starts since beginning Big Tour here just five weeks ago.
Canadians Jill Irving on Degas who had won the Grand Prix four days earlier placed second on 72.660 per cent with Naima Moreira Laliberte on Statesman in third on 71.128 per cent, their best score so far since she began showing the 12-year-old gelding last June. The horse had previously been ridden by Jordi Domingo Coll of Spain.
This was the last competition this Global circuit for Duval that was bred by Leslie Malone of Harmony Sporthorses of Kiowa, Colorado. The horse is now owned by a syndicate of northwest United States supporters of Adrienne who rode Wizard at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 world championships then on Salvino at the 2018 Tryon WEG where the U.S. team won silver.
Her goal for the summer is to be on the U.S. team with Salvino at the CDIO5* Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany and to show Duval in the CDI4*.
Since the Grand Prix when the flubbed both lines of changes, Adrienne worked Duval “a lot on perfecting the balance getting into the changes and it was able to keep him at a place where he felt controlled and mentally slow enough to know what was going on. He’s a horse that can get really amped up, mentally.
“The collection is great for him, the piaffe-passage and pirouettes are a real highlight for him, but his best quality in general is, I think, his work ethic. He would go all day and all night and he would never say ‘no’. He has an engine that never stops.
“When I can get everything in balance he’s like this incredible feeling because he has power that’s unlike any horse that I’ve ever ridden. When that power gets away from you it’s a little bit like a runaway train, but when I can get it all like that he really feels incredible and the honesty is really incredible in him.”
MADRID, Mar. 16, 2019–Jordi Domingo Coll of Spain rode Dolman to a personal best score Saturday to win the CDI3* Grand Prix Special, the first Big Tour victory for the 11-year-old gelding. Jordi and Dolman scored 68.894 per cent to complete the first year of Big Tour. Juan Antonio Jimenez Cobo and Euclides Mor were second on 68.851 per cent wit ...
‘s-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, Mar. 16, 2019–Daniel Bachmann Andersen and Blue Hors Zack posted a personal best score Saturday to win the final World Cup qualifying event and beat Isabell Werth for the first time on one of the German superstar’s top ranked horses.
Helen Langehanenberg on the American-owned Damsey FRH also with a pertsonal best score was only slightly behind the Danish combination to also finish ahead of Isabell and Emilio. The German on her world No. 4 ranked mount was completing the required qualifying steps as a backup to Weihegold OLD on which she has won the last two World Cups.
The drama in the competition arena at the last of the global qualifiers to go to the Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in three weeks added to news of the withdrawal of Germany’s Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis Jr. because of an apparent infection that if not fixed by the time of the final would allow compatriot Benjamin Werndl on Daily Mirror to go to his first annual global championship.
The victory by Daniel and the 15-year-old KWPN stallion that were on Denmark’s team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon last fall was awarded 84.890 per cent that beat their previous best of 83.375 per cent set last month. And it came a few hours after the 28-year-old Daniel rode Blue Hors Don Olymbrio to the win over Isabell on Don Johnson FRH for the second time at this show. Don Johnson is 18 years old and in his ninth year at Big Tour.
Isabell as the title defender needed only to compete in two events to go to the final, which she did on both Weihegold and Emilio, and earned no points for the order of finish.
Helen Langehanenberg had been leading the Western European League and clinched the top spot with Saturday second place and the 17 points it earned.
The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Dream Boy placed fourth on 81.635 .
Benjamin Werndl and Daily Mirror slotted into fifth place that did not add to their total points, but if Dorothee and Sammy do not go to Gothenburg, as a German he would complete the limit of three combinations from one nation.