Sammis & Sagacious Win 11th Grand Prix of Year at NEDA Fall Festival CDI-W

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Lauren Sammis and Sagacious HF celebrating CDI-W Grand Prix victory. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lauren Sammis and Sagacious HF celebrating CDI-W Grand Prix victory. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

SAUGERTIES, New York, Sept. 12–Lauren Sammis and Sagacious HF won their 11th Grand Prix class of the year Saturday at the New England Dressage Association’s Fall Festival World Cup competition.

Displaying more confidence and strength than in the previous 16 Grand Prix level classes the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding has competed in this year, the Hyperion Farm’s horse posted a score of 70.085 per cent.

Tina Konyot and Calecto V of North Stonington, Connecticut, placed second with 68.596 per cent and Wellington, Florida-based Lars Petersen and Naomi of Denmark were third on 68.000 per cent.

The Grand Prix was perhaps the biggest in the history of NEDA’s Fall Festival with 26 starters, with more Canadian than U.S. horses. Heavy rain throughout Friday continued into Saturday morning, but by mid-afternoon the Hits in the Sun hunter/jumper and dressage showgrounds three hours north of New York City began to dry out.

Tina Konyot on Calecto V blowing kisses to the crowd who sang Happy Birthday--we won't tell you her age--when she finished her Grand Prix ride. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tina Konyot on Calecto V blowing kisses to the crowd who sang Happy Birthday--we won't tell you her age--when she finished her Grand Prix ride. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“Sagacious is much, much more confident,” said Sammis of South Orange, New Jersey.

“It’s not so new for him, he is used to it.

“Our mantra now is stronger and better.

“When we were in Florida last winter first showing Grand Prix we were going through the patterns.

“Now we go through the patterns and each time he gets to know it better. Now we can deal with the different movements, work on improving the piaffe and passage or the one-tempis.

“Hopefully in a year we will both have it all together,” she said, referring to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky which is their focus.

Lauren Sammis and Sagacious HF in the Grand Prix at NEDA Fall Festival CDI-W. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lauren Sammis and Sagacious HF in the Grand Prix at NEDA Fall Festival CDI-W. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Sammis said she would compete Sagacious at Dressage at Devon World Cup show in Pennsylvania nexy month then save the horse for the highly competitive Florida winter circuit where she plans to build toward the trials next August at which the WEG team will be selected.

Tina Konyot sat out most of the last winter after she broke her ankle in nine places in a fall at her her home that prevented her riding. She competed Calecto successfully in Palm Beach in April.

However, this was the biggest stage for the pair this year.

Tina Konyot and Calecto V in the NEDA Fall Festival World Cup Grand Prix. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tina Konyot and Calecto V in the NEDA Fall Festival World Cup Grand Prix. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Petersen, who lives year-round in South Florida, has been competing Naomi, owned by Janet Bell, for the past several months.

“We’re really happy with the way things are going,” Janet said. “We’re just having a good time, enjoying seeing our horse compete.”

Lars Petersen and Naomi in the NEDA Fall Festival Grand Prix CDI-W. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen and Naomi in the NEDA Fall Festival Grand Prix CDI-W. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The top finishing Canadian was Jacqueline Brooks on her 2008 Olympic mount Gran Gesto who scored 66.809 per cent to finish fourth.

Canada's Jacqueline Brooks and Gran Gesto. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Canada's Jacqueline Brooks and Gran Gesto. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Todd Flettrich of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, competed Otto for the first time in the United States since returning from Germany where they trained with Hubertus Schmidt and competed in German shows.

Flettrich and Otto, who was ridden by the USA’s Heather Blitz before being bought by Cherry Knoll Farm, scored 66.553 per cent to place sixth.

Todd Flettrich and Otto at Saugerties. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Todd Flettrich and Otto at Saugerties. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

In the CDI Junior Individual competition, Isabelle Leibler of Wellington, Florida, was the champion on the nine-year-old Danish pony Dream Light that she has been riding for two years. They scored 64.105 per cent.

Individual Junior Champion Isabelle Leibler and Dream Light. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Individual Junior Champion Isabelle Leibler and Dream Light. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Class: 384C – CDI Grand Prix Ring: 1
E: Ernes H: Gribbons C: Clarke M: Yukins B: McMullen
Ride Time Entry # Rider Horse Stat/Div Term Reason Test E H C M B Total % Pl. Verified
5:29:00 PM 5 Sammis, Lauren Sagacious HF Open No FEI Grand Prix 2009 324 343 338 334 308 1647 70.085% 1 No
2:26:00 PM 33 Konyot, Tina Calecto V Open No FEI Grand Prix 2009 301 332 323 328 328 1612 68.596% 2 No
1:47:00 PM 26 Petersen, Lars Naomi Open No FEI Grand Prix 2009 326 317 319 318 318 1598 68.000% 3 No
5:45:00 PM 15 Brooks, Jaqueline Gran Gesto Open No FEI Grand Prix 2009 305 321 328 305 311 1570 66.809% 4 No
3:06:00 PM 55 Trussell, Belinda Anton Open No FEI Grand Prix 2009 314 312 315 312 314 1567 66.681% 5 No
1:55:00 PM 7 Flettrich, Todd Otto Open No FEI Grand Prix 2009 312 319 312 317 304 1564 66.553% 6 No