Tina Konyot & Calecto V Win WEG Test Event CDI3* Grand Prix, Canadians 2nd, 3rd

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Oh, well! Tina Konyot laughing after Calecto V broke into the canter for the last few steps of the final passage in the Grand Prix. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Oh, well! Tina Konyot laughing after Calecto V broke into the canter for the last few steps of the final passage in the Grand Prix. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Apr. 20–Tina Konyot and Calecto V captured the Grand Prix at the Kentucky Cup CDI3* World Equestrian Games test event Tuesday, with Steffen Peters, flying in for the day to lend support to his fellow Americans.

Although appearing for the first time in the spacious main stadium that will be the competition arena for WEG at the end of September, the 12-year-old Danish warmblood black stallion displayed more confidence than previous outings during the recent Florida winter circuit and posted a score of 70.638 per cent.

Belinda Trussell and Anton. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Belinda Trussell and Anton. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Canadian Belinda Trussell of Newmarket, Ontario, on Anton was the only other combination to score above 70 per cent (70.312 per cent), while fellow Canadian Bonny Bonnello of Calgary, Alberta, on Pikardi, a 13-year-old Canadian-bred gelding, scored 68.638 per cent for third place.

At the age of 59, Bonny is seeking to qualify for the Canadian WEG team 30 years after she first competed for her national team, at the alternate Olympics at Goodwood, England, and competed again at Los Angeles four years later.

The event is billed as a WEG test event at the Kentucky Horse Park but it is being held simultaneously with the Rolex Kentucky Three -Day Event 4* as well as the jumping test event. The three-day event drew 102,000 spectators at this venue two years ago.

The dressage test event also had to scramble to enlist two judges to when Stephen Clarke of Great Britain and Wotjek Markowski of Poland were caught in the volcanic ash-created no-fly zone throughout much of Europe.

Bonny Bonnello on Pikardi. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Bonny Bonnello on Pikardi. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Tina Konyot said that Steffen Peters told her that Calecto could be getting scores three to four percentage points higher with more confidence and experience.

“It should not be such a big effort to get him to that point, to deal with the little bobbles here and there that take away from what we are capable of producing,” she said.

“But he is doing really well for his first year at Grand Prix.”

(See accompanying story on rider reactions to the WEG venue)

Grand Prix results

E: Foy H: Zang C: Seefried M: Macartney B: Bredahl
Rider Horse E H C M B Total % Pl.
Konyot, Tina M. Calecto V 337 338 325 331 329 1660 70.638% 1
Trussell, Belinda Anton 330 329 329 338 324 1650 70.213% 2
Bonnello, Bonny Pikardi 318 341 307 324 323 1613 68.638% 3
Harding, Shawna Come On III 321 316 318 327 315 1597 67.957% 4
St Jacques, Pierre Lucky Tiger 324 323 312 314 322 1595 67.872% 5
Gundersen, Mikala Munter Leonberg 321 320 323 314 312 1590 67.660% 6
Flettrich, Todd Otto 315 322 306 319 315 1577 67.106% 0
Winter, Victoria Proton 314 318 310 319 315 1576 67.064% 0
Petersen, Lars Beemer 311 318 313 319 311 1572 66.894% 0
Gibson, Michelle Don Angelo 314 311 318 313 310 1566 66.638% 0
Creech, Diane Devon L 320 310 308 311 306 1555 66.170% 0
Brooks, Jacqueline Balmoral 303 307 313 309 304 1536 65.362% 0
Losos de Muniz, Yvonne Optimus Prime 304 306 306 310 309 1535 65.319% 0
Von Martels, Chris Naomi 303 301 309 310 301 1524 64.851% 0
Hannigan, Jane D. Maksymilian 309 299 307 300 302 1517 64.553% 0
Page, Arlene F. Alina 299 299 301 302 299 1500 63.830% 0
Brooks, Jacqueline Gran Gesto 291 298 303 303 299 1494 63.574% 0
Creech, Diane Wiona 301 289 301 298 299 1488 63.319% 0
Busse, Ute Lindor’s Finest 300 284 292 305 306 1487 63.277% 0
Koffler Stanfield, Reese Goubergh’s Kasper 295 290 296 300 303 1484 63.149% 0
Reteguiz-Denizard, Luis Nalando 295 288 279 296 285 1443 61.404% 0
Shimoni, Oded Granada 286 289 288 291 288 1442 61.362% 0
Irwin, Jaimey Dover 287 278 290 293 292 1440 61.277% 0
Schlonsok, Nadine Ikaros 288 294 282 285 284 1433 60.979% 0
Bernal, Marco Halbgott 287 300 274 278 288 1427 60.723% 0
Taylor, Melissa Schumacker Solyst 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000% 0