Tina Konyot & Calecto Appear to Cement Team Berth, Two Places Too Close to Call
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
GLADSTONE, New Jersey, Aug. 13–Tina Konyot and Calecto V on Friday appeared to cement their place on the U.S. team for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky next month, but the remaining two places were cast into doubt by cumulative scores that bunched three combinations within little more than one percentage point apart.
Tina and the 10-year-old black Danish stallion won their third of four selection trial competitions–the Grand Prix for the Freestyle–the Kür will be held Sunday–with a score of 71.319 per cent, the only rider to have scored 70 per cent in both Grand Prix and the Special at the trials that are being held over two weekends at this historic center outside New York City.
Todd Flettrich, riding Otto, the 14-year-old Danish warmblood gelding that was bought by Cherry Knoll Farm as a WEG prospect, improved their ranking with a second place finish Friday on a score of 69.787 per cent, while 2003 Pan American Games team gold medalist combination Pierre St. Jacques and Lucky Tiger were third on 69.489 per cent.
Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Nartan, the gelding bought by Jane F. Clark from Jeanette Haazen of The Netherlands just three months ago, finished fourth on 69.149 per cent, but is still in second place in overall rankings after finished second in both competitions last weekend.
German-based Catherine Haddad and Winyamaro finished fourth Friday with 69,149 per cent to round out the three combinations whose cumulative scores so far give them all a chance at making the team and, if there are no major problems, one of them will likely be the reserve.
Steffen Peters and Ravel were named to the squad without having to compete at these trials but will report with the 2009 World Cup champion to Gladstone along with the rest of the team and their horses on Sept. 4. The WEG begins Sept. 25.
Tina and Calecto were the only pair to score above 70 per cent Friday, unlike the Grand Prix for the Special last week when seven of the 15 starters scored above 70 per cent leading to jokes about grade inflation, no different than occurs in championships of many other nations.
Under the selection procedures, each of the two Grand Prix count for 30 per cent of the total, the Special for 25 per cent and Sunday’s freestyle 15 per cent.
Tina wept openly during the awards ceremony saying that she was overcome by her success so far and had read just hours before the competition a letter written to her by her late father six years ago saying that her day would come.
“I carry it in my hand bag all the time,” she said. “I read it this morning.
“We are five generations of horse people…”
After three competitions or 85 per cent of points available, the standings are:
Tina Konyot and Calecto V – 61.958%
Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Nartan – 60.237%
Todd Flettrich and Otto – 59.837%
Catherine Haddad and Winyamaro – 59.123%
Pierre St. Jacques and Lucky Tiger – 58.988%
Susan Blainks and Robin Hood – 58.389%
Jan Ebeling and Rafalca – 57.854%
Adrienne Lyle and Wizard – 56.855%
Leslie Morse and Tip Top 962 – 56.825%
Shawna Harding and Come On III – 56.750%
Lauren Sammis and Sagacious HF – 56.712%
Jan Ebeling and Sandrina – 55.251%
Jane Hannigan and Maksymilian scratched
Elisabeth Austin and Olivier scratched
Susan Jacomma and Wadamur – scratched
The scores from Friday”s Grand Prix for the Freestyle:
|E: Fore – USA||H: Foy – USA||C: Gurney – USA||M: Steiner – USA||B: Lamping – USA|
|Rider||Ctzn||Horse||E %||Rk.||H %||Rk.||C %||Rk.||M %||Rk.||B %||Rk.||T %||Pl.|
|Konyot, Tina||USA||Calecto V||72.128%||1||72.128%||1||70.851%||1||69.362%||1||72.128%||1||71.319%||1|
|St Jacques, Pierre||USA||Lucky Tiger||69.149%||3||71.064%||2||69.787%||3||67.234%||6||70.213%||3||69.489%||3|
|Blinks, Susan||USA||Robin Hood||65.957%||10||67.447%||7||65.319%||10||65.106%||9||70.213%||3||66.809%||8|
|Morse, Leslie||USA||Tip Top 962||66.596%||9||66.170%||9||67.234%||8||65.532%||8||68.511%||7||66.809%||8|
|Harding, Shawna||USA||Come On III||67.660%||6||66.170%||9||68.298%||5||64.681%||10||67.021%||9||66.766%||10|
|Sammis, Lauren||USA||Sagacious HF||61.277%||12||61.702%||12||61.915%||12||61.915%||12||64.043%||12||62.170%||12|