Catherine Haddad & Winyamaro Pick up 1st World Cup Qualifier Win at Devon

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Catherina Haddad and Winyamaro. Photo: Hoof Print Images
Catherina Haddad and Winyamaro. Photo: Hoof Print Images

DEVON, Pennsylvania, Oct. 3–Catherine Haddad and Winyamaro won the Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage at Devon Saturday night to clinch their first World Cup qualifier of the season.

“I never had so much fun riding in a horse show,” said Catherine who scored 74.250 per cent on the 10-year-old gelding on which she was reserve for the U.S. team for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky this same week. “The atmosphere is fantastic.”

Catherine, based in Vechta, Germany, compared Dressage at Devon with the World Cup qualifiers in Europe and found the electric environment suited the flashy Hanoverianwho  seemed to enjoy the crowd and his job. Haddad chose Pink’s music for Winyamaro because “he’s Pink trapped in a horse’s body! When you turn on music like that, he just dances.”

She returns to Europe this week to continue with qualifiers in hopes of representing the USA at the Final in Leipzig, Germany, next spring.

In second place was Joe Sandven and the 12-year-old Hanoverian Rachmaninoff on 70.800 per cent and Ute Busse on Lindor’s Finest with 69.050 per cent.

Shawna Harding and Come On III. Photo: Hoof Print Images
Shawna Harding and Come On III. Photo: Hoof Print Images

In the Grand Prix Special Shawna Harding and her 11-year-old gelding Come On III finished first on 68.292 per cent. Diane Creech on Devon L was second on 63.833 per cent and Suzanne Markham on Donarlicht GGF at 63.708 per cent.

“The crowd this evening was so good–that’s more [like] the European atmosphere,” Shawna said.

She hopes to compete in Europe next year with her sights on the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Heather Blitz and Paragon continued their winning ways in the Intermediaire I class with 70.474 per cent. Kassandra Barteau on Toscano was second on 70.105 per cent and Cesar Parra and Olympia third on 68.474 per cent.