Jan Ebeling & Rafalca Win California’s Dressage Affaire World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix

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Jan Ebeling and Rafalca. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

DEL MAR, California, Mar. 12–Jan Ebeling and Rafalca scored a personal best at Grand Prix at The Dressage Affaire Saturday, in their bid to win a berth for the second World Cup Final for the pair.

Jan of Moorpark, California, and the 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding scored 69.596 per cent for the win with Sue Blinks of Encinitas, California on Robin Hood on 68.447 per cent for second place and Guenter Seidel of Cardiff, California on U II on  67.638 per cent for third place.

Jan, who competed Rafalca in the Final at Las Vegas in 2009, already has one qualifying score, 74.70 per cent for the freestyle from Saugerties, New York, that counts toward qualifying for the Final in Leipzig, Germany, at the end of April.

The freestyle is scheduled for Sunday and the result counts for qualifying scores in the North American League which is allocated two places in the Final. After completion of World Cup qualifying competitions on the East Coast, Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida is atop the North American League standings but she has said she does not plan to go to Leipzig with her stallion, Calecto V. Shawna Harding of Aiken, South Carolina, stands second in the standings with Rigo and has declared her intention to compete in the Final if she qualifies.

The only remaining World Cup qualifier in North America after this week’s Del Mar competition is at Burbank, California, at the end of March.

Complete results of The Dressage Affaire Grand Prix

E: Jena ‘I’ H: Bredahl ‘C’ C: McDonald ‘I’ M: Armando ‘I’ B: Amos-Jacob ‘I’
Rider Horse E H C M B Total % Place
Jan Ebeling Rafalca 324 330 324.5 333 324 1635.5 69.596% 1
Susan Blinks Robin Hood 328.5 328.5 319 318 314.5 1608.5 68.447% 2
Guenter Seidel U II 319.5 311 313.5 318 327.5 1589.5 67.638% 3
Shannon Peters Odyssey 311 317 315.5 313 300 1556.5 66.234% 4
Wendy Christoff Pfalstaff 300.5 310 309.5 317 303 1540 65.532% 5
David Wightman Partous 293 311 303.5 307 303 1517.5 64.574% 0
Kathleen Raine Breanna 296.5 307.5 298 300 312.5 1514.5 64.447% 0
Elizabeth Ball Orion 299 307 313.5 308 285 1512.5 64.362% 0
Alisa Wilson Weltclassiker 309.5 302.5 305.5 300 294.5 1512 64.340% 0
Michelle Reilly Atlantic 291.5 292.5 286 291 296.5 1457.5 62.021% 0
Grant Schneidman Superman 285 283 299 294 292 1453 61.830% 0
Nicki Grandia Elisienne 276.5 291.5 281.5 295 274 1418.5 60.362% 0