Tina Konyot & Calecto V Win Wellington CDI3* Olympic Grand Prix Special

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Tina Konyot and Calecto V in the Wellington Dressage Classic CDI3* Olympic Grand Prix Special. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 18–Tina Konyot admits she is on the best training program of her career and it paid off Sunday with a victory on Calecto V in the Olympic Grand Prix Special at the Wellington Dressage Classic CDI3* while Shawna Harding whose Come On III has the same sire as Calecto broke 70 per cent for the first time in a non-Freestyle competition.

Tina of Palm City, Florida, and the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion (Come Back II x Bahera x Rastell) scored 72.644 per cent with Shawna Harding of Aiken, South Carolina, and the 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Come Back II x Canna x Lantaan) were secnd on 70.622 per cent. Pop Art pulled a shoe during the ride and Canada’s Ashley Holzer rode the horse very conservatively for third place on 70.378 per cent.

Tina and Calecto, on the United States team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, posted the third highest score this year by an American combination seeking to represent the nation at the Olympic Games in London this summer. The two higher scores were by Steffen Peters on Ravel and Legolas.

Steffen and U.S. coach Anne Gribbons have put her on a training program that she describes as a “wonderful direction… on an avenue that both of us are comfortable traveling.”

Tina and Calecto work with Steffen and Anne at high performance clinics in Florida and the pair travel to Anne who lives near Orlando for additional traning and eyes on the ground.

“In the past,” she said, “Calecto has been allowed to get out of his box. He is still a stallion, even though a sweet one.”

The training system, she said,  is “the best program I’ve ever had.

“Now having a support system behind me is a big plus for me.”

Tina said she plans to compete at the Global Dressage Festival CDI5* at the end of this month and then take a break until the Olympic selection trials at Gladstone, New Jersey, in June.

For Shawna Harding and Come On III, breaking the 70 per cent level came two months after their previous best of 69.894 per cent and three years since the pair began competing Grand Prix.

Canada’s Jaqueline Brooks also posted a personal best of 69.600 per cent on D Niro, the 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (D-Day x Alitalia x Napoleon 625) that she has been competing since last September.

Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro on their way to personal score. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

 

Results:

FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special
E: Eisenhardt – GER H: Christensen – DEN C: Gardner – GBR M: Weatherwax – USA B: Holler – GER
Rider Ctzn Horse E % H % C % M % B % T % Pl.

Konyot, Tina USA Calecto V
73.111%
73.222%
72.111%
73.222%
71.556%
72.644% 1
Harding, Shawna USA Come On III
71.444%
70.000%
70.222%
70.444%
71.000%
70.622% 2

Holzer, Ashley CAN Pop Art
69.889%
71.000%
70.111%
70.556%
70.333%
70.378% 3

Brooks, Jacquline M. CAN D Niro
70.444%
68.333%
69.556%
70.222%
69.444%
69.600% 4

Cordia, Elaine USA Jewel’s Adelante
69.444%
68.889%
68.667%
69.333%
67.778%
68.822% 5

Dutta, Susan USA Currency DC
66.778%
66.444%
67.444%
68.000%
67.333%
67.200% 6
Busse, Ute CAN Lindor’s Finest
66.222%
66.000%
67.333%
67.556%
66.444%
66.711% 7

Parra, Cesar USA Van the Man
66.333%
66.111%
67.333%
66.556%
65.222%
66.311% 8

Marcus, David CAN Chrevi’s Capital
65.000%
65.667%
67.111%
65.667%
64.667%
65.622% 9

Peters, Joni Lynn CAN Travolta
65.444%
64.778%
65.889%
66.333%
65.000%
65.489% 10

Strasser, Evi CAN Action Tyme
65.444%
65.889%
65.889%
62.778%
63.667%
64.733% 0

MacLachlan, Nancy CAN Deniros Tyme
60.778%
64.000%
64.889%
63.667%
61.889%
63.044% 0

Winter, Victoria CAN Proton
62.556%
63.778%
62.111%
64.111%
61.556%
62.822% 0

Hoag, Tami USA Lonestar 57.778%
59.222%
60.000%
60.000%
57.778%
58.956% 0

Dvorak, Tom CAN Corrigan l 56.667%
60.778%
58.111%
59.556%
56.889%
58.400% 0

Dueck, Shannon CAN Ayscha
0.000%
0.000%
0.000%
0.000%
0.000%
0.000% 0

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