Canada’s David Marcus & Chrevi’s Capital Capture Wellington World Cup Grand Prix
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 31–Canada’s David Marcus rode a “really calm” Chrevi’s Capital to vctory in the World Cup Grand Prix Thursday, posting their second highest personal best score and overcoming what the rider described as post traumatic stress disorder triggered at the Olympics in London last summer.
David and the 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Chrevi’s Lavallo x Indira Gandhi x Weinberg) began their second year of partnership at Grand Prix level scoring 70.340 per cent, just 0.021 per cent ahead of Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Divertimento on 70.319 per cent with Lisa Wilcox of the United States and Pikko del Cerro HU third on 68.234 per cent.
David and Chrevi’s Capital began their CDI career in Florida just a year ago and claimed a start for the Canadian team at the London Games just seven months later. Based on results after four of eight World Cup North American League events, the pair are ranked second, a fraction of a point behind Olympic team mate Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro for one of two places in the World Cup Final in Sweden at the end of April.
“It was a clean test,” he said, “no mistakes. He let me really ride him. I couldn’t have asked for more. He was really happy here, really calm. He loves it here.”
The aim was to overcome PTSD (post traumatic stress syndrome), “the big scare at the Olympics” when a downpour caused thousands of spectators to pop up umbrellas, don rain gear and otherwise noisily move about that caused Chrevi’s Capital to spook to the extent he was eliminated.
The ride was to “build confidence and have a good ride with no tension” in which they succeeded.
The emphasis in 2013 is to build a stronger, more powerful Chrevi’s Capital.
Winning a start at the World Cup Final would be wonderful, he said, but the “big goal is Normandy,” the World Equestrian Games in 2014.
The Freestyle will be held Friday night under lights.