Austria’s Katharina Stumpf in 1st CDI Grand Prix

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Katharina Stumpf and For My Love after rider's first ever international Grand Prix. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Katharina Stumpf and For My Love after rider’s first ever international Grand Prix. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, April 4–Austria’s Katharina Stumpf rode her first ever international Grand Prix Thursday, competing For My Love so Canada’s Evi Strasser and Renaissance Tyme would not be the sole entry in the CDI3* that accompanied the Wellington 5*.

“I was very happy for surviving it,” said the rider who has become popular in her third year competing on the Florida winter dressage circuit though she spent many years in South Florida as a kid and watching and playing polo with the famous Gracida brothers, Memo and Carlos.

Katharina, an adult amateur, said she had not thought about competing in the CDI3* until she saw the start list with Evi as the only entry. She then called the Austrian federation and asked for permission to compete.

“I’ve never done the piaffe without a whip,” she laughed. “I couldn’t sleep all night thinking about it. I was very happy for surviving it.”

Katharina will ride the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (For Feeling x Escudine x Escudo I) to music from “Pirates of the Caribbean” in the Grand Prix Freestyle on Friday.

Katharina competed for several years on Spain’s Sunshine Tour before returning to Florida three years ago to see whether she would like it.

She likes it so much that she brought four horses to Wellington this year and has bought a house in Wellington’s Palm Beach Polo Club community.

RESULTS:

Grand Prix
E: Gribbons – USA H: Ahman – SWE C: Fore – USA M: Clarke – GBR B: Holler – GER
Rider Nat Horse E % H % C % M % B % Total Pl.
Strasser, Evi CAN Renaissance Tyme 60.213% 62.340% 62.766% 63.298% 64.681% 62.660% 1
Rumbough, Janne USA Junior 60.000% 61.383% 61.383% 59.894% 61.064% 60.745% 2
Stumpf, Katharina AUT For My Love 57.021% 62.447% 61.596% 59.681% 57.766% 59.702% 3