Katherine Bateson-Chandler & Wellnetta Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix

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Katherine Bateson-Chandler on Wellnetta in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Katherine Bateson-Chandler on Wellnetta in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 6, 2014–Katerine Bateson-Chandler and Wellnetta posted their first international victory Thursday in winning the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix to become the first American rider to win a a CDI Big Tour class in Florida this winter circuit.

The score of 69.280 per cent was just 0.040 per cent higher than the Florida-based Australian Kelly Layne on Udon P with 69.240 per cent and for several minutes the Aussie was announced as the confirmed winner but a glitch in a new scoring system produced incorrect results. Dressage-news.com examined the written test sheets from each of the five judges for both riders and there was no change in the individual hand written marks signed by the judges.

Michael Barisone of Long Valley, New Jersey and his mount Ellegria created history in the same Grand Prix in which the pair placed third on 67.200 per cent.

Michael Barisone riding Ellegria in the Wellington CDI3*. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Michael Barisone riding Ellegria in the Wellington CDI3*. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The 13-year-old mare showed blood on the front foreleg when being examined by the steward checking equipment after the ride.

The steward called the FEI veterinarian who examined the horse and determined it had been caused by Ellegria nicking herself and was not by the rider. The horse also showed no discomfort.

Under the new rules for the sight of blood, the veterinarian exercised her right not to eliminate the horse the first time the rule has been applied.

This was only the second international competition for Katherine, based in Wellington during winter, and the 11-year-old KWPN mare that was bought last summer by Jane Forbes Clark for Katherine to compete for a place on the American team for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

In the first CDI two weeks ago, the weather was windy and chilly while Thursday it was hot and humid that the rider described as “a sharp learning curve” for Wellnetta to deal with.

“She was just the same, she tried her heart out,” said Katherine who was suffering from the ‘flue and the pair spent several minutes longer than planned in the warmup.

“She helped me out a lot,” she said, “I wasn’t much help.”

Thomas Baur, in his first year as sports director for the Global Dressage Festival, said that to avoid a mistake occurring in the scoring in the future electronic scores would be announced as provisional until calculated by the official scorer.

For Kelly, whose horse had already had the first place blue ribbon placed on its neck along with the winner’s embroidered show rug, the switch in the placings was disappointing.

Kelly Layne and Udon P. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kelly Layne and Udon P. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Earlier Thursday, she and Udon P had been officially placed on the Australian Elite squad for the first time.

Thursday’s result was, however, her highest placing in a Grand Prix since she won on Amoucher in Wayne, Illinois in May, 2008.

Shawna Harding and Come On III in their return to the Grand Prix arena after almost tw years out of competition due to malaria and Lyme's disease. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Shawna Harding and Come On III in their return to the Grand Prix arena after almost tw years out of competition due to malaria and Lyme’s disease. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Shawna Harding of Aiken, South Carolina returned to the international competition arena with Come On III whom she rode in the 2011 and 2012 World Cup Finals in Europe.

Shawna contracted malaria in Europe that exacerbated a low grade Lyme’s disease that led to serious health problems and knocked her out of riding after the 2012 Finals.

She is now back competing both Come On and Rigo, her other Grand Prix mount, but lost a lot of her businss while being treated for the health issues.

“We have our good days and bad days,” she said. “We’re taking it one day at a time.”

Results:

Grand Prix
E: Bredahl – USA H: Almasy – FRA C: MacDonald – CAN M: Wuest – GER B: Rockwell – USA
Rider Ctzn Horse Breed Sex Sire Birth Year Owner E H C M B T Pl.
Bateson Chandler, Kathrine USA Wellnetta KWPN Mare Hexagon’s Louisville 2003 Clark, Jane Forbes 70.500 69.400 68.300 68.300 69.900 69.280 1
Layne, Kelly AUS Udon P Kwpn Gelding Hierarch 2001 Whistlejacket Farm LLC, . 70.600 69.700 69.400 68.100 68.400 69.240 2
Barisone, Michael USA Ellegria WEST Mare 2001 Sprieser, Lauren 66.900 65.800 67.400 66.600 69.300 67.200 3
Barisone, Michael USA HF Victor TRAK Gelding Gribaldi 2002 Alling, Virginia 66.900 66.400 67.400 67.200 67.100 67.000 4
Jesse, Kim GER Charming 8 RHEIN Stallion Champus 1998 Haese, Dirk 63.200 71.100 66.100 63.700 64.800 65.780 5
Harding, Shawna USA Come On III DWB Gelding Come Back II 1999 Harding, Shawna 64.800 65.500 64.900 65.900 66.800 65.580 6
Dutta, Susan USA Currency DC OLD Gelding Clintino 2000 Dutta, Susan 65.000 64.700 64.900 65.900 65.800 65.260 7
Vander Ploeg, Gary CAN Degas Oldenburg Gelding Donnerhall 1999 Vander Ploeg, Jean & Gary 63.700 64.900 66.800 63.800 64.600 64.760 8
Perry, Kasey USA Trostruplunds Scarlet Danish warmblood Mare Blue hors don shufro 1999 Perry, Diane 64.600 63.400 65.900 65.000 63.500 64.480 0
Strasser, Evi CAN Renaissance Tyme OLD Gelding Royal Diamant 2003 Strasser, Evi 67.900 63.500 64.300 63.000 63.000 64.340 0
Kaldewei, Maria GER Die Suesse OLD Mare Diamond Hit 2002 Kaldewei, Maria 63.000 62.000 64.300 65.000 65.500 63.960 0
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 HANN Gelding De Niro 2002 Irving, Jill 64.700 63.900 64.200 63.600 62.400 63.760 0
Watkins, Anna Whit USA Cipriani Westfalen Gelding Casparino 2002 Watkins, Anna Whit 60.800 65.000 63.300 62.800 62.600 62.900 0
Rizzo, Sylvia ITA Sal Lusitano Stallion Mississipe 1999 Hof Marabunta/IEG &, Silvia Rizo 63.800 61.700 64.600 60.800 63.500 62.880 0
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Prego KWPN Stallion Zazou 1997 Vaughan, Joanne 62.300 62.500 62.800 57.900 59.000 60.900 0
Barteau, Yvonne USA GP Raymeister HOLST Stallion Rantares 0 Frantz, Ginna 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0