Caroline Roffman & Her Highness O Win Kentucky CDI3* Grand Prix Special

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Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O in the Kentucky CDI3* Grand Prix Sunday. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O in the Kentucky CDI3* Grand Prix Sunday. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, May 25, 2014–Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O won the Kentucky CDI3* Grand Prix Special Sunday for their second straight victory heading into the United States championships where a squad of eight horses and riders will be selected to go to Europe to battle for a place on America’s team at the World Equestrian Games three months from now.

On the 11-year-old black mare that she began competing at Grand Prix in January, Caroline of Wellington, Florida scored 70.479 per cent and the sole American in the competition of only four starters–three of them Canadians seeking to enhance their chances for being selected to their own WEG team.

Tom Dvorak on Viva’s Salieri W placed second on 68.375 per cent while Jacqueline Brooks on D Niro on which she rode for Canada at the 2012 Olympics in London was third on 67.396 per cent.

The 25-year-old Caroline of Wellington, Florida and the Hanoverian mare (Hohenstein x Weltmeyer) won the Grand Prix Friday that boosted the pair well into the top eight in the rankings for the Dutta Corp. U.S. Championships at Gladstone, New Jersey in mid-June.

The Kentucky CDI was only the fifth international event for Caroline and Her Highness O, that she competed at small tour at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany where she rode Sagacious HF as the first American in the Under-25 division.

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O in the Grand Prix Special. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O in the Grand Prix Special. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

She has begun working with Debbie McDonald, who rode the mare Brentina in the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008, World Equestrian Games in 2002 and 2006 and the first American combination to become World Cup champion.

Results:

CDI3*GRAND PRIX SPECIAL E: Maurel-FRA  H: McDonald-USA  C: Christensen-DEN  M: Holler-GER  B: Ayers-USA 
E H C M B Total
1 HER HIGHNESS O CAROLINE ROFFMAN
CAROLINE ROFFMAN
USA 68.854   71.563   67.396   72.813   71.771   70.479% 
2 VIVA’S SALIERI W TOM DVORAK
AUGUSTIN WALCH
CAN 66.875   70.625   68.958   69.063   66.354   68.375% 
3 D NIRO JACQUELINE BROOKS
BROOKHAVEN DRESSAGE INC
CAN 65.729   66.458   65.729   70.625   68.438   67.396% 
4 DEGAS 12 JILL IRVING
JILL IRVING
CAN 65.521   65.417   66.354   67.813   67.188   66.458%