Arlene “Tuny” Page Winds Up European Circuit on “Good Solid Note” of Best Ever Result Outside USA

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Arlene "Tuny" Page and Alina. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Arlene “Tuny” Page and Alina. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Sept. 12, 2014

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Arlene “Tuny” Page wound up her second year with her Alina on Europe’s outdoor circuit with a second place finish in the Zandhoven, Belgium CDI3* Grand Prix Friday, the best international result for the rider outside the United States.

Tuny described the placing with a score of 68.700 per cent on her 16-year-old Danish Warmblood mare “as a good solid note” to end this year’s European show season before returning to her base in Wellington, Florida. She also rode her Woodstock in the Grand Prix for a score of 66.080 per cent and eighth place.

Fellow American Katherine Bateson-Chandler, also based in Wellington, tied for third place on Wellnetta, the 11-year-old Dutch mare she began competing at international Grand Prix in Florida in January.

In the second straight year competing Alina in Europe, Tuny chose this new CDI for their finale performance.

“Alina is fit and fresh and made a super job today,” she told dressage-news.com. “Her lateral work was the best to date and I was particularly happy with her passage and piaffe.”

With several marks of eight, the pair were on track to challenge Belgian team World Games combination of Jeroen Devroe and Eres DL for the lead.

“Her canter tour is usually quite good and today felt easy,” she said.

“I had a mistake in the one-time changes which cost her the win today but normally those go very easy. I think I over-prepared and frankly tried a bit too hard.”

Three marks of four and two of five for the one-tempis dropped the pair to runnerup, 0.36 per cent behind the Belgian pair.

Woodstock was “very impressed wth the atmosphere so had a couple of mistakes out of tension,: she said, “but he gives an amazing feeling, so elastic and expressive.”

Both Grand Prix horses and a five-year-old she bought in Germany this year will go to Florida later this month. After some down time, they will be prepared for the Global Dressage Festival of seven CDIs in Florida over the winter.

“I’d love to have them both working their way up the FEI ranking list,” she said.

Tuny trains Alina (Michellino x Diamant) and Woodstock with Jürgen Koschel at Hagen, Germany.

The pair began their international Grand Prix career on the Florida winter circuit in 2010 and have posted four victories at events on the United States East Coast.

She rode Alina on the U.S. silver medal team at the Nations Cup in Hickstead, England in 2013.

Tuny has competed extensively on the East Coast of the United States and in Europe over the years, including the World Cup Final with her Wild One in Amsterdam in 2006.