Spain’s Dani Dockx & Grandioso Win Wellington World Cup Grand Prix Special for 1st Victory in USA

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José Daniel Martín Dockon randioso celebrating their first victory in the United States. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
José Daniel Martín Dockx on Grandioso celebrating their first victory in the United States. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 24, 2015–José Daniel Martín Dockx rode Grandioso to the first victory in the United States for the Spanish Olympic and World Games team partnership by winning the World Cup Grand Prix Special at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival under the lights Saturday night.

Dani Dockx rode the P.R.E. stallion to a score of 72.864 per cent for the win over Swedish multi Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén on Divertimento in second on 70.647 per cent and Germany’s Christoph Koschel on Tiesto in third on 69.471 per cent. The top ranked American was Arlene “Tuny” Page on Woodstock in fourth on 68.216 per cent.

The victory was the first for Dani and the 16-year-old Pura Raza Español stallion in the first show in the U.S. for the 2014 Spanish national Grand Prix championship pair and the highest score as well first victory for a P.R.E. horse in a CDI in the United States.

“It is amazing to be here in the United States to win,” Dani told dressage-news.com. “This has been a dream for so many years to come here and compete. We came here and won in our second test.

“I am really, really happy for Kim Boyer, the owner of Grandioso and our sponsor.”

Kim Boyer, standing next to Grandioso, presenting awards to the top placegetters in the World Cup Grand Prix Special at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival that was won by her Grandioso ridden by José Daniel Martín Dockx. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kim Boyer, standing next to Grandioso, presenting awards to the top placegetters in the World Cup Grand Prix Special at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival that was won by her Grandioso ridden by José Daniel Martín Dockx. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Dani took over the ride on Grandioso, now the 16 years olds, a year after Courtney King-Dye who had competed the horse to Intetrmediate 2 suffered a serious riding accident.

Grandioso is owned by Hampton Green Farm in Wellington, Florida and Fruitport, Michigan that is operated by Kim Boyer who also is a major sponsor of American youth programs as well as the Global Dressage Festival.

In the past three years, Dani and Grandioso have competed on the Spanish team at the Olympic Games in London in 2012, the European Championships in 2013 and the World Equestrian Games in Normandy last summer. The pair are the highest ranked Spanish combination on the International Equestrioan Federation (FEI) world rankings as of the end of 2014.

In an unusual situation, the U.S. P.R.E. association, that has also been organized by Kim Boyer, was a sponsor of this third week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and so Kim presented the awards to the top three placed combinations.

Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén riding Divertimento in the Wellington Grand Prix Special. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén riding Divertimento in the Wellington Grand Prix Special. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

For the Spanish pair there were no mistakes in the Special and there had been none in the Grand Prix when they placed second two days ago in their first cometition in the U.S.

The results reflected the changing face of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Festival as a truly international compeitition with the top three places going to European combinations.

Germany's Christoph Koschel on Tiesto. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Germany’s Christoph Koschel on Tiesto. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

However, there was some griping over disparities in scores by the panel of five judges.

The second-placed Tinne on Divertimento received 67.745 per cent and sixth ranking from Lee Tubman of Canada and 73.137 and first place from Linda Zang of the United States.

The eighth-placed American Alice Tarjan on Elfenfener received a score from Wim Ernes of the Netherlands of 61.471 per cent but 70 per cent from Raphaël Saleh of France.

Lauren Sammis, another American, on Whitman received awards of 59.412 per cent from both Gabriel Armando of Argentina and Raphaël Saleh and 70.000 per cent from Lee Tubman of Canada.

There is no appeal process for judges awards and the so-called six per cent rule designed to eliminate wide disparities applies only to championships.

Results:

Grand Prix Special
E: Tubman – CAN H: Armando – USA C: Saleh – FRA M: Zang – USA B: Ernes – NED
Rider Nation Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Martin Dockx, Jose Daniel ESP Grandioso 71.569 1 72.647 1 75.106 1 71.863 2 73.137 1 72.864 1
Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Divertimento 67.745 6 71.176 2 71.471 2 73.137 1 69.706 3 70.647 2
Koschel, Christoph GER Tiesto 70.098 2 70.098 3 68.431 6 68.824 3 69.902 2 69.471 3
Page, Arlene USA Woodstock 69.706 4 66.667 6 68.529 5 67.941 5 68.235 4 68.216 4
Schopf, Carrie ARM Sancisco OLD 66.471 7 64.902 9 68.922 4 68.333 4 65.882 8 66.902 5
Wilcox, Lisa USA Pikko del Cerro HU 65.686 9 67.059 5 67.157 8 65.490 9 67.157 5 66.510 6
Marek, Anna USA Unico G 67.941 5 65.392 7 67.843 7 66.275 7 65.000 9 66.490 7
Tarjan, Alice USA Elfenfeuer 65.784 8 67.157 4 70.000 3 66.863 6 61.471 12 66.255 8
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 65.196 10 65.196 8 65.784 9 66.176 8 66.961 6 65.863 0
Sammis, Lauren USA Whitman 70.000 3 64.118 10 59.412 13 59.412 12 66.569 7 63.902 0
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas 64.608 11 63.922 11 63.431 10 61.863 10 63.039 11 63.373 0
Duncan, Alexandra CAN Vitall 61.961 12 62.059 12 62.353 11 57.941 14 63.922 10 61.647 0
Dvorak, Tom CAN Fling 60.490 13 60.294 13 59.804 12 60.490 11 56.667 14 59.549 0
Collomb, Stephanie FRA Oceane Du Desert 59.216 14 58.529 14 56.176 14 58.235 13 56.765 13 57.784 0