Kimberly Herslow & Rosmarin Take Int. Freestyle for Small Tour Sweep

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Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin. © SusanJStickle.com
Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin. © SusanJStickle.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 2, 2015–Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin captured the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Intermediate Freestyle Sunday to complete a sweep of the small tour and put the pair in contention to be on the European tour squad.

Kimberly of Stockton, New Jersey and the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 75.525 per cent in the Freestyle for the win over Ayden Uhlir of Arlington, Texas and Sjapoer on 71.350 per cent and Tina Irwin of Canadia on Fancy That in third on 71.00 per cent.

Felicitas Hendricks, the Junior rider competing outside Germany for the first time, rode her Faible AS to victory in the Freestyle Sunday for a score of 74.975 and a sweep of all three Junior levels. The victory was the fifth straight for the pair from Hagen.

Kim, who held Rosmarin back from Grand Prix to seek a place on the Pan American Games team which will be made up of Big and Small Tour combinations said:

“I feel like we’re in a new place, and we’re getting consistent now. We used the last show to get back in the groove, and I feel like with this show we have made a good step in the training to get to where we need to be.” said Herslow.

The duo’s scores of 72.474 per cent in the Prix St. Georges and 73.789 per cent in the Intermediaire 1, as well as Sunday’s 75.525 per cent Freestyle result will likely elevate the pair into the top four on the small tour rankings list and thus earn a ticket to Europe which will determine the two pairs to be selected for the Pan Ams in Toronto in July.

As with several of the top Grand Prix and Prix St. Georges combinations she is training with Debbie McDonald who has relocated to Wellington for the winter circuits.

“I would like to make his pirouettes have a bit more power, and I know they can,” she said. “They’re certainly improving, and that’s something that comes with time. Now that we’ve tapped into the fifth gear it’s getting the strength to come along with that. That is something I know that I can work on, which will of course carry over some more expression in the changes too.”

Felicitas Hendricks, the Junior rider competing outside Germany for the first time, rode her Faible AS to victory in the Freestyle Sunday for a score of 74.975 and a sweep of all three Junior levels. The victory was the fifth straight for the pair from Hagen.

 

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