Akeem’s American Debut with Charlotte Jorst A Highlight of Another Record Global Dressage Event
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 3, 2015–Akeem Foldager will be ridden by Charlotte Jorst in their American debut at next week’s Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup event that will set yet another record for international rides.
The premiere will come just five weeks after the Danish-born American entrepreneur bought the 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding to compete in Florida and then in Europe over the summer.
Andreas Helgstrand who rode Akeem (Akinos x Loran) on the Danish team spent a week after the purchase in Wellington working with Charlotte who moved from her base in Reno, Nevada for her first winter circuit in Florida.
The event at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will be the second last of seven CDIs whose entries in the fourth year since creation of the Global circuit has established it as by far the largest in the world in both number of international rides and prize money.
Entries total 260 rides, including 44 for Grand Prix and 50 for the Prix St. Georges for the largest number so far during the 12-week Global festival with more than $650,000 in total prize money.
Meantime, this week’s World Cup qualifier will see Laura Graves on Verdades compete for the first time since their fifth place at the world championships last August.
Laura of Geneva, Florida and her 13-year-old KWPN gelding will be competing in the first of two World Cup events required to qualify for the Final in Las Vegas in mid-April.
If the 27-year-old rider and “Diddy,” as she calls Verdades, become one of two combinations to qualify in the North American League for Las Vegas the duo may not have to go to Europe to be selected for the American team for the Pan American Games in Toronto in July.
The last qualifying event in the world’s four geographic divisions for the World Cup Final will be in San Juan Capistrano, California Mar. 19-22.
At that event, Steffen Peters of San Diego will seek to attain his second qualifying score on Legolas and thus defend the title he won on Ravel in 2009, the last time Final of the only annual global dressage championship was held in the U.S.