Nine Teams Entered for Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup in Pan Am Games Format

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The 2014 Wellinton Nations Cup medals podium teams of USA (gold), Canada (silver) and Spain (bronze). © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The 2014 Wellinton Nations Cup medals podium teams of USA (gold), Canada (silver) and Spain (bronze). © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 10, 2015–Nine teams have entered the Nations Cup of mixed Big Tour/Small Tour combinations as the finale event of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and a full dress rehearsal of the unique format designed for the Pan American Games.

Both Canada and the United States have two teams as they gear up for the Pan Ams where the gold medal winner will also earn the sole team spot available through the championships at the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.

The other teams in the fourth year of the only non-championship Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere and sponsored by Stillpoint Farm are Australia, Colombia, Germany, Guatemala and Venezuela as well as three individuals from Brazil, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

The Nations Cup was launched at the winter-long Global Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center four years ago to promote team competition and develop a new format for the Pan Ams, the continental championships held once every four years that previously has been at Small Tour.

The teams of a maximum of four combinations with three results counting will perform the Grand Prix and Special for Big Tour and the Prix St. Georges and Intermediate 1 for Small Tour. Big Tour combinations–a maximum of two on a team–earn an extra 1.5 percentage points for both the Grand Prix and the Special. Only teams with at least one Big Tour pair can qualify through the Pan Ams for the Olympics.

Half of the Big Tour and Small Tour pairs advance to the Freestyle competitions for individual medals at Wellington.

The CDIO3* event Mar. 25-28 is one of the seven Nations Cups in the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) series on both sides of the Atlantic.

The American leg has been won every year by the United States from the first competition in 2012 when half the teams were mixed nationalities representing geographic regions to this year’s show with complete national squads.

The teams are:

AUSTRALIA
Karin Davis – Morris (Small Tour)
Kim Gentry – Leonardo (Small Tour)
Nicholas Fyffe – Fiero HGF (Small Tour)

CANADA 1
Diane Creech – Robbie W (Small Tour)
Chris Von Martels – Zilverstar (Small Tour)
Megan Lane – Caravella Big Tour)
Belinda Trussell -Anton (Big Tour)

CANADA 2
Christilot Boylen – Donatella (Small Tour)
Shannon Dueck – Cantaris (Small Tour)
Tina Irwin – Fancy That (Small Tour)
Jill Irving – Degas 12 (Big Tour)

COLOMBIA
Marco Bernal – Farewell IV (Small Tour)
Marco Bernal Kalb – Antonio (Small Tour)
Maria Aponte – Pretty Woman (Small Tour)

GERMANY
Michael Klimke – Djamba Djokiba (Small Tour)
Patricia Koschel -Leuchtfeuer DE (Small Tour)
Neve Myburgh – Bon Chance (Small Tour)
Christoph Koschel – Tiesto (Big Tour)

GUATEMALA
Alexandra Dominique Thomas – Beijing (Small Tour)
Esther Mortimer – Adajio (Small Tour)
Andrea Schorpp Pinot – Zedrick DyLoma (Small Tour)

VENEZUELA
Irina Moleiro de Munro – Von Primaire (Small Tour)
Irina Muro – Don Royal (Small Tour)
Patricia Fernando – Alpha’s Why Not (Small Tour)

USA 1
Shelly Francis – Doktor (Big Tour)
Catherine Haddad-Staller – Mane Stream Hotmail (Big Tour)
Tina Konyot – Wyoming (Small Tour)
Kasey Perry – Goerklintgaards Dublet (Small Tour)

USA 2
Laura Graves – Verdades (Big Tour)
Allison Brock – Rosevelt (Big Tour)
Kimberly Herslow – Rosmarin (Small Tour)
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz – Rassings Lonoir (Small Tour)

INDIVIDUAL
Pia Aragao – Brazil – Blador Interagro
Luis Reteguiz Denizard – Puerto Rico – Royal Affair (Small Tour)
Yvonne Losos de Muñiz – Dominican Republic – Foco Loco (Big Tour)