Michael Klimke & Djamba Djokiba Win Wellington CDI St. Georges In Storm Wracked Day

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Michael Klimke and Djamba Djokiba in the Global Dressage Festival CDOI Prix St. Georges. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Michael Klimke and Djamba Djokiba in the Global Dressage Festival CDOI Prix St. Georges. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 15, 2016–Germany’s Michael Klimke and Djamba Djokiba won the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Prix St. Georges Friday for the first CDI victory for the pair after downpours and high winds that spawned a nearby tornado washed out most competitions at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The score of 72.632 per cent was a personal best for Michael and the nine-year-old Westfalen gelding in their second winter in Florida.

Heather Blitz of the United States on Ripline, the 2015 U.S. reserve champion Developing Prix St. Georges horse, placed second on 71.842 per cent.

The Netherlands’ Leida Collins-Strijk on Don Tignanello was third on 71.140 per cent.

Michael Klimke and Royal Dancer placed fourth on 70.044 per cent while Great Britain’s Suzan Pape on Harmoney’s Don Noblesse was fifth on 69.474 per cent. The pair were finalists in the 2015 Nürnberger Burg-Pokal, the German championships for Prix St. Georges horses seven to nine years old.

The storm that swept through Palm Beach and was marked by a tornado touching down close to a nearby lion sanctuary caused cancelation of the first Friday night Freestyle under the lights of the 2016 winter circuit.

The World Cup Freestyle was re-scheduled for Saturday night.

Results:

Prix St Georges
E: –  H: Osinski – USA C: Torrente – COL M: –  B: Lang – AUT
Rider Nat. Horse H Rk. C Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Klimke, Michael GER Djamba Djokiba 71.316 2 72.237 1 74.342 1 72.632 1
Blitz, Heather USA Ripline 72.105 1 71.447 3 71.974 3 71.842 2
Collins-Strijk, Leida NED Don Tignanello 70.263 3 70.921 5 72.237 2 71.140 3
Klimke, Michael GER Royal Dancer 33 68.026 7 71.316 4 70.789 4 70.044 4
Pape, Suzan GBR Harmony’s Don Noblesse 69.079 6 71.579 2 67.763 5 69.474 5
Stumpf, Katharina AUT For My Love 69.737 4 69.868 6 67.500 6 69.035 6
Bock, Amy K. USA Walk The Line 69.342 5 68.026 7 67.500 6 68.289 7
Fladland, Melissa USA Royal Gem 66.711 8 66.053 8 65.526 9 66.096 8
Strasser, Evi CAN Super Tyme 64.342 9 65.526 9 66.974 8 65.614 9
de Haan, Yvonne NED Winter 62.632 11 64.342 10 63.947 10 63.640 10
Cizadlo, Anne USA Paddington 59.342 13 63.026 11 62.632 11 61.667 11
Boldt, Kate USA Dynamica 61.053 12 60.263 13 61.447 12 60.921 12
Eckroth, Eline USA Sir Prize 63.158 10 61.842 12 56.579 13 60.526 13