Akeem Debuts In Wellington With USA Rider Charlotte Jorst in National Competition

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Kastel's Akeem Foldager being ridden by Charlotte Jorst in a national Grand Prix for their Wellington debut. © 2016 Ken Brtaddick/dressage-news.com
Kastel’s Akeem Foldager being ridden by Charlotte Jorst in a national Grand Prix for their Wellington debut. © 2016 Ken Brtaddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 23, 2016–Kastel’s Akeem Foldager  made his Wellington debut on Saturday competed by Charlotte Jorst in a national Grand Prix at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds.

Akeem (Akinos x Loran), now 14 years old, and Charlotte of Reno, Nevada were awarded 67.900 per cent for second place behind Susan Dutta of Wellington on Currency DC on 70.000 per cent in a day of unseasonably cold weather with high winds.

The panel of three judges–Gary Rockwell of the U.S., Marian Cunningham of Peru and Lee Tubman of Canada–were no more than one percentage point apart in their scores. Whips were allowed to be carried and Charlotte did so.

The Danish Warmblood gelding did not display the flamboyant gaits that were sometimes criticized when ridden by Andreas Helgstrand in competitions, including the 2013 European Championships for the Danish team.

Charlotte acquired the horse a year ago and competed in one CDI in Del Mar, California but retired in the Grand Prix.

The Danish-born Charlotte who became a successful entrepreneur in the U.S. is based at the Global show grounds for the winter circuit along with several horses including Kastel’s Nintendo and Stanford, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding, she added to her string of international level Big Tour horses at the end of 2015.

Andreas Helgstrand on Akeem Foldager at the 2013 European Championships. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Andreas Helgstrand on Akeem Foldager at the 2013 European Championships. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com