Belinda Trussell & Anton Win Florida World Cup Grand Prix Special, 2nd Victory of Show

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Belinda Trussell on Anton celebrating victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Special, second win of the show. 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Belinda Trussell on Anton celebrating victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Special, second win of the show. 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 6, 2016–Belinda Trussell and Anton that earned one of Canada’s two individual starts at the summer Olympics won the Palm Beach Derby World Cup Grand Prix Special Sunday for the second victory of the show.

The personal best Grand Prix Special score of 75.529 per cent following Friday’s Grand Prix result of 73.700 per cent bumped Belinda and the 16-year-old Sathu gelding to the top of the Canadian Olympic rankings. Their average of the best two Grand Prix and two Specials is 73.379.

Arlene “Tuny” Page of Wellington, Florida and Woodstock placed second on 73.341 per cent, also a personal best for the pair that are expected to make the squad of about eight American horses and riders to go to Europe after the winter circuit to compete for selection to the team to go to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Arlene Page riding Woodstock in the Palm Beach Derby World Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Arlene Page riding Woodstock in the Palm Beach Derby World Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Laura Tomlinson, Great Britain’s Olympic team gold medal rider, rode Rosalie B for 72.078 per cent in only the second Big Tour competition for the 10-year-old Westfalen gelding, both here in Wellington. The horse was competed through mid-2015 by Anabel Balkenhol, the German coach of Laura.

Laura plans to compete Rosalie in the CDI4* in two weeks before returning home.

The horse was able to perform what was required at the top of the sport and Laura said she was working to make Rosalie fitter and strong to be able to improve piaffe and passage. “I’m really happy with him and how far he’s come,” she said.

Belinda said she appreciated the consistency of Anton after his competition experience of two World Games and the Pan American Games in Toronto last summer.

But she said rode in the Special rather than the Freestyle because the atmosphere at the night time musical performance scares him. She had downloaded applause tracks, used a hamster rattle and other noise-makers to get him used to the atmosphere. Although he appeared to be gaining confidence again, she expected that dealing with the noise issue would be on-going.

Laura Tomlinson and Rsalie B in the World Cup Grand Prix Special in Wellington, Florida. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Tomlinson and Rsalie B in the World Cup Grand Prix Special in Wellington, Florida. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Special
E: Nivelle – GER H: Wysocki – USA C: Wessels – GBR M: Jena – SWE B: Tubman – CAN
Rider Nat. Horse E . H . C . M . B . Total Pl.
Trussell, Belinda CAN Anton 75.196 73.235 77.745 76.569 74.902 75.529 1
Page, Arlene USA Woodstock 74.314 75.000 72.647 72.549 72.647 73.431 2
Tomlinson, Laura GBR Rosalie B 70.098 71.863 73.725 70.588 74.118 72.078 3
Wilcox, Lisa USA Galant 71.569 71.275 71.078 70.196 69.902 70.804 4
LaGoy-Weltz, Olivia USA Rassing’s Lonoir 68.137 66.471 69.804 68.824 68.627 68.373 5
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 68.039 67.549 68.922 66.961 69.118 68.118 6
Cordia-van Reesema, Eliane USA Jewel’s Adelante 68.431 68.137 67.059 69.020 67.059 67.941 7
Mc Cusker, Sharon USA Wrigley 67.647 66.961 67.647 66.961 68.039 67.451 8
Jorst, Charlotte USA Kastels Nintendo 67.412 66.431 67.804 65.647 66.137 66.686 0
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Quantico Ymas 65.882 66.275 64.020 65.980 67.745 65.980 0
Tzinberg, Ellesse PHI Pavarotti 67.353 64.804 65.588 65.490 64.412 65.529 0
Jimenez Cobo, Juan Antonio ESP Sunny Boy 65.980 63.824 65.588 64.510 63.725 64.725 0
Gundersen, Mikala DEN HF Victor 64.078 63.098 64.863 64.176 62.706 63.784 0
Losos de Muniz, Yvonne DOM Foco Loco-W 61.569 65.196 63.824 64.804 63.529 63.784 0
Zimmermann, Christian PLE Cinco De Mayo 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0