USA Veteran & Pair New to Big Tour Capture Top 2 Places in Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix

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Shelly Francis on Doktor in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* GRand Prx. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Shelly Francis on Doktor in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* GRand Prx. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 17, 2016–USA veteran Shelly Francis on Doktor won the CDI3* Grand Prix Thursday for their second straight victory by a narrow margin over the new Big Tour partnership of Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Great Britain’s Olympic double medal winner Laura Tomlinson was third on Unique with a personal best score.

Shelly Francis, who rode for the United States at the 1998 World Games and has competed Doktor on both sides of the Atlantic for the past three years, scored 70.180 per cent. Shelly of neighboring Loxahatchee and the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding won the World Cup Grand Prix Special here three weeks ago that was their first career victory.

Olivia of Middleburg, Virginia and the 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding scored 69.940 per cent in only their second CDI Grand Prix after a successful career at Small Tour and was a traveling alternate for the U.S. team at the Pan American Games in 2015.

Great Britain’s Olympic team gold and indivudual bronze medal rider Laura Tomlinson on Unique scored 69.100 per cent that was their best result since starting their Big Tour career here a year ago and that took them to some top European shows before returning to Florida this winter.

Shelly credited Doktor to keep going while she had a bad migraine and was very nauseous on what was again an unusually warm 90F/32F day. She hopes to make the U.S. squad with Doktor and Danilo, both owned by Patricia Stempel, of about eight combinations to go to Europe for the selection of the American team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir in the CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir in the CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Olivia said that Lonoir had “kind of found his own” in the Grand Prix and now it was a matter of tying it together. At the end of the Global circuit, she plans to take Lonoir to the inaugural CDI at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina.

Laura Tomlinson said that Unique is a different horse than when the 12-year-old Holsteiner mare arrived for the second winter circuit in Wellington. This was the first time the duo had been able to perform Grand Prix in a row that “helped massively.”

She said she is thrilled with Unique’s rideability–“she’s really trying hard for me.”

Great Britain's Laura Tomlinson on Unique in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival  CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Great Britain’s Laura Tomlinson on Unique in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Laura’s plans are to go back to Europe Sunday with the Hagen, Germany, Horses & Dreams on the schedule for April. The pair are among several combinations vying for the fourth place on Britain’s Olympic team that appears likely to be made up of Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, Carl Hester on Nip Tuck and Fiona Bigwood on Orthilia likely to fill three of the four spots on the team.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix
E: Storr – GBR H: Lopes – POR C: Matthiesen – DEN M: Halsall – GBR B: Tubman – CAN
Rider Nat. Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 67.900 8 68.100 7 72.800 1 69.800 2 72.300 1 70.180 1
LaGoy-Weltz, Olivia USA Rassing’s Lonoir 69.500 1 71.400 1 69.000 5 68.100 4 71.700 2 69.940 2
Tomlinson, Laura GBR Unique 68.400 4 69.300 4 69.200 4 70.300 1 68.300 5 69.100 3
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Quantico Ymas 68.100 6 70.600 2 66.300 9 68.000 5 70.000 3 68.600 4
Koschel, Christoph GER Butopiar 68.600 3 68.900 6 68.600 6 68.900 3 67.000 9 68.400 5
Von Martels, Chris CAN Divertimento 68.000 7 69.800 3 69.800 3 66.300 13 67.700 7 68.320 6
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 68.300 5 66.900 14 70.900 2 68.000 5 66.600 12 68.140 7
Perry-Glass, Kasey USA Trostruplunds Scarlet 66.400 15 67.800 9 67.100 7 67.700 7 69.100 4 67.620 8
Jimenez Cobo, Juan Antonio ESP Sunny Boy 68.800 2 69.000 5 66.300 9 67.400 10 64.300 17 67.160 0
Gundersen, Mikala DEN HF Victor 67.800 9 65.300 17 66.400 8 67.500 8 65.400 14 66.480 0
Rizvi, P.J. USA Breaking Dawn 66.000 17 67.700 10 64.400 15 65.900 14 67.800 6 66.360 0
Marek, Anna USA Unico G 66.900 12 68.100 7 65.100 14 65.700 16 65.800 13 66.320 0
Poulin, Michael USA Thor M 67.500 10 64.600 18 65.700 12 67.500 8 65.400 14 66.140 0
Layne, Kelly AUS Von Primaire 66.700 13 67.600 11 65.300 13 63.900 20 66.900 10 66.080 0
Haddad-Staller, Catherine USA Mane Stream Hotmail 65.600 18 67.300 12 64.300 17 65.700 16 67.100 8 66.000 0
Sprieser, Lauren USA Ellegria 67.500 10 66.200 16 65.800 11 66.500 12 63.200 20 65.840 0
Poag, Katie USA Zonnekoning 66.700 13 66.800 15 63.100 19 67.300 11 63.900 19 65.560 0
Rizvi, P.J. USA Unlimited 66.300 16 67.000 13 64.300 17 65.800 15 64.200 18 65.520 0
Mabragana, Micaela ARG Tyara 64.900 20 64.100 19 64.400 15 65.500 18 66.800 11 65.140 0
Bateson Chandler, Kathrine USA Alcazar 65.100 19 63.500 20 62.500 21 64.400 19 62.500 22 63.600 0
Eadie, Louisa-Marcelle GBR Welt Cup 62.600 22 62.000 23 62.100 22 62.300 24 64.900 16 62.780 0
Batchelder, Nora USA Bahai 63.300 21 62.300 22 61.200 24 63.300 21 63.200 20 62.660 0
Kavey, Allison USA Queba HM 61.000 26 63.000 21 61.900 23 62.700 22 60.200 25 61.760 0
Seidl, Franziska SUI Sigalia 62.500 23 61.500 25 60.800 25 61.900 25 61.100 24 61.560 0
Nascimento, Maciel-Dum BRA Daniel de G 61.100 25 60.800 27 57.900 28 62.500 23 59.400 27 60.340 0
Gentry, Kim AUS Leonardo 58.400 27 61.300 26 58.600 26 59.300 27 62.300 23 59.980 0
Seidl, Franziska SUI Romano K 61.200 24 61.600 24 58.000 27 59.300 27 59.500 26 59.920 0
Manfredi, Maria Florencia ARG Bandurria Kacero 58.400 27 58.200 28 62.600 20 59.900 26 57.000 28 59.220 0
Uemura, Samira Mayumi BRA Tamarindo XI 54.900 29 57.000 29 54.200 29 55.500 29 54.900 29 55.300 0
Jorst, Charlotte USA Kastels Akeem Foldager 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0