USA Wins Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup, Canada 2nd, Spain 3rd

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Nations Cup medals podium--United States (Icenter) gold, Canada (left) silver and Spain (right) bronze--at the Wellington Wellington CDIO3*. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-new.com
Nations Cup medals podium–United States (Icenter) gold, Canada (left) silver and Spain (right) bronze–at the Wellington CDIO3*. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-new.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 31, 2016–The United States won the CDIO3* Nations Thursday with Canada second and Spain third at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

The results after two days were: 1. United States 454.698, 2. Canada 428.708, 3. Spain 414.421, 4. Denmark 408.465, 5. Costa Rica 391.028, 6. Australia 259.497. The United States earned 10 points for first place, Canada 8 points, Spain 7, Denmark 6, Costa Rica 5 and Australia 4.

For the second day in a row, Laura Graves and Verdades posted a personal best score–in the Grand Prix the first day and the Special Thursday–to lead the United States to a commanding victory over the six teams from North and South America, Europe and Australia.

Canada’s Belinda Trussell on Anton was the leading Canadian in both segments of the Nations Cup despite a broken nose band on Anton right before she was to go into the arena Thursday for the second leg of the unique format of mixed Big and Small Tour teams that kicks off the series of seven team competitions, six in Europe.

Juan Matute, Jr. led Spain’s team that was all Small Tour–Prix St. Georges Wednesday and Intermediate 1 Thursday–against the all-Big Tour American and Canadian squads.

The victory by the United States came on the final week of the three-month long Global festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex and a month ahead of choosing a squad of eight combinations to go to Europe to contend for the four places for the team at the Olympics in Ro de Janeiro in August.

Laura and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding that she has raised from a foal score 78.294 in the Special, bettering their previous best of 77.177 per cent posted at the Pan American Games in Toronto last July. On Wednesday the pair raised their personal best in the Grand Prix to 76.86 per cent on Thursday,

Laura Graves on Verdades ceenting the United State victory in the Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves on Verdades cementing the United State victory in the Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Robert Dover, the U.S. coach and chef d’equipe, said: “I was hoping for our riders to achieve personal best scores and do better with each class and grow more confident as we head to Europe and then Rio. That’s what were seeing.”

The U.S., he said, was “close to creating the formula we need of two combinations at or near 80 per cent and another one at 75. Some people don’t like that I show confidence outwardly. I’ve been on so many teams where I really felt really strongly we were going to be a contender.

“What I see from this group as we progress is that we will be a medal contender.”

The U.S. team consisted of Laura and Verdades, Kasey Perry Glass and Dublet who also finished second individually in both the Grand Prix and the Special that also was a personal best score of 74.882 per cent in their first year at Big Tour, Shelly Francis on Doktor and Arlene “Tuny” Page on Woodstock.

All four are in the top eight of the U.S. Olympic rankings–Laura and Verdades atop the standings; Kasey on Dublet fourth; Shelly on Doktor fifth and “Tuny” on Woodstock eighth. Allison Brock on Rosevelt who won the CDI3* Grand Prix held alongside the Nations Cup Thursday is in the sixth spot.

This was the first year of Big Tour teams were permitted after three years of Small Tour and then mixed Big and Small Tour national squads as the competition has created new formats for the Pan American Games and an effort to raise the levels throughout the Americas. Grand Prix combinations received a bonus of 1.5 per cent.

The Nations Cup in its first year as an official series after three years of testing now moves to Europe. The schedule: CDIO3* Odense, Denmark May 12-15; CDIO5* Compiègne, France; CDIO5* Rotterdam June 22-26; CDIO5* Falsterbo, Sweden July 7-10; CDIO5* Aachen, Germany July 13-17, and CDIO3* Hickstead, England July 28-31.

Results:

Nations Cup Team Results

 

CDIO 3* Grand Prix Special
E: Fore – USA H: Hess – GER C: Gribbons – USA M: Clarke – GBR B: Lang – AUT
Rider Nat. Horse E H C M B T
Graves, Laura USA Verdades 78.235 76.176 76.667 80.686 79.706 78.294
Perry-Glass, Kasey USA Goerklintgaards Dublet 75.588 73.824 76.667 74.412 73.922 74.882
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady 76.176 73.725 74.902 75.784 72.647 74.647
Trussell, Belinda CAN Anton 72.353 73.137 72.745 74.412 69.412 72.412
Page, Arlene USA Woodstock 70.490 71.176 72.255 71.667 69.020 70.922
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 69.510 70.588 69.412 71.667 67.157 69.667
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 69.373 70.255 70.451 70.843 67.020 69.588
Pavicic, Karen CAN Don Daiquiri 67.745 70.000 70.294 70.490 69.118 69.529
Layne, Kelly AUS Von Primaire 69.020 68.529 68.627 70.196 69.412 69.157
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro 68.824 70.490 69.020 69.412 67.647 69.078
Manfredi, Maria Florencia ARG Bandurria Kacero 64.804 66.373 63.627 67.843 64.314 65.392
CDIO 3* Intermediate I
E: Fore – USA H: Gribbons – USA C: Hess – GER M: Lang – AUT B: Clarke – GBR
Rider Ctzn Horse E H M B Total
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Dhannie Ymas 73.816 74.737 74.474 76.842 74.526
Corchuelo, Raul COL Beckham 66.579 71.053 69.342 69.605 69.000
Jimenez Cobo, Juan Antonio ESP Elevado 69.474 69.079 68.553 70.263 68.921
Stumpf, Katharina AUT For My Love 66.579 70.921 67.237 68.816 67.974
Egerstrom, Christer CRC Bello Oriente 66.184 67.368 66.447 69.605 67.316
Gomez Molina, Pablo ESP Lanzado De Ymas 66.974 67.368 67.895 65.658 67.211
Egerstrom, Anne Marie CRC Amorino 65.789 64.474 63.816 65.132 64.895
Kirk Kristiansen, Signe DEN Roberto 61.447 67.105 66.447 63.289 64.763
Poulsen, Rikke DEN Pikk Elena HU 64.447 66.684 64.447 64.316 64.605
Batalla, Michelle CRC Westergardens Vivi Light 64.079 65.921 65.132 62.500 63.868
Ramirez, Alfonso ESP Legacys Cosmico 62.105 63.421 64.079 62.632 62.947