USA’s Lisa Wilcox & Galant Win Global Circuit Kick Off World Cup Grand Prix for 1st Big Tour Victory

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Lisa Wilcox and Galant riding to the World Cup Grand Prix at the opening event of the 2017 Global Dressage Festival circuit. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lisa Wilcox and Galant riding to the World Cup Grand Prix at the opening event of the 2017 Global Dressage Festival circuit. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 12, 2016–United States Olympian Lisa Wilcox rode Galant to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival circuit kick off World Cup Grand Prix Thursday for the first Big Tour victory for the pair.

Lisa and the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding scored 71.340 per cent for the win over Florida-based Danish team rider Mikala Münter Gundersen and My Lady on 71.220 per cent. Both combinations train with Ernst Hoyos. Canadian Olympian Megan Lane on Caravella was third on 70.700 per cent.

This show launched the sixth year of the Global circuit of seven CDIs over 12 weeks and also saw the introduction of spectator judging at an American dressage competition, with the results being similar to the panel of five judges.

The spectator score for Mikala Münter Gundersen on My Lady, the first application of the program at an American dressage competition. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The spectator score for Mikala Münter Gundersen on My Lady, the first application of the program at an American dressage competition. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Münter Gundersen on My Lady in the World Cup Grand Prix, that next month will be the sixth year at Big Tour for the Danish team combination. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Münter Gundersen on My Lady in the World Cup Grand Prix, that next month will be the sixth year at Big Tour for the Danish team combination. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Lisa began competing Galant at American national levels in 2012, moved to CDI Small Tour in 2014 before beginning Grand Prix in late 2015.

She is “very excited” about the strength Galant has developed, especially in the trot and piaffe/passage,  since their last competition, at Global in April, 2016.

“The movements are not so ominous mentally,” Lisa said of Galant (Escuro x De Niro).

Like so many other riders this year, a so-called “off-year” with the World Cup Final as the only senior championships in the Americas, the goal is to be selected as one of the two North American combinations for the global freestyle title in Omaha, Nebraska Mar. 27-Apr. 2.

The freestyle for Friday night under the lights which she has had a chance to ride only twice is to music from the soundtrack of the movie, “Trolls,” that Lisa has choreographed to be a “real crowd pleaser.”

Canadian Olympic combination of Megan Lane and Caravella. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Canadian Olympic combination of Megan Lane and Caravella. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Lisa began working with Ernst Hoyos, who spent almost three decades at the famed Spanish Riding School, 20 years ago. The two were partners but, as Lisa describes it, “had to learn how to respect each other outside of that” so she could continue to learn from the trainer who is “like no other in the world for me.”

“As long as Ernst is around and comes to Florida we are a team to the bitter end,” she said.

Lisa and Mikala share his training time in Wellington–starting at Mikala’s barn then going across town to work with Lisa then back to Mikala–“a bit of a ping pong.”

With the World Cup in Omaha this year and the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in 2018, Galant has emerged as an international Big Tour horse at the right time for Lisa whose timing with other horses since returning home has been “just a little bit behind the eight-ball in development.”

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix

E: Lang AUT H: Foy USA C: Lehmann GER M: Rockwell USA B: Wuest GER
RIDER NAT. HORSE E Rk H Rk C Rk M Rk B Rk T Pl.
Wilcox, Lisa USA Galant 72.100 2 72.200 1 69.700 6 71.400 1 71.300 3 71.340 1
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady 72.700 1 72.000 2 70.200 4 70.500 2 70.700 4 71.220 2
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 70.100 4 71.500 3 72.000 1 69.400 5 70.500 5 70.700 3
Pape, Suzan GBR Harmonys Fiorano 70.700 3 69.400 4 70.700 3 68.900 6 72.500 1 70.440 4
Pape, Suzan GBR Harmonys Don Noblesse 66.300 10 68.500 6 71.500 2 70.400 3 70.100 6 69.360 5
Fraser-Beaulieu, Brittany CAN All In 69.500 5 69.100 5 69.400 7 67.000 7 71.400 2 69.280 6
Matute Guimon, Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas 67.100 9 68.500 6 70.000 5 69.800 4 65.800 13 68.240 7
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 69.000 6 66.300 10 67.500 8 64.600 12 67.300 9 66.940 8
Boylen, Christilot CAN Drentano 67.300 7 66.900 9 66.600 9 66.300 8 67.300 9 66.880
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro 67.200 8 67.300 8 64.800 10 66.300 8 68.200 8 66.760
Rizvi, P.J. USA Breaking Dawn 64.900 11 65.800 11 63.900 13 65.900 10 66.600 11 65.420
Manfredi, Maria Florencia ARG Bandurria Kacero 64.800 12 65.700 12 64.300 11 63.400 14 68.400 7 65.320
Klimke, Michael GER Djamba Djokiba 64.400 13 65.400 14 62.500 15 63.600 13 66.400 12 64.460
Poag, Katie USA Zonnekoning 64.300 14 65.600 13 63.100 14 65.600 11 63.000 15 64.320
Bertschinger, Barbara SUI Rubin Cortes OLD 61.400 15 64.300 15 64.300 11 62.800 15 64.300 14 63.420
Tzinberg, Ellesse PHI Pavarotti 60.600 16 63.400 16 61.000 16 61.500 16 61.000 16 61.500
Schopf, Carrie ARM De Value Elim.