Lisa Wilcox & Galant Debut New Music to Win Florida Global World Cup Freestyle, 2nd Victory in 2 Days

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Lisa and Wilcox riding to victory in the Wold Cup Grand Prix Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lisa and Wilcox riding to victory in the Wold Cup Grand Prix Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 13, 2017–Lisa Wilcox and Galant debuted a new musical performance to win the opening Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle, the second victory in two days for the pair seeking a start at the championship final in Omaha.

The score of 77.209 per cent for Lisa and the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding was by far the highest for the pair based in Wellington, and the second highest so far in the World Cup North American League behind only Steffen Peters on Rosamunde.

Canadian Olympic partnership of Megan Lane and Caravella placed second, also posting a personal best of 75.967 per cent that included the only mark of 10 of the night, from German judge Henning Lehmann for the final halt.

Megan also rode a double pirouette single handed that she pulled off on the Canadian-bred 16-year-old KWPN Contango mare.

Megan Lane riding one-handed on Caravella in the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Florida. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Megan Lane riding one-handed double pirouette on Caravella in the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Florida. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The 25-year-old rider has competed Caravella at international level since 2010 when the pair medaled at the North American Young Rider Championships and went on to compete on the Canadian team at the World Games in 2014, the Pan American Games in 2015 and as an individual in the Rio Olympics last summer.

Fellow Canadian Brittany Fraser in only her second year at Big Tour on All In placed third on 72.608 per cent.

Brittany Fraser on her big moving All In in the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Brittany Fraser on her big moving All In in the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

This was the first application in the United States of the program requiring riders to submit their choreography in advance along with cataloging movements for degrees of difficulty that allows judges to award marks. The marks are available to the public, thus making the sport more transparent.

It also was the first use in a World Cup Freestyle in America of spectator judging that appeared to successfully engage the estimated 2,500 spectators watching the first Friday night event on a shirt sleeves warm Friday night under the lights. Six more CDIs will be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center through the end of March, including three more World Cup qualifiers.

Lisa Wilcox on Galant celebrating victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Freestyle. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lisa Wilcox on Galant celebrating victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Freestyle. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Official results from the five-judge panel for Lisa Wilcox and Galant at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Official results from the five-judge panel for Lisa Wilcox and Galant at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Spectators judging of the ride by Lisa Wilcox and Galant in the Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Spectators judging of the ride by Lisa Wilcox and Galant in the Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Lisa, known the world over as the rider of the stallion Relevant that she rode to a team silver medal at the 2002 World Games and team bronze at the 2004 Olympics, had ridden the new freestyle using music from the movie, “Trolls.”

After the Grand Prix Thursday which was the first Big Tour win the for the pair, she worked on cleaning up what she saw as mistakes–“no more leaning tower of Lisa.”

Lisa said: “Galant heard the music and he settled right into it: ‘Hey, let’s dance’, he told me.”

Megan said that Caravella is “getting better and better” and the partnership is “still growing.” She is aiming for the Omaha World Cup Final.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle
E: Foy – USA H: Torrente – COL C: Rockwell – USA M: Wuest – GER B: Lehmann – GER
Rider Ctzn Horse E . H . C . M . B . T Pl.
Wilcox, Lisa USA Galant 78.990 75.510 75.340 77.250 78.955 77.209 1
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 76.845 74.345 74.520 75.775 78.350 75.967 2.
Fraser, Brittany CAN All In 74.055 71.805 69.915 72.695 74.570 72.608 3.
Rizvi, P.J. USA Breaking Dawn 73.115 74.490 70.325 73.565 70.565 72.412 4.
Matute Guimon, Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas 68.360 72.010 70.645 70.120 73.040 70.835 5.
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 67.515 69.965 70.130 69.980 70.305 69.579 6.
Brooks, Jacqueline CAN D Niro 67.135 71.260 70.210 71.705 64.535 68.969 7.
Pape, Suzan GBR Harmony’s Fiorano 67.420 68.485 68.740 69.170 68.585 68.480 8.
Manfredi, Maria Florencia ARG Bandurria Kacero 67.795 68.980 66.875 66.525 70.930 68.221
Poag, Katie USA Zonnekoning 66.135 66.610 70.200 65.470 63.565 66.396
Tzinberg, Ellesse PHI Pavarotti 85 63.385 66.280 66.285 65.110 64.035 65.019
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady W/D