Some Highlights & Updates at Wellington’s Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 20, 2017–With only a couple of slots available at each of the World Cup Finals to combinations from the Americas this year and next, new partnerships are making their first appearances in this so-called off-year that could be prospects for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in late 2018.
Laura Graves and Verdades, ranked No. 4 in the world, Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet and Allison Brock on Rosevelt that were on the Olympic bronze medal United States team are yet to compete but will do so in the next few weeks at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival that has become the focus of high performance dressage in the Americas. Steffen Peters and Rosamunde are scheduled to make an appearance early in February as will Dawn White O’Connor who has taken over the ride on the fourth Olympic mount, Legolas.
Increased depth on the U.S. team bench is emerging, some of it on display this weekend at the primarily national competition with some in a CDI2* but before several top notch judges.
Salvino, ridden by Adrienne Lyle, was worth waiting through an entire day that was hot even by Florida temperatures to see the partnership display more maturity and strength to score 73.816 per cent at Intermediate II that is inching the pair closer to the Big Tour.
Salvino appears to be fulfilling the aim of a syndicate, Salvino Partners, that bought the Hanoverian stallion with the tongue-twisting name of Sandronnerhall (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall) 20 months ago as an American team prospect.
Adrienne, 32 years old and 10 years working with Debbie McDonald, has applied her extensive international competition experience including taking Wizard to the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Games in developing Salvino.
She also placed second on Horizon in the CDI Prix St. Georges. The pair were the 2016 United States developing Prix St. Georges champion.
Anna Buffini, 22-year-old from Escondido, California rode Wilton 11 in the Under-25 Grand Prix in their first Wellington show. Anna also competes Sundayboy, a previous Big Tour ride for Günter Seidel who is also Anna’s trainer in California but is being coached by Debbie McDonald in Florida.
In just a few weeks, Anna has earned a reputation as an enormously talented, hard working rider with an attitude that has won widespread admiration.