Canada Wins First Ever Nations Cup In Taking Wellington CDIO3* Gold

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Tina Irwin on Laurencio leading Canada to their first ever Nations Cup victory. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 23, 2017–Canada won its first ever Nations Cup Thursday, capturing the CDIO3* to beat the United States and Spain over two days of team competition.

The Canadian team of husband and wife small tour pairs Jaimey Irwin on Donegal V and Tina Irwin on Laurencio and the Big Tour combinations of the Olympic duo of Megan Lane and Caravella and Jill Irving and Degas led from the start to take gold.

The all Grand Prix American team was awarded silver, the only loss in Wellington since the first Nations Cup outside Europe was staged at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in 2013 and a year after taking the entire trans-Atlantic series.

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir, Lisa Wilcox on Galant and Shelly Francis on Doktor could not overcome setbacks on the first day despite bonus points for Big Tour horses. Shelly had gone off course during the Grand Prix and Arlene “Tuny” Page and Woodstock were eliminated for blood in the mouth of the horse.

Spain was awarded the bronze.

The final team results were: 1. Canada 434.528; 2. USA 432.661; Spain 397.690.

Canada had come into Thursday’s competition of Intermediate 1 and Grand Prix Special after being the overnight leader following the Prix St. Georges and Grand Wednesday.

Tina Irwin on Laurenco repeated as the top small tour score. After her husband, Jaimey on Donegal V, also rode small tour it was up to Jill Irving on Degas and Megan Lane on Caravella to cement the win on their big tour mounts that each received a bonus of 1.5 points for each score on both days.

 

Megan Lane on Caravella in the CDIO3* Nations Cup at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Megan, the anchor for the Canadian team on her Olympic, World Games and Pan American Games mount, said she tried not to think about the pressure when she was the last rider in the competition with Canada slightly behind the United States.

However, she tried not to think about the pressure and felt priveleged to be on the team.

“I’m still shaking,” she admitted.

The format of mixed Big and Small tour combinations is unique in the official International Equestrian Federation (FEI) trans-Atlantic series. Wellington kicks off the series that now moves to Europe.

The United States won the series in 2016, the first year of the official lineup of events.

Mathilde Blais-Tetreault on Utah completing their ride in heavy rain to win the CDIO Under-25 individual gold medal at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Canada’s Mathilde Blais-Tetreault on Utah won individual gold on a score of 68.279 per cent in the first Under-25 Nations Cup outside Europe. Anna Buffini of Del Mar, California on Sundayboy took silver on 68.093 per cent with her American team mate Molly Paris of Charlotte, North Carolina on Countess receiving bronze on 65.721 per cent.

Mathilde, 25 years old, took over the ride on the Dutch-trained Utah four months ago, competing only in Wellington in the past two months.

Evi Eisenhardt of Germany, president of the ground jury and who was on the panel at the 2016 European Under-25 championships, said she was astonished at the “really, really high level” that was on par with Europe.

Canadas Mathilde Blais Tetreault on Utah celebrating CDIO Under-25 individual gold medal. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

 

CDIO3* Grand Prix Special
E: Seefried – AUS H: Eisenhardt – GER C: Lang – AUT M: Zang – USA B: Tubman – CAN
Rider Ctzn Horse t E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
LaGoy-Weltz, Olivia USA Lonoir 71.078 1 72.451 1 73.922 1 69.314 5 72.255 1 71.804 1
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 70.882 2 71.765 2 69.902 4 69.608 4 70.098 3 70.451 2
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 67.843 6 70.098 3 72.157 2 69.706 3 71.078 2 70.176 3
Wilcox, Lisa USA Galant 68.137 5 69.412 4 71.176 3 70.294 2 69.412 4 69.686 4
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 69.804 3 68.039 6 69.608 5 71.373 1 69.118 5 69.588 5
Matute Guimon, Juan ESP Quantico Ymas 69.314 4 68.431 5 68.824 6 68.137 6 68.137 6 68.569 6
Layne, Kelly AUS Von Primaire 66.569 7 67.745 7 67.255 7 66.569 7 66.275 7 66.882 7

 

CDIO3*Intermediate
E: Tubman – CAN H: Nivelle – GER C: Zang – USA M: Torrente – COL B: Lang – AUT
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Irwin, Tina CAN Laurencio 71.579 1 72.632 1 73.816 1 73.289 1 74.868 1 73.237 1
Irwin, Jaimey CAN Donegal V 68.158 2 69.211 2 70.921 2 67.237 3 70.789 2 69.263 2
Mortimer, Esther GUA Adajio 66.579 3 68.026 3 67.368 3 67.632 2 66.316 3 67.184 3
Renilla, Mar ESP Rhustler 64.342 5 66.579 4 65.395 4 65.000 4 63.289 5 64.921 4
Gomez Molina, Pablo ESP Furst Fiorano Ymas 65.526 4 63.947 5 61.711 5 63.026 5 64.737 4 63.789 5
Matute Guimon, Paula ESP Legacy’s Alminar 58.947 6 59.605 6 59.737 6 56.842 6 56.184 6 58.263 6
CDIO U25 Grand Prix 
E: Clarke – GBR H: Torrente – COL C: Eisenhardt – GER M: Lang – AUT B: Seefried – AUS
Rider Nat. Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Blais Tetreault, Mathilde CAN Utah 68.256 2 70.814 1 67.442 1 66.512 3 68.372 1 68.279 1
Buffini, Anna USA Sundayboy 68.372 1 69.535 2 66.628 2 68.488 1 67.442 2 68.093 2
Paris, Molly USA Countess 65.698 3 65.930 5 65.581 4 65.000 6 66.395 3 65.721 3
Blythe, Kaitlin USA Don Principe 63.953 5 66.860 3 66.395 3 67.209 2 63.837 6 65.651 4
Keasler, Sean Sierra USA Lux Stensvang 64.070 4 66.628 4 64.186 5 65.233 5 66.047 4 65.233 5  
Matute Guimon, Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas 62.558 9 65.698 6 64.070 6 65.581 4 62.674 8 64.116 6
Gluch, Kerrigan USA HGF Brio 62.674 8 65.349 7 62.791 7 64.302 7 64.419 5 63.907 7
Vaughn, Genay USA Donarweiss GGF 63.488 6 64.070 8 61.163 8 63.256 8 62.791 7 62.953 8
Strasser-Shostak, Tanya CAN Action Tyme 62.791 7 63.256 9 61.047 9 60.000 9 61.163 9 61.651 9