Anna Buffini Rides Sundayboy to Under-25 Nations Cup Freestyle Victory With Personal Best Score in Horse’s Final Competition

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Anna Buffini and Sundayby in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDIO Under-25 Freestyle. © 2017 SusanJStickle.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 24, 2017–Anna Buffini rode Sundayboy to victory in the Under-25 Nations Cup Freestyle Friday, completing their partnership with a personal best score before going home to Southern California to retire.

Anna and the 18-year-old KWPN gelding scored  73.525 per cent in the only Florida season for the pair based in Del Mar, California. There, she was coached by U.S. multi-Olympian Günter Seidel who had competed the horse on both sides of the Atlantic six years ago.

The pair also won team gold at the North American Young Rider Championships in 2014.

“He’s done all he needs to do for me,” the 22-year-old rider said, “and I’m not going to ask any more of him. He’s given me his whole heart, and that’s all I could have asked.”

Sean Sierra Keasler of Wellington, Florida and Lux Stensvang, a 15-year-old KWPN gelding, placed second on 72.450 per cent with Kaitlin Blythe of Rougemont, North Carolina and Don Principe, 18-year-old Hanoverian stallion, third on 68.575 per cent.

Results:

CDIO Under-25 Grand Prix Freestyle

E: Zang – USA H: Tubman – CAN C: Clarke – GBR M: Eisenhardt – GER B: Torrente – COL
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Buffini, Anna USA Sundayboy 69.625 2 74.375 1 74.375 1 74.375 1 74.875 1 73.525 1
Keasler, Sean Sierra USA Lux Stensvang 71.750 1 74.000 2 73.000 2 69.000 4 70.625 2 71.675 2
Blythe, Kaitlin USA Don Principe 68.625 4 69.500 3 69.250 3 69.000 4 66.500 5 68.575 3
Paris, Molly USA Countess 65.875 5 68.125 5 68.125 4 69.250 3 69.750 3 68.225 4
Blais Tetreault, Mathilde CAN Utah 69.500 3 69.000 4 65.750 5 68.750 36 65.500 6 67.700 5
Gluch, Kerrigan USA HGF Brio 64.125 6 66.250 6 64.500 6 69.875 2 67.250 4 66.400 6
Strasser-Shostak, Tanya CAN Action Tyme 61.750 8 61.875 8 64.125 7 67.375 7 65.375 7 64.100 7
Vaughn, Genay USA Donarweiss GGF 63.125 7 64.500 7 63.250 8 63.000 8 64.125 8 63.600 8
Matute Guimon, Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas WD