Katie Poag & Zonnekoning Win Tryon CDI3* Grand Prix With Personal Best Score

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Katie Poag and Zonnekoning in the Tryon CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2017 SusanJStickle.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

MILL SPRING, North Carolina, April 21, 2017–Katie Poag rode Zonnekoning, a KWPN stallion and half-brother of Verdades that she has developed over the past six years, to victory in the Tryon CDI3* Grand Prix Friday with a personal best score.

Katie and the 13-year-old she calls “Ziggy,” scored 68.840 per cent for the win that beat their previous high score of 68.820 per cent posted at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida four weeks ago.

Katie, based on John Island on the South Carolina coast 240 miles/390km from this 2018 World Equestrian Games show grounds, rode Zonnekoning to victory in the Wellington CDI4* Grand Prix Special in March for their first win since starting Big Tour in Florida in January, 2016.

“It’s very exciting to find out we’re moving up slowly,” said the 37-year-old Katie who found the horse in the Netherlands six years ago.

“This is really special for me, my own horse; I’ve been bringing him along and had some good help along the way and it makes it more special that he’s mine.”

P.J. Rizvi of Greenwich, Connecticut and Breaking Dawn placed second on 68.222 per cent, the highest Grand Prix score for the pair in almost three years and following a Florida winter circuit where they posted their first win. The 16-year-old KWPN gelding was ridden by Ashley Holzer for Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Arlene “Tuny” Page of Wellington and Dr. House in only the third CDI Grand Prix since beginning Big Tour two months ago, were third on 68.100 per cent.

Zonnekoning is Katie’s first international Grand Prix horse–she competed a Friesan named Rembrandt at national level Grand Prix in 2009.

She said that when she saw “Ziggy” six years ago she thought there was something very special about him–“he was very smart, very green, they had started him later, and I’ve been bringing him along since myself.”

Katie admits that Zonnekoning is her first stallion and though a “procrastinator,” he has “phenomonal talent and a heart of gold” that she hopes to make the duo a contender for the American team for the World Games here next year.

She has worked with Anne Gribbons, the former U.S. team coach, for the past three or four years, an experience she describes as having occurred at a good time in their development and “it’s started to pay off.”

Katie Poag on Zonnekoning celebrating victory at the Tryon CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Before Friday’s Grand Prix, Katie and Zonnekoning (Florett AS x Topas) ranked 17th on the rankings for the U.S. championships in Gladstone in mid-May but changes in the standings could lead to her being invited to Gladstone, New Jersey. She has never competed in Europe but has applied for a grant to do so.

Katie said that Zonnekoning has had a limited breeding program but has produced a foal, Kendrix, that she plans to keep for her own as a future prospect. The horse will not continue breeding while she is competing him.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix
E: Torrente – COL H: Asmyr – NOR C: Wessels – GBR M: Weatherwax – USA B: Foy – USA
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Poag, Katie USA Zonnekoning 68.100 4 70.300 1 68.700 2 68.700 2 68.400 1 68.840 1
Rizvi, P.J. USA Breaking Dawn 72.000 1 68.200 4 66.908 6 66.200 6 67.800 2 68.222 2
Page, Arlene USA Dr.House 2 68.300 3 68.900 3 68.300 3 68.000 3 67.000 6 68.100 3
Lane, Megan CAN San D’or 67.800 5 66.600 6 69.400 1 67.500 4 67.200 3 67.700 4
Page, Arlene USA Woodstock 69.000 2 66.600 6 67.908 4 67.500 4 67.200 3 67.642 5
Holzer, Ashley USA Sir Caramello 65.800 8 69.000 2 66.600 7 69.000 1 66.700 7 67.420 6
Holzer, Ashley USA Havanna 65.900 7 65.200 9 67.100 5 64.400 8 67.100 5 65.940 7
Trussell, Belinda CAN Tattoo 15 66.500 6 67.500 5 66.200 8 64.200 9 64.700 9 65.820 8
Parvey-Larsson, Stacy USA Benidetto 63.800 9 65.800 8 63.500 9 66.200 6 65.500 8 64.960 9
Lipp, Karen USA Whitney 62.400 10 65.100 10 59.700 11 61.200 10 62.200 10 62.120 10
Aide, Pamela USA Bon De Niro 61.600 11 61.200 12 60.700 10 61.100 11 60.600 11 61.040 11
Chia, Ariana CAN Teo 60.300 12 62.100 11 58.900 12 59.200 12 59.108 12 59.922 12