Dawn White-O’Connor & Legolas Win Temecula World Cup Freestyle to Wrap Up 1st International Dressage Show of 2018

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Dawn White-O’Connor on Legolas in the West Coast Dressage Festival World Cup Freestyle. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

TEMECULA, California, Jan. 6, 2018–Dawn White O’Connor rode Legolas to victory Saturday in the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival World Cup Freestyle, wrapping up the first international competition of the year and the inaugural event of a new California circuit.

Dawn, riding the 16-year-old Westfalen gelding exactly a year since their first show on the Olympic team bronze medal mount, scored 73.325 per cent.

Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nevada on Kastel’s Akeem Foldager scored 65.400 per cent as the only other competitor in the freestyle.

Dawn is a long-time assistant to Steffen Peters at San Diego, California, who competed Legolas in the 2016 Olympics, the 2014 World Equestrian Games and the 2015 Pan American Games.

Legolas will be officially retired in April after Dawn competes the horse in the remaining three West Coast Dressage Festival events in Del Mar, California over the next two months.

David Wightman and Silberpfeil won the national developing Prix St. Georges with a score of 70.735 per cent.

David Wightman on Silberpfeil in the Developing Prix St. Georges at the West Coast Dressage Festival. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

David competed the Hanoverian gelding as a six-year-old in the 2016 World Young Horse Championships in Ermelo. He is based in nearby Murietta with his wife, Kathleen Raine, who owns Silberpfeil, now aged eight.