Shelly Francis Rides Doktor to Personal Best Score to Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix

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Shelly Francis riding Docktor to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 11, 2018–Shelly Francis rode Doktor to a personal best score to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Thursday as the American Nations Cup team pair start their sixth year at Big Tour.

Shelly of neighboring Loxahatchee and the 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding scored 72.543 per cent for their first victory since the Global winter circuit in 2016. The previous best result was 72.520 per cent set in Wellington in March, 2014.

Shelly, 59 years-old, said she is looking to qualify with either Doktor or her other Big Tour horse, Danilo, for consideration for the United States team for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September. If successful, it would come 20 years after she rode Pikant at the WEG in Rome where the U.S. team was fourth.

In opening day of the 2018 Global circuit of seven CDIs over the next three months, Susan Pape of Great Britain on Harmony’s Don Noblesse placed second on 70.435 per cent.

Susan Pape and Harmony’s Don Noblesse in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Canada’s Jill Irving and Arthur were third on 69.174 per cent, also a personal result for the pair.

Jill took the Dutch-bred gelding, now 13 years old, to Europe last summer to compete in three CDIs.

Shelly said that Docktor that has been riding for a decade was a “little tight” but tried to do everything asked of him.

Except for the awards, where she “engaged in a little self-preservation” to avoid his practice of running away from the noise and was led out of the arena ahead of the honor round.

Canada’s Jill Irving on Arthur in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix
E: Wessels – GBR H: Ebert – GER C: Wysocki – USA M: Umbach – LUX B: Lopes – POR
Rider Nar. Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. Total Pl.
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 72.391 1 71.413 1 73.478 1 72.935 1 72.500 1 72.543 1
Pape, Susan GBR Harmony’s Don Noblesse 72.283 2 69.891 2 68.913 3 72.717 2 68.370 3 70.435 2
Irving, Jill CAN Arthur 68.804 3 68.913 3 69.457 2 68.478 3 70.217 2 69.174 3
Hirosh, Sahar Daniel ISR Whitman 62.935 9 65.435 5 63.478 6 66.196 4 63.696 8 64.348 4
Parvey-Larsson, Stacy USA Benidetto 63.587 8 63.587 7 63.370 7 60.652 11 67.174 4 63.674 5
Gardner, Megan USA Zaffier 64.565 5 63.152 9 64.239 4 61.739 9 64.239 6 63.587 6
Lane, Megan CAN Zodiac MW 65.543 4 63.478 8 62.174 11 61.413 10 64.022 7 63.326 7
Hickey, Christopher USA Ronaldo 62.174 11 65.543 4 64.022 5 61.848 8 62.283 10 63.174 8
Klimke, Michael GER Royal Dancer 33 63.696 6 60.543 12 62.935 8 63.261 5 64.348 5 62.957 9
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Elmegardens Marquis 62.283 10 62.935 10 62.283 10 63.152 6 62.935 9 62.717 10
Bertschinger, Barbara SUI Rubin Cortes OLD 63.696 6 64.239 6 60.761 12 62.609 7 59.239 12 62.109 11
Bechtloff, Holger USA Clapton JP 61.196 12 62.500 11 62.500 9 59.130 12 59.674 11 61.000 12
Aide, Pamela USA Bon De Niro P 57.174 13 58.043 13 58.370 13 57.500 13 59.022 13 58.022 13