Riders from 3 Nations at Florida’s Global Dressage Festival Earn First World Equestrian Games Qualifying Scores
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 25, 2018–Riders and horses from Israel, Japan and the Philippines on Thursday earned their first of two scores required to qualify for the World Equestrian Games at Tryon, North Carolina in September
Kiichi Harada of Japan and Egistar, Sahar Hirosh and Whitman of Israel and Ellesse Tzinberg on Triviant of the Philippines attained the score of at least 66 per cent in the Grand Prix toward a berth at the annual championships held once every four years.
Kiichi and Egistar, who rode for Japan at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, scored 66.261 per cent.
Kiichi, the first Japanese rider to compete at Global at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, said: “I’m very happy with this start in the Wellington season. It’s the first time for me and Egistar in that incredible arena and the first really big show after the Olympics so that’s why I’m not sad that he was a bit impressed and a little spooky at the beginning.
“But overall he behaved super and we got our first qualification score for Tryon. To be placed at my first Grand Prix in Wellington made my day.”
Sahar, who lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania, scored 66.522 per cent on Whitman in the CDI3* Grand Prix.
Ellesse Tzinberg, based in Wellington and in her third year as a competitor at Global, scored 66.00 per cent for the first qualifying score on Triviant.