Riders from 3 Nations at Florida’s Global Dressage Festival Earn First World Equestrian Games Qualifying Scores

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Kiirchi Harada of Japan on Egistar in the CDI3* Grand Prix at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington where the pair earned a qualifying score for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

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 Hirosh of Israel and Whitman at the Global Dressage Festival earning their first World Equestrian Games qualifying score. © SusanJStickle.com

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.

Ellesse Tzinberg of the Philippines at the Global Dressage Festival. © 2018 SusanJStickle.com