Olivia LaGoy-Weltz & Lonoir Eke Out Victory in Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix

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Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir in the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 22, 2018–Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir eked out a narrow victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Thursday after overcoming an expensive spook during the ride.

Olivia of Haymarket, Virginia wasn’t sure what fired up the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding during the start of the zig-zag and continued through several movements but the pair were awarded 71.652 per cent.

Arlene “Tuny” Page of Wellington riding Woodstock despite a fractured left heel placed second on 71.435 per cent, just 0.217 percentage points back of the winner.

Canada’s Jill Irving on Degas 12 was third on 70.609 per cent.

Olivia, who was on the United States Nations Cup teams at Rotterdam and Aachen last summer with Lonoir that she owns with Mary Anne McPhail, said the spook at the start of the zig-zag “sure took me by surprise.”

“I kind of wanted to crawl into a paper bag after that,” she said after the ride was affected through to the second pirouette.

But she admitted “I think I have a lot of practice, I’ve ridden through a lot of these” with Lonoir at small tour.

It showed, though, she said, that Lonoir is turning 14 this year and “still has lots of go and spark and lots of energy.”

Julio Mendoza of Ecuador on Chardonnay posted the first of two scores to qualify for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in September.

Julio, who is based near Tryon, scored 66.087 per cent and needs a second score of at least 66 per cent to become the first dressage rider from Ecuador to qualify for the world championships.

Julio Mendoza on Cardonnay posting the pair’s first of two scores required to qualify for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September. © 2018 SusanJStickle.com

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix

E: Max-Theurer-AUT H: Eisenhardt-GER C: Clarke-GBR M: Umbach-LUX B: Wüst-GER
Rider Nat. Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
LaGoy-Weltz, Olivia USA Lonoir 69.130 3 72.391 1 70.435 2 72.500 2 73.804 1 71.652 1
Page, Arlene USA Woodstock 70.435 2 71.957 2 71.739 1 71.087 3 71.957 2 71.435 2
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 70.761 1 68.913 4 70.000 4 72.717 1 70.652 3 70.609 3
Hickok, Chase USA Sagacious HF 68.696 4 70.109 3 70.217 3 68.478 5 69.674 4 69.435 4
Koschel, Christoph GER Ballentines 10 68.261 5 67.174 5 69.130 6 68.804 4 66.739 7 68.022 5
Lane, Megan CAN San D’or 65.761 7 66.522 6 70.000 4 67.935 6 67.065 6 67.457 6
Mendoza Loor, Julio Cesar ECU Chardonnay 66.739 6 65.652 10 64.130 11 66.630 8 67.283 5 66.087 7
Losos De Muniz, Yvonne DOM Aquamarijn 63.152 12 65.978 8 68.043 7 65.652 11 65.217 10 65.609 8
Harada, Kiichi JPN Egistar 64.022 9 65.435 11 65.109 9 67.935 6 65.109 11 65.522 9
Creech, Diane CAN Diana C 63.261 10 65.761 9 67.391 8 63.696 15 65.761 9 65.174 10
Harrington, Nicole USA Wizard Of Oz 64.239 8 66.413 7 63.913 12 64.239 14 66.196 8 65.000 11
Tate, Jessica Jo USA Cayman V 63.261 10 64.348 13 65.000 10 66.196 9 65.000 12 64.761 12
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Elmegardens Marquis 60.652 18 64.783 12 62.826 13 66.196 9 62.065 14 63.304 13
Egerstrom, Christer CRC Bello Oriente 62.065 15 62.065 17 61.630 15 64.783 13 62.391 13 62.587 14
Hirosh, Sahar Daniel ISR Don Daiquiri 60.761 17 62.283 16 61.630 16 65.543 12 60.543 16 62.152 15
Aide, Pamela USA Bon De Niro P 62.130 14 62.348 15 61.913 14 60.609 16 58.870 18 61.174 16
Bertschinger, Barbara SUI Rubin Cortes OLD 63.043 13 61.413 18 60.217 17 56.413 18 61.196 15 60.457 17
Parvey-Larsson, Stacy USA Benidetto 61.630 16 62.500 14 59.457 18 58.261 17 59.457 17 60.261 18