Kasey Perry-Glass & Dublet Win Wellington World Cup Freestyle to Move Closer to Championship Final Start

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Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet with win at Adequan Gobal Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle clinches second of three required qualifiers for championship final in Sweden in April. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 22, 2019–Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet won the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Friday night to move a step closer to a start of the globe’s top 18 combinations at the championship final in Gothenburg, Sweden in April. Sweden’s seven-time Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén on Don Auriello appeared assured of a start at the home final with second place.

Kasey and the 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding scored 83.425 per cent for the win, competing in the mid-winter temperature of about 80F/26.6C. The final qualifying competition for Kasey and Dublet as well as world No. 2 Laura Graves on Verdades is scheduled for the Palm Beach Dressage Derby in Wellington next week.

Tinne and Don Auriello scored 80.950 per cent for runner-up and to move the rider up to eighth place in the Western European League standings, one slot behind team mate Patrik Kittel.

Shelly Francis of neighboring Loxahatchee, Florida on Danilo third on 80.050 per cent.

Kasey said afterward Dublet, her partner on United States Olympic and World Games medal teams, made it known before the ride he was going to perform well.

“I can tell already in the stable how he’s going to do,” she said, “it’s kind of weird but I can feel his vibes.”

The highlights of the performance to music by Tom Hunt, who did the same for Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, brought a simple response: “Everything!”

If next week’s qualifier goes as planned, she said, that will be enough competition before the final in Sweden.

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén on Don Auriello stepping out to the Cees Slings musical arrangement in the Wellington World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The performance Friday night completed Tinne’s campaign to make it to the World Cup Final at Gothenburg in her homeland that would be her seventh final and the fifth on Don Auriello.

The 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding began his Big Tour career in Florida in 2011 and since then has taken Tinne to two Olympics, two World Equestrian Games, two European Championships as well as four World Cup Finals. Tinne wasn’t sure whether this would be the last Florida competition for Don Auriello.

The most enthusiastic applause from spectators was for the entertaining musical ride by Shelly Francis and Danilo, the 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding she took to the Paris World Cup Final in 2018. The crowd started clapping in rhythm to the final passage tour and burst into loud cheering at the end of the ride.

Clive Halsall of Great Britain, president of the ground jury, described the competitions as: “I think we saw three very professional, skillful riders who were very good under pressure. They’re chasing the qualification for the World Cup and in a very atmospheric arena. They all proved themselves in this environment. They ride difficult tests and they make it look easy, and that is a great skill.”

Results:

World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle
Judges Magnus Ringmark Christof Umbach Clive Halsall Henning Lehrmann Linda Zang
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 83.425 USA Kasey Perry-Glass Goerklintgaards Dublet – 504 85.125 81.375 83.625 83.500 83.500 80.922 (2)
2. 80.950 SWE Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén Don Auriello – 554 81.450 81.650 80.175 79.550 81.925 81.600 (1)
3. 80.050 USA Shelly Francis Danilo – 522 81.700 81.175 79.825 80.075 77.475 78.834 (3)
4. 71.005 DOM Yvonne Losos De Muniz Foco Loco W – 533 71.375 70.700 69.900 73.150 69.900 70.333 (4)
5. 68.815 USA Karen Lipp Whitney – 506 66.675 68.850 70.425 69.000 69.125 67.864 (6)
6. 68.660 CAN Ariana Chia Teo – 568 69.850 69.725 68.650 68.850 66.225 67.143 (7)
7. 67.295 USA Jessica Kozel Denzello – 525 64.425 68.250 68.575 67.050 68.175 68.012 (5)
8. 66.345 USA Jessica Jo Tate Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon – 550 65.150 68.625 66.025 66.350 65.575 67.098 (8)
9. 65.775 USA Jane Karol Sunshine Tour – 536 64.425 64.325 67.650 68.300 64.175 63.500 (9)