Germany’s Christoph Koschel & Shakespeare Win Wellington Iron Spring Farm Future Stars Performance Series Warmup Ahead of Saturday Final

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Christoph Kosche;lof Germany on Shakespeare on their way to victory in the Iron Spring Farm Future Stars Performance Series warmup class for the final on Saturday. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 28, 2019–Christoph Koschel of Germany on Shakespeare on Thursday won by a narrow margin the inaugural Iron Spring Farm Future Star Performance Series warmup for the $10,000 final in two days for horses aged seven to nine years old at Prix St. Georges in a commitment by the Global Dressage Festival to stage dressage development competitions.

Christoph and Shakespeare, a nine-year-old Mecklenburg gelding, were awarded 70.375 per cent from the ground jury of five international judges of the Developing Prix St. Georges.

America’s Meagan Davis on Damocles HLF was just 0.225 per cent behind on 70.150 to take second place with Diane Creech of Canada on Dublin L third on 69.150 per cent.

“I’m so excited that this competition has become available as it is so great for the development of horses,” said Christoph a German team rider at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington. He has also been a competitor in the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal, the German Small Tour championship that has become the Small Tour standard for more than three decades.

The Global event has been sponsored by Iron Spring Farm of Coatesville, Pennsylvania and Wellington, Cunningham & Cunningham Insurance of Goshen, New York and Legacy Farm of Melissa Taylor and Lars Petersen of Wellington.

All prize money for the event that may be the richest for a national dressage event in America all goes to the riders. The Global organizers formatted it to enable drive-in competitors with no stabling and no veterinary inspection required so as to include as many competitors as possible.

Meagan Davis and Damocles runnerup in the Iron Spring Future Stars Performance Series warmup event. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Thursday’s warmup was to provide an opportunity for riders and horses to become familiar with Global’s centerpiece arena that is usually reserved for international compeitition.

The final has 15 entries–from Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and the United States.

In addition to total prize money of $10,000, a silver picture frame donated by Iron Spring Farm and engraved for the event with a photo by Susan J. Stickle will be awarded to the champion.

Results:

“Future Stars” Performance Series Developing Prix St. Georges – Warm Up
Equestrian Village Judges:
Yuri Romanov-RUS William Warren-USA Annette Fransen Iacobaeus-SWE Ulrike Nivelle-GER Stephen Clarke-GBR
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 70.375 GER Christoph Koschel Shakespeare 72.375 69.000 69.500 69.750 71.250
2. 70.150 USA Meagan Davis Damocles HLF 68.625 69.250 69.750 71.000 72.125
3. 69.150 CAN Diane Creech Dublin L 67.500 67.750 69.500 69.500 71.500
4. 66.850 AUS Kelly Layne Livio Felluga 67.375 69.000 64.125 67.000 66.750
5. 59.400 CAN Cheryl Roberts Famous Forever 61.875 59.625 58.000 58.250 59.250
6. 58.200 GER Marc Stanuschewski Graciella 57.375 57.625 56.125 60.125 59.750
7. 57.625 SUI Franziska Seidl Gucci 58.375 57.250 56.125 58.250 58.125