Olivia LaGoy-Weltz & Lonoir Win Wellington World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle With First Score Above 80%

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Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 24, 2020–Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir won the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Friday with a career high score and first above 80% in the first competition in 18 months.

Olivia and 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding scored 80.495% for the win, a day after capturing the Grand Prix for the World Cup to be staged in Las Vegas in mid-April.

The score for Olivia of Haymarket, Virginia who took 2019 off to allow Lonoir’s feet to grow back after botched farrier work, surpassed the pair’s previous best of 77.285% posted in the Wellington Nations Cup competition in March 2018.

Juan Matute Guimon, 22 years old who two years ago moved to Spain for college and to pursue his dressage career, rode Don Diego also to a personal best of 77.950%. The result earned Juan enough points to move him into fifth place in the Western European League. A World Cup qualifier is being held in Amsterdam this weekend that could alter the standings.

Canada’s Lindsay Kellock on Sebastien posted a personal best score of 75.880%, the only rider in the World Cup North American League to have fulfilled the required three qualifying scores for the Final.

Lindsay and the 14-year-old Rhinelander gelding surpassed their previous best of 75.870% set at Devon, Pennsylvania last September.

Lindsay, 29 years old, was on Canada’s team on her Small Tour mount Floratina that captured Pan American Games gold in Lima last July and earned the nation a start at the Tokyo Olympics.

Results:

CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Mariano Santos Redondo Katrina Wüst Jane Weatherwax Carlos Lopes Lee Tubman
Place Score % Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 80.495 USA Olivia LaGoy-Weltz Lonoir 78.950 79.550 82.125 81.500 80.350 76.761 (1)
2. 77.950 ESP Juan Matute Guimon Don Diego 80.600 79.425 75.725 77.275 76.725 75.648 (2)
3. 75.880 CAN Lindsay Kellock Sebastien 77.000 75.350 73.750 76.400 76.900 74.431 (3)
4. 73.900 USA Jennifer Schrader-Williams Millione 73.600 72.875 73.775 73.575 75.675 72.789 (4)
5. 73.865 KOR Dongseon Kim Belstaff 77.050 72.700 73.150 72.225 74.200 72.054 (6)
6. 73.425 USA Heather Blitz Semper Fidelis 73.950 75.275 73.400 70.550 73.950 72.231 (5)
7. 73.200 SWE Caroline Darcourt Paridon Magi 75.050 74.275 69.650 73.250 73.775 71.789 (7)
8. 72.435 MEX Martha Fernanda Del Valle Quirarte Beduino Lam 73.050 75.700 71.000 72.650 69.775 71.260 (8)
9. 71.555 USA Rebecca Waite Doktor 69.325 71.600 70.650 72.250 73.950 69.551 (11)
10. 70.090 CAN Jill Irving Arthur 70.025 72.225 71.450 70.550 66.200 70.704 (9)
11. 67.550 USA Bent Jensen Chance 70.375 65.350 66.325 67.500 68.200 67.500 (13)
12. 67.260 AUS Nicholas Fyffe Fiero HGF 69.300 62.725 65.675 67.625 70.975 69.853 (10)
13. 66.490 SUI Barbara Bertschinger Rubin Cortes OLD 67.075 66.375 64.150 67.450 67.400 69.157 (12)
14. 61.325 USA Pamela Aide Bon De Niro P 65.375 58.225 60.100 61.900 61.025 62.207 (14)
RT. ECU Julio Cesar Mendoza Loor Rosali ()
SC. AUS Kelly Layne Samhitas