Wellington Nations Cup Won by USA, Canada Silver, Denmark Bronze to Kick Off Annual Trans-Atlantic Series

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USA Nations Cup gold medal team of Anna Marek, Katherine Bateson-Chandler.Adrienne Lyle and Steffen Peters at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 12, 2020–The United States that included a team rookie and a four-time Olympian won the Adequan Global Dressage CDIO3* Nations Cup Thursday to kick off the annual trans-Atlantic series whose schedule this year is uncertain because of coronavirus that will limit attendance at Wellington competitions beginning Friday.

Canada took silver and Denmark bronze. Israel’s first ever team in a dressage Nations Cup or senior championship placed fourth.

Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper with a score of 76.085% led the United States Dutta Corp. team to victory in the event over two days, the Grand Prix Wednesday and Special Thursday that is a similar format for the Olympics scheduled for Tokyo in July.

Denmark’s Agnete Kirk Thinggaard on Blue Hors Zatchmo placed second individually on 74.128% with Canada’s Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu on All In third on 73.489%.

The final team standings: 1. USA 439.992; 2. Canada 436.034; 3. Denmark 424.501; 4. Israel 395.586.

Japan started with a team of three that would have been the first in a Nations Cup series event but one combination was scratched and another retired leaving only Kiichi Harada on Egistar who rode as an individual.

Steffen Peters riding Suppenkasper in the Nations Cup before nearly empty spectator stands that went into night time at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The gap between the United States and Canada that was slender after Wednesday’s Grand Prix was widened by the time the third rider for each team completed their rides when America’s Adrienne Lyle and Harmony’s Duval were awarded 72.553% that was the highest score to that point.

The Nations Cup was the last event at this week’s competition at which the general public was allowed in, an extension of limits being imposed on gatherings at events worldwide and has led to cancellation and strict attendance limits at events of all types–including horse shows–around the world.

Effective Friday, Equestrian Sports Productions announced, the competition schedule for the Global Dressage Festival–including the Friday Night Under the Lights Freestyles and the accompanying Winter Equestrian Festival of jumpers and hunters will continue but be closed to the general public.

VIP pass holders will be allowed entry and food services will be available.

Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu on All In leading Canada to silver medal at the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“It was very close overnight with Canada, it was 0.1%, so Debbie (McDonald, USA team coach) and I talked quite a bit and I believed that going in the ring we take the intensity from the training into the warm-up into the show arena, not an ounce more, but certainly not an ounce less, Steffen Peters, a four-time Olympian from San Diego, California who has been in Wellington for the winter circuit.

“That was the tactic today and it worked out beautifully. ‘Mopsie’ did a very clean test, even more relaxed than any of the other tests he’s done so far. This season was extremely therapeutic for both of us and we’re looking forward to the freestyle tomorrow.”

Anna Marek of Williston, Florida on Dee Clair was the rookie on the U.S. team along with veteran riders Katherine Bateson-Chandler on Alcazar, that she has competed in Nations Cups on both sides of the Atlantic, and Adrienne Lyle, herself and Olympic and World Games rider with Harmony’s Duval in the horse’s first Nations Cup.

“I wanted to go out and have a clean ride,” said Anna. “I was very thankful to be on the team and to get some team experience and experience this Nations Cup with awesome team mates.”

The Nations Cup Under-25 individual medalists USA’s Benjamin Ebeling (center) gold, Emma Asher (left) silver and Camille Carier Bergeron of Canada bronze. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

Nations Cup CDIO3* Grand Prix Special

                  Yuri Romanov Stephen Clarke Thomas Lang Isobel Wessels Kurt Christensen    
Place   Score %   Nation Athlete Horse     E H C M B    
1.   76.085   USA Steffen Peters Suppenkasper     76.489 77.340 74.787 75.426 76.383    
2.   74.128   DEN Agnete Kirk Thinggaard Blue Hors Zatchmo     75.426 75.106 72.660 73.298 74.149    
3.   73.489   CAN Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu All In     74.468 75.957 71.170 71.489 74.362    
4.   72.553   USA Adrienne Lyle Harmony’s Duval     73.617 73.617 71.915 75.106 68.511    
5.   72.170   DOM Yvonne Losos De Muñiz Aquamarijn     72.340 73.404 70.957 71.702 72.447    
6.   71.021   CAN Naima Moreira Laliberte Statesman     70.213 70.532 70.426 70.957 72.979    
7.   69.915   CAN Lindsay Kellock Sebastien     70.745 67.660 67.553 72.447 71.170    
8.   69.723   USA Katherine Bateson Chandler Alcazar     68.723 70.213 65.638 73.511 70.532    
9.   69.425   CAN Megan Lane Zodiac MW     67.553 71.277 69.255 70.851 68.191    
10.   67.936   USA Anna Marek Dee Clair     68.191 68.617 66.915 68.511 67.447    
11.   66.043   ESP Carlos Salguero Ocaña Vangens Star-Light     65.213 66.702 66.277 66.489 65.532    
12.   64.489   ISR Micah Deligdish Destiny     65.000 65.745 63.723 65.957 62.021    
13.   63.489   JPN Kiichi Harada Egistar     63.511 64.255 62.660 63.191 63.830    
14.   63.107   DEN Signe Kirk Kristiansen Her Highness O     63.830 62.128 62.766 64.149 62.660    
15.   63.000   ISR Sahar Daniel Hirosh Whitman     65.532 64.043 62.021 60.745 62.660    
RT.       JPN Masanao Takahashi Eaton Unitechno                  
SC.       JPN Akane Kuroki Zuidenwind 1187                  

Nations Cup CDIO Under-25 Grand Prix

            Judges:     Yuri Romanov Kurt Christensen Isobel Wessels Stephen Clarke Jane Weatherwax    
Place   Score %   Nat. Athlete Horse     E H C M B    
1.   71.179   USA Benjamin Ebeling Illuster Van De Kampert     71.282 70.897 69.359 71.795 72.564    
2.   70.051   USA Emma Asher Elegance N     68.462 70.769 71.795 71.026 68.205    
3.   69.692   CAN Camille Carier Bergeron Acoeur     69.103 69.359 70.769 72.436 66.795    
4.   69.564   USA Hope Cooper Hot Chocolate W     69.615 68.846 68.974 70.256 70.128    
5.   69.487   USA Benjamin Ebeling Diamond’s Diva     70.641 69.231 67.821 69.872 69.872    
6.   67.000   COL Maria Alejandra Aponte Gonzalez Duke De Niro     66.538 64.872 66.410 68.462 68.718    
7.   66.590   CAN Laurence Blais Tetreault Utah     68.077 67.308 65.897 67.051 64.615    
8.   64.923   USA Rosemary Julian-Simoes Rankrado     64.872 65.769 66.282 65.256 62.436    
9.   64.743   CAN Vanessa Creech-Terauds Hallmark     62.436 64.487 65.769 66.410 64.615    
10.   64.205   USA Natalie Pai Utopie Douilly     65.000 63.462 62.436 65.000 65.128    
11.   63.128   ESP Paula Matute Guimon Legacy’s Cosmico     59.872 61.026 63.077 66.410 65.256    
12.   61.769   USA Kerrigan Gluch Vaquero HGF     61.667 64.487 61.795 62.051 58.846    
13.   59.513   CAN Tanya Strasser-Shostak Renaissance Tyme     57.436 58.846 60.256 62.821 58.205    
14.   57.615   USA Mary Fischer Xama Dos Pinhais     55.000 60.128 59.103 57.179 56.667