Charlotte Jorst & Nintendo Post Personal Best to Win Thermal World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

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Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo. © 2020 ESI Photography

THERMAL, California, Nov. 21, 2020–Charlotte Jorst rode Kastel’s Nintendo to victory in the Desert Dressage World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday, posting a personal best musical performance score for the second straight week.

Charlotte of Reno, Nevada and the 17-year-old KWPN stallion were awarded 76.530% to beat the previous high of 75.710% set just a week ago at this Desert International International Horse Park.

Carly Taylor-Smith of Somis, California and the American-bred Rosalut NHF were second on 75.360% in the pair’s second Big Tour competition. One of the five judges placed her first.

Carly and the 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Rosenthal x Salut) had competed once at international level before this two-week series, at Small Tour in February, 2018.

The English-born Carly, 30 years old, is a former member of Great Britain’s national JR/YR dressage squad and moved to the United States in 2010 to go to university. She is now an American citizen.

The results for Charlotte, who began Big Tour with Nintendo almost seven years ago, gave the pair an early lead in the North American League standings as she seeks a start at the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden next April. The duo performed at the championship at the same venue in 2016.

Several more qualifiers for the two starting places assigned to North America are scheduled in Florida and California over the winter.

Results:

World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

            Judges:   Kari McClain Maria Colliander Jane Weatherwax Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel Christof Umbach  
Pl.   Score   Nation Athlete Horse   E H C M B  
1.   76.530   USA Charlotte Jorst Kastel’s Nintendo   73.625 76.75 76.05 77.45 78.775  
2.   75.360   USA Carly Taylor-Smith Rosalut NHF   75.45 75.675 72.775 76.075 76.825  
3.   68.500   USA Dawn White-O’Connor Bailarino   69.225 67.775 67.75 68.225 69.525  
4.   65.155   USA Nadine Schwartsman William   66.6 64.425 65.05 64.9 64.8  
5.   64.865   USA Missy Gilliland Toledano XXXI   64.575 66.325 63.925 64.85 64.65