Update: Denmark’s Petersen & Beemer Win Special, Trussell & Anton Take Freestyle at Wellington
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 19–Riding their musical freestyle for the first time, Canada’s Belinda Trussell and Anton captured the Wellington Dressage Classic CDI3* kür under the lights at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Friday night. The USA’s Todd Flettich and Otto also had not ridden their freestyle before Friday night, but finished second.
Belinda and Anton with 73.900 per cent and Todd and Otto with 73.000 per cent finished in the same order as the Grand Prix a day earlier. Canadian Jacqueline Brooks and Balmoral placed third Friday with 71.550 per cent.
The Grand Prix Special on Saturday was won by Lars Petersen on Beemer with 70.750 per cent, the best score yet for the combination, with Shawna Harding and Come On III second on 69.625 per cent and Mikala Munter Gundersen and Leonberg third on 69.417 per cent. Both Lars and Mikala ride for Denmark but are based in Wellington.
In the freestyle of the final CDI of the five that are held over two months of the Florida winter circuit, eight of the 14 combinations to start Saturday night were Canadians, four were from the USA and there was one from Colombia and one from Puerto Rico.
In addition to being the first time that Belinda of Newmarket, Ontario, and Anton rode the freestyle it was also the pair’s first time under the lights.
“Considering all of that, I’m thrilled. I’m thrilled with the score and the placing,” she aid. “It’s fantastic.”
She and Anton, a 10-year-old Saxony gelding by Antaeus xx Melit, performed to a freestyle choreographed by Tamara Williamson to the music of “Riverdance.”
“It’s fun and I like it. It’s really upbeat, and I want to get the crowd involved in the kür, so that it’s exciting and you can’t wait for the next movement. I hope that that’s what it portrayed. It is really fun to ride to the music.”
With the wins this week in only their second year at Grand Prix, she said, “It’s a huge accomplishment for me personally, to be in Florida for the first time and on this young horse. It’s so exciting. It’s something that you work so hard for, for so long. It’s a wonderful feeling, like you’re on a cloud.”
Flettrich, of Coatesville, Pennsylvaia, was the highest placed American rider in both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle in placing second on Otto, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Rambo xx Rampal.
They have been paired together for just over a year.
“It’s taken me a little time to get to know him. He’s a very special grand prix horse, but those special horses are a little bit more sensitive. I love him to death.
“I do believe that we can work out a few small things and he can be first place. I just want to keep making it look more and more confident and better.”
Grand Prix Freestyle results
Grand Prix Special
|E: Foy||H: Van Daele||C: Christensen||M: Clarke||B: Fore|
|Harding, Shawna||Come On III||335||336||325||344||331||1671||69.625%||2|
|Gundersen, Mikala Munter||Leonberg||333||326||335||336||336||1666||69.417%||3|
|Creech, Diane||Devon L||319||333||318||331||329||1630||67.917%||4|
|Brooks, Jacqueline||Gran Gesto||332||315||316||324||319||1606||66.917%||6|
|Losos de Muniz, Yvonne||Optimus Prime||316||319||321||318||314||1588||66.167%||0|
|Taylor, Melissa||Schumacker Solyst||316||316||314||324||316||1586||66.083%||0|
|Busse, Ute||Lindor’s Finest||310||309||310||314||318||1561||65.042%||0|