Tina Konyot “Floating” after Calecto V 4th Place in Fritzens-Schindlhof CDI4* Grand Prix
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SCHINDLHOF, Austria, June 25–Tina Konyot was so thrilled she was “floating” after her fourth place finish on Calecto V in the Grand Prix for the Special at Manfred Swarovski Gedächtnis Turnier CDI4* Friday, despite suffering a sore and swollen foot from being stepped on by her 12-year-old stallion. Tina of North Stonington, Connecticut, and the Come Back stallion scored 69.021 per cent in the first European competition for the pair as part of their preparation for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky Sept. 25-Oct. 10. Tina’s marks were close to what the pair were awarded in their victories on the Florida winter circuit and the Kentucky Cup WEG test event despite three mistakes–stumbling in the extended walk, missing the last of the two-tempi changes and missing a change in the zig-zag. Germans Isabell Werth and Satchmo and Anabel Balkenhol and Dablina and Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat on Delgado filled the top three places with scores above 70 per cent. Tina said she and Calecto arrived in Europe a week ago. She said that the horse stepped on her left foot and she was spraying it with Show Sheen to fit into an old pair of boots. She said her goal had been to get at least 70 per cent and finish in the top three to win one of the Swarovski trophies, a goal she said she could have achieved but for the mistakes. “I’m floating,” she said dressage-news.com, “I’m so happy, just thrilled, psyched. I can’t stand it.” She will compete in the Grand Prix Special on Sunday. Other non-European placings were: Christilot Boylen, Canada, and Famous Boy 62.596 per cent, 18th; Christopher Hickey, USA, and Douglas Hilltop, 61.915 per cent, 21st, and Evi Strasser, Canada, and Action Tyme, 59.106 per cent, 25th.