Christina Vinios & Folkestone Score 88% in 1st 5yo Test

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Christina Vinios and Folkestone. © 2011 SusanJStickle.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, May 14–When Christina Vinios bought Folkestone at the Oldenburg auction a year ago, she ignored advice to keep the horse in Germany for training and brought the horse to the U.S. to ride herself.

On Saturday, Christina rode the gelding by Fidertantz out of a Rubenstein mare in their first ever FEI five-year-old class and scored 88 per cent before two judges, Fran Dearing and Thomas Poulin at the Gold Coast May Dressage, a national competition.

Although her parents have seen most of the horse’s competition rides they were not in Florida for this weekend but at home in Massachusetts.

Now, an excited Christina is looking at “a bunch of plans” including heading to Leesburg, Virginia next month for the last of the three qualifiers to select a horse for the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Dressage in Verden, Germany Aug. 3-7. The other qualifiers are in Wayne, Illinois for the Midwest and La Cañada-Flintridge, California for the West Coast.

“I’m ready to go for it,” she said. “We’ll try our best.”

Christina, age 27 and an adult amateur who lives in Wellington, Florida, said when Folkestone first came over she rode with Robert Dover but when he had to focus on coaching the Canadian team for the World Equestrian Games she switched to the Wellington-based Israeli Oded Shimoni who is stabled at Stillpoint Farm where Robert is also based.

The combination have not competed in any qualifiers for the U.S. Young Horse Championships.

“We’ll go to Virigina and see how we do,” she said. “This was our first five-year-old test today.”

She didn’t sleep well Friday night, so that might have taken some of the edge off any nerves.

“It was a good test,” Christina said. “It felt good.”

Christina has two other horses in Wellington, including Donna Carina 6 that she competed at 2nd level for a score of 75 per cent. She also has a young horse in Germany that she owns with her grandmother, Jean Vinios.

She rides full time and wants to go “all the way” in the sport.

In the Grand Prix, Arlene “Tuny”Page finished first and second, with Alina on 75.106 per cent and  on her 2006 World Cup Final mount, Wild One, on 71.489 per cent. Tine Zinglersen of New York on Neumunster was third with 65.319 per cent.

USEF Training Level Test 1
(C) Poulin,
48    Gary F. Lane    Borodin Interagro    Training Level, Test 1 2011    Open    158    65.833%    1
54    Marcel van der Burgh    Calamus Interagro    Training Level, Test 1 2011    Open    158    65.833%    2
999    No Ride No Ride    No Ride    Training Level, Test 1 2011

USEF Training Level Test 1 AA/Jr/YR
(C) Poulin,
62    Amy Swerdlin    Scholastica    Training Level, Test 1 2011    Adult Amateur    179    74.583%    1
34    Janne H. Rumbough    Afilado    Training Level, Test 1 2011    Adult Amateur    178    74.167%    2

USEF First Level Test 1
(C) Poulin,
64    Albena Konstantinova    Taylor    First Level, Test 1 2011    Open    201    69.310%    1
38    Jules Anderson    Ferrone    First Level, Test 1 2011    Open    200    68.966%    2
75    Irina Moleiro de Muro    Ryolith    First Level, Test 1 2011    Adult Amateur    199    68.621%    3
56    Laura Rique    Royal    First Level, Test 1 2011    198    68.276%    4
55    Laura Rique    Wodarsky    First Level, Test 1 2011    194    66.897%    5

USEF First Level Test 1 AA/Jr/YR
(C) Poulin,
15    Lauren Friedland    Acolito Interagro    First Level, Test 1 2011    JR/YR    182    62.759%    1
5    Susan Marcovitz    Chesapeke Bay    First Level, Test 1 2011    Adult Amateur    169    58.276%    2

USEF Second Level Test 1
(C) Poulin,
56    Laura Rique    Royal    Second Level, Test 1 2011    228    65.143%    1
55    Laura Rique    Wodarsky    Second Level, Test 1 2011    217    62.000%    2

USEFFirst/ Second Level Test of Choice
(C) Poulin,
18    Christina Vinios    Donna Carina 6    Second Level, Test 3 2011    Open    315    75.000%    1
29    Jean S. Nix    Knickerbacher    First Level, Test 3 2011    Adult Amateur    227    73.226%    2
5    Susan Marcovitz    Chesapeke Bay    First Level, Test 3 2011    Adult Amateur    185    59.677%    3

USEF Third Level Test 1
(C) Poulin,
13    Carmen Franco    Xairel Do Bosque    Third Level, Test 1 2011    Open    259    68.158%    1

USEF Fourth Level Test 1
(C) Dearing,
47    Gary F. Lane    Urquin    Fourth Level, Test 1 2011    Open    228    65.143%    1
20    Lisa Tota    Agamemnon Interagro    Fourth Level, Test 1 2011    Open    217    62.000%    2
31    Tine Zinglersen    Atreyu II    Fourth Level, Test 1 2011    Open    213    60.857%    3
57    Leah Winston    Amintas Interagro    Fourth Level, Test 1 2011    Open    210    60.000%    4
41    Jeffery Lord    Legacy’s Conquistador Del Sol    Fourth Level, Test 1 2011    Open    210    60.000%    5
999    No Ride No Ride    No Ride    Fourth Level, Test 1 2011

USEF Fourth Level Test 1 AA/Jr/YR
(C) Dearing,
8    Ann-Louise Cook    Nuits St. George    Fourth Level, Test 1 2011    Adult Amateur    240    68.571%    1
22    Marc Ulanowski    Jazmin VII    Fourth Level, Test 1 2011    Adult Amateur    196    56.000%    2

USEFThird/ Fourth Level Test of Choice
(C) Poulin,
42    Jan A. Brons    Zonneglans    Fourth Level, Test 2 2011    Open    275    74.324%    1
49    Heidi M. Degele    Shantal Rox    Fourth Level, Test 2 2011    Open    249    67.297%    2
14    Carmen Franco    Vinho Dos Pinhais    Third Level, Test 3 2011    Open    260    66.667%    3
51    Jordan Schulz    Maslo    Third Level, Test 3 2011    JR/YR    259    66.410%    4
65    Jessica Kissel    Atlas Do Vouga    Third Level, Test 3 2011    Open    258    66.154%    5
20    Lisa Tota    Agamemnon Interagro    Third Level, Test 3 2011    Open    254    65.128%
19    Lisa Tota    Byron Interagro    Third Level, Test 3 2011    Open    254    65.128%    6
36    Jules Anderson    Primadonna    Third Level, Test 3 2011    Open    243    62.308%
27    Carol Reive    Paraiso V    Fourth Level, Test 2 2011    Adult Amateur    228    61.622%
7    Robin Shehan    Kokholms Fairchild    Fourth Level, Test 2 2011    Open    228    61.622%

FEI Prix St. Georges
(C) Dearing,
2    Alejandro Gomez    Revenge    FEI Prix St. Georges 2009    Adult Amateur    265    69.737%    1
33    Leif Aho    Taeke V.    FEI Prix St. Georges 2009    Open    260    68.421%    2
72    Ariel Matisse    Evita    FEI Prix St. Georges 2009    JR/YR    255    67.105%    3
40    Dana L. Fiore    Redford    FEI Prix St. Georges 2009    Open    249    65.526%    4
53    Marcel van der Burgh    Sunset    FEI Prix St. Georges 2009    Open    244    64.211%    5
46    Gary F. Lane    Olivier    FEI Prix St. Georges 2009    Open    241    63.421%    6
63    Albena Konstantinova    Savier    FEI Prix St. Georges 2009    Open    233    61.316%
74    Irina Moleiro de Muro    Sambuca    FEI Prix St. Georges 2009    Adult Amateur    232    61.053%

FEI Intermediaire 1 AA
(C) Dearing,
66    Arthemise B. Baldwin    Grundyman    FEI Intermediate I 2009    Adult Amateur    255    67.105%    1
26    Anna M. Tillman    Dream Boy 35    FEI Intermediate I 2009    Adult Amateur    240    63.158%    2
10    Carla Pasteur    Amica    FEI Intermediate I 2009    Adult Amateur    236    62.105%    3

FEI Intermediaire 2
(C) Dearing,
43    Jan A. Brons    Teutobod    FEI Intermediate II 2009    Open    265    69.737%    1
70    Nancy Later    Alexis-D    FEI Intermediate II 2009    Open    262    68.947%    2
37    Jules Anderson    Narobi    FEI Intermediate II 2009    Open    229    60.263%    3
32    Tine Zinglersen    Today    FEI Intermediate II 2009    Open    228    60.000%    4

FEI Grand Prix de Dressage
(C) Dearing,
4    Arlene Page    Alina    FEI Grand Prix 2009    Open    353    75.106%    1
3    Arlene Page    Wild One    FEI Grand Prix 2009    Open    336    71.489%    2
30    Tine Zinglersen    Neumunster    FEI Grand Prix 2009    Open    307    65.319%    3
67    Catherine M. Morelli    BeSe    FEI Grand Prix 2009    Open    292    62.128%    4

FEI Grand Prix de Dressage AA
(C) Dearing,
6    Amy Swerdlin    Epikur    FEI Grand Prix 2009    Adult Amateur    300    63.830%    1
23    Susan Gohl    Enigma    FEI Grand Prix 2009    Adult Amateur    234    49.787%    2

FEI Five Year Old Test
(C) Poulin,
45    Jan A. Brons    Bel Canto    FEI YH Final for 5-Year-Olds    Open    40.700    81.400%    1

FEI Six Year Old Test
(C) Poulin,
59    Werner van den Brande    Antheney Hill    FEI YH Final for 6-Year-Olds    Open    42.900    85.800%    1
60    Werner van den Brande    Amoret B    FEI YH Final for 6-Year-Olds    Open    39.700    79.400%    2
50    Heidi M. Degele    Lakota    FEI YH Final for 6-Year-Olds    Open    36    72.000%    3

FEI Level or Equivalent Test of Choice
(C) Dearing,
76    Shannon Dueck    Sentimiento I    FEI Grand Prix 2009    Open    336    71.489%    1
28    Ilse Schwarz    Cadenza    FEI Intermediate II 2009    Open    264    69.474%    2
53    Marcel van der Burgh    Sunset    FEI Prix St. Georges 2009    Open    251    66.053%    3
71    Nancy Later    Lord Granus    FEI Prix St. Georges 2009    Open    247    65.000%    4
16    Alison W. Bilzerian    Rolando    FEI Prix St. Georges 2009    Adult Amateur    241    63.421%    5

FEI Young Horse Test of Choice
(C) Poulin,
17    Christina Vinios    Folkestone    FEI YH Final for 5-Year-Olds    Adult Amateur    44    88.000%    1