Canada’s David Marcus & Chrevi’s Capital Top Wellington $50,000 World Cup Freestyle
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 1–David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital produced their best ever performance Friday night to win the $50,000 Wellington Classic World Cup Freestyle and shoot to the top of the North American League World Cup standings midway through the eight-event circuit.
The Canadian Olympic combination was awarded 74.450 per cent in the event that marked the first anniversary of their CDI Grand Prix career. The ride displayed consistency and calmness, overcoming a London Games scary experience six months ago in a downpour before an audience of 25,000 spectators who popped up umbrellas and put on rain gear, spooking Chrevi’s Capital. The pair was eliminated.
But on Friday night in their third straight week of competition, the partnership turned in their best ever result–the previous high score was 73.500 at the World Cup event in Devon, Pennsylvania last September. They finished ahead of Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and her developing Divertimento at 72.350 per cent. Canada’s Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro, at the top of the North American League standings before this event, were third on 70.250 per cent.
David and Chrevis’ Capital whose primary goal is the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in 2014, moved to the top of the North American League standings with an average of 73.975 per cent of the two best Freestyle scores, the criteria for qualifying for the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in April. Jacequeline Brooks and D Niro lost their leading position but have the second highest average, 72.557 per cent.
Two places are reserved for the North American League at the Final, the only annual global championship in dressage and being held this year when there are no world championships or Olympic and the only continental title is the Europeans.
Of the seven horse and rider combinations that started the Freestyle, five were from Canada and one each from Sweden and Italy. None were from the United States.
Equestrian Sport Productions, organizers of the event at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex, provided chairs for spectators and allowed others into the VIP pavilion after the Village of Wellington that has opposed the show grounds offering one the richest dressage circuits in the world did not approve spectator seating.
David said that Chrevi’s Capital, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Chrevi’s Lavallo x Indira Gandhi x Weinberg) “felt almost too calm” in the arena under lights on a night that was chilly by South Florida standards (55F/13C).
However, in the second performance of a freestyle that they first performed at the CDI5* a week ago, the horse felt “a ittle more confident” and at his “most consistent.”
Competing him at both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle in which the pair won both classes this weekend, was the plan and it worked.
“It feels like he was his own self, very calm, very reliable,” he said.
“We’re looking forward, not backward…”
He said a decision had not yet been made on whether to consider a World Cup Final start, which would be the first for Canada since Ashley Holzer and Pop Art competed at Las Vegas in 2009.
Tinne, who is competing in Florida for the third year in a row, said that Divertimento, an 11-year-old Westfalen gelding (Di Versace x Fatima x Ferragamo) was very tense in the nighttime atmosphere under lights “but this is exactly what he need to train him.”
The six-time Swedish Olympian has most likely already qualified for the World Cup Final with Don Auriello, her Olympic mount.
|Grand Prix Freestyle|
|E: Loriston-Clarke – GBR||H: MacDonald – CAN||C: Gribbons – USA||M: Markowski – POL||B: Phillips – GBR|
|Rider||Ctzn||Horse||E %||H %||C %||M %||B %||T %||Pl.|
|Marcus, David||CAN||Chrevi’s Capital||75.250%||72.750%||75.500%||75.250%||73.500%||74.450%||1|
|Brooks, Jacquline M.||CAN||D Niro||70.375%||69.625%||70.125%||73.375%||67.750%||70.250%||3|
|Creech, Diane||CAN||Devon L||70.250%||71.625%||69.750%||69.750%||69.500%||70.175%||4|
|Irwin, Jaimey||CAN||Lindor’s Finest||70.500%||70.625%||67.500%||66.000%||66.250%||68.175%||5|
|Rizzo, Sylvia||ITA||Donnerbube 2||65.375%||63.250%||64.250%||63.375%||65.875%||64.425%||7|
|Barteau, Yvonne||USA||GP Raymeister||0.000%||0.000%||0.000%||0.000%||0.000%||0.000%||0|