Wellington Nations Cup Won by USA I, Europe Files Protest that Could Give It 2nd, USA II Would Be 3rd, Canada Out of Medals

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Heather Blitz and Paragon of United States of America I was the top finishing Grand Prix combination. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Heather Blitz and Paragon of United States of America I was the top finishing Grand Prix combination. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

United States I finished first at the Nations Cup CDIO3* in Wellington, Florida Friday, but a protest on behalf of Mikala Gundersen of Denmark over penalties when her horse, My Lady, bolted could move the team from Europe into second place, knocking United States II to third and pushing Canada out of the medals.

The protest was filed by Team Europe’s Alexander Meyer-Hiestand of Austria after medals were awarded–gold to USA 1, silver to USA 2 and bronze to Canada 1.

And the teams that were initially declared as placing first, second and third had participated in a news conference lauding the competition that was a test event of mixed Prix St Georges and Grand Prix combinations for the Pan American Games as an Olympic qualifier.

But the hearing by the appeals committee–Sandra Hotz of the U.S., Lorraine McDonald of Canada and Marianne Cunningham of Peru–will not take place until Saturday so the results that were posted as official have been labeled preliminary.

The protest on behalf of the Florida-based Danish rider was over the scoring of one-tempi changes by Mikala and My Lady which has a coefficient of two, so points awarded are doubled.

After the end of the line of one-tempis while My Lady was on its way to turning back to the centerline for the next movement, the horse bolted, circled then resumed the course it was on.

Mikala Gundersen riding My Lady for the Europe team at the Wellington Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddck/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen riding My Lady for the Europe team at the Wellington Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddck/dressage-news.com

The judges each removed three points from her scores for the one-tempi movement, and as that was a coefficient and there were five judges that penalized her by 30 points. The protest said the pair should have been penalized for an error of course which means a deduction of two points for each judge for a total of 10. Further, the judges are supposed make an independent determination as to the points to be awarded to each movement.

The difference in points would move Europe to 209.662 and place them second behind USA 1 with 219.313, putting USA II in third place with 208.675. Canada I had a total of 205.346 and would thus lose the bronze medal.

News of the protest came long after the event was over–though the actual protest was filed within the legal time period of one hour–and had no impact on the daylong competition in which 10 teams with riders from 10 different countries rode at Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix in the first ever Nations Cup of mixed levels.

Only the second non-championship Nations Cup outside Europe that was held at the Global Dressage Festival’s Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, as was the first staged in 2012, was a highlight and a finale of the CDI-packed Florida winter circuit.

First-time team member Kimberly Herslow of Stockton New Jersey on her Rosmarin posted the top Prix St. Georges result of the day that helped USA I grab the gold.

The ride on her eight-year-old horse was the latest highlight in an “amazing journey that has been so huge for me I’m almost in shell shock.”

Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin of the United Sttes I team. The pair were the top finishing combination inthe Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddck/dressage-news.com
Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin of the United Sttes I team. The pair were the top finishing combination inthe Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddck/dressage-news.com

Christilot Boylen, one of the most experienced riders in the competition and whose ride on Dio Mio led the Canada I team to a provisional bronze medal, recalled the times when she competed at the Pan American Games when the level was Grand Prix.

This Nations Cup, she said, “was a wonderful start for discussions on the actual format that will be used at the Pan American Games that could be very good for developing dressage in the Americas, not just North America, and that’s going to be important for us.”

Cesar Parra who rode Van the Man for United States II said an event like the Nations Cup “keeps the dream alive. I think that’s very important for the sport. The dream is what motivates people to do thing.”

Complete Provisional Results

Team Name Horse

Rider

Test

Score

Bonus

Points

Team Total

 

Argentina
Chicago Gaian, Heidi PSG

66.132

0.000

66.132

195.439

Wasmut Mabragana, Micaela PSG

63.158

0.000

63.158

RifallinoWadamur LaGoy-Weltz, OliviaJaccoma, Susan GPGP 63.14962.191 3.0003.000 66.14965.191
Australia
TolstoyVon Primaire

Cadenza

Reel Adventure

Fyffe, NicholasLayne, Kelly

Schwarz, Ilse

Truebenbach Lund, Kristy

PSGPSG

GP

PSG

66.05363.579

61.872

60.316

0.0000.000

3.000

0.000

66.05363.579

64.872

60.316

194.504

Canada I
  Dio MioAll In

Don Kontes

Action Tyme

Boylen, ChristilotFraser, Brittany

Marcus, David

Strasser, Evi

PSG PSG

GP

GP

70.395 66.079

65.872

64.021

0.0000.000

3.000

3.000

70.39566.079

68.872

67.021

205.346

Canada II
De La Rosa Tubman, Lee PSG

67.632

0.000

67.632

200.395

Lumiere Markowski, Maya PSG

66.789

0.000

66.789

Hunter Douglas Rhapsody

Kellock, Lindsay PSG

65.974

0.000

65.974

Columbia
Farewell IV Bernal, Marco PSG

65.342

0.000

65.342

192.789

Maybach First Fisherman

Vinho Dos Pinhais

Corchuelo, Raul Sanchez, Mauricio

Franco, Carmen

PSG PSG

PSG

63.947 63.500

63.132

0.0000.000

0.000

 

63.947 63.500

63.132

Europe
Chicco Roslev Petersen, Lars PSG

70.447

0.000

70.447

203.026

Zephyr Kohmann, Kevin PSG

67.132

0.000

67.132

For My Love My Lady Stumpf, Katharina Gundersen, Mikala Munter PSG GP 65.44765.277 0.0003.000 65.447 68.277
Spain
Klouseau Munoz, Carlos PSG

69.053

0.000

69.053

200.974

Califa XV Matute, Paula PSG

66.026

0.000

66.026

Gasper Don Diego Matute Jr., Juan Matute, Juan PSG PSG 65.89565.816 0.000 0.000 65.895 65.816
USA I
Rosmarin Herslow, Kimberly PSG

72.079

0.000

72.079

219.313

Paragon Blitz, Heather GP

71.021

3.000

74.021

Doktor Her Highness O Francis, ShellyRoffman, Caroline GPPSG 70.213 69.684 3.000 0.000 73.213 69.684
USA II
Van the Man Parra, Cesar GP

69.043

3.000

72.043

208.675

Wyatt Star Hardin, Justin PSG

68.395

0.000

68.395

Witness HilltopCurrency DC Hickey, Christopher Dutta, Susan PSGGP 68.237 65.915 0.000 3.000

 

68.237 68.915
Venezuela
Revenge Alpha’s Why Not

Darius

Wilbur

Gomez, Alejandro Ferrando Patricia Coburn,

Alida Moleiro

De Muro, Irina

PSG PSG

PSG

PSG

67.000 63.316

59.947

59.868

0.0000.000

0.000

0.000

67.000 63.316

59.947

59.868

190.263

 

Drop Scores were determined before bonus.

Team

Team Total

USA I

219.313

USA II

208.675

Canada I

205.346

European

203.026

Spain

200.974

Canada II

200.395

Argentina

195.439

Australia

194.504

Columbia

192.789

Venezuela

190.263