Charlotte Jorst & Adventure Log First Victory In Winning Wellington CDI Prix St. Georges
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 11, 2015–Charlotte Jorst rode her Kastel’s Adventure to the first international victory for the 10-year-old KWPN gelding to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI Prix St. Georges Wednesday, a success the American rider was so excited about “I’m ready to burst.”
With exuberance and a string of top horses, Charlotte has become a favorite in her first year on the Florida winter circuit and her score of 71.842 per cent–a personal best at Prix St. Georges–boosted her hopes of making the U.S. squad of Big Tour and Small Tour horses to go to Europe ahead of the Pan American Games.
Shelly Francis of neighboring Loxahatchee, Florida was second on Rubinio with a score of 71.605 per cent with Canada’s World Games rider Megan Lane on San D’Or third with 70.553 per cent, breaking a tie with fellow Canadian Tina Irwin on Fancy that with the same score.
Adventure is one of a growing number of top horses Charlotte, formerly Danish but now an American based in Reno. Nevada, has acquired since the sale of a designer watch company she developed with her husband.
Among the horses are Akeem that was on Denmark’s World Games team in Normandy last summer and she planned to compete this week but put off their debut until she returns to the West Coast. She also competes Kastels Nintendo that was successful at Grand Prix when ridden by Denmark’s Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard.
She found Adventure in a back yard in Holland as a seven-year-old but the horse was injured in 2014 and is just returning to full fitness.
The pair started third in a lineup of 40 combinations in the Prix St. Georges that is more competitive than usual because the Pan Am Games in Toronto in July are primarily at small tour.
“Over the weeks he’s been getting better and better,” said Charlotte. “He has gained so much confidence. He’s just dancing now. Every movement seems effortless.
“He’s now gaining back his strength and his confidence. He thinks of himself as a superstar.”
Charlotte, who competed her Vitalis as a six-year-old in the World Young Horse Championships at Verden, Germany last year, is planning to take her horses to Europe this summer for about a half dozen competitions even if she does not make the Pan Am squad.
She returns to Southern California next week to resume training with American Olympian Günter Seidel and compete in the final U.S. shows that will determine the Pan Am long listed combinations.