Shelly Francis & Doktor Capture Wellington World Cup Grand Prix Special with Personal Best Score

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Shelly Francis on Doktor in the honor round after the Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2016 Ken Braddck/dressage-news.com
Shelly Francis on Doktor in the honor round after the Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2016 Ken Braddck/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 27, 2016–Shelly Francis, beginning the fourth year of a Big Tour partnership with Doktor, produced a personal best score to post a narrow victory Saturday over Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet performing only their third CDI Grand Prix Special.

Shelly of Loxahatchee, adjacent to Wellington, and the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding scored 73.373 per cent in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup that beat their previous best of 71.922 per cent in Europe 18 months ago.

Kasey, now based in Wellington, and Dublet placed second on 73.137 per cent with Kelly Layne, an Australian team rider also resident in Wellington, placing third on Udon P on 70.157 per cent.

Shelly, a United States team rider at the 1998 World Games, said she was “really concentrating on every step… but I felt like he was very much there with me.

“I’m still kind of surprised that Kasey didn’t whip my butt. Now, I’m happy for the rest of the year.”

Shelly is competing Doktor and Danilo, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding and both owned by Patricia Stempel, in their quest for a place on the squad of up to eight combinations that will go to Europe after the Florida and California winter circuits for a series of events to decide the team to go to the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Before this weekend’s World Cup event, Shelly and Doktor had moved up to fourth place in the official United States Olympic rankings, behind Laura Graves on Verdades and Steffen Peters on Rosamunde and Legolas.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Special  

E: Max-Theurer – AUT H: Holler – GER C: Seefried – AUS M: Van Daele – BEL B: Judet – FRA
Rider Nat. Horse E H . C . M . B . T Pl. Verified
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 72.255 . 73.922 73.431 75.098 72.157 73.373 1 Yes
Perry-Glass, Kasey USA Goerklintgaards Dublet 71.961 76.569 72.549 73.235 71.373 73.137 2 Yes
Layne, Kelly AUS Udon P 69.706 69.314 70.294 70.000 71.471 70.157 3 Yes
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 69.118 72.059 69.216 69.020 70.490 69.980 4 Yes
Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Benetton Dream 68.235 69.020 71.275 67.549 72.647 69.745 5 Yes
Von Martels, Chris CAN Divertimento 71.471 68.824 68.627 69.020 70.490 69.686 6 Yes
Fraser, Brittany CAN All In 65.686 68.235 67.059 68.333 70.098 67.882 7 Yes
Jorst, Charlotte USA Kastels Akeem Foldager 67.451 67.157 68.137 64.412 68.333 67.098 8 Yes
Tomlinson, Laura GBR Unique 63.431 66.765 66.863 67.843 67.353 66.451 0 Yes
Pape, Susan GBR Harmony’s Fiorano 64.510 65.196 66.667 67.843 66.765 66.196 0 Yes
Koford, James USA Don Principe 65.490 62.745 67.549 66.569 66.275 65.725 0 Yes
Gundersen, Mikala DEN HF Victor 61.373 63.431 63.627 66.471 67.353 64.451 0 Yes
Zimmermann, Christian PLE Cinco De Mayo 65.490 65.000 62.549 63.333 65.000 64.275 0 Yes
Manfredi, Maria Florencia ARG Bandurria Kacero 63.824 59.804 62.843 66.765 66.373 63.922 0 Yes
Rosencrantz, Mette USA Marron 59.706 58.922 63.922 62.255 61.667 61.294 0 Yes