Ireland Olympic Pair of Judy Reynolds & Vancouver K Take Devon Word Cup Grand Prix, Jill Irving & Degas Log 2nd Straight Victory

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Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

DEVON, Pennsylvania, Sept. 30, 2016–Ireland’s Olympic partnership of Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K posted a personal best score to win the Dressage at Devon Grand Prix Friday night to kick off their campaign for a start in the World Cup Final in Omaha next year.

Judy and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding scored 75.660 per cent just a week after a pair of victories at the iconic Central Park Horse Show, the first competition in America for the pair that became the first from Ireland to make it through to the freestyle at an Olympics as they did in Rio de Janeiro last month.

Arlene “Tuny” Page of Wellington, Florida on Woodstock placed second on 73.360 per cent, also a personal best for the pair that campaigned in Europe for a place on the American Olympic team.

Canada’s Olympic pair of Megan Lane and Caravella placed third on 71.980 per cent. Florida-based Denmark team pair of Mikala Gundersen and My Lady were fourth on 70.720 per cent.

Friday night’s performance for the Germany-based Judy and the horse she has been competing at Big Tour since mid-2014, eclipsed their previous best Grand Prix score of 75.240 per cent set in June.

The World Cup Freestyle will be staged Saturday night and give Judy and Vancouver the opportunity to earn up to 20 points that she can take back to Europe to kick start her campaign for a start at the Final in Omaha next March. The intensely competitive Western European League of nine qualifiers in which she competes begins in October.

In the Grand Prix to qualify for the Special, Jill Irving rode her Degas to the second straight victory for the Canadian combination and with a personal best Grand Prix score.

Jill and the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding that have been a Big Tour partnership for 3 1/2 years scored 69.600 per cent in the Grand Prix for the Special that surpassed their previous best Grand Prix result of 68.600 per cent at the Global Dressage Festival in Florida in January.

Jill and Degas posted their first ever win, capturing the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle at Saugerties, New York with a personal best score a week ago.

Chase Hickok of Wellington on Sagacious HF were second on 68.220 per cent with Megan Lane on San D’Or third on 67.800 per cent.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix for Freestyle
E: De Wolff – NED H: McDonald – USA C: Fore – USA M: Seefried – AUS B: Halsall – GBR
RIDER Nat. HORSE E Rk H Rk C Rk M Rk B Rk Total Pl
Reynolds, Judy IRL Vancouver K 77.500 1 77.000 1 73.800 2 75.800 1 74.200 1 75.660 1
Page, Arlene USA Woodstock 73.200 2 73.000 2 75.500 1 73.100 2 72.000 2 73.360 2
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 73.100 3 72.000 3 72.000 4 72.100 3 70.700 3 71.980 3
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady 69.600 4 70.700 4 73.200 3 70.200 4 69.900 4 70.720 4
LaGoy-Weltz, Olivia USA Rassing’s Lonoir 69.400 5 67.700 5 69.000 5 69.200 5 68.800 5 68.820 5
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro 63.000 8 66.400 6 66.100 6 64.700 6 63.000 7 64.640 6
Garweg, Christian CAN Delorean 63.600 6 63.800 7 63.400 7 61.300 8 66.700 6 63.760 7
Strasser, Evi CAN Renaissance Tyme 63.400 7 61.700 9 63.300 8 61.800 7 62.200 8 62.480 8
Jensen, Stephanie CAN Addiction 59.400 9 63.400 8 62.600 9 59.200 9 61.400 9 61.200 9

 

Grand Prix for Special
E: Seefried – AUS H: Foy – USA C: De Wolff – NED M: Tissot – FRA B: Hotz – USA
RIDER Nat. HORSE E Rk H Rk C Rk M Rk B Rk Total #
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 71.500 1 70.300 1 70.900 1 67.500 2 67.800 1 69.600 1
Hickok, Chase USA Sagacious HF 67.700 3 68.600 2 69.700 2 67.800 1 67.300 2 68.220 2
Lane, Megan CAN San D’Or 69.700 2 68.400 3 67.700 3 65.900 4 67.300 2 67.800 3
Sprieser, Lauren USA Ellegria 66.800 4 65.800 4 66.400 5 66.200 3 65.700 4 66.180 4
Noyes Putnam, Laura K USA Galveston 66.800 4 63.900 6 67.100 4 64.400 5 63.400 6 65.120 5
Pugh, Abraham USA Elfenperfekt 62.800 6 65.300 5 66.100 6 61.500 6 65.500 5 64.240 6
Barisone, Michael USA Wyatt Star 59.700 7 61.500 7 56.400 7 57.600 7 59.400 7 58.920 7