Charlotte Jorst & Nintendo Win Florida Global CDI-W Grand Prix Special With Personal Best Score
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 28, 2017–Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo won the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W Grand Prix Special Saturday on a personal best score in the first victory for the partnership outside the western United States in three years of Big Tour competition on both sides of the Atlantic.
“This has been a long-time-coming-win,” said Charlotte of Reno. Nevada of the win on a score of 72.941 per cent on the 14-year-old KWPN stallion.
Great Britain’s Suzan Pape on Harmony’s Don Noblesse placed second on 71.980 per cent to continue the success she has experienced in the first two of the seven CDIs at Global this winter. It was only the second Special for the 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Harmony Sport Horses of Kiowa, Colorado and Suzan. The pair won their first Special at Global two weeks ago.
Juan Matute, Jr. and Quantico Ymas posted a personal best 70.588 per cent for a Big Tour Special.
The 19-year-old Juan who rides under the Spanish flag though based in Wellington, Florida with his family including his multi-Olympian father, competed Quantico through young rider and under-25 divisions in Europe and America, including first in the U25 Grand Prix and second in the Freestyle at the prestigious World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany last summer.
Chase Hickok, at 26 years old who competed Sagacious HF in the Under-25 division in 2015 and a single Big Tour event in 2016, placed fourth on 70.294 per cent. Owned by Hyperion Farm, the KWPN gelding won team gold and individual silver when ridden by Lauren Sammis at the 2007 Pan American Games and placed second in both Under-25 events at Aachen in 2013 when Caroline Roffman became the first American to compete in that division there.
The 18 year-old Sagacious and Chase appeared a harmonious partnership.
Nintendo was one of the first Grand Prix horses Charlotte Jorst bought after building a designer watch company for 25 years she sold for almost a quarter billion dollars, all the time “dreaming of doing this.”
The Danish-born Charlotte who is an American citizen, laughs at herself for thinking at the time she could buy Nintendo and be successful at the highest level of dressage. The pair have chalked up victories in California and Colorado, but not elsewhere until Saturday.
“This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t successful right away. I made a lot of mistakes but I kept plugging away and now it’s getting better.”
She and Nintendo competed in their first World Cup Final last year, in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Charlotte will become a grandmother later this winter and plans to go to Europe to compete over the summer and “enjoy being a grandmother.”
Correction: The correct score for Chase Hickok and Sagacious HF was 70.294 per cent and not the result previously posted.