Sagacious HF Ridden by Chase Hickok to Win Global CDI3* Grand Prix Special with Career High Score

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Sagacious HF being ridden by Chase Hickok celebrating the 18-year-old horses career-high Grand Prix Special score attained at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 9, 2017–Sagacious HF was ridden by Chase Hickok to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special Thursday with a career high score for the 18-year-old KWPN gelding.

The 26-year-old Chase of Wellington, Florida scored 71.667 per cent for the win as the third rider of Sagacious in an international career that began more than a decade ago.

Megan Lane of Canada on San d’Or was second on 70.647 per cent and Suzan Pape of Great Britain on Harmony’s Don Noblesse was third on 70.608 per cent.

“He really loves his work, Chase said of Sagacious that still bears the barn name of “Kitty” as awarded by Caroline Roffman, one of the horse’s riders. “He enjoys the mental game of dressage. He goes on lots of trail rides. I hope he’ll keep going until he’s 35.

“Every time he goes out he gets better and better.”

Sagacious was brought to the United States as a youngster by Al Guden of Hyperion Farm.

Lauren Sammis rode the horse for the United States team at the 2007 Pan American Games that was all small tour at the time, winning team gold and individual silver. The pair moved up to Grand Prix in 2009 and over three years started 24 times at Big Tour, including the Special four times.

Caroline Roffman also of Wellington was given the ride in 2013 as her Under-25 mount, winning four out of eight starts at international level including two second places at the prestigious World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany the same year.

Chase leased Sagacious (Welt Hit II x Cocktail) from Hyperion Farm and began competing at international Under-25 events in 2014, running up 10 straight victories at the Global circuit in Wellington as well as capturing the 2015 Brentina Cup that is the American Under-25 championship.

This was her sixth start at Big Tour since the inaugural Grand Prix last September and her first victory at the top level.

The agreement to ride Sagacious goes until October this year when Al Guden and Chase will decide the next step.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special
E: Hess – GER H: Osinski – USA C: Maknami – RUS M: Matthiesen – DEN B: Clarke – GBR
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Hickok, Chase USA Sagacious HF 73.529 1 72.059 1 70.980 2 69.118 4 72.647 1 71.667 1
Lane, Megan CAN San Dor 70.784 4 70.686 2 72.745 1 70.392 1 68.627 4 70.647 2
Pape, Suzan GBR Harmonys Don Noblesse 73.039 2 70.000 3 69.510 4 69.902 2 70.588 2 70.608 3
Wilson Wilkins, Leah CAN Fabian J.S. 71.471 3 68.627 4 70.294 3 69.608 3 70.294 3 70.059 4
Matute Guimon, Juan ESP Quantico Ymas 68.039 5 68.137 5 68.725 5 65.588 5 65.490 5 67.196 5
Kane, Devon USA Sir Galanto 67.353 6 63.333 12 63.922 8 65.196 6 64.902 6 64.941 6
Lipp, Karen USA Whitney 66.765 7 64.902 7 62.941 10 63.529 7 64.608 7 64.549 7
Hickey, Christopher USA Ronaldo 65.686 10 65.294 6 66.078 6 61.765 11 63.529 9 64.471 8
Irving, Jill CAN Arthur 66.529 8 64.569 8 63.980 7 62.608 9 63.392 10 64.216 9
White-Oconnor, Dawn USA Aristo 64.412 11 64.314 10 62.647 11 62.745 8 63.627 8 63.549 10
Bechtloff, Holger USA Clapton JP 65.784 9 62.843 13 63.333 9 61.078 13 62.353 12 63.078 11
Klimke, Michael GER Royal Dancer 33 63.137 12 63.529 11 61.667 13 62.451 10 62.843 11 62.725 12
Sprieser, Lauren USA Ellegria 62.941 13 64.510 9 62.255 12 61.176 12 59.020 14 61.980 13
Steacie, Liz CAN Callahan 58.686 14 57.412 14 59.471 14 54.961 14 60.843 13 58.275 14
Gentry, Kim AUS Leonardo Elim.