Arlene Page & Dr. House Win Wellington World Cup Grand Prix Special in Debut CDI For USA Pair
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 25, 2017–Arlene “Tuny” Page rode Dr. House to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Special Saturday in the Big Tour debut for the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding.
Dr. House, whose CDI experience was at small tour and Under-25 before being bought by Tuny and her husband, David of Wellington, was awarded 71.629 per cent after placing 10th in the Grand Prix Thursday.
Katie Poag of Johns Island, South Carolina on Zonnekoning placed second on 71.294 per cent, the highest placing and first score above 70 per cent for the pair in a year at CDI Grand Prix. Canada’s Jill Irving on Arthur was third on 68.059 per cent.
The performance by Dr. House (Don Schufro x Krack C) in temperatures that climbed close to 90F/32C came after the horse had taken a back seat in the past year to Tuny’s Woodstock.
She campaigned Woodstock on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Nations Cups at Wellington and Aachen, Germany to help the United States become champions in the first year of the series.
She described Dr. House as “not a princess, this is a work horse. You can ride this horse with no dancing around the issues.
“I have a 16-year-old daughter. I have to think before I say something, weigh the ramifications.
“House is like a 16-year-old boy. Like telling him, ‘clean up your room or you’re not getting lunch.’ He’s not complicated. He is very secure in himself.”
With House joining a lineup that includes Alina as well as Woodstock, Tuny said that this non-championship year in the Americas will be used for building and training so her horses are consistent at the top level.
“My goal is to be knocking on the door of 75 per cent by the end of this year,” said Tuny who competed Wild One, now retired, at the 2006 World Cup Final, “not that I don’t fantasize they can’t go over that because I think they will.
“The goal for this year is to look like a contender” for the American team for the World Games in Tryon, North Carolina in the fall of 2018.