Canada’s Tina Irwin & Laurencio Post World’s Highest CDI Small Tour Score This Year to Win Florida Int. 1 Freestyle
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 26, 2017–Canada’s Tina Irwin and Laurencio returned to winning form to capture the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Intermediate 1 Freestyle Sunday with the highest CDI small tour score in the world so far this year.
Tina and the 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding overcame a couple of small mishaps to score 78.708 per cent for the win after placing third in both the Prix St. Georges and Intermediate 1 in their first CDI outings this year. All three judges, Isobell Wessels of Great Britain, Cristoph Umbach of Luxembourg and Peter Holler of Germany placed Tina atop the results.
American Olympic medal rider Steffen Peters on Bailarino was awarded 77.00 per cent for runner-up after capturing both the St. Georges and Int. 1.
Jaimey Irwin, Tina’s husband who placed second behind Steffen in the St. Georges and Int. 1, was third in the freestyle on 75.625 per cent.
The Hagen, Germany-born Tina was coming off 2016 with a run of nine straight small tour victories aboard Laurencio (Laurentio x Donnerhall) both at home and in the United States following the start of CDI Prix St. Georges/Intermediate at this same event a year ago.
The 36-year-old Tina said after the musical performance: “My ride started off kind of interestingly. We halted and saluted, and then my music stopped playing because the power went out briefly. I got the option to start again, so I did. I start with two-tempis into my halt, and I had nailed them the first time so I hoped I would do that again, and luckily we nailed them again.
“Halfway through my canter work, my curb chain came loose and then fell off. So, we continued on and still got the job done, so I’m pretty pleased, considering all of that. He didn’t skip a beat and nothing fazed him. He’s a pretty amazing horse.”
Results of every small tour competition in the world so far this year reviewed by dressage-news.com showed that Tina’s score was the highest so far.
Tina and Jaimey, 38 years old, and based at Stoney Lake in Lakefield, Ontario have both competed in international championships.
Jaimey rode in the 2013 World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Tina was on Canada’s silver medal team at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Correction: An earlier version stated that Laurencio was Canadian-born. The official records give the country of birth as Canada. The owners state the horse was bred in Germany and will correct the official records.