Japan’s Kiichi Harada & Egistar Complete World Equestrian Games Qualifying with Latest Florida Result

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Japan’s Kiichi Harada and Egistar on their way to completing qualifying for the World Equestrian Games. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 1, 2018–Kiichi Harada and Egistar completed qualifying Thursday for the World Equestrian Games, achieving the second of two scores required for the Japanese Olympic partnership to go to Tryon, North Carolina in September.

Kiichi and the 15-year-old KWPN gelding came scored 67.500 per cent to successfully complete their campaign at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Florida to qualify for the world championships held once every four years.

“I am so excited and so happy,” said the 45-year-old rider as he came out of the arena where his trainer, ChristophKoschel of Germany was waiting to greet him.

“This has meant so much to come here and succeed in our mission.”

Kiichi Harada on Egistar being congratulated by his coach, Christoph Koschel, as he leaves the competition arena after achieving his qualifying score for the World Equestrian Games. © 218 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Kiichi and Egistar began competing at Big Tour in 2015 and the following year rode at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

He came to Florida in January with Christoph and his family who base themselves in Wellington in winter to train and compete at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

He earned the first qualifying score of 66.261 per cent at the end of January.

He said he will fly back to Japan after the Florida circuit and the horse will return to Germany for a month-long break before preparations for the World Games in Tryon in September.

Kiichi is the second Japanese combination to earn qualification for Tryon–Akana Kuroki on Toots has achieved the required two qualifying results.