Germany’s Christoph Koschel Wins Third Straight Wellington Global Dressage Festival Derby

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Christoph Koschel on Action Ace acknowledging the cheers of the crowd after winning his third straight Palm Beach Dressage Derby at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.con

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 1, 2019–Christoph Koschel on Friday won the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, third the straight victory for the German rider and the only rider ever to first to hold the triple crown of derbies–Hamburg, Munich and Palm Beach.

Christoph wrapped up the title with total prize money of $13,000 (€11,400) by riding Action Ace, a Florida-bred horse that was loaned for the Prix St. Georges level event at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

A crowd of about 4,000 spectators watched the final ride-off between Christoph, a member of Germany’s 2010 World Equestrian Games and 2011 European Championship teams, and American Karen Lipp.

U.S. Olympic and World Games rider Adrienne Lyle and Karen Pavicic of Croatia also competed in the derby in which they ride horses borrowed for the event and with which they are unfamiliar.

Christoph began his winning run in the Palm Beach Derby when he filled in for the injured Michael Klimke the first year and now does not want to give up the competition that he describes as “fun and challenging.”

He has to return in 2020 to defend the title.