USA Wins Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup, Canada Small Tour Success Unable to Hold Off American Power, Germany Bronze

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Shelly Francis and Danilo were the highest scoring of the victorious American Nations Cup team at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. © 2019 Ken Braddick/


WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 14, 2019–The United States won the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDIO3* Nations Cup Thursday night with powerful Big Tour performances that overwhelmed Canada’s Small Tour successes while Germany took bronze.

In the mixed format event that kicks off the trans-Atlantic series of eight Nations Cups, the Dutta Corp. USA team widened the first day’s lead to secure the competition with a total of 437.693, Canada taking silver with 433.685.

Germany earned the bronze on 402.724, though Grand Prix rider Christoph Koschel retired Ballentines shortly after the ride began because the horse did not feel fine. A veterinary examination later indicated a back pain possibly caused by a misstep a day earlier but appeared to present no long term issue.

Colombia placed fourth on 389.647. Two of Mexico’s four riders were eliminated that knocked the team out of the competition.

The small tour standout was Canada’s Tina Irwin on Laurencio, a horse that her husband, Jaimey, rode while she was out of competition with an injury. The pair turned in the top score of 73.588 per cent in the Intermediate 1.

Tina Irwin of Canada on Laurencio that was the highest scoring Small Tour horse in both Nations Cup legs in Wellington. © 2019 Ken Braddick/

The team spirit and camaraderie of this year’s Nations Cup was displayed throughout the two-day event with the riders from opposing teams joking about their mistakes or, in the case of Ashley Holzer who rode in four Olympics for Canada but now rides for the U.S., was beaten on Valentine by her god daughter, Lindsay Kellock of Canada on Floratina. Ashley kidded afterward: “I told her to finish a strong second but not ahead of me!”

Lindsay and Floratina scored 71.500 per cent while Ashley and Valentine were on 71.265 per cent.

Ashley Holzer on Valentine was the top placing American duo in the Small Tour. © 2019 Ken Braddick/

She and Lindsay may meet again in the competition arena at the Pan American Games which uses the same format as this Nations Cup.

Ashley confirmed that she plans to take Valentine to the Games, held once every four years, and this year in Lima, Peru in July.

Lindsay on Floratina is a top contender along with Tina Irwin on Laurencio for Canada’s team that will be seeking a start at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The top two countries with a Grand Prix horse in the team of four combinations get a start in Tokyo. The U.S. with its World Equestrian Games silver medal has already secured its place, while Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico and possibly other nations will be looking to fill the Olympic spots.

Patricia Koschel of Germany on Leuchtfeuer DE in the Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup. © 2019 Ken Braddick/

Germany’s Patricia Koschel who competes as an amateur and rode Leuchtfeuer DE a to a score of 69.088 per cent in the Intermediate 1, received two rounds of applause at a post-event news conference.

She praised the mixed small and big format as “a really good idea” and admitted she was “a little bit over the moon” for being able to participate in a competition with support from a small German community. And she poked fun at herself for her performances on the horse she has partnered for 12 years, five of them on the Florida winter circuit–Patricia said she had been competing successfully at national level Grand Prix in Wellington and when asked to drop back to Prix St. Georges for the Nations Cup, “I was a little bit arrogant,” thinking how easy it would be. Instead, it was “not so easy against the tough Americans and Canadians.”

When asked about the retirement from competition of her husband’s Ballentines, she explained that Christoph did not feel the horse was right after entering the arena.

“It is nothing serious,” she said, “but it was the right decision to stop. We are here to take care of our horses. I’m proud that he stopped immediately.”

Her response brought a round of applause from the crowd of riders, owners and spectators.

The USA’s Lauren Asher of Wellington and West Side, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, claimed the gold medal in the CDIO Under-25 Nations Cup Grand Prix with a score of 70.051 per cent.

Naima Moreira Laliberte and I Do Kiss from Canada earned silver with a score of 69.564 per cent and American Kerrigan Gluch also of Wellington and Bolero XCLVII earning bronze with a personal best score of 68.333 per cent.

Lauren Asher of the USA (center), the Under-25 Grand Prix gold medalist, Naima Moreira Laliberte of Canada silver (left) and Kerrigan Gluch of the U.S. earning bronze. © 2019 Ken Braddick/


CDIO3* Nations Cup Grand Prix Special
Judges: Isabelle Judet Janet Lee Foy Katrina Wüst Christof Umbach Elisabeth Max-Theurer
Place Score Nat. Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 71.447 USA Shelly Francis Danilo 70.553 72.362 71.511 71.723 71.085 75.670 (1)
2. 71.064 USA Charlotte Jorst Kastels Nintendo 70.532 71.596 71.702 70.426 71.064 69.365 (3)
3. 70.404 CAN Jill Irving Arthur 70.319 68.617 72.021 69.043 72.021 70.280 (2)
4. 68.681 DOM Yvonne Losos De Muniz Aquamarijn 69.255 70.106 69.787 67.979 66.277 68.326 (4)
5. 65.511 MEX Bernadette Pujals Curioso XXV 66.702 66.277 64.468 64.787 65.319 65.191 (5)
6. 64.213 GER Michael Klimke Royal Dancer 33 64.787 65.426 63.723 65.319 61.809 64.007 (6)
RET. GER Christoph Koschel Ballentines


CDIO3* Nations Cup Intermediate I
Judges: Isabelle Judet Janet Lee Foy Katrina Wüst Christof Umbach Elisabeth Max-Theurer
Place Score Nat. Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 73.588 CAN Tina Irwin Laurencio 74.118 72.794 75.147 74.118 71.765 72.789 (1)
2. 71.500 CAN Lindsay Kellock Floratina 70.441 71.765 72.353 73.971 68.971 71.833 (2)
3. 71.265 USA Ashley Holzer Valentine 69.412 72.353 71.618 74.118 68.824 71.000 (5)
4. 70.941 USA Jennifer Baumert Handsome 70.882 71.912 73.529 69.706 68.676 71.324 (3)
5. 69.088 GER Patricia Koschel Leuchtfeuer DE 69.706 68.971 68.088 70.294 68.382 71.224 (4)
6. 68.176 CAN Belinda Trussell Carlucci 69.118 68.529 70.147 66.176 66.912 68.226 (6)
7. 66.824 MEX Monica Burssens Elfentanz 68.235 65.735 65.441 67.059 67.647 66.500 (8)
8. 65.971 COL Maria Alejandra Aponte Gonzalez Duke De Niro 66.912 66.324 66.029 65.294 65.294 66.838 (7)
9. 65.471 COL Marco Bernal Germany 67.647 66.176 67.794 63.382 62.353 65.912 (9)
10. 63.353 GER Kevin Kohmann Cascou W 62.206 64.265 63.529 62.794 63.971 64.885 (10)
11. 62.382 CRC Christer Egerstrom Bello Oriente 62.500 66.324 61.618 61.324 60.147 62.750 (11)
12. 61.471 COL Raul Corchuelo Senorita 43 59.559 60.735 60.588 64.265 62.206 62.571 (13)
13. 61.353 COL Carmen Franco Weltregentrin 60.588 62.059 62.500 61.324 60.294 62.647 (12)
ELIM. MEX Diego Gonzalez Scenario 2
ELIM. MEX Carlos Maldonado Lara Massimo