James Koford & Adiah HP Win Grand Prix Freestyle for 3rd Straight US Dressage Final Championship

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Jim Koford and Adiah HP. File photo. © 2019 Ken Braddck/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Nov. 9, 2019–Adiah HP was ridden by James Koford to the US Dressage Final Grand Prix Freestyle Championship Saturday night, the third straight annual title for the American-bred Friesen mare that has captured the heart of her homeland’s sport horse community.

James and the 12-year-old part Friesen and part Dutch Warmblood won the Freestyle a day after capturing the Grand Prix at the Finals, a competition of both amateur and open classes at all levels based on results at regional championships across the United States.

The pair received a score of 75.108% for the musical performance from the panel of three American judges. Kristin Wasemiller-Knutson and Vashti placed second on 72.358% with Michael Bragdell on Qredit Hilltop third on 72.250%.

Adiah was bred and is owned by Jon and Sherry Koella of Hidden Promise Sport Horse farm in Dandrige, Tennessee.

Jim and the mare (Nico x Anton) have competed for almost two years at Big Tour CDIs on the East Coast of the United States, mostly at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida.