Jill Irving & Degas Win Wellington World Cup Freestyle With Personal Best Score to Lead Canadian Sweep

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Canada’s Jill Irving on Degas on their way to victory in Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival World Cup Freestyle. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.,com


WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 10, 2020–Canada’s Pan American Games team gold medal partnership of Jill Irving and Degas posted a personal best score to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Freestyle Friday night and lead a Canadian sweep of the top three places for the second day.

Jill and the 18-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 76.060% for the win, a day after capturing the Grand Prix and logging only their second Grand Prix freestyle victory in almost six years of Big Tour competition. The previous win was at Saugerties, New York in 2016.

Jill, who got Degas at age six, said the horse now 18 years old now was not as nervous as in the past which prevented her from riding the victory gallop.

Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu riding All In in the rain at the Wellington World Cup Freestyle. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Britanny Fraser-Beaulieu and All In, as they did in the Grand Prix, placed second on 75.740%, in only their second competition since she gave birth to her first child last summer.

Brittany said the start of her ride on the 15-year-old KWPN gelding “felt absolutely incredible, probably the best feeling I’ve ever had on him.”

She and All In, on Canada’s Pan Am silver medal team in 2015 and at the Tryon World Equestrian Games in 2018, “came out ready to rock,” but needs more time in the arena to get back into top form.

This was the first Friday night under lights musical performance for Naima Moreira-Laliberté on Statesman, also on Canada’s 2019 Pan Am gold medal team, that placed third on a personal best 75.645%.

Naima Moreira-Laliberté riding Statesman in the first Friday night under the lights World Cup Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Naima, 23 years old, was “just happy to break the ice” of dealing with the atmosphere in only the third Big Tour freestyle for Statesman since the pair moved up from the Under-25 division eight months ago.

“I’ve been looking forward to this moment for a long time,” she said of the horse she began riding 18 months ago. “I thought he did a great job.”

None of the riders complained of intermittent and occasional heavy rain showers and gusty winds in the first of four World Cup qualifiers in Florida leading to the final in Las Vegas in April.

Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper, who did not compete in the World Cup freestyle, is the clear leader in the North American League standings with two of three scores required, averaging 80.370%. Steffen, World Cup champion on Ravel in 2009, has said he plans to pursue one of the two places reserved for North America.

Canada’s Lindsay Kellock who placed sixth on a score of 73.455% is the only combination in North America to have completed three competitions, and have an average of 73.641%. The Rhinelander gelding is 14 years old but was competing in only its fourth Big Tour competition.


CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Christof Umbach Monique Peutz-Vegter William Warren Elke Ebert Cesar Torrente
Place Score % Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 76.060 CAN Jill Irving Degas 12 76.400 75.800 75.650 76.775 75.675 74.605 (2)
2. 75.740 CAN Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu All In 77.800 73.750 76.900 75.750 74.500 76.273 (1)
3. 75.645 CAN Naima Moreira Laliberte Statesman 76.225 74.100 75.850 76.075 75.975 73.053 (4)
4. 75.125 USA Heather Blitz Semper Fidelis 73.925 72.775 76.375 78.350 74.200 74.428 (3)
5. 73.980 USA Rebecca Waite Doktor 74.500 73.300 74.400 72.550 75.150 71.778 (5)
6. 73.455 CAN Lindsay Kellock Sebastien 75.750 71.925 73.875 72.875 72.850 71.475 (6)
7. 72.065 KOR Dongseon Kim Belstaff 73.775 72.525 72.050 70.700 71.275 70.191 (7)
8. 69.895 USA Jessica Jo Tate Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon 71.275 72.125 68.125 69.625 68.325 66.741 (13)
9. 68.890 USA Missy Gilliland Samaritano IX 67.900 70.100 68.150 69.100 69.200 69.127 (8)
10. 68.400 ISR Micah Deligdish Destiny 69.550 66.225 71.050 69.275 65.900 67.591 (9)
11. 68.025 AUS Kelly Layne Samhitas 66.350 68.300 68.950 67.350 69.175 67.507 (12)
12. 66.465 USA Bent Jensen Chance 63.525 65.475 68.150 68.950 66.225 67.510 (11)
13. 66.130 USA Nicole Harrington Wizard Of Oz 61.350 68.600 66.775 66.775 67.150 67.567 (10)