Akane Kuroki & Zuidenwind Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix, 2nd Japanese Winner on Florida Circuit

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Akane Kuroki and Zuidenwind celebrating victory at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix in Florida. Kiichi Harada is in the background on Fairytale S. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 27, 2020–Japanese Olympian Akane Kuroki rode Zuidenwind to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Thursday in only the second international competition for the pair in Florida seeking to be on her nation’s team at the Tokyo Olympics.

Akane, who competed for Japan at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and the 16-year-old Dutch stallion scored 68.739% for the win at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The pair competed for the first time at the CDI3* in Wellington last week. Akane took over the ride on Zuidenwind from Sweden’s Rose Mathisen who competed the stallion at Big Tour throughout Europe including the 2017 European Championships.

Kiichi Harada, also of Japan who last week won twice on Egistar, rode Fairytale S to second place on 64.239% Thursday.

Nora Batchelder of Williston, Florida and Faro SQF were third on 64.174%.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix for Freestyle

                  Henning Lehrmann Gabriela Valerianova Gabriel Armando Ulrike Nivelle Stephen Clarke    
Place   Score %   Nation Athlete Horse     E H C M B    
1.   68.739   JPN Akane Kuroki Zuidenwind 1187     66.957 70.870 69.130 67.065 69.674    
2.   64.239   JPN Kiichi Harada Fairytale S     65.652 63.043 64.130 65.326 63.043    
3.   64.174   USA Nora Batchelder Faro SQF     62.500 65.761 64.457 63.261 64.891    
4.   63.783   CAN Krystalann Shingler Fidelio     63.587 63.696 63.043 64.565 64.022    
5.   62.283   USA Pamela Aide Bon De Niro P     62.609 62.935 59.783 63.152 62.935    
6.   61.913   USA Nicole Harrington Wizard Of Oz     62.065 63.696 62.500 59.891 61.413    
7.   60.478   USA Elisabeth Austin Steeped In Luck     60.435 60.435 59.783 63.152 58.587    
8.   60.391   CAN Eiren Crawford Godot SSF     61.087 59.239 59.565 60.870 61.196    
9.   59.326   USA Jacqueline MacDonald Malcarat     58.913 60.109 58.913 56.413 62.283    
EL.       USA Abraham Pugh Elfenperfekt