USA’s Sarah Lockman Riding First Apple in Big Tour Debut Places 2nd Behind Diane Creech & Chrevis Christo of Canada

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Sarah Lockman and First Apple at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival competing in their first Big Tour event, CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 27, 2020–First Apple, forgetting that he had moved up to Grand Prix from Small Tour, halted instead of  piaffing at X and dropped back to second place with Sarah Lockman aboard in their Big Tour debut at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Thursday.

Until the final centerline mistake with marks of one point from most of the five judges for the piaffe and transition, the Pan American Games individual gold medal partnership were trending over 70%.

Instead, First Apple, a 10-year-old KWPN stallion and Sarah were awarded a total of 67.348% to place second behind Canada’s Diane Creech and Chrevis Christo on 67.935%.

“I was so happy with Apple,” said Sarah of Murietta, California who described the horse’s early halt as “a flash back from the Small Tour.”

“Otherwise a pretty darn good test for a green Grand Prix  horse,” she said. “A top three finish in his first Grand Prix. I could not be more proud and I can’t wait to show the Special on Saturday… Apple loves that test!”

Sarah and First Apple were undefeated in eight starts at Small Tour, including team competitions at the Pan Ams last July in which the U.S. was awarded silver and the pair took individual gold.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix for Special

                  Peter Storr Irina Maknami Michael Osinski Henning Lehrmann Gabriela Valerianova    
Place   Score %   Nation Athlete Horse     E H C M B    
1.   67.935   CAN Diane Creech Chrevis Christo     66.196 67.717 67.500 67.500 70.761    
2.   67.348   USA Sarah Lockman First Apple     66.087 69.348 70.435 64.674 66.196    
3.   66.522   USA Nora Batchelder W Gangster Girl     68.152 68.043 63.587 66.957 65.870    
4.   66.152   DEN Signe Kirk Kristiansen Her Highness O     67.065 66.304 65.978 65.870 65.543    
5.   65.283   USA Patricia Becker Freedom     65.326 64.674 66.196 64.022 66.196    
6.   64.109   CAN Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon Wilson Pickett     65.652 63.804 63.261 64.457 63.370    
7.   63.913   JPN Masanao Takahashi Eaton Unitechno     63.587 63.152 64.348 64.783 63.696    
8.   63.674   CAN Tina Irwin Fancy That     64.022 63.478 64.783 63.478 62.609    
9.   63.630   USA Andreanna Patzwald Hudson 18     64.783 65.000 64.022 64.130 60.217    
10.   62.935   CAN Melanie Thomson Donnegan     59.891 64.783 62.609 64.130 63.261    
11.   62.261   VEN Patricia Ferrando Elvis     61.522 63.370 62.065 63.804 60.543    
12.   61.174   BRA André Ganc Ultimo De Massa     59.891 60.978 59.783 62.935 62.283    
13.   58.674   CAN Evi Strasser Disney Tyme     58.913 58.804 58.587 55.978 61.087