USA’s Jessica Jo Tate & Faberge Win Wellington CDI4* Freestyle, Japan’s Kiichi Harada on Fairytale Takes CDI3* for 4th Florida Victory

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Jessica Jo Tate and Faberge in the Global Dressage Festival CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2020 SusanJStickle.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 28, 2020–Jessica Jo Tate rode Faberge to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle under lights Friday night, the first win in six years for the American pair on the Florida winter circuit.

JJ, of Landrum, South Carolina, who winters in Wellington, and the 17-year-old Westfalen gelding scored 73.425% for the win. The pair has posted victories at both Big and Small Tour at CDIs in the northeast United States but not previously at Wellington.

Korea’s Dongseon Kim on Belstaff placed second on 72.430% in what he said was his last show.

“I’m going to be retiring from the competitive horse sport now,” he said and plans to send his horses to friends in Europe to compete. “I’ve been doing this for around 10 years now in the CDIs. I want to do something else, so that’s my plan. I want to be an investment banker now.”

Japan’s Kiichi Harada rode Egistar, his 2016 Olympic mount, to third place on a score of 70.745% just hours after winning the CDI3* on Fairytale S. The duo swept the CDI3* a week ago and took the Grand Prix Thursday.

Kiichi’s win on Fairytale S in the CDI3* Freestyle extended the Japanese Olympic rider’s string of victories for four on the Florida winter circuit so far this year.

Fairytale, a 16-year-old Anglo European gelding that Kiichi started competing just a week ago, was scored 73.610% a day after placing second in the Grand Prix.

Nora Batchelder of Williston, Florida placed second in the CDI3* on Faro SQF, her American-bred 12-year-old gelding, on a score of 71.835%.

Japan’s Akane Kuroki, on the 2016 Olympic team with Kiichi, rode Zuidenwind to third place on 71.490%. Akane and the 16-year-old KWPN stallion won the Grand Prix Thursday.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle

            Judges:     Ulrike Nivelle Michael Osinski Peter Storr Irina Maknami Gabriel Armando    
Place   Score %   Nation Athlete Horse     E H C M B   Spectators
1.   73.610   JPN Kiichi Harada Fairytale S     73.425 72.700 76.400 72.625 72.900   72.386 (2)
2.   71.835   USA Nora Batchelder Faro SQF     72.175 71.950 72.450 71.125 71.475   71.411 (3)
3.   71.490   JPN Akane Kuroki Zuidenwind 1187     72.000 73.075 69.850 72.375 70.150   70.004 (4)
4.   70.200   CAN Eiren Crawford Godot SSF     70.575 69.350 72.400 68.750 69.925   73.420 (1)
5.   66.750   USA Nicole Harrington Wizard Of Oz     66.550 65.100 66.450 69.375 66.275   66.079 (8)
6.   66.050   CAN Krystalann Shingler Fidelio     64.725 68.225 64.650 67.075 65.575   69.337 (5)
7.   65.725   USA Elisabeth Austin Steeped In Luck     64.650 64.775 67.750 67.200 64.250   67.828 (7)
8.   64.055   USA Pamela Aide Bon De Niro P     62.200 64.500 62.950 66.825 63.800   69.093 (6)

CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle

            Judges:     Gabriela Valerianova Ulrike Nivelle Stephen Clarke Irina Maknami Peter Storr    
Place   Score %   Nation Athlete Horse     E H C M B   Spectators
1.   73.425   USA Jessica Jo Tate Faberge     73.750 71.950 74.900 74.000 72.525   72.951 (2)
2.   72.430   KOR Dongseon Kim Belstaff     74.225 73.275 72.375 71.325 70.950   71.323 (3)
3.   70.745   JPN Kiichi Harada Egistar     70.300 72.450 68.550 73.125 69.300   73.225 (1)
4.   69.455   USA Karen Lipp Whitney     69.550 67.200 72.250 70.275 68.000   69.188 (5)
5.   68.845   USA Jessica Kozel Denzello     68.300 66.725 68.525 71.625 69.050   69.997 (4)