Benjamin Ebeling & Illuster van de Kampert Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix in Just 3rd Senior Tour Start

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Benjamin Ebeling on Illuster van de Kampert in the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2021 Ken Braddick/

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 28, 2021–The 21-year-old Benjamin Ebeling put in a ride on” Illuster van de Kampert that was worth putting on the mantel above the fireplace to claim the first Big Tour victory by winning the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Thursday.

Benjamin of Moorpark, California and the 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding scored 71.804% in blustery conditions just two weeks after making their debut in the senior ranks at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The duo were showing in the Under-25 as late as December and after two years had taken the duo to No. in the world in the youth division. He is coached by his father, 2012 U.S. Olympic team rider, Jan, and Germany’s Christoph Koschel.

Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén made her debut on Devanto, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, placing second on 69.022%. Tinne, a seven-time Olympian for Sweden, took over the ride on Devanto from Juliane Brunkhorst of Germany.

Tinne-Vilhelmson-Silfvén and Devanto in the CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2021 Ken Braddick/

Susan Dutta of Wellington and Don Design DC placed third on a personal best 68.609%.

“I thought this ride was much better than a couple of weeks ago,” Benjamin told “He was definitely on, given the wind.”

Illuster’s handling of the blustery conditions, he said, “was a big win for his mental stability in the arena and his comfortability, so I was really proud of that above all else.”

While the ride was “the one I hold up on top of the fireplace above the mantel, I do want to replace it a bit later with a new one. On a scale of one to 10 this was like a 7 1/2 for me.”

The development of the partnership for senior Grand Prix was, Benjamin said, was making him “confident in my horse but not over-confident.

“At the moment it’s kind of threading the needle.”


CDI3* Grand Prix for Special

Judges: Heidi Berry William Warren Mariano Santos Redondo Kjell Myhre Elke Ebert
Pl. Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 71.804 USA Benjamin Ebeling Illuster Van De Kampert 72.935 72.717 70.543 71.957 70.87
2. 69.022 SWE Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén Devanto 67.609 68.913 69.13 70.87 68.587
3. 68.609 USA Susan Dutta Don Design DC 68.696 70.109 67.5 67.391 69.348
4. 68.500 USA Jessica Howington Cavalia 68.913 68.152 66.196 71.522 67.717
5. 68.152 CAN Jill Irving Arthur 68.043 67.826 69.457 66.522 68.913
6. 67.978 USA Lisa Wilcox Valando BJ 68.043 68.261 68.804 67.283 67.5
6. 67.978 USA Nick Wagman Ferano 68.152 68.804 65.435 68.696 68.804
8. 64.283 USA Dawn White-O’Connor Bailarino 65.543 64.348 63.152 63.587 64.783
9. 63.543 SUI Barbara Bertschinger Sir Schiwago 64.891 63.696 65.87 64.13 59.13