Christoph Koschel and Frederic Wandres Make it German Day at Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival Two Big Tour Events

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Christoph Koschel on Eaton Unitechno in the Global Dressage Festival CDI4* Grand Prix. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 29, 2021–Christoph Koschel rode Eaton Unitechno to victory in the CDI4* while Frederic Wandres won the CDI3* Grand Prix in his Big Tour debut on Rebroff to make it German Day in top sport at the Global Dressage Festival Friday.

Both riders are based at Hof Kasselmann in Hagen and are sharing stables here in Wellington for the winter-long circuit of seven CDIs, though Christoph is a veteran of eight years of competitions in Florida but for Frederic it is a completely new experience.

Christoph and Eaton Unitechno, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding, scored 70.065% for the win, in the first outing for the pair this year. The horse was competed successfully here last year by Masanao Takahashi, a prospective Japanese Olympic team rider. Christoph is coach of the Japanese dressage team but Japan’s federation has changed qualifying requirements for the Tokyo Games so that unlike 2020 the nation’s prospects are not expected to show on the Global circuit.

Canadian Olympic team prospect Lindsay Kellock and Sebastien, a 15-year-old Rhinelander gelding, placed second on 68.739%. Lindsay is a 2019 Pan American Games team gold medalist while Sebastien is owned by Enterprise Farm of the United States and Lindsay.

Canada’s Lindsay Kellock and Sebastien. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Germany’s Michael Klimke on Harmony’s Diabolo, owned by Harmony Sporthorses of Kiowa, Colorado, was third on 65.435%.

In the CDI3* Grand Prix, Frederic Wandres and Rebroff won with a score of 69.761% in their first Big Tour event on the first day ever competing in the United States. (see separate report)

U.S. Olympic rider Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California and Indeed placed second on 69.370% with Nora Batchelder of Williston, Florida on W Gangster Girl third on 67.065%.

Christoph Koschel said Eaton Unitechno “felt a bit spicy” in the competition, perhaps due to the sun setting in late afternoon and a little chilly by Florida standards .

The goal now, he said, was to get the horse’s “positive power” under control.

“There were mistakes and we can do better,” he said, “but It’s a good start.

“We want to get as much experience together as we can get, and I am looking forward to my first freestyle with him on Sunday. When he feels good I want to keep competing and see where we end up. We can do better with more suppleness and less tension, but that will come.”

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix for Freestyle

Judges: William Warren Mariano Santos Redondo Kjell Myhre Elke Ebert Christof Umbach
Pl. Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 70.065 GER Christoph Koschel Eaton Unitechno 68.043 71.63 70.435 71.739 68.478
2. 68.739 CAN Lindsay Kellock Sebastien 67.283 69.457 68.804 70.109 68.043
3. 65.435 GER Michael Klimke Harmony’s Diabolo 64.891 64.674 66.196 65.978 65.435
4. 63.391 USA Günter Seidel Equirelle 63.478 62.717 63.478 63.478 63.804
5. 62.717 NED Ivo Juhrend Cover Girl 62.174 65 62.935 61.739 61.739
6. 62.435 NED Jaron Verheij Dutch D-Day 62.717 64.239 64.348 63.261 57.609
7. 61.348 GEO Joanne Vaughan Al Martino 10 59.348 64.783 62.174 59.13 61.304

CDI3* Grand Prix for Freestyle

Judges: William Warren Mariano Santos Redondo Kjell Myhre Elke Ebert Heidi Berry
Pl. Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 69.761 GER Frederic Wandres Rebroff 6 70.109 70.217 69.674 70.978 67.826
2. 69.370 USA Jan Ebeling Indeed 69.674 67.5 69.13 70.109 70.435
3. 67.065 USA Nora Batchelder W Gangster Girl 68.478 65.652 68.152 66.957 66.087
4. 61.304 USA Cedar Potts-Warner JP Orion 59.783 64.891 62.826 57.609 61.413
5. 61.043 USA Jacqueline MacDonald Malcarat 60.109 62.826 60.543 58.261 63.478
6. 59.391 USA Tina Caldwell Don Antonio 59.348 59.783 57.826 59.674 60.326