Canada’s Lindsay Kellock & Sebastien Capture Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special With Another Career High Score

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Lindsay Kellock celebrationg her victory on Sebastien in the Grand Prix Special at the Global Dressage Festival. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 13, 2021–Lindsay Kellock rode Sebastien to a career high score for the second competition in a row to capture the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday, the highest score at the level so far of riders seeking a place on Canada’s team for the Olympics in Tokyo in six months.

Lindsay and the 15-year-old Rhinelander gelding scored 73.319%, a career high Grand Prix Special mark, just two days after achieving a similar result in the Grand Prix at the Palm Beach Internatiuonal Equestrian Center

The 30-year-old Lindsay exclaimed the result Saturday was “a dream come true” and to be right up with her coach and godmother, Ashey Holzer, the four-time Olympian for Canada who now rides for the United States, “pretty exciting.”

“I had more confidence going in today based on his performance in the Grand Prix on Thursday,” Lindsay said. “He went in and really tried his heart out and gave me a good feeling, which then gave me confidence to ride him a bit more in the ring. Normally I’m like, ‘Oh can I do this? Maybe I can push this button.’ But today he just felt so great. I was able to really ride him, take a deep breath, and I think that showed a lot more with those higher scores.

“I can’t describe the feeling, it’s amazing. I couldn’t be happier, and I’m speechless. The horse is an incredible horse and I’m glad that I’m finally able to bring that out in him. ”

The results came a day after her best friend, Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu on All In posted a personal best Grand Prix score that made Lindsay think, “Shoot, I’ve got to pick it up a bit.”

And she did. When told she was trending at 76% until the walk, “I can’t even believe that. That just a dream come true.”

The 2020 U.S. Grand Prix champion pair of Jennifer Williams on Millione placed second on 71.979% with Great Britain’s Susan Pape on Harmony’s Eclectisch third on 71.489%.

Brittany Fraser and All In have the highest Grand Prix result of Canadians this year with Lindsay and Sebastien next. Lindsay and Sebastien have the top Special score to date in the Olympic qualifying period that runs from Jan. 1 to mid-June ahead of the Games in Tokyo currently scheduled for the end of July.

Both riders, as are several other Canadians, are coached by Ashley Holzer who is seeking a place on the American team with Valentine. Ashley had passed on  the possibility of competing Valentine for a place on the U.S. team at the 2019 Pan American Games so she could focus on her Canadian riders, three of whom were on the squad that won gold.

“It’s a good group in the barn,” Lindsay said. “We’re all such good friends, we play off one another and help each other out. It shows on how we are out in the show ring. We have such a supportive group and the person who is heading that is Ashley and we’re just so grateful to have her. She breathes positive energy and is so supportive; I’m very grateful to have her as my trainer.”

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Henning Lehrmann Agnieszka Majewska Christof Umbach Claudia Thaler Gabriela Valerianova
Pl. Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 73.319 CAN Lindsay Kellock Sebastien 72.447 73.191 72.66 74.468 73.83
2. 71.979 USA Jennifer Williams Millione 72.766 71.596 70.745 73.723 71.064
3. 71.489 GBR Susan Pape Harmony’s Eclectisch 71.809 69.787 72.66 70.106 73.085
4. 69.681 CAN Jill Irving Arthur 67.766 69.894 69.255 71.489 70
5. 69.660 USA Jessica Howington Cavalia 70.426 72.128 67.234 70.957 67.553
6. 67.787 USA Mette Rosencrantz Dzeko 65.957 67.234 67.553 70.106 68.085
7. 66.936 CAN Diane Creech Chrevis Christo 67.766 65.745 67.128 67.447 66.596
8. 65.468 USA Dawn White-O’Connor Bailarino 66.489 63.936 62.234 67.234 67.447
9. 64.936 USA Mikala Münter Salsa Hit 66.064 64.255 65.532 65.319 63.511
10. 62.979 USA Reese Koffler-Stanfield Bingo 64.702 61.404 62.255 64.17 62.362
11. 61.276 USA Günter Seidel Equirelle 63.106 60.766 62.149 61.404 58.957
12. 58.085 SUI Barbara Bertschinger Sir Schiwago 56.596 59.043 57.872 59.787 57.128
ELIM USA Bianca Tota Cadento V
SCR USA Nick Wagman Don John