Germany Leads at Midway in Wellington Nations Cup, Small Tour Horses Hold Off Grand Prix Bonuses

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Frederic Wandres of Germany on Quizmaster as the top scoring combination for Germany to take the lead midway through the Wellington Nations Cup. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 17, 2021–Two dominating Small Tour performances gave Germany the lead over the United States midway through the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup Wednesday to kick off the 2021 trans-Atlantic series.

Frederic Wandres on Quizmaster with 74.765% and the U.S.-based Kevin Kohmann on Five Star with 74.177% in the Prix St. Georges set Germany up for the lead with Christoph Koschel on Eaton Unitechno receiving a personal best 72.891% for the Grand Prix that was given a 1.5% bonus and a team result of 223.333.

The United States team of all Big Tour horses–Adrienne Lyle on Harmony’s Duval with 73.935%, Benjamin Ebeling on Illuster van de Kampert with 72.152% and Jennifer Williams on Millione with 71.783%–each received the 1.5% bonus and a team total of 222.370

Adrienne Lyle on Harmony’s Duval was atop the Grand Prix scoreboard in the Nations Cup. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Canada was in third place on 217.848, the team led by Chris von Martels on Eclips  with a personal best 72.870%. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu on All In was on 70.391% and Lindsay Kellock on 70.087%, all Grand Prix horses entitled to 1.5% bonuses.

Australia’s three-member team of two Small Tour combinations and one Big Tour horse was fourth on 192.239.

Canada’s top placing rider was Chris von Martels on Eclips. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Nations Cup will be decided Thursday by the Grand Prix Special for Big Tour horses and Intermediate 1 for Small Tour. The Wellington event is the only competition in the series that is mixed levels, the same as the Pan American Games.

Christoph Koschel on Eaton Unitechno was runner-up in the CDIO3* Grand Prix that clinched the Nations Cup lead midway through the competition. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDIO3* Grand Prix

Judges: Thomas Kessler Stephen Clarke Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel Christof Umbach Carlos Lopes
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 73.935 USA Adrienne Lyle Harmony’s Duval 74.674 74.457 72.717 73.696 74.13
2. 72.891 GER Christoph Koschel Eaton Unitechno 72.717 72.174 71.957 75.326 72.283
3. 72.870 CAN Chris Von Martels Eclips 72.826 73.804 72.174 74.457 71.087
4. 72.152 USA Benjamin Ebeling Illuster Van De Kampert 69.457 73.152 71.413 74.022 72.717
5. 71.783 USA Jennifer Williams Millione 74.565 71.63 70.109 71.957 70.652
6. 70.391 CAN Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu All In 67.5 71.413 70.435 73.261 69.348
7. 70.239 USA Katherine Bateson Chandler Alcazar 69.565 71.63 70.435 72.065 67.5
8. 70.087 CAN Lindsay Kellock Sebastien 70.109 70.978 70 70.109 69.239
9. 69.718 CAN Naima Moreira Laliberté Statesman 68.696 69.348 70 71.522 69.022
10. 66.870 ESP Carlos Salguero Ocaña Vangens Star-Light 66.848 67.935 65.543 69.348 64.674
11. 63.739 AUS Kelly Layne Samhitas 62.283 67.391 62.065 61.957 65

CDIO3* Prix St. Georges

Judges Stephen Clarke Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel Janet Lee Foy Carlos Lopes Thomas Kessler
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 74.765 GER Frederic Wandres Quizmaster 75.735 75.147 73.382 73.235 76.324
2. 74.177 GER Kevin Kohmann Five Star 74.412 74.265 75 73.824 73.382
3. 68.853 GER Michael Klimke Domino 957 69.559 68.676 69.118 67.647 69.265
4. 64.853 AUS Hope Beerling Alpha HM 66.765 63.529 64.559 65.294 64.118
5. 62.147 AUS Sally Lofting Quinlan CF 63.235 61.471 60 63.088 62.941