Germany Wins Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup, USA Silver, Canada Bronze to Kick Off Trans-Atlantic Series

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Frederic Wandres rode Quizmaster at Small Tour for Germany’s victory in the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup, top scoring in both days of the competition. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 18, 2021–Germany won the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup Thursday with the United States less than 2/10ths of a percent behind to take silver and Canada bronze in the kickoff event of the 2021 trans-Atlantic series

Germany scored 448.568 after two days of competition in the mixed Big and Small Tour competition, the United States just 0.187% behind on 448.381, Canada earning bronze on 437.071 and Australia placing fourth on 391.089.

Competition was close between Germany with three of their combinations on Small Tour horses with one Grand Prix mount while the four pairs for the USA and Canada were all Grand Prix and thus each Big Tour ride in both the Grand Prix and the Special earning an extra 1.5%.

Frederic Wandres competing at Wellington’s Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for the first time rode Quizmaster, a nine-year-old Westfalen mare, at Small Tour but posted the highest scores both days–74.765% in the Prix St. Georges and 76.529% at Interediate 1.

The U.S.-based Kevin Kohmann on Five Star maintained strong performances with a personal best 74.206% in the Int. 1, after posting 74.177% in the St. Georges to help Germany to the first day lead.

German team mates greeting Christoph Koschel on Eaton Unitechno after clinching the Nations Cup for Germany. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Adrienne Lyle of Wellington on Harmony’s Duval, the American-bred 13-year-old KWPN gelding, led an American sweep of the top three Grand Prix rides with a score of 74.489%. Jennifer Williams of Roy Washington and Millione, the 18-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding that was the 2020 U.S. Grand Prix champion was second on 73.958% with Benjamin Ebeling of Moorpark on Illuster van de Kampert third on 73.064%.

Adrienne Lyle on Harmony’s Duval topping the Grand Prix in the mixed-format CDIO3* Nations Cup at the Global Dressage Festival. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The victory for Germany was only the second outside their homeland since the series was launched in 2013. The German team has won in all seven years when held at Aachen or once in Hagen and was victorious in in Vidabaun, France in 2015 when the nation was the series champion.

Michael Klimke the German chef d’equipe who also competed Domino at Small Tour, had high praise for Equestrian Sport Productions that organizes the Global and Winter Equestrian Festivals for “perfectly organizing” the event during the “very difficult time with the pandemic and the outbreaks.”

“We all come from Germany and there is nothing going on there, so a big thanks from the German riders, the German team, and the German federation to the organizers, we are very happy to be here,” he said, an added with a smile, “we are very, very happy to be sitting here.”

Frederic said that Quizmaster, owned by Hof Kasselmann for whom he rides, “put in two super rounds. Today he was very concentrated and we were able to achieve a high score. I am very proud to compete here in the Nations Cup. I did some in Europe, but here in America, the Americans also had a super team, so I am more proud that we are here now.”

Christoph Koschel, who has spent winters in Florida in recent years, had double duty in the Nations Cup–anchor for the German team and coach of Benjamin Ebeling who rode Illuster on the U.S. team.

“Thank God,” he said, that he didn’t know the score he needed before entering the arena with the competition on the line.

“I heard that Adrienne’s score was high and the others were very good, too. First I was coaching Ben Ebeling on the USA team, and that was very exciting as a trainer, and then I knew that I had to ride even more for our team.”

Germany leading the USA and Canadian teams in the traditional but unmounted “victory round” after winning the Nations Cup in Wellington. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Thomas Baur, ESP’s dressage sport director, had some sharp words for the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) that operates the circuit but has never had a final to wrap up each year’s competitions and gives a silver plate and not a cup to the winning team

“I just wish that in the future the FEI would make the decision about this Nations Cup and give it more value, and make it really important,” he said. “I think that is what is lacking over the years now. We are happy to start the season here, and I hope that the other CDIOs in Europe will go on,” referring to the fact the coronavirus led to cancellation of the series last year after the event in Wellington.

The series now moves to Europe with Alter do Chao, Portugal April 22-25; Compiègne, France May 27-30; Rotterdam, Netherlands June 24-27; Falsterbo, Sweden July 15-18 and Aachen, Germany Sept. 14-19.

Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California on Status Royal OLD won the CDI3* Grand Prix to qualify for the Freestyle on a score of 68.022%.

Jan Ebeling on Status Royal OLD celebrating CDI3* Grand Prix victory. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDIO3* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Carlos Lopes Stephen Clarke Christof Umbach Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel Thomas Kessler
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 74.489 USA Adrienne Lyle Harmony’s Duval 76.17 74.149 73.83 76.064 72.234
2. 73.958 USA Jennifer Williams Millione 74.043 74.149 75.213 72.979 73.404
3. 73.064 USA Benjamin Ebeling Illuster Van De Kampert 71.489 74.681 73.723 75.426 70
4. 73.000 GER Christoph Koschel Eaton Unitechno 73.404 74.255 73.936 71.277 72.128
5. 72.319 CAN Chris Von Martels Eclips 72.34 72.766 72.234 72.766 71.489
6. 71.957 CAN Naima Moreira Laliberté Statesman 73.404 70.957 71.277 73.723 70.426
7. 70.447 CAN Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu All In 71.17 70.638 72.447 69.362 68.617
8. 70.085 AUS Kelly Layne Samhitas 70.319 69.362 71.489 69.574 69.681
9. 69.511 USA Katherine Bateson Chandler Alcazar 70.426 70.213 69.681 69.894 67.34
10. 67.787 CAN Lindsay Kellock Sebastien 68.191 67.66 69.362 67.447 66.277
11. 66.787 ESP Carlos Salguero Ocaña Vangens Star-Light 65.426 69.149 69.255 64.787 65.319

 

CDIO3* Intermediate 1

Judges: Carlos Lopes Stephen Clarke Christof Umbach Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel Thomas Kessler
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 76.529 GER Frederic Wandres Quizmaster 75.294 78.529 77.059 74.706 77.059
2. 74.206 GER Kevin Kohmann Five Star 72.941 75 74.412 75.294 73.382
3. 68.000 GER Michael Klimke Domino 957 66.912 70.882 66.324 67.5 68.382
4. 64.441 AUS Sally Lofting Quinlan CF 67.559 64.765 62.118 61.676 66.088
5. 62.824 AUS Hope Beerling Alpha HM 64.265 60.735 65.294 62.5 61.324

CDIO3* Team Results