Michael Bragdell & Qredit Hilltop Win Devon World Cup Grand Prix, Canada’s Diane Creech & Chrevis Christo Take Grand Prix for Special

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Michael Bragdell and Qredit Hilltop. File photo © SusanJStickle.com

DEVON, Pennsylvania, Oct. 1, 2021–Michael Bragdell rode Qredit Hilltop to victory on a personal best score in the World Cup Grand Prix Friday and the first Big Tour victory for the American partnership. Canada’s Diane Creech and Chrevis Christo won the CDI3* Grand Prix for the Special.

Michael and the 13-year-old Oldenburg stallion scored 67.132% in the short Grand Prix to kick off the first of eight North American League qualifiers after Covid-19 forced cancellation for the past two years of the annual championship centered on the Freestyle.

Michael of Colora, Maryland began competing Qredit at Big Tour two years ago.

Bridget Hay of Ringoes, New Jersey, and Faolan, in their first CDI Grand Prix, scored 66.737% for runner-up.

Shannon Steven of Annandale, New Jersey and Ferrari were third on 66.316%.

Diane Creech and Chrevis Christo. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Canada’s Diane Creech and Chrevis Christo won the CDI3* Grand Prix for the Special on a score of 68.761%, the first win as an 18-year-old for the Danish Warmblood gelding.

This was the 40th international competition for the pair since beginning Big Tour in 2015, 38 of those starts were in Canada and the United States and two in Denmark. Diane and Chrevis Christo, owned by Louise Leatherdale of Long Lake, Minnesota, were first partnered in the show ring more than a decade ago and began international competition at Small Tour in 2013 before moving up to Grand Prix.

Fellow Canadian Tanya Strasser-Shostak on Déjà Vu Tyme was runner-up on 65.130%.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix

Judges: Cesar Torrente Hans-Christian Matthiesen Janet Lee Foy Cesar Lopardo Grana Christof Umbach
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 67.132 USA Michael Bragdell Qredit Hilltop 68.947 66.053 67.632 65.000 68.026
2. 66.737 USA Bridget Hay Faolan 66.842 66.053 66.842 68.553 65.395
3. 66.316 USA Shannon Stevens Ferrari 65.789 66.579 67.500 67.763 63.947
4. 63.684 USA Susanne Hamilton Lesath 63.026 63.421 64.474 64.079 63.421
5. 62.000 USA Jannike Gray Giraldillo CEN 58.421 63.684 62.105 64.474 61.316
6. 61.974 USA Kymberly Pullen Hot Date 61.842 60.921 61.842 62.368 62.895
7. 56.737 USA Laine Ashker Atlas 55.526 56.711 57.105 58.026 56.316
SCR USA Susan Gallagher Kaytee Mountain

CDI3* Grand Prix for Special

Judges: Michael Osinski Cesar Lopardo Grana Hans-Christian Matthiesen Cesar Torrente Natacha Waddell
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 68.761 CAN Diane Creech Chrevis Christo 68.587 67.717 68.37 68.152 70.978
2. 65.130 CAN Tanya Strasser-Shostak Déjà Vu Tyme 65.217 65 64.565 64.457 66.413
3. 64.304 COL María Alejandra Aponte González Duke De Niro 63.804 64.457 64.674 64.348 64.239
4. 64.174 USA Koryn Doolittle Don Giovanni 63.587 65.87 63.478 64.783 63.152