Germany’s Frederic Wandres Rides Harrods to Wellington’s Lövsta Future Challenge Int. II, Australia’s Kelly Layne on Safira Takes Summit Farm St. Georges Qualifier

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Harrods ridden by Frederic Wandres to win the opening leg of the Lövsta Future Challenge Intermediate II at Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 16, 2022–Harrods, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding, was ridden by Germany’s Frederic Wandres to win the opening leg of the Lövsta Future Challenge Intermediate II at the Global Dressage Festival Sunday.

Frederic and Harrods received a score of 74.352% from the five-judge panel in the national competition to qualify for the final of the season-long series. The pair made their competition debut at Small Tour during the 2021 Global circuit and competed at Prix St. Georges at a CDI in Germany in September.

Kelly Layne, an Australian based in Wellington, placed second on Fernando on 72.381%.

Kelly on Safira won the Summit Farm Prix St. Georges Future Challenge on a score of 67.734%. Canada’s Shannon Dueck on Angeliks MW was second on 66.882%. Two combinations from each Small Tour qualifier will be invited to the final.

In the opening week of his second winter at Global, Frederic swept the World Cup on Bluetooth OLD before Sunday’s Future Challenge which was held in blustery conditions. But he was confident Harrods “can handle nearly all kinds of weather.”

He was given the ride on Harrods (Hochadel x Rotspon) owned by Hof Kasselmann of Hagen, Germany for whom he is a stable rider, when the horse was six years old.

“In the beginning it took a while until we connected,” he said.” It could have gone in either direction.

“I felt already the year before that there is so much talent in him, and we just have to bring it into the arena now, which is sometimes not that easy.

“At home you feel what your horse can do, but to bring it inside is something else. But I think it’s really worked out well for the first time in Wellington in the season with a good start in the I-2. I’m super happy with him and he feels fantastic.”

The goal for this winter is to move Harrods international Medium Tour and, on return home, seek to qualify for the Louisdor Prize, Germany’s developing Grand Prix championships at Frankfurt next December.

Results:

Lövsta Future Challenge – FEI Intermediate II

Judges: Cesar Torrente Maria Colliander Magnus Ringmark William Warren Agnieszka Majewska
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 74.352 GER Frederic Wandres Harrods 3 75.735 74.264 73.088 74.117 74.558
2. 72.381 AUS Kelly Layne Fernando 72.5 72.352 71.911 71.029 74.117

 

Summit Farm Future Challenge – Prix St. Georges

Judges: Cesar Torrente Maria Colliander Magnus Ringmark William Warren Agnieszka Majewska
Score Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 67.734 AUS Kelly Layne Safira 66 68.97 64.264 67.058 67.941 70.441
2. 66.882 CAN Shannon Dueck Angelika MW 68.088 66.029 66.764 68.382 65.147
3. 66.822 GER Michael Klimke Harmony’s Astro 66.911 67.058 66.911 65.882 67.352
4. 57.676 CAN Tanya Strasser-Shostak DiCaprio Tyme 57.647 57.647 56.323 56.617 60.147