Benjamin Ebeling & Indeed Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix in Big Tour Debut on Mare, Beats Father In First Competition Together

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Benjamin Ebeling on Indeed celebrating victory in Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2022 SusanJStickle.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 27, 2021–Benjamin Ebeling celebrated more “firsts” than riding Indeed to win the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Thursday–his first CDI Grand Prix on the  14-year-old mare and the first time he and his father, Olympic rider Jan Ebeling, competed in the same Big Tour competition (whom he beat).

The 22-year-old Ben and the Danish Warmblood Indeed scored 68.196%. Jan who turned over the ride on Indeed two months ago after competing at Grand Prix on the horse for two years placed third on Bellena, 12-year-old Hanoverian mare, with a score of 65.957%. The 12-year-old Hanoverian mare is owned by Ann Romney, who is also a partner in Vantage Equestrian Group II that owns Indeed.

Germany’s Michael Klimke debuting Domino, 10-year-old Westfalen mare, at Big Tour was runner-up on 67.174%.

“That was a lot of drama,” said Ben who is based at his parent’s farm in Moorpark, California, “for the first time my dad and I suited up in our whites and went in the same class. That was really fun. I’m so lucky to be riding here in Wellington and training with him. And really beating him is the utmost appreciation for his training.”

Ben described the highlight as the elegance displayed by Indeed, much different than the strength of piaffe/passage for Illuster van de Kampert, the horse on which he experienced considerable success on both sides of the Atlantic in 2021 and continues to compete.

Pia Fortmuller of Canada on Frieda, winner of the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Canada’s Pia Fortmuller rode Frieda in the horse’s Big Tour debut to win the CDI3* Grand Prix for the Special on 70.457%. Pia has developed the Hanoverian mare from a youngster, through the World Young Horse Championships as a five-year-old and on the Global winter circuit at Small Tour.

Katie Duerrhammer of Greenwood Village, Colorado on Quartett scored 69.870% for runner-up with Kerrigan Gluch of Ocala, Florida on Mejorano HGF in third on 69.217%, a personal best score for the partnership.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix for Freestyle

Judges: Janet Lee Foy Jacques van Daele Yuri Romanov Debbie Rodriguez Thomas Lang
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 68.196 USA Benjamin Ebeling Indeed 71.522 67.283 66.848 67.609 67.717
2. 67.174 GER Michael Klimke Domino 957 68.804 67.609 65.435 66.848 67.174
3. 65.957 USA Jan Ebeling Bellena 66.848 67.609 65.652 66.413 63.261
4. 65.217 CAN Evi Strasser Disney Tyme 62.935 67.935 65.217 65.217 64.783
5. 64.739 CAN Ariana Chia Fiderflame 65.217 63.152 63.587 63.478 68.261
6. 62.044 USA Susanne Hamilton Lesath 61.087 64.239 60.435 62.5 61.957

 

CDI3* Grand Prix for Special

Judges: Thomas Lang Mariano Santos Redondo Jacques van Daele Yuri Romanov Debbie Rodriguez
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 70.457 CAN Pia Fortmüller Frieda 70.87 70.109 70.326 71.63 69.348
2. 69.870 USA Katie Duerrhammer Quartett 71.957 68.152 69.022 72.5 67.717
3. 69.217 USA Kerrigan Gluch Mejorano HGF 68.804 67.5 70.435 67.935 71.413
4. 69.109 CAN Megan Lane Zodiac MW 68.261 70.109 68.37 71.196 67.609
5. 67.957 USA Alice Tarjan Donatella M 69.348 65.109 67.283 67.826 70.217
6. 65.761 USA Missy Gilliland Toledano XXXI 64.565 66.413 66.087 66.087 65.652
7. 64.609 USA Sara Hassler Harmony’s Boitano 63.37 66.739 65.652 62.283 65
8. 61.587 GUA Alexandra Dominguez Thomas Etanga 60.217 60.109 62.609 60.761 64.239
9. 60.804 CAN Evi Strasser Déjà Vu Tyme 61.087 60 61.522 59.348 62.065
10. 59.109 CAN Krystalann Shingler Fidelio 57.174 61.304 59.13 55.978 61.957
RET USA Allison Carmichael Figaro