Benjamin Ebeling Rides Indeed to Career High Score to Win Wellington CDIO3* Grand Prix Freestyle
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 20, 2022–Benjamin Ebeling rode Indeed to a career high score to win the Global Dressage Festival CDIO* Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday with tentative plans to go to Germany to pursue more results to give him a chance of being selected for the U.S. world championship team.
In the fourth Big Tour competition since taking over the ride on Indeed at the beginning of the year from his father, 2012 U.S. Olympic team rider, the 22-year-old Ben of Moorpark, California and the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood mare scored 78.410% for the gold in the individual division of the Nations Cup.
Ben is ranked fourth with Illuster van der Kampert on the U.S. federation standings for consideration for a European tour in the summer ahead of the world championships in Herning, Denmark in early August. Indeed is the seventh horse he has competed in international competitions since his first CDI as a Young Rider in 2016.
Katie Duerrhammer of Greenwood Village, Colorado and Quartett, fellow Nations Cup team silver medalists, placed second on 75.090%.
Michael Klimke of the German gold medal team rode Harmony’s Sanrino RHP in the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding’s first Big Tour musical performance for third place on 73.780%.
The CDIO Small Tour Freestyle was won by Bianca Berktold of Loxahatchee, Florida on Imperial with a score of 76.430%.
Canada’s Beatrice Boucher on Summerwood’s Limei was second on 71.345% with Lars Ligus of Germany on Soccer City third on 62.750%.
“These past couple of months have been serious development for her,” Ben said of Indeed that he rode through the Freestyle for the first time in the competition, “and I feel it almost on the week at home. She continues to get better and impress me. I think she just loves being at the show. It’s like her favorite things. She wakes up a lot. She’s turning into a really consistent, steady horse, and I’m really excited for her.
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney, whose wife Ann is a partner in Indeed’s ownership group was at Global to watch Ben’s ride.
CDIO3* Grand Prix Freestyle
|Judges:||Ilja Vietor||Stephen Clarke||Michael Osinski||Anne Prain||Mariette Sanders – Van Gansewinkel|
|3.||73.780||GER||Michael Klimke||Harmony’s Sanrino RHP||76.725||74.925||73.675||73.000||70.575|
|4.||72.580||CAN||Megan Lane||Zodiac MW||71.725||72.750||73.450||74.600||70.375|
|6.||68.800||CAN||Evi Strasser||Déjà Vu Tyme||69.825||70.550||69.150||68.400||66.075|
CDIO3* Intermediate Freestyle
|Judges:||Stephen Clarke||Anne Prain||Omar Zayrik||Mariette Sanders – Van Gansewinkel||Ilja Vietor|
|2.||71.345||CAN||Beatrice Boucher||Summerwood’s Limei||71.125||73.725||70.925||70.450||70.500|
|3.||62.750||GER||Lars Ligus||Soccer City||63.500||61.325||64.300||62.750||61.875|