Ecuador’s Julio Cesar Mendoza Loor on Jewel’s Goldstrike Posts Career High Grand Prix Score to Win Wellington CDI3*

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Julio Cesar Mendoza Loor of Ecuador on Jewel’s Goldstrike winning the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix in only their second Big Tour competition. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 24, 2022–Julio Cesar Mendoza Loor rode Jewel’s Goldstrike to victory in the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Thursday for the first Big Tour victory by the Ecuador rider.

Julio, who is based in Columbus, North Carolina, and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding scored 72.348% for the win just their third Grand Prix, the second at CDI. The result was a career high for Julio at CDI Grand Prix with big disparities in marks from the five judges–a high of 77.717% and a low of 68.804%.

Germany’s Christoph Koschel and Favorito, a 12-year-old Lusitano stallion, was second on 67.717% in the last of the 2022 Global winter circuit of seven CDIs.

María Alejandra Aponte González of Colombia on Duke de Niro, an 18-year-old British-bred Hanoverian, was third on 67.283%.

Success for the partnership of Julio, who competed Chardonnay at the World Equestrian Games at Tryon just a few miles from his home, and Goldstrike (Bretton Woods x Scandic) has taken a while to come to fruition.

After taking over Goldstrike three years ago, the horse lived outside for the first year “to let him become a horse.”

Goldstrike could also become “spooky,” so he now lives outside most of the time where he is happiest.

The goal in the Grand Prix Thursday a week after their debut a week earlier that created a buzz because of the horse’s piaffe and passage was to build confidence in the partnership, Julio said.

The due received several marks of eight for the piaffe/passage tours and a handful of nines with a mistake in the two-tempi changes the only mistake.

“I think he now is confident in our partnership,” Julio said after the ride.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix for Freestyle

Judges: Peter Storr Maarten Van der Heijden Sven-Günter Rothenberger Thomas Keßler Kurt Christensen
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 72.348 ECU Julio Cesar Mendoza Loor Jewel’s Goldstrike 77.717 68.804 70.435 72.717 72.065
2. 67.717 GER Christoph Koschel Favorito 11 68.043 66.957 67.500 67.935 68.152
3. 67.283 COL María Alejandra Aponte González Duke De Niro 67.065 66.848 66.848 67.935 67.717
4. 65.413 USA Hope Cooper Hot Chocolate W 64.348 66.630 65.870 64.783 65.435
5. 64.739 CAN Evi Strasser Déjà Vu Tyme 65.326 66.304 65.435 63.804 62.826
6. 62.652 SUI Barbara Bertschinger Sonnenberg’s Solisco CH 62.391 64.239 61.522 61.739 63.37
7. 62.261 CAN Karis Van Essen Camistry J 61.739 62.717 62.826 61.087 62.935
8. 59.848 USA Kerrigan Gluch Mejorano HGF 57.935 60.000 60.978 59.022 61.304
9. 59.522 CAN Mathilde Blais Tetreault Fedor 58.761 59.522 60.065 61.478 57.783