Ecuador’s Julio Cesar Mendoza Loor on Jewel’s Goldstrike Posts Career High Grand Prix Score to Win Wellington CDI3*
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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.
CDI3* Grand Prix for Freestyle
|Judges:||Peter Storr||Maarten Van der Heijden||Sven-Günter Rothenberger||Thomas Keßler||Kurt Christensen|
|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|