Sarah Tubman & First Apple Win Florida’s TerraNova World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle, Ebeling Father, Son Placed 2nd, 3rd

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Sarah Tubman and First Apple at TerraNova. © 2022 Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

MYAKKA CITY, Florida, Oct. 22, 2022–Sarah Tubman drawing on her experience competing in Europe this summer rode First Apple to victory in the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle in the inaugural international dressage competition at the TerraNova equestrian center, the third major show grounds in Florida. The Ebeling father and son placed second and third.

The score for Sarah, based in Wellington, Florida, and the 12-year-old KWPN stallion of 77.945% earned the partnership the maximum of 20 points to tie the duo with Alice Tarjan at the top of the North American lead in pursuit of a start at the World Cup Final in Omaha next April. The pair won the Grand Prix Friday.

Jan Ebeling and the 12-year-old Hanoverian mare Bellena was runner-up on 76.105%, a personal best score for the 2012 Olympic team rider who has relocated to Wellington from California. He competed Bellena at Small Tour for two years before moving to Grand Prix in January this year.

Benjamin Ebeling, his son, rode Status Royal OLD in the first senior Grand Prix competition for the duo for a score of 75.245% and third place. The 22-year-old rider took over the ride on the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding from his father in March this year competing in the Under-25 division in Wellington and in Europe before this event.

This was the second of 10 qualifiers in North America for the Final in Omaha. Of the 18 to start in Omaha, three places are reserved for North America.

The dressage World Cup was staged alongside an eventing competition with many riders, owners, grooms and others in the VIP lounge overlooking the floodlit arena .

As a former Advanced level eventer, Sarah enjoyed seeing old friends. “I think it’s super fun and I like that they have built this facility as a multi-discipline event,” she said and “that they have the other discipline going on at the same time.”

She plans to compete in some of the four World Cup qualifiers in Wellington over the winter.

Alice Tarjan is entered in the World Cup event at Tryon, North Carolina next week.

Lehua Custer of Wellington rode F.J. Ramzes to a personal best 71.277% to win the CDI4* Grand Prix Special after taking the Grand Prix on 68.065% Friday night.

Results:

World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Evi Eisenhardt Christof Umbach William Warren Sandra Hotz Cesar Torrente
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 77.945 USA Sarah Tubman First Apple 78.025 79.475 78.225 75.750 78.250
2. 76.105 USA Jan Ebeling Bellena 76.900 78.150 75.900 74.100 75.475
3. 75.245 USA Benjamin Ebeling Status Royal OLD 72.825 76.025 74.425 73.550 79.400
4. 74.600 USA Codi Harrison Katholt’s Bossco 74.525 75.975 73.800 74.950 73.750
5. 71.430 USA Nora Batchelder Faro SQF 69.300 71.050 71.500 70.275 75.025
6. 66.180 USA Melissa Taylor Dixie WRF 65.275 64.050 67.100 68.000 66.475

CDI4* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Evi Eisenhardt Christof Umbach William Warren Sandra Hotz Cesar Torrente
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 71.277 USA Lehua Custer F.J. Ramzes 70.638 70.851 72.447 71.064 71.383
2. 68.362 VEN Patricia Ferrando Honnaisseur SJ 66.809 69.255 67.766 70.213 67.766
3. 65.426 USA Shelley Van Den Neste Eyecatcher 65.000 64.894 64.043 67.979 65.213